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Theater Review: “As Bees in Honey Drown”

“As Bees in Honey Drown” plays through February 10, 2018, at OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Avenue (near F Street), Chula Vista.

If you’re the type who believes the only thing that matters is “the hum, the buzz, the hype, the flash, the flame,” then you probably deserve to get taken by quintessential (but charming) grifter Alexa Vere de Vere.

Theater Review: “I Am My Own Wife"

“I Am My Own Wife” plays through January 28, 2018, at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

“She doesn’t run a museum. She is one. And I’m curating her,” says playwright Doug Wright in describing the subject of his one-man show “I Am My Own Wife.”

Theater Review: “Around the World in 80 Days”

“Around the World in 80 Days” plays through February 4, 2018, at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Who doesn’t love Jules Verne’s crazy story about Phileas Fogg, who one night while playing whist with his buddies at the club asserts that progress has been such that man can now go around the world by steamer and rail in 80 days? 

When scoffing ensues (this is 1872), Fogg bets 20,000 pounds (about $39,000 in today’s currency) that he can do it.

Theater Review: “The Color of Light”

“The Color of Light” plays through February 3, 2018, at the Tenth Avenue Art Center, 930 Tenth Avenue, downtown.

Master colorist Henri Matisse is probably best known as a painter and prime mover of the Fauvists (“wild beasts”), the early 20th-century art movement that produced wildly colorful canvasses.

But he also branched out into printmaking and sculpture. And late in life, when illness kept him from standing to paint, he took up the colorful paper cut-outs for which he is also renowned.

Theater Review: “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” runs through January 7, 2018 at San Diego Repertory’s Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

His songs form a great part of the “Great American Songbook.” Lacking music training, he said he could only play in F-sharp, on the black keys – because “they stick out, so it’s easier.” George Gershwin called him “the greatest songwriter who ever lived.” 

Jerome Kern may have said it best: “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.”

2017 San Diego Film Critics Society Award winners

Chris Washington and Allison Williams in "Get Out."

The San Diego Film Critics Society had a mixed-bag of genres to chose from this year in their determination for the year's best in cinema. From comedy to drama, and yes even horror, the critics have made their choices and the only thing to do now is wait to see if The Academy of Arts and Sciences agrees with them. 

Here is the complete list of winners: 

Theater Review: “Tarrytown”

Backyard Renaissance Theatre’s “Tarrytown” runs through December 17, 2017, at Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights

Washington Irving’s well-known Halloween story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” gets a fetching musical update – and amusing twists – in Backyard Renaissance Theatre’s world premiere of Adam Wechter’s “Tarrytown,” playing through Dec. 17 in Diversionary’s Black Box Theatre.

Theater Review: “The Secret Garden”

“The Secret Garden” plays through December 24, 2017 at New Village Arts,

Photo credit for all photos is Daren Scott, with the exception of the first two photos (with the characters in all brown), and that photo credit is Shaun Hagen

Theater Review: “The Diary of Anne Frank”

“The Diary of Anne Frank” plays through December 17, 2017 at Moxie Theatre,

Anne Frank’s diary is arguably the best-known document of the World War II era. It’s been translated into some 60 languages and has perhaps contributed more toward the understanding of the human tragedy of the Holocaust than any other single piece.

Theater Review: “The Moors”

“The Moors” plays through December 10, 2017 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights.

Those English moors of the Bronté sisters are probably still dark, foreboding and foggy, but in “The Moors,” playwright Jen Silverman gives us a play that’s more than that – a story that’s deeply macabre and disturbing, subversive and bizarre, but with grim humor and a modern viewpoint, all played out in a Victorian-era parlor complete with fireplace...and on those moors.