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Theater Review: “Almost, Maine”

Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

Men and women may not be different species, but sometimes it seems they live on different planets, as John Cariani’s fanciful “Almost, Maine” demonstrates in a lively production playing through April 27 at Vista’s Broadway Theater.

Theater Review: “Poor Yella Rednecks”

When I first saw “Vietgone” three years ago, I (like many others) thought Qui Nguyen an important new voice in theater, with a knack for saying something important with wit, humor and grace.

That show was so wildly successful that newcomer Nguyen took the opportunity to expand his writing horizons into film and TV as well.

Top 5 pop culture news items from 1999, when "Trick" was released

It's hard to believe that Jim Fall's movie "Trick" has been around for two decades. It was released on January 27, 1999: Cher's "Believe" was auto-tuning our souls, "She's All That" defined the teen rom-com, and plastic chokers were a fashion fad. 

Theater Review: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” plays through May 5, 2019 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights

In these times of growing fear of the “other,” it’s nice to be reminded of the unafraid, those who embrace who they really are.

The Greeks (notably Plato) posited that humans once came in twos, attached (with two heads, four arms, etc), but that the gods were angered one day and split early humans in two, leaving each to wander around in search of its other half.

Theater Review: “Church”

“Church” plays through April 20, 2019, at Diversionary’s Black Box, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights.

Religion is a hot-button issue for many, myself included. I grew up in a fundamentalist church of the sort Rev. José (Salomon Maya) would approve.

So when Rev. Jose bellowed from the back of the room “You are a spiritual black hole!,” it was familiar, but I was still ready to bolt.

"The Fantasticks" is coming to Point Loma Playhouse

Shows on May 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 June 1, 2: Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm/Sunday 2:30 pm

"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.

"Grease" prequel in the works at Paramount

Prequel to "Grease" is in the works.

Over 40 years after "Grease" premiered in theaters and electrified audiences, Paramount is working on a prequel to the iconic movie. 

The movie will be titled "Summer Loving," and will tell the story of Danny and Sandy before their meet-cute at Rydell High.