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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Theater Review: YOGA PLAY (Moxie Theatre Company in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

YOGA, GIRL! Which of the following defines yoga to you? A series of gentle exercises meant to relax and invigorate the body; A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline using breath control and…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: SISTER ACT (San Diego Musical Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

WELL DONE HAVING FUN ON THE RUN AS A NUN Don’t you just hate it when your boyfriend turns out to be a mobster and murders someone right in front of you, forcing you to flee and hide — al…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Theater Review: JAY JOHNSON: THE TWO AND ONLY (Tour) by Milo Shapiro

THE VOICE BEHIND THE VOICES Ventre Loqui: To speak from the belly. This is the etymology of the word ventriloquism, an art as old as … well, it depends who you ask. For some, there is no o…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Theater Review: CHAPS (Lamb’s Players in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

CHAPSCHTICK It’s 1944. The war is raging across the English Channel and the Germans could invade at any moment. Britain needs levity to get through these tough days. Miles (Charles Evans, …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: FREAKY FRIDAY (San Diego Musical Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

THANK GOD IT’S FREAKY FRIDAY On the weekend of her mother’s everything-must-be-perfect second wedding, teenager Ellie (Rivers Harris) is in a funk: little brother Fletcher (John Perry Wi…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

San Diego Theater Review: GABRIEL (North Coast Repertory in Solana Beach) by Milo Shapiro

TENSION, HUMOR, AND INTRIGUE IN BEGUILING WWII DRAMEDY There would be much better places to live in 1943 than on the German-occupied British island of Guernsey, especially if you are shelter…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Theater Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS (The Old Globe in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

LETTERS FROM THE LOVELORN LEAP OFF THE PAGE Dear Sugar, I have a problem. My editor assigned me to review a play that does not follow conventional theater techniques, has only one known char…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Theater Review: CRAZY FOR YOU (San Diego Musical Theatre in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

A SWEET EMBRACEABLE SHOW In 1930, a musical called Girl Crazy, with a score by George and Ira Gershwin, opened on Broadway to moderate success, running 272 performances. The rarely-revived s…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

WHO DOES HE THINK SHE IS? Him…Her…Them…Zir…Hir?  In the transgender and non-binary community, the struggle with pronouns almost rivals the struggle with civil rights. Hir, now in a…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Theater Review: BLITHE SPIRIT (North Coast Rep) by Milo Shapiro

LET THE SPIRIT MOVE YOU TO NORTH COAST REP Is it bigamy if you’re still seeing your first wife while married to your second? Does your answer change if the first wife has been dead for…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Theater Review: HAIRSPRAY (San Diego Musical Theatre at Horton Grand Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HAIR CAN’T HOLD UP, THIS MUSICAL CAN To say you like Hairspray really doesn’t cut it. Do you mean the 1988 John Waters film starring Devine and newcomer Ricki Lake…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Theater Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (North Coast Rep in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

A FUNNY THING’S HAPPENING AT NORTH COAST REP Only in Ancient Rome! Pseudolus, the wise-cracking slave (Omri Schein), can earn his freedom if he can somehow get the pretty, bubble-heade…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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

THE HOLY GRAIL OF SILLY MUSICALS The tales of King Arthur and his knights of the round table stand as icons of literature, leaving them ripe for outrageous parody in Monty Python’s 197…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: ROMEO, ROMEO & JULIET (Roustabout Theatre Co. at Moxie Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW AFTER A PLAY THIS GOOD “What’s in a name?” Juliet famously asks. A lot, if the name is Ruff Yeager. Yeager, a co-founder of Roustabouts, has be…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (Diversionary Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

FROM ORANGE JUICE TO A PIE IN THE FACE “What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable alter…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: SOUTH PACIFIC (San Diego Musical Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, INDEED Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway hit South Pacific is so full of familiar, classic numbers that it almost feels like a Broadway review in itself …

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: NOISES OFF (Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado) by Milo Shapiro

ONE COULD GO ON AND ON FOR OFF Half the fun of theater is in the performance; the other half is in the rehearsal. Rehearsal is the time for experimenting, bonding, and watching everything co…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Tour Theater Review: SOUL DOCTOR (Lyceum Theatre in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: A JOYFUL MESSAGE There is an ancient Chinese proverb: “The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.” In the musical Sou…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: KING CHARLES III (Coronado Playhouse) by Milo Shapiro

WOULD SHAKESPEARE BY ANY OTHER PLAYWRIGHT SMELL AS SWEET? If the title King Charles III sounds rather Shakespearean, yet you cannot recall a “Charles” among all his Henrys and …

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Monday, March 19, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: A JEWISH JOKE (The Roustabouts Theatre Co. at MOXIE Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

A JEWISH JOKE WAS NO LAUGHING MATTER IN THE 1950s When the nation went into Commie panic in the ‘40s and ‘50s, one of the first places to get hard hit was Hollywood. In 1947, Congress’…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Cygnet Theatre Company) by Milo Shapiro

CYGNET DIDN’T SEND IN ANY CLOWNS ON THIS ONE Much like modern art, Steven Sondheim musicals aren’t for everyone.  They are purposefully discordant in places, often dark in tone,…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: THIS RANDOM WORLD (North Coast Rep) by Milo Shapiro

WELL-PLANNED IRONIES Facebook and LinkedIn have illuminated the error in the supposed six degrees of separation theory, which asserts that all living things and everything else in the world …

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM (Lamb’s Players Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

THREE GREAT MINDS MAKE FOR INTRIGUING THEATER There’s a game where you get to pick three famous people and go to dinner with all of them. In Mark St. Germaine’s  Camping with He…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: THE LAST WIFE (Cygnet) by Milo Shapiro

THE LAST WIFE GETS IT RIGHT Historical fiction can be a dicey game, let alone a modernization of historical figures. When the results are as captivating as Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife,…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

San Diego Theater Review: THE FULL MONTY (San Diego Musical Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

THE FULL MONTY IS WORTH BARING IN MIND When the main factory in town shuts down and only menial work, far below previous pay grade, can be found, what’s a man supposed to do? For the t…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: HAND TO GOD (San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum Stage) by Milo Shapiro

EVIL RIGHT AT HAND What could go wrong when a newly widowed mom leads three teens in a wholesome, Lutheran, extra-curricular church class tasked with creating a Christian puppet show? Thankf…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Cygnet Theatre Company) by Milo Shapiro

GEORGIA MCBRIDE AIN’T NO DRAG Playwright Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man) has created a theatrical recipe: Take one part Torch Song Trilogy, mix in some La Cage aux Folles and, for a …

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Monday, October 2, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3 (Intrepid Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

A HERO’S JOURNEY FROM 1862 SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR OUR TIMES Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 first played in 2014 at NYC’s Public Theater, yet Suzan-Lori Parks’ play…

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL (San Diego Musical Theatre and California Ballet Company at Spreckels Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

TOO BIG FOR ITS BRITCHES With his touching screenplay as a basis, Lee Hall adapted the 2000 indie Billy Elliot for the stage, setting his moving lyrics to Elton John’s music. There…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

San Diego Theater Review: BENNY & JOON (The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage) by Milo Shapiro

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL ADAPTATION MADE EVEN BETTER BY BRYCE PINKHAM It’s tricky turning a movie into a play, given that without the auteur’s camera gimmicks and edits, it can be …

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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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