Cheery and sweet The Marvelous Wonderettes arrives just in time for Valentine's Day
by Cassiopeia Guthrie, January 30, 2023 What better to transport us back in time than sequins, song leaders, and a trip to the prom? The Welk Resort Theater is doing just that with their newest production, The Marvelous Wonderettes, running now through March 26. A cheery jukebox musical from Roger Bean (known also for his all-male show Forever Plaid), The Marvelous Wonderettes features four high school song leaders in their big debut: their senior prom. The show introduces Su
Lyrical Drama El Huracán Explores Family and Loss at Cygnet Theatre
“Little bits of her keep drifting off. Where does it go? … it must be somewhere.” Loss and love - and the ways that family alone can transcribe both indelibly on our hearts - are central themes in Cygnet’s El Huracán, running through February 19 at the Old Town Theatre. Read the review at San Diego Story.
New production at The Old Globe an intensely artistic tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci
by Cassiopeia Guthrie, January 26, 2023 I entered expecting a play and left reeling from the visually stimulating and immersive exploration that is the Mary Zimmerman piece The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, newly arrived at The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage and running through February 26. It is not an exaggeration to say that this production packs a perceptive punch. I was most surprised by how, in writer/director Zimmerman’s hands, the intellectual meanderin
Loud Fridge Theatre Group roars into inaugural season with scathing drama 'Ripped'
by Cassiopeia Guthrie, January 22, 2023 It’s freshman year at Berkeley and San Diego transplant Lucy is ready to get her future started. Then, the unthinkable happens. Ripped, a story of sexual assault - or is it really about consent? - delves into the very fabric of what the audience knows and believes, what has really happened, and what it means in its San Diego debut with Loud Fridge Theatre Group, running through February 5 at OnStage Playhouse. Written by local playwrigh
Disney’s ‘Frozen’ brings the sparkle of theatre magic to a new generation of audience members
By Cassiopeia Guthrie, January 21, 2023 The Disney Theatrical Productions tour of Frozen is sweeping into town with all of the magic and sparkle that has charmed an entire generation of children. Performances for the Tony-nominated musical will continue at Broadway San Diego’s Civic Theatre through January 29. Read the review at SanDiegoStory.
‘Blues in the Night’ brings 1938 Chicago to North Coast Rep
“Mighty sweet,” like “milk and honey”… Blues in the Night, under the direction of Yvette Freeman Hartley, opened to a standing ovation at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, where it runs through February 12. Review now live at SanDiegoStory.
'Romance of the Western Chamber' west coast premiere opens in limited run at the Poway Center
by Cassiopeia Guthrie, January 7, 2023 I have a very strong association with the details at my Ama’s house: the calendar from the local market, the smell of hot pot bubbling nearby, a red candy dish with a rotating lid, and the sounds of Chinese operas emanating from the small TV tucked into an intricately carved TV cabinet. They are beautiful memories, so I was delighted to be transported back to those times when attending Romance of the Western Chamber, playing for two days
'Ain’t Too Proud' a joyful survey of Temptations history
Ain’t Too Proud’s national tour has arrived, bringing the joy and energy of the Temptations to life at Broadway San Diego’s Civic Theatre through January 8th. Featuring music from The Legendary Motown Catalog and book by Dominique Morisseau, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations is a force of nature: after all, in two and a half hours, it manages to be a Motown concert tour, a history lesson, and an ode to the sound that has been sweeping America since 1960.