Arts & Culture

THEATER REVIEW: "Meet Me In St. Louis"

“Meet Me In St. Louis” is remembered mostly for Judy Garland’s star turn in the 1944 blockbuster MGM film. The show, (with a book by Hugh Wheeler and music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane) moved to the Broadway stage in 1989, where it was nominated for four Tonys.

Welk Resorts Theatre presents “Meet Me In St. Louis” through Jan. 2016 at their Escondido location.

“Meet Me” takes us back to the turn of the American 20th century, a much slower time without cars or computers but with the promise of mechanization and capital-P Progress.


Playwright Annie Baker cherishes silences and likes alienated characters. In the first play of her “Shirley, Vermont” trilogy (“Body Awareness”), the topic is body image (and women know how alienating that can be); the second (“Circle Mirror Transformation”) is about a group of people in a community acting class who need to get in touch with their real natures.

The last in the “Shirley” series – “The Aliens” – plays through Dec. 12 at ion theatre in Hillcrest.

THEATER REVIEW: "The Oldest Boy"

What would you say if two Tibetan monks showed up on your doorstep, told you your two-year-old son had been selected as the next Lama, and asked to take him to India for training?

An intercultural couple known only as Mother (Amanda Sitton) and Father (Napoleon Tavale) are faced with this decision in Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy,” playing through Dec. 6 at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Sam Woodhouse directs.


Theater has been provoking outrage for centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century, a new young Polish writer named Sholem Asch held a reading for his new Yiddish play “God Of Vengeance,” which features the Jewish proprietor of a brothel and his daughter (who scandalizes her dad by falling in love with one of his prostitutes). At that reading, one horrified man says “I refuse to read this garbage;” another participant advises the playwright to burn the play.

"Modern Family" actor comes out on Twitter

“Modern Family” star Reid Ewing has casually come out as gay via Twitter this morning.

The actor is best known for playing Haley's (Sarah Hyland) on-again, off-again boyfriend Dylan on the hit sitcom, now in its sixth season.

THEATER REVIEW: "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence"

“I don’t think I understand what you mean, but I’d like to. Can you give me a nudge in the right direction?”

This is a line heard several times in Madeleine George’s time-jumping “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, a meditation on the sometimes maddening nexus between technology and humans.

You may say it to yourself a time or two in the course of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play expertly directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, on the boards through Dec. 6 at Moxie Theatre.

THEATER REVIEW: "The Heir Apparent"

Let’s see, a rich but miserly old geezer surrounded by poverty-stricken and/or grasping relatives and others who want some of his dough. Hmm. Is there a story, opera, or maybe a play here?

You betcha, kemosabe.

The theatrical master of the comedic genre for a plot like this was Molière. The contemporary master of “translaptations” of Molièreand others of that ilk is playwright David Ives (who has already “redone” Molière’s “Le Misanthrope” as “The School For Lies”).

Uninformed Jenny McCarthy seems repulsed that she worked with Sheen while he was "HIV positive"

Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men” co-star and XM radio show host Jenny McCarthy seems concerned that he didn’t reveal his status to producers while starring on that show.

Sheen sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show Tuesday and revealed that he has been living with HIV for four years.

It has since been confirmed by Sheen’s rep that he hadn’t been positively diagnosed until after he left the hit sitcom.

Here's how a hanky can help find exactly the kind of sex you want

In a recent episode of The Huffington Post Love+Sex Podcast about sex tourism, co-hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson chatted with Matt, a DJ from Australia who travels halfway around the world each year to attend San Francisco's Folsom Street Festival, the world's biggest leather event.

Adele's second video from her album "25" is released

The countdown continues as people are ready to hit the “download now” button on their media app for Adele’s upcoming album “25,” which hits digital media and retailers on Friday, November, 20.

The artist has released the follow up to her highly popular “Hello” single with “When We Were Young,” recorded live at The Church Studios.

In yet another of Adele’s beautifully arranged heartbreak reunited songs, “When We Were Young,” directed by Paul Dugdale, follows the story of two former lovers who see each other once again at a much later stage in life.