Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Kyle Short as Jesus in Welk Resort's theater production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

If you’re like me in thinking “Jesus Christ Superstar” by far the best musical Andrew Lloyd Webber ever wrote, I have great news for you: Welk Resorts Theatre has a smashing production on the boards as we speak, directed and choreographed by Ray Limón. I suggest you get your tickets now.

Theater Review: "Hollywood"

Martin Meccouri, Shaun T. Evans, Katherine Ko, Scott Drummond and Lee Sellars

“Hollywood,” Joe DiPietro’s latest play, calls itself a “noir thriller.” It has a lot of elements, some of them black or at least bleak, but not necessarily noir. 

Theater Review: "Camp David"

Ned Eisenberg as Menachem Begin, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter, and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat

It was a long shot from the beginning. The players: a failed president (Jimmy Carter); an assassin and Nazi collaborator (Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt), and a terrorist (Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel).

The task: To establish peace between Egypt and Israel.

Theater Review: "The Boy Who Danced On Air"

Troy Iwata (Paiman)

“If you decide the traditions are nothing, then you have nothing. You are only dancing on air.” - Jahandar

Afghanistan has strict laws about sexual behavior – and a practice called Bacha Bazi (“boy play”), in which poverty-stricken parents sell their boys as young as nine to wealthy, often married men who teach them to dance (dressed as women).

Theater Review: "Our Lady Of Kibeho"

Monya, Johnson, Hayes, Johnston, Hunter, Franklin, Dodson

The horrific ethnic genocide in mid-1990s Rwanda left some one million Tutsis dead at the hands of the then-ruling Hutus.

Theater Review: 'Rapture, Blister, Burn'

Jennifer Paredes as "Avery"and Sandy Campbell as "Gwen"

There’s not a lot of rapture in Gina Gionfriddo’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” But there is a fair amount of humor, nostalgia, longing and a heapin’ helpin’ of feminist theory. It plays through May 15 at San Diego Repertory Theatre.

It’s mostly a tri-generational tale of life choices made and questioned by three women and one man.

Theater Review: “Constellations"

Christian Coulson as Roland in "Constellations."

If someone told me I could live forever if I could lick my own elbow, the absurdity of the assertion would strike me less than the sheer undesirability of the notion of immortality.

Theater Review: "Way Downriver"

Richard Baird and Benjamin Cole in "Way Downriver."

“Way Downriver,” Edward Morgan’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s novella “Old Man,” is not set in Faulkner’s usual fictional stomping grounds of Yoknapatawpha County, Miss., but mostly on the mighty Mississippi River, which in 1927 flooded 170 counties in seven states. That event still holds the record as the most destructive flood in U.S. history.

Theater Review: 'Big River'

"Big River” plays through May 15, 2016 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street in Carlsbad.

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By Order Of The Author.”                  

  -- Mark Twain