Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: "My Fair Lady"

Oh, that Henry Higgins. What a prig. What a jerk. What a genius! (Just ask him.)

Yep, George Bernard Shaw’s favorite linguist is back to amuse and annoy us with his smart-alecky and soulless use of poor Eliza Doolittle as a guinea pig to showcase his great ability to transform a flower girl into someone who can pass as nobility.

Theater Review: "Rent"

"Rent" celebrates 20 years at The Civic Theatre in San Diego.

Twenty-one years ago, Jonathan Larson revived the declining rock opera genre with his Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Rent,” which took Leoncavallo’s opera “La Bohème” as inspiration. This story of starving artist types opened on Broadway in 1996 and ran for 12 years.

Now it’s back on a 20th anniversary tour, and plays through Sunday at San Diego Civic Theatre.

Theater Review: "Play It Again, Sam"

Some guys need a little help getting dates. Film critic Allan Felix (aka Woody Allen) needs a personality makeover, or maybe a transplant. He’s just been divorced by his wife Nancy (when you observe one of their interactions, you’ll wonder what took her so long) and now this social flop is trying to get back into the dating game. 

Theater Review: "The Roommate"

Tessa Auberjonois and Linda Gehringer in South Coast Repertory's 201​7 ​production of ​The Roommate.

Back when I was 50-some, I wrote a poem about the way women magically seem to become invisible when they hit the big five-oh.

Now playwright Jen Silverman has picked up that theme and created a one-act two-hander about two women in just that situation.

2016 Craig Noel Award nominees announced

Ross Hellwig, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Robert Smyth and Erin Petersen (left to right) in Intrepid Theatre's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

SAN DIEGO (Jan 1, 2017) ---- More than 90 local and national theatre artists representing 56 San Diego theatrical productions from 20 different producing companies will compete for the 2016 Craig Noel Awards, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced today.

SDGLN critic Jean Lowerison's best films of 2016

"Kubo" is at the top of SDGLN's critic Jean Lowerison's list of the best movies in 2016.

This was a great year for animated films and documentaries. Even narrative films offered some great viewing. Herewith my favorites, in no particular order.

Animation:

Theater Review: "The Mystery of Love and Sex"

John Wells III as “Jonny” and Rachael VanWormer as “Charlotte."

Lucinda (Marci Anne Wuebben) smokes reefer, Howard (Mike Sears) is a casual racist, sexist and homophobe. A Jewish New Yorker and writer of detective novels, he is smug and self-satisfied, but with a definite soft spot for daughter Charlotte. Mom is a Southern belle and lapsed (nay, converted) Catholic.

Theater Review: "Seven Spots On The Sun."

Four other actors (Markuz Rodriguez, Elizabeth Jimeniz, Danielle Levin and Robert Malave) play multiple roles as “Town.”

Plastic shower curtains cut into long slanted rectangular pieces and hung on an onstage rod may remind you of chimes or even organ pipes, but sexual passion is about the only remotely harmonious aspect of Martín Zimmerman’s “Seven Spots On The Sun.”

Theater Review: "Jesus Christ Superstar In Concert"

I’m always happy when “Jesus Christ Superstar” is on the boards again. The 1971 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is not only my favorite of all his shows, but to me the only really good show he’s ever written.

Now the students at San Diego State University take a crack at the concert version of the 1971 rock opera that tells the story of Jesus’ last week on earth.

Theater Review: "A Christmas Carol"

David McBean, Tom Stephenson

Some people have to be scared into being good. Come to think of it, maybe all of us do, but at any rate Ebenezer Scrooge is definitely in that category. Like the Grinch, his heart was two sizes too small.

Scrooge’s heart started to shrink years ago when as a boy he was left all alone at his boarding school for the holidays.