Jean Lowerison

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.

Theater Review: "Picasso At The Lapin Agile"

From left - Philippe Bowgen as Pablo Picasso and Justin Long as Albert Einstein

Did Picasso and Einstein ever meet in a bar? Probably not, but that conjecture is the setup for Steve Martin’s “Picasso At The Lapin Agile,” playing through March 12 at The Old Globe. Barry Edelstein directs. But instead of a joke, the play becomes an extended riff on art, science, marketing and sex.

Theater Review: “Eurydice”

Oceanside Theatre Company presents Ruhl’s “Eurydice” through Feb. 26 at the Brooks Theater.

You know this is New Mythology when you see Eurydice taking a rainy elevator down to the Underworld.

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, despite her sound-alike name, believes in breaking them.

Theater Review: “Perfect Arrangement”

L to R: Joshua Jones, John DeCarlo

The Big War is over, it’s 1950 and guess what? The problems that were solved have led to others, scarier and more difficult to solve.

Well, that’s what we thought then, anyway.

The defeat of fascism gave way to a horror of Communism; then the likes of J. Edgar Hoover at the FBI convinced President Truman that we also needed to root out “drunkards, loose women and deviants.”

Theater Review: "Blue Door"

"Blue Door" plays at the Moxie Theatre on Thursday at 7 pm; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

Black mathematics professor Lewis has a terrible case of insomnia, and it’s not just the lack of sleep that’s bothering him. He’s being haunted by ghosts of his past – the one he’d hoped to leave behind by getting a Ph.D. and a university post and becoming a published author.

Theater Review: "An Iliad"

“Every time I sing this song, I hope it’s the last time.”

The speaker is The Poet, the topic of the “song” is war and man’s unending addiction to rage, and the source material is Homer’s “The Iliad.”

Theater Review: "Freaky Friday"

Emma Hunton (left) and Heidi Blickenstaff in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s "Freaky Friday,"

What kid hasn’t wished for adulthood – especially after being denied something by Mom? 

But be careful what you wish for. The exasperation of teenager Ellie’s “Mom!” wail turns to an anguished cry for “Mommy!” after the two exchange places for a chaotic day in “Freaky Friday,” playing through March 12 at La Jolla Playhouse.

Theater Review: "Moby Dick"

The power—and the poetry—of Melville’s colossal novel is transformed into a masterwork for the stage.

Most 19th-century whalers went to sea for the money. Some – like Ishmael, Herman Melville’s narrator in his huge classic “Moby-Dick, or the Whale” – were in search of excitement.

Ishmael’s first surprise is his heavily tattooed, easygoing Polynesian bunkmate Queequeg, who reportedly “likes his meat raw...still screaming.”

Theater Review: "Good People"

Heidi Bridges (Margie), Susan Clausen (Jean), Kathi Copeland (Dottie)

Remember that old shibboleth that anybody can succeed if they work hard enough? Tell that to Margaret (Heidi Bridges). Margie is about 50, undereducated and a cashier at the Dollar Store in the Southie projects of Boston, and she’s about to get fired for excessive tardiness.

Theater Review: "Altar Boyz"

"Altar Boyz," now at the Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse is rocking through Feb. 19 with the sounds of a (satirical) Christian boy band whose goals are to save souls and lift spirits. “We’re gonna alter your mind,” they sing, “We think that church is too refined.”