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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 […]

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.