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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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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

San Diego Theater Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN (Lambs Players in Coronado) by Milo Shapiro

SEE HOW THIS WARTIME FARCE HOLDS UP The marquee outside of Lamb’s Players declares See How They Run to be “one of the funniest shows ever.”   While never achieving a prom…

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Regional Theater Review: God of Carnage (The Old Globe in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

COMEDIC CARNAGE SHARPLY WALKS THE LINE OF TRAGEDY Playwright Yasmina Reza has said, “My plays have always been described as comedy, but I think they’re tragedy.  They are funny …

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Regional Theater Review: Man of La Mancha (Cygnet Theatre in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

A GREAT KNIGHT, BUT JUST A GOOD NIGHT When a show comes back time and again, the review question is two-fold:  (1) Is it worth reviving?  and (2)  Does this production offer a reinterpre…

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Regional Theater Review: INHERIT THE WIND (The Old Globe in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

CREATIONISM VS. EVOLUTION; RELEVANCE VS. TIMELESSNESS Dubbed “The Trial of the Century” (with rhetorical apologies to O.J.), the actual 1925 trial that inspired Inherit the Wind …

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Regional Theater Review: BLOOD AND GIFTS (La Jolla Playhouse) by Milo Shapiro

GRIPPING PLAY EXPLORES THE TANGLED WEB BORN OF AN IDEALISTIC WAR Set primarily in Pakistan along the Afghan border, J.T. Rogers’ Blood and Gifts begins in 1981, a critical point in the Col…

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Regional Theater Review: COMING ATTRACTIONS (Moxie Theatre in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

CAMPY LAUGHS FROM BROAD CHARACTERS Playwright Zsa Zsa Gershick is best known for her GLAAD and NAACP award-winning play Bluebonnet Court, a drama with humorous moments.  With her latest wor…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Regional Theater and Tour Review: TOTEM (Cirque du Soleil) by Milo Shapiro

CIRQUE’S PERKS What’s a circus without lions, tigers, and elephants?  In the case of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, their eleventh major production in 26 years, it’s a marked imp…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Regional Theater Review: BROWNIE POINTS (Lamb’s Players in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

POINTS FOR THE RICH MIX IN BROWNIE Five women consider themselves to be friends because their daughters are in the same Girl Scouts troupe.  The bond they share should have been enough to p…

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Regional Theater Review: TORTILLA CURTAIN (Lyceum Stage in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

THE TORTILLA CURTAIN RISES TO BIG APPLAUSE A frequently-used device in plot is to create two or more distinctively different characters and see how they function once they are thrown togethe…

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Regional Theater Review: THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum Theatre) by Milo Shapiro

CORNED BEEF TRASH The Great American Trailer Park Musical has a misleading superlative. The show mirrors A Tuna Christmas and Sordid Lives, in that it takes a humorous look at the goings-on …

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Regional Theater Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Coronado Playhouse in Coronado, CA) by Milo Shapiro

SWEET AND WITTY SPOOF IS A CURE-ALL FOR THE BLUES The playbill cover for Coronado Playhouse’s highly charming production of The Drowsy Chaperone describes it as “A Musical Within A C…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Regional Theater Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Cygnet Theatre at The Old Town Theatre in San Diego) by Milo Shapiro

CYGNET’S GLASS MENAGERIE SPARKLES It is easy to see why Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie was an immediate hit when it debuted in 1944.  In an era of everyone keeping up appea…

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Regional Theater Review: GYPSY (ion theater company) by Milo Shapiro

MOSTLY EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES FOR ION PRODUCTION For most theater lovers, Gypsy equals Ethel Merman as Mama Rose, even if you never saw her do it.  After a single time hearing M…

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