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Kris Kringle’s moment

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Review, Top Story | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison

What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus?

We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre.

A hand-clappin’ hootenanny

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

By Jean Lowerison

“God scratches where the world itches,” says nervous Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe (Brian Mackey) of North Carolina’s Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

That’s by way of a vamp, since the stars of the church’s first-ever Saturday night sing-a-log are late. Unfortunately, vamping isn’t the good pastor’s long suit, so he spends considerable energy looking out the window, hoping to see the Sanders family.

‘Benny & Joon’ – from movie to musical

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

By Joan Lowerison | Theater Review

Three unique people — a guy who owns a garage, the schizophrenic sister he’s been looking out for since their parents died in a car crash years ago, and a guy named Sam (as in “play it again”) who clutches a book about Buster Keaton and dresses like he’s in a ’20s Chaplin movie — are the main characters in “Benny & Joon,” playing through Oct. 22 at The Old Globe.

A ‘spot-on cast’ explores silly

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Review | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

Gentlemen’s clubs, British imperialism and sexism are just some of the topics spoofed in Nell Benjamin’s “The Explorers Club,” making its San Diego premiere through Sept. 24 at Lamb’s Players Theatre.

Picture the first scene: 1879 in the bar of London’s Explorers Club, where a group of scientists gather periodically to schmooze, brag about their latest discoveries and — oh, yes — indulge in their favorite pastime; brandy and cigars.

‘Red Velvet’ depicts forgotten part of theatrical history

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Theatergoers with knowledge of Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) looked forward eagerly to the March 30 Old Globe opening of Lolita Chakrabarti’s 2012 London play “Red Velvet.”

Aldridge, who has a San Diego theater company named for him, was a great African-American actor who in 1833 became the first to play Othello au naturel on the London Stage.

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 […]