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Monday, August 13, 2018

Theater Review: END OF THE RAINBOW (Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach) by John Todd

THE LEGEND THAT GOT AWAY No, this show isn’t how fans want to remember Judy Garland at the bittersweet end. End of the Rainbow, Peter Quilter’s sardonic salute to a star on the skids, is…

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Monday, May 20, 2013

San Diego Theater Review: BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW (Old Globe) by John Todd

HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTACHE IS Moments before the arrival of Hope (a domineering mother-in-law, not the aspiration), newly-married Melody jests with her handsome corporate attorney husband, …

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

San Diego Opera Review: AIDA (San Diego Opera) by John Todd

EYEING AMNERIS IN AIDA In this well-loved 150-year-old Guiseppe Verdi classic of Grand Opera, it may be heretical to question the relationship of the principle characters and their so-calle…

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

San Diego Theater Review HICKORYDICKORY (Moxie Theatre) by John Todd

WASTED TIME In Marisa Wegrzyn’s Hickorydickory, all humans are born with a mortal clock encoded with the date and time of their death.  This mortal clock takes the form of an actual pocke…

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Monday, November 19, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: A HAMMER, A BELL AND A SONG TO SING (San Diego Repertory Theatre) by John Todd

A FEW PROTESTS… Todd Salovey’s revue of mostly American songs of protest is buoyed by a fiercely energetic, multi-talented quartet of singers and musicians: Dave Crossland, Jim Moone…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Lamb’s Players Theatre) by John Todd

ADAPTATION NEEDS TO MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT Jules Verne channeled 19th century technological progress into wondrous stories that fueled the world’s imagination.  He took us to the center of …

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: SAM BENDRIX AT THE BON SOIR (La Jolla Playhouse at Martini’s Above Fourth) by John Todd

THANK GOD THE DRINKS ARE STRONG The secret to living in New York is knowing how to cross the street against the light.  Sam Bendrix (Luke Macfarlane) recalls having been given that advice w…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: THE EXIT INTERVIEW (San Diego Repertory Theatre) by John Todd

A PLAY THAT GROPES FOR AN EXIT William Missouri Downs’ The Exit Interview is a jumble of a play whose myriad directions are made more difficult to track by its opening pronouncement:  Tw…

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Monday, September 24, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: ALLEGIANCE (Old Globe) by John Todd

NEW MUSICAL TOO LUKEWARM TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO IT Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing “exclusion zones” which effectively allowe…

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