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Theater Review: “In the Heights"

The cast of "In The Heights."

A smashing production of “In the Heights,” Broadway wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first big hit, closes out Moonlight Stage Productions’ summer series of musicals through Sept. 30 at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Theater Review: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Gene Gillette as Ed and Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone in the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Joan Marcus

Onstage at the top of the show is a large white dog, quite dead, with a garden fork stuck in him.

This our introduction to the mind-blowingly strange and utterly fascinating “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” playing through Sept. 24 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 

Theater Review: "An American In Paris"

The classic film turned musical comes to the Civic Theatre stage.

One of the world’s best-loved films – “An American In Paris” – is onstage in musical comedy form through Sunday at San Diego Civic Theatre.

Movie Review: “Rumble”

Rockin’ with Native Americans!

In 1907, the U.S. government commissioned the taping of Native American music, convinced their cultures and music would not survive.

Theater Review: “The North Plan”

Daren Scott & Samantha Ginn

If you ever feared a hostile takeover of the U.S. government, a viewing of ion theatre’s latest offering – Jason Wells’ “The North Plan” – will ease your mind and tickle your funny bone on the way to horrifying you.

Theater Review: "Evita"

 Marisa Matthews as "Eva Perón" in EVITA

Eva Perón is a great subject for theater.

Here’s a poor but pretty and extremely ambitious girl from Nowhere, Argentina who sleeps her way to the presidential mansion in Buenos Aires, not only marrying strongman Juan Perón but becoming an icon and a near saint in the process. What’s more dramatic than that?

Theater Review: “The Drowsy Chaperone”

“The Drowsy Chaperone” plays Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm

“Oh dear God, please let it be a good show. I just want a story and a few good songs,” says Man in Chair at the top of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and I was silently saying “amen” to that right up front.

Theater Review: "Disney’s The Little Mermaid"

Chassey Bennett (Ariel) and David Burnham (Prince Eric).

Some people (and creatures) are never happy. Take Ariel, Disney’s little mermaid, for example. The daughter of King Triton, she is supposed to stick to the watery world like her better-behaved sisters. But no, Ariel keeps running away to the human world (where she thinks she belongs), much to her father’s annoyance.

Theater Review: "At The Old Place"

Marcel Spears, Heidi Armbruster and Brenna Coates in La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere production of "At The Old Place."

An aging magnolia tree overlooking the “old place” seems as weary, deserted, and perhaps even haunted as the 40ish woman who exhaustedly drags a suitcase up the walk and disappears inside in Rachel Bonds’ new play “At The Old Place,” in its world premiere through July 30 at La Jolla Playhouse.

The woman is Angie (Heidi Armbruster), who teaches poetry at a small northeastern college.