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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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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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