Theater Review

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 […]

A farce is a farce

By Charlene Baldridge Farce. Usually. Has. High absurdity content. The U.S. premiere of Kenneth McLeish’s (1940-1997) English translation of Georges [sic] Feydeau’s “Now You See It,” is no exception. Farce is beloved at North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), where it plays through March 20 in a splendid looking production directed by Bruce Turk.

The artistry of love

Posted: October 2nd, 2015 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Review, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Charlene Baldridge

“In Your Arms,” the new dance-theater pastiche playing in its world premiere at The Old Globe through Oct. 25, is quite a concept. I haven’t seen its like since 2000’s Tony Award-winner, “Contact.”

The “In Your Arms” writers/playwrights/book writers — Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Uhry — provide as many love stories. Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens of “Ragtime” fame provide music and lyrics, respectively.

Beauty is only skin deep

Posted: September 4th, 2015 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review Chock-a-block with tunes, Jeanine Tesori’s 1997 off-Broadway musical, “Violet,” opened San Diego Repertory Theatre’s 40th season Aug. 26 (this review based on the performance of Aug. 27), featuring acclaimed musical theater performer Sutton Foster, who got her start in Tesori’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at La Jolla Playhouse.

Diversionary rediscovers its stride with ‘Brain’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review In a city filled with musicals both new and old, occasionally a standout production emerges. The occasion is now and the musical is William Finn and James Lapine’s “A New Brain,” produced by Diversionary Theatre, directed by Kim Strassburger and featuring an outstanding ensemble of San Diego area actors, two […]