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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: Cygnet Theatre's 'Pride and Prejudice' a wild comic ride in decidedly nontraditional take on Jane Austen by James Hebert

Kate Hamill's adaptation of beloved 1800s novel bursts with laughs and surprises but is not one for the purists

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

After three decades, a place of its own for venerable theater troupe Teatro Máscara Mágica by James Hebert

Birthday celebration this week doubles as a fundraiser for local company's move into new Casa Familiar project in San Ysidro

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review: 'Gods of Comedy' is old-fashioned but spirited fun in world premiere at the Old Globe by James Hebert

Humor can be corny in Ken Ludwig play, but setup is clever and performances in tune with story's silly appeal

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Review: 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' has its fun moments but the taste is a little off by James Hebert

Touring production of Broadway musical doesn't quite capture the essence of fantastical Roald Dahl novel about a poor boy and an eccentric candy-maker

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'They Promised Her the Moon' is leaving the Old Globe's orbit for short local tour by James Hebert

Fact-based play about women's efforts to join the U.S. space program will visit four venues as part of Globe for All initiative

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San Diego-bred director Casey Nicholaw is a 'king' of Broadway — and shares surprising kinship with musical-theater newcomer Cameron Crowe by James Hebert

Nicholaw, who has four musicals on Broadway, came up in San Diego during writer-director Crowe's 'Ridgemont' days

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Moxie Theatre looks at the big business of getting chill in San Diego premiere of 'Yoga Play' by James Hebert

Comedy from Indian-born playwright Dipika Guha takes cues from real life with story of scandal at apparel company

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La Jolla Playhouse rolls out lineup for latest WOW Festival, set for October at Arts District Liberty Station by James Hebert

Slate of site-specific and immersive shows at new Loma Portal location includes three Playhouse-commissioned projects and both local and international artists

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OnStage Playhouse delving into the steamy, funny and mysterious with 'Venus in Fur' by James Hebert

Chula Vista company staging David Ives' sharply witty drama of audition-room intrigue

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Jane Austen gets a comic makeover from playwright Kate Hamill with 'Pride and Prejudice' at Cygnet Theatre by James Hebert

Old Town company staging area premiere of rising dramatist's adaptation that ran off-Broadway

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Devo, musical theater and skateboarding: The story behind La Jolla Playhouse's Tony Hawk-connected project 'Slam' by James Hebert

Composer and Devo leader Mark Mothersbaugh, North County-bred skateboard hero Hawk and Broadway writer Kyle Jarrow roll out the first staged reading of a new, skate-focused piece adapted fro…

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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' a sweet gig for director and former Old Globe artistic leader Jack O'Brien by James Hebert

Touring version of his Broadway production is about to land in San Diego for the first time

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

'Gods' paying a visit to the Old Globe as theater stages Ken Ludwig's latest world-premiere comedy by James Hebert

Balboa Park institution puts up story of Greek deities who try to help a hapless modern-day academic

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

San Diego-connected Des McAnuff and Casey Nicholaw receive Tony nominations for best direction of a musical by James Hebert

No locally sprung shows are nominated for Broadway's top honors, but directors McAnuff, Nicholaw are part of the just-announced field

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Review: Nuns and disco find comic communion in winning 'Sister Act' at San Diego Musical Theatre by James Hebert

Show is lightweight but performed with verve by talented cast in Horton Grand production

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Friday, April 26, 2019

World-premiere musical 'Almost Famous' tops Old Globe Theatre's just-announced 2019-20 season by James Hebert

Show based on San Diego-bred writer-director Cameron Crowe's movie is the marquee title on slate that takes in two other world premieres and five plays making their West Coast debuts

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Cameron Crowe calls Old Globe's world-premiere stage adaptation of 'Almost Famous' an ode to music — and San Diego by James Hebert

Oscar-winning writer-director's life as a young journalist inspired 2000 movie that he now has adapted as a musical

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: At San Diego Rep, 'Sweat' conveys in raw terms the human cost of economic upheaval by James Hebert

Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Lynn Nottage gets a sharp, volatile staging in local premiere

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

'Sister Act' brings its swing inside the convent walls as San Diego Musical Theatre stages movie-based musical by James Hebert

Miriam Dance stars as Deloris Van Cartier in R&B-driven show coming to Horton Grand Theatre downtown

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Ion Theatre taking a final bow after a 15-year run by James Hebert

Hillcrest-based company was still winning honors for its productions as recently as last year

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'Hedwig' rocks on at Diversionary by James Hebert

Groundbreaking musical and its gender-fluid star a good fit for LGBTQ-centered theater

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TuYo Theatre is putting up its first independent production with 'UN-' by James Hebert

Latinx-focused troupe staging stories at Lyceum by collection of authors on the topic of what it means to be American

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Musical 'Nine' picks up where Fellini film left off by James Hebert

La Mesa's Lamplighters Community Theatre is reviving movie-inspired show that won five Tony Awards in 1983

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A bar becomes a battle zone of class, race and competition as San Diego Rep stages Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Sweat' by James Hebert

Play focuses on economic upheaval that threatens to tear apart factory workers' families and friendships in struggling industrial town

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jerrie Cobb, pioneering aviator and subject of now-running Old Globe play, has died at 88 by James Hebert

Champion pilot was key part of 'Mercury 13' program for female would-be astronauts, and the subject of Balboa Park theater's 'They Promised Her the Moon'

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Musical 'Slam' — with skate choreography by Tony Hawk — about to get some air at La Jolla Playhouse by James Hebert

New show, which is getting a workshop production as part of the theater's DNA series, features music by Devo leader Mark Mothersbaugh

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Antic, frantic 'Servant of Two Masters' is mad for laughs at New Village Arts by James Hebert

New adaptation of Italian comedy classic goes for contemporary gags at Carlsbad theater

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Alan Cumming talks of the acting life and becoming an American in Escondido show by James Hebert

Tony Award-winning performer set for one-night turn in 'Legal Immigrant' at California Center for the Arts, Escondido

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Old Globe's 'Moon' gives lift to true-life story of America's first female space trainees by James Hebert

"They Promised Her the Moon," a play about ill-fated Mercury 13 program, gets a worthy West Coast premiere

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The time has arrived for David Ives' 'All in the Timing' at North Coast Rep by James Hebert

Solana Beach company staging perennially popular collection of comic plays

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Felines make a beeline for Civic Theatre as latest 'Cats' revival arrives in San Diego on tour by James Hebert

Andrew Lloyd Webber musical still a fan favorite, 37 years after its Broadway debut

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