888 4 GAY NEWS or 888-442-9639

Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” plays through December 16, 2018 at San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

Fifteen years ago, unhappy housewife Nora Helmers, fed up with her restricted life as mom of three and wife of distracted husband Torvald, stormed out of the house and slammed the door.

Theater Review: “Miracle on 34th Street”

“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” runs through December 23, 2018 at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter.

Well, Doris (Katie Banville) doesn’t, for one. She is a very efficient, no-nonsense events chair at Macy’s who not only doesn’t believe in Santa, she has even disabused her young daughter Susie (Isabella Pruter) of such foolish notions

Theater Review: “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”

Performances are Thursday at 7:30 pm., Friday at 8 pm;  Saturday at 3 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

It’s dangerous business, having the chutzpah to take a beloved Jane Austen novel and imagine what happened after that.

Fortunately, that didn’t stop playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, who imagine “Pride and Prejudice” characters a few years later in their clever and engaging “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” which plays through Dec. 23 at New Village Arts.

Theater Review: “This Beautiful City”

“This Beautiful City” plays through December 16, 2018, at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Boulevard in University Heights.

Colorado Springs, the beautiful city on a hill, became a bastion of fundamentalist Christianity in the 1980s, when Ted Haggard’s New Life Church moved into the laid-back hippie area and started preaching hellfire and damnation.

James Dobson’s Focus on the Family followed, and soon Christian evangelizing was going on even at the nearby Air Force Academy.

Movie Review: “A Private War”

Many reporters ask embarrassing questions of political figures. Fewer take the risk of going into major war zones to give readers a first-hand look at what’s really going on.

Review: “Volcanoes: The Fire of Creation”

You’ll see volcanic explosions, some fiery, others producing grayish white mushrooming clouds that grow ever bigger.

It’s been a year for daredevils on film. First there was “Free Solo,” the documentary about Alex Honnold, the first climber to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan (3200 feet of solid granite, straight up) without ropes.

Movie Review: "Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

What do you do when you’re a lonely, has-been cat-loving lesbian writer in New York and the landlord wants the rent?

Lee Israel can show you, in Marielle Heller’s wonderful new film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Movie Review: "The Old Man & the Gun"

You have to admire the audacity of a guy who discovers the only thing he’s good at is robbery – and decides to make it not only his life’s work but almost an art form.

And you couldn’t get a better actor than Robert Redford to portray the based-on-fact thief Forrest Tucker in David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun.”

Theater Review: “Wicked”

Jackie Burns as Elphaba in Defying Gravity.

In the mood for a little sensory and plot overload? There is cause for joy: “Wicked” is back in town, playing through Nov. 25 at San Diego Civic Theatre. Joe Mantello directs the juggernaut show.

Theater Review: “Holmes & Watson”

“Holmes & Watson” plays through November 18, 2018, at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, bless his clever, tricky little heart, is at it again.

This time he’s taken aim at everybody’s favorite detective in “Holmes & Watson,” a twisty little tale that examines whether Holmes – who has been reported dead – has actually managed to elude the Grim Reaper.