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Theater Review: "Altar Boyz"

"Altar Boyz," now at the Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse is rocking through Feb. 19 with the sounds of a (satirical) Christian boy band whose goals are to save souls and lift spirits. “We’re gonna alter your mind,” they sing, “We think that church is too refined.”

Theater Review: "Bad Jews"

“Bad Jews” plays through February 12, 2017 at Cygnet Theatre.

Let’s face it, she’s a pain the ass. 

I’m talking about Vassar student Daphna (aka Diana) Feygenbaum (Danielle Frimer), Jew extraordinaire, in town for a family funeral in Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews.”

We meet her in the upper-80s Manhattan apartment of cousins Liam (Josh Odsess-Rubin) and Jonah (Tom Zohar), whose grandfather’s funeral was yesterday. Jonah was there.

Theater Review: “Our Great Tchaikovsky”

Wednesday at 7 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm.; Sunday at 2 and 7 pm.

Tchaikovsky started piano lessons at five, but five years after that his parents (unconvinced that music could be a viable career) sent him off to St. Petersburg to an academy that would train him for life as a civil servant.

Theater Review: “Plays by Young Writers”

Four playwrights see their works given full productions, while the two youngest winners get staged readings of their works.

A strange warehouse where you can take something you want, but you must leave something of equal value; a satire on gentrification and bias in the tech industry; the horrors of a refused “promposal” and a farce about formerly incarcerated friends who reunite as they re-enter society are the themes of four of this year’s winning Plays by Young Writers.

Theater Review: "Marjorie Prime"

Dee Maaske & Elaine Rivkin in “Marjorie Prime."

The future is here. One thing it has brought us is drones, a “sanitized” way to kill by machine without dirtying human hands.

Theater Review: "Beau Jest"

Jason Heil, Ross Hellwig, Omri Schein, Sandy Campbell and Erika Phillips.

Can a nice Jewish kindergarten teacher find love with a goyisch actor? Probably, unless her parents get in the way.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Teacher Sarah (Erika Ruth Phillips) already has a perfectly good goyisch bf in a tall blond WASP advertising account exec named Chris Cringle (Jason Heil). But she also has very Jewish parents she’s afraid to introduce Chris to.

Theater Review: “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

A. Schaar in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

Ah, those French. Famous for making love a national obsession, their reputation for artful seduction persists even today.

Back in the pre-French Revolutionary 18th century, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos posited a game which would use seduction as the bait for debauchery, revenge and cruelty, and would serve to amuse the idle rich. His novel was called “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” 

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.