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Theater Review: “Bloomsday”

Theater Review: “Bloomsday”

Playwright Steven Dietz’s “Bloomsday” – a charming, wistful, funny and thought-provoking meditation on youth, age, regret, Dublin and James Joyce – plays through Feb. 2 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

In Joyce’s monumental(ly long) novel “Ulysses,” the character Leopold Bloom meanders around Dublin on June 16, which has evermore been known – and celebrated – as Bloomsday.

Theater Review: “A Chorus Line”

“A Chorus Line” plays through March 22, 2020, at Welk Resort San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido.

Those high-stepping wannabe Broadway hoofers are back, dancing, begging and mostly just hoping to “get this job,” in that 1975 juggernaut of dance hopefulness “A Chorus Line.”

Welk Resort Theatre presents this iconic winner of nine Tonys – wonderfully directed by Hector Guerrero – through March 22 at the resort’s theater, which sports a recently renovated lobby.

Theater Review: "Fireflies"

“Fireflies” plays through January 26, 2020, at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The loud noises, blood-red clouds and explosions “somewhere in the South” during the Civil Rights era are echoed by interior but equally incendiary personal issues explored in Donja R. Love’s “Fireflies,” playing through Jan. 26 at South Coast Repertory. Lou Bellamy directs.

Theater Review: “Dear Evan Hansen”

Stephen Christopher Anthony as 'Evan Hansen'

I had great hopes for six-time Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen” when I heard it would finally tour San Diego, but I’m sorry to report that my hopes were mostly dashed last night at San Diego Civic Theatre. But don’t blame the cast.

Movie Review: “Richard Jewell”

Movie Review: “Richard Jewell”

Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell" is about a quiet, unassuming young man who lived in Georgia with his mother Bobi. His life goal was to be a cop, working a beat and helping others. But he lacked the education and so became a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, which gave him a chance to help a wider public.

Theater Review: “The Last Five Years”

“The Last Five Years” plays through November 17, 2019 at Cygnet Theatre.

Let’s face it, breaking up is a bitch. The smashed hopes, the realization that this isn’t what you’d hoped it was – it’s all a pretty depressing (though familiar) part of the human experience.

Theater Review: "Noura"

“Noura” plays through October 20, 2019 at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Getting the short end of the professional, financial and social sticks is something women have become used to through the ages. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t chafed at those very bitter bits. Let’s face it, ladies, things have improved but we’re still fighting that battle today.

Theater Review: “Almost Famous”

“Almost Famous” plays through October 27, 2019 at the Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

A prediction: The next smash-hit musical that will almost surely hit Broadway in the near future is in its world premiere through Oct. 27 at the Old Globe Theatre.

San Diegan Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical musical “Almost Famous,” based on his hit 2000 movie, tells the story of Crowe as a 15-year-old rock fan, dedicated to the music and determined to become a music journalist.

Theater Review: “Girlfriend”

“Girlfriend” plays through October 20, 2019 at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights.

Cast your mind back to 1993 and those mixtape days when cassettes were king. Then pretend you’re in tiny Alliance, Nebraska, where you’ve just graduated from high school and you’re wondering what comes next.

Theater Review: "Monsieur Chopin"

"Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin" plays through October 6, 2019 at San Diego Repertory’s Space Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown.

Hershey Felder’s Chopin, on the other hand, is both a fine pianist and an engaging teacher, and he’s back in town with his one-man show about “Monsieur Chopin.” You can see him through Oct. 6 at San Diego Repertory’s Space Theatre. Joel Zwick directs.