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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.

Theater Review: "Plaid Tidings"

Cast of "Plaid Tidings"

Remember Forever Plaid, that hapless close-harmony quartet that bashed into a busful of Catholic schoolgirls on their way to the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964?

The girls were not hurt, the Plaids became instant angels, and every now and then St. Peter sends the guys back to earth for one reason or another.

Movie Review: "The Music of Strangers"

Sixteen years later, the ensemble may have changed out a few players, but it still tours the world every year.

“This film is trying to remind people that culture is not the frosting on the cake. It’s the plate that the cake sits on.” --- Director Morgan Neville

We say that music builds bridges. World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s desire to know how that works and exactly what it means led to the formation of his Silk Road Ensemble, and finally to this film.

Theater Review: “The Kid Thing"

Anna Rebek, Katherin Harroff, Connor Sullivan, Sarah Karpicus and Jo Anne Glover in "The Kid Thing."

Having a kid is (fill in the blank).

Question: Is it even more (fill in the blank) if you’re gay?

The answer may depend on what’s in that blank space.

Playwright Sarah Gubbins explores the experience of becoming gay parents in the San Diego premiere of “The Kid Thing,” a funny and thought-provoking piece on the boards at Moxie Theatre through Dec. 11.

Theater Review: "The Normal Heart"

Fred Hunting, Stewart Calhoun, Claudio Raygoza, Michael Lundy, Joel Miller

We don’t often see in-your-face activism on the stage. But Playwright Larry Kramer’s 1985 “The Normal Heart” is about the HIV/AIDS crisis, a topic that demanded immediate action in the ’80s.

Theater Review: "The Sound of Music"

Director Jack O’Brien plays down the drama in the latest touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved last musical.

The hills aren’t as alive as they used to be in Broadway San Diego’s touring version of “The Sound Of Music,” playing through Nov. 20 at Civic Theatre.

Director Jack O’Brien plays down the drama in the latest touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved last musical.

Theater Review: “Native Son"

“Native Son” plays through November 19, 2016.

Two big, black rats figure in UCSD Theatre’s production of Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s “Native Son.”

Theater Review: “Miss You Like Hell”

The cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical "Miss You Like Hell."

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” - Edna St. Vincent Millay

What would you do if you were 16 and your long-absent mother knocked on your door at four in the morning to invite you on a week-long road trip?

Theater Review: “Laughter On The 23rd Floor”

Omri Schein & Amanda Sitton Back - Louis Lotorto & Phil Johnsom

For four years, Sid Caesar’s 90-minute comedy variety show “Your Show of Shows” made TV history by incorporating sitcom elements such as the recurring “Hickenloopers” into the scripts.

But all good things come to an end, and in 1954, with slipping ratings, NBC decided to break up the Sid Caesar/ Imogene Coca team and sign each to their own show.

Theater Review: “Disgraced"

“Disgraced” plays through November 13, 2016 at San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

John Iacovelli’s spiffy apartment design belies the conversational vitriol to come in San Diego Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced,” playing through Nov. 13 on the Lyceum stage.