Theater Review

Intrepid Opens ‘Perfect Arrangement’ at Horton Grand

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review In the world of Topher Payne’s “Perfect Arrangement,” it’s 1950. We’re at a cocktail party on one side of the Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) duplex supposedly inhabited by Bob and Millie Martindale (John DeCarlo and Laura Bohlin). Jim and Norma Baxter (Joshua Jones and Jennifer Paredes) supposedly live in the other […]

Learning from the past

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By David Dixon Politics and sexuality are two timely subjects in 2017. That makes this an ideal year for Intrepid Theatre’s production of the 2016 comedy-drama, “Perfect Arrangement.” Taking place in 1950, the story follows two U.S. State Department employees, Bob Martindale (John DeCarlo) and Norma Baxter (Jennifer Paredes).

A subjective look back at San Diego theater in 2016

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge Theater critics are usually given complimentary tickets for a performance near the opening of each production. A ticket to see another performance is ordinarily at the critic’s expense. The Dec. 21 deluge did not matter. I had purchased a ticket to see ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart” again before it closed and […]

Superlative ‘Equivocation’ at Lamb’s

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Review, Top Story | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

As a certain music critic of yore used to lament in regard to Italianate tenors, “I wish I had a dictionary of superlatives with which to describe his voice.”

Currently there is much in San Diego theaters on which to rain praise, what with the double bill of August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” and “King Hedley II” playing through Nov. 6 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, and now, the latest, equally-challenging and exquisite, the regional theater premiere of Bill Cain’s hilarious and brainy 2009 ode to Shakespeare, theater and love, “Equivocation,” at Lamb’s Players Theatre through Nov. 20.

Globe’s ‘October Sky’ musical

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Review, Top Story | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge

The Old Globe presents another musical for our delectation – this one a West Coast premiere titled “October Sky” with book by Brian Hill and Aaron Thielen and music and lyrics by Michael Mahler. It continues in the Old Globe Theatre through Oct. 23.

Opening night, Sept. 22, was packed to capacity with patrons, staff and “suits,” that will no doubt determine the next move for the piece, which premiered in August 2015 at the Marriott Theatre. It is inspired by the Universal Pictures film of the same name, and the original book, “Rocket Boys,” by Homer Hickam, Jr.

A Rose is a rose

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review Many critics claim that “Gypsy, a Musical Fable,” the 1959 Broadway musical loosely based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs, is the perfect musical to emerge from the last half of the 20th century. It has a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne. Readers […]

Old Globe presents timely ‘Camp David’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

“If we fail here, far more radical forces will arrive,” says Jimmy Carter in Lawrence Wright’s “Camp David,” a production commissioned by and produced at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage and produced at the Old Globe through June 19. Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith stages the work and Richard Thomas as Carter heads the six-person company.

“Camp David” refers to the 13-day conference hosted by President Jimmy Carter in September 1978, at the presidential retreat known as Camp David, during which a peace accord was agreed upon by President Anwar Sadat of Egypt (Khaled Nabawry) and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel (Ned Eisenberg).

The oddly timely ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review On April 27, San Diego Repertory Theatre opened Gina Gionfriddo’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” Directed by Rep Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, the attractive production plays in the round through May 15 in the Lyceum Space. Disguised as a comedy, it has darker undertones, concerns four […]