Playwright Ken Ludwig hit gold in 1989 with his first Broadway play, Lend Me a Tenor, and he hit more gold with Crazy For You, his second Broadway production, three years later. In fact, Mr. Ludwig is so prolific that he’s got two shows currently running at the same time in San Diego (North Coast Rep’s Moon Over Buffalo, and San Diego Musical Theatre’s Crazy For You) along with a world premiere play, The Gods of Comedy, opening in May at The Old Globe. Mr. Ludwig’s popularity is well-earned, as amply demonstrated in SDMT’s production of Crazy For You…
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I don’t pretend to be an expert in the business of theatre, but as an interested observer I have been alarmed by both the decrease in the number of professional productions, as well as the difficulty of finding venues where work can be produced.
“There is nothing like a dame,” and there is nothing like a musical to send a strong message on racism and stereotypes. SDMT’s strong staging of “South Pacific” celebrates the 70-year-old classic…
The canvas that was the 1990s started out blindingly white and died a murky, bloodstained mess. ‘Pump Up the Volume: a ’90s Palooza,’ San Diego Musical Theatre’s salute to the era, doesn’t quite know why that’s so — but as a spectacle in and of itself, you could do a lot worse.
The Craig Noel Award nominations represent the collective view of the Critics Circle members as to the strongest productions, performances, and technical work in the past year – and as such represent a kind of “report card” on the San Diego theatre community.
We asked each of our writers to cast their thoughts as “bravos” and “boos.” As you’ll see, some of them found it easier to do than others. Be that as it may, we proudly present essays by Ken Herman, Kris Eitland, Bill Eadie, David Dixon, Martin Jones Westlin, and Welton Jones.