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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS (Cygnet) by Milo Shapiro

THE EFFECT OF GOOD THEATER “You know, maybe someday you will be pretty,” says Beatrice to her teenage daughter Tillie.  Gee, thanks, Mom. Ah, mothers. The Glass Menagerie. Ordin…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: Evita (San Diego Rep) by Milo Shapiro

DON’T CRY, BUT SEE ARGENTINA The crime of being a legend is to be simultaneously loved and hated, while the truth will always be a matter of perspective and interpretation. Eva Duarte,…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: PUMP UP THE VOLUME: A 90’S PALOOZA (San Diego Musical Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

THE 90’s ARE BACK AND SOUNDING SWEET While the nineties might not sound that long ago to an older crowd, when was the last time you thought about Lorena Bobbitt? Or tamagotchis? Or won…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: AVENUE Q (OB Playhouse) by Milo Shapiro

IT MAY SUCK TO LIVE ON AVENUE Q, BUT NOT TO SEE IT In the right setting, irreverence is so jovial. Our era of thought-police and political correctness has made it delicious to pervert that w…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS (Cygnet Theatre Company) by Milo Shapiro

A SWEET SAMPLING OF ANIMAL CRACKERS, ALBEIT A BIT DAY-OLD One can easily see why Animal Crackers was a Broadway hit from 1928-1929, followed by a successful movie version. Start with the zan…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: WITHERING HEIGHTS (The Roustabouts at Diversionary Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

HOW’S THE WITHER? (JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WUTHERING…) A complicated nineteenth-century story of love and retaliation, featuring 13 characters, could be tough to pull off in nin…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: DAMN YANKEES (San Diego Musical Theatre at Spreckels Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

DAMN, YANKEES DOESN’T HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK While many of Jerry Ross and Richard Adler’s songs from the 1955 Broadway classic hold up rather well, Douglass Wallop and George Abb…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: SHOCKHEADED PETER (Cygnet Theatre Company) by Milo Shapiro

WHAT A SHOCK In 1845, German psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann wrote a disturbing but popular children’s book featuring the perils of children who misbehave. A century and a half later, …

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: FIRST DATE (San Diego Music Theatre at Horton Grand Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

A FIRST DATE THAT GOES WELL The device of having characters receive advice from a conscience or someone from their past is tried and true in musicals: They’re Playing Our Song‘s…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: THE GEEZE AND ME (THE TENTH Avenue Arts Center) by Milo Shapiro

IT’S WORTH SINGING ABOUT GETTING OLDER Perhaps the only thing worse than getting older is thinking about it. So when a nascent theater company puts on a show—a musical no less—abou…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: ON THE 20TH CENTURY (Cygnet Theatre Company) by Milo Shapiro

A LONG RIDE ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY In today’s world of seeing T-shirts in fancy restaurants, it’s almost difficult to envision that, once upon a time, people would dress to the nines f…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: 9 TO 5 (San Diego Music Theatre at Spreckels Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

I COULD WATCH 9 TO 5 24/7 In 1980, an unlikely film trio, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton, was the center of 9 to 5, an amusing feminist romp with lovable characters. Years later…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: BAD JEWS (Cygnet Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

BAD JEWS MAKES FOR GOOD THEATRE, BUT OY SUCH AGITA There’s an old joke: “What do you get if you put three Jews in the same room?  Four opinions.” In Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, the jo…

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

San Diego Theater Review: DINNER WITH MARLENE (Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado) by Milo Shapiro

LAMB’S SERVES UP A TASTY DINNER WITH MARLENE There’s an old parlor game of trying to decide:  If you could attend a dinner party and choose any guests you wanted around the tabl…

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Monday, March 28, 2016

San Diego Theater Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Cygnet Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

GIVE YOURSELF OVER TO ABSOLUTE PLEASURE Those familiar with the movie version of The Rocky Horror Show may be shocked to find that there is no typo in the title of the stage version: Here, t…

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Monday, January 25, 2016

San Diego Theater Review: WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING (Cygnet Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

WHEN IT RAINS, IT SOARS Let’s start with the unavoidable down-side so we can end with the up-side. While Cygnet Theatre’s When the Rain Stops Falling is spectacular, it is terri…

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

San Francisco Theater Review: COMPANY (San Francisco Playhouse at the Kensington Park Hotel) by Milo Shapiro

IN GOOD COMPANY In a world of musicals that are filled with catchy harmonies and melodies that stick in your mind, Stephen Sondheim’s songs have frequently been the rebels.  Sondheim is n…

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

San Diego Theater Review: AVENUE Q (Coronado Playhouse in Coronado) by Milo Shapiro

IT DOESN’T SUCK TO BE AVENUE Q AT CORONADO In the right setting, irreverence is so jovial. Perhaps our era of thought-police and political correctness has made it delicious to pervert that…

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Monday, July 28, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: PAGEANT (Cygnet Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

DRAG YOURSELF DOWN TO PAGEANT Exiting Cygnet’s revival of Pageant, my writing pad, normally filled with pages of barely decipherable notes, had nothing upon it but the title.  This su…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: JADE HEART (MOXIE) by Milo Shapiro

THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA The very nature of adoption can leave a child—and the adult he or she becomes—filled with questions: Who were you, Mother?  Why did you make this choice?  Do yo…

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Monday, June 2, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: MY SON THE WAITER, A JEWISH TRAGEDY (Lyceum in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

TRAGIC FOR HIM BUT GOOD FUN FOR US Hot on the heels of the run of Old Jews Telling Jokes, the Lyceum brings us a very different and more personal look at Jewish humor.  Instead of a non-sto…

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES (Lyceum Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

WHAT, WOULD IT KILL YOU TO HEAR A JEWISH JOKE, I ASK YOU? A German, a Frenchman, and a Jew are crawling across the desert.  The German says, “Mein Gott!  I’m so hot and thirsty…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Regional Theater Review: RED (San Diego REP) by Milo Shapiro

A BLINKING YELLOW FOR RED AT THE REP Is a soup can art?  To Matisse, probably not.  To Warhol, clearly yes.  And to everyone else?  Ah, that’s when we start getting into what art r…

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: SPRING AWAKENING (Cygnet Theatre in Old Town) by Milo Shapiro

A LOT OF YOUTHFUL SPRING BUT LITTLE CHARACTER AWAKENING Given harsh themes including child abuse, rape, homosexuality, and suicide, one can easily see why Frank Wedekind’s original Ger…

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: THE FOREIGNER (Lamb’s) by Milo Shapiro

THE FOREIGNER HAS GOOD REASON TO STAY PUT Some theatre is staged to raise our awareness.  Some theatre is designed to tell a story that will move us emotionally.  Some theatre is intended …

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

San Diego Theater Review: MAPLE AND VINE (Cygnet) by Milo Shapiro

A TWISTED TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE Imagine yourself transported back to 1955:  Forming values in the image of Father Knows Best; solving family problems as cleanly as Ozzie and Harriet; and li…

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

San Diego Theater Review: SHE-RANTULAS FROM OUTER SPACE-IN 3D! (Diversionary Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

CAMPY SHE-RANTULAS HAS QUITE A BITE Dictionary.com defines “camp” as “something that provides sophisticated, knowing amusement, as by virtue of its being artlessly mannered…

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Regional Theater Review: THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST (La Jolla Playhouse) by Milo Shapiro

A NOURISHING TREE While lacking in emotional engagement, Daniel Beaty’s solo outing exploring the life of actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson undoubtedly entertains, educates, inspires, and…

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

San Diego Theater Review: WIT (Lamb Players in Coronado) by Milo Shapiro

WIT DOESN’T HOLD BACK Years back, Oldsmobile released a new line of sporty, sleek cars with the tagline “This is NOT your father’s Oldsmobile.”  For those who associ…

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

San Diego Theater and Tour Preview: DRALION (Cirque du Soleil) by Milo Shapiro

HUMANS ARE THE SPECTACLE, NOT ANIMALS Childhood memories of circus fun include ringleaders putting heads in a lion’s mouth, dancing bears, and elephants resting a paw upon a lovely lad…

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Monday, October 1, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: MISTAKES WERE MADE (Cygnet Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLDFISH As a rising star in San Diego’s theater scene, Cygnet put a lot of eggs in one basket in producing Mistakes Were Made. Fortunately, they invested in the ri…

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