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Theater Review: "Having Our Say"

Thompson, Phillips, director Coleman-Reed and New Village Arts do the piece proud in this humorous and touching revival.

You’ve got to love a couple of centenarians who cite this as the reason for their longevity: “We never married; we never had husbands to worry us to death.” 

Annie Elizabeth Delany and her sister Sarah Louise (aka Bessie and Sadie), were born in the South in the late 1800s.

Theater Review: "The Old Man And The Old Moon"

The cast of PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and The Old Moon. Directed by Stuart Carden.

I see lots of plays and a fair number of theater events, but theater magic is harder to come by.

I’m not talking about sleight-of-hand; it’s more like sleight-of-brain stuff that PigPen Theatre offers during its run at the Old Globe through June 18.

Theater Review: "Archduke”

L-R: Stephen Stocking and Todd Weeks in the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s “Archduke.”

Cold-blooded murder isn’t funny. Neither is political assassination. But playwright Rajiv Joseph – who starred a talking tiger in his most famous work, Pulitzer Prize finalist “Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo” – is known for his offbeat approach to serious topics. His latest play, “Archduke,” offers a sort of farcical satire on political assassination.

Theater Review: “Ballast”

Savannah dreams crazy stuff, mostly about Xavier, but also about things like “dream yoga.” 

Transformation is the theme of Georgette Kelly’s fascinating new play “Ballast.”'

Diversionary Theatre presents the world premiere of this eloquent new play through June 4, brilliantly directed by Diversionary’s executive artistic director Matt M. Morrow. 

At the center of the story are two couples whose stability has been disrupted by the gender reassignment of one partner.

Theater Review: “Jersey Boys”

“Jersey Boys” plays through May 14, 2017: Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 1 and 6 pm

“A good musical can make you thank God for the day you were born.”

Rick Elice said that, and he’s partly responsible for one of those musicals. He’s  the co-writer of the book for the multiple Tony-winning “Jersey Boys” that has just returned home for a short run through Sunday at San Diego Civic Theatre.

Theater Review: "The Music Man"

The cast of "The Music Man" at the Welk Resort, Escondido.

I’ll grant that “Oklahoma!” is a pretty good opening song for a musical, but for my money “Rock Island” from “The Music Man” may be the best opener ever written – and also has best last line. 

Theater Review: “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”

Plays Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm

Memory can be a bitch. Sometimes self-deception makes life easier to take. Just ask any member of the Disciples of James Dean fan club in fictional McCarthy, Texas.

It’s 1975, and the Disciples (who still haven’t forgotten when “Giant” was filmed in neighboring Marfa) are preparing for a meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Dean’s sudden and violent demise in a car crash. 

Theater Review: "Heathers: The Musical"

Veronica soon realizes that being in favor with the Heathers involves sacrifices to her integrity, just as being on the outs will cost her socially.

I don’t remember high school especially fondly, but not in my wildest nightmares was it anything like the depiction of Westerberg High School in “Heathers: The Musical.”

This isn’t your sweet little show about those good ol’ high school days.

Theater Review: "Silent Sky"

"Silent Sky,” about three women who dared not call themselves astronomers but who advanced the science immeasurably at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

Young playwright Lauren Gunderson seems to be making a career of writing plays about little-known women scientists. San Diego playgoers saw her play about mathematician/physicist the Marquise du Châtelet last year.

Theater Review: “Margin of Error”

Anton Myrvold (Ruff Yeager) is what might be termed a BMOC.

Not just an imposing physical presence, he’s also a major light in physics, and as “Margin Of Error” opens he crows to Indian wife Sunita (Roxane Carrasco) that he has just received backdoor notice from someone in the know that he’s been shortlisted for the Nobel Prize.