Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “Abundance”

Tuesday at 7 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

The U.S. west was hard on everyone in the 19th century – most especially women, some of whom were brought in from points east to serve (and I do mean serve) as wives for lonely bachelors who had settled there earlier.

Theater Review: "On The Twentieth Century"

“On The 20th Century” plays through April 30, 2017 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street in Old Town.

 

The sight of four tap-dancing porters in front of Sean Fanning’s jaw-dropping railroad car scenic design sets you up for Cygnet Theatre’s latest offering –  the musical comedy “On The Twentieth Century,” a visual and auditory treat that traces its inspiration back to the 1930s. Yep, and with all those great costumes by Jeanne Reith.

 

Theater Review: "Shadowlands"

Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8 pm; Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 pm;  Saturday at 4 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

Writer and theologian C. S. Lewis was a crusty old bachelor living in Oxford with older brother Warnie when he accepted the suggestion of tea from Joy Davidman – one of his American admirers, who wrote and said she was coming to Oxford, and could they meet?

Theater Review: "Kinky Boots"

"Kinky Boots" plays Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 1 and 6 pm at the Civic Theatre.

Better hurry. Lola is back in those crotch-high red boots, but only through Sunday at San Diego Civic Theatre.

The smash Broadway musical that shows how seven-inch stilettos can save a faltering British show factory is a visual banquet of outrageous shoes (okay, boots) and the confidence (not to mention balance) it takes to wear them.

Theater Review: "Next Fall"

Tony Bejarano as Adam, Rob Conway as Luke

“Next Fall” is when Luke (Rob Conway) says he’ll tell his fundamentalist parents he’s gay. Dad Butch (James Tarbert) -- a burly Bible-thumper, and mom Arlene (Susan Bray – a motormouth and recovered wild woman – are not likely to take it well.

Theater Review: "The Blameless"

The cast of the world premiere of The Blameless, by Nick Gandiello.

The unspeakable violent tragedy that took college student Jesse Garcia’s life still casts a pall over the family, the colorful kitchen photo banner of the family together now a constant testament to the loss and ache that will never heal completely.

Theater Review: "Sex With Strangers"

 “Sex With Strangers” (one of the ten most-produced plays in the U.S. this season) is smart, funny and thought-provoking.

Is that really what it’s about? Well, yes and no. 

Laura Eason’s “Sex With Strangers” is also about the technology revolution’s effect on reading habits, and about whether a (human) snake can ever shed his skin and become something more socially presentable.

Theater Review: "The Illusion"

John Greenleaf & Kandis Chappell in "The Illusion."

Love, death, regret, self-recrimination, scheming and – oh yes – good old sorcery are on display in “The Illusion,” Tony Kushner’s 1994 reworking of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century “L’Ilusion Comique,” playing through March 19 at North Coast Repertory Theatre. David Ellenstein directs an extremely capable cast.

Theater Review: “Urinetown: The Musical."

“Urinetown” plays Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm.

It’s greed and corruption vs. the power of the people and basic human needs in the hilarious “Urinetown: The Musical,” playing through March 12 at the OB Playhouse in Ocean Beach. Jennie Gray Connard directs and choreographs.

Theater Review: "9 to 5: The Musical"

Ever have a misogynist, lecherous jerk of a boss that made you fantasize about inflicting a slow, painful (or at least humiliating) death on him?

The trio of hard-working ladies in “9 to 5: The Musical” have one of those bosses, and they’re here to take charge of him and the office through Feb. 26 in San Diego Musical Theatre’s 10th season opener.