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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.

Theater Review: “Victor/Victoria"

“Victor/Victoria” plays through September 28, 2019, at Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista.

When a broke, hungry singer named Victoria (Allison Spratt Pearce) meets a barely-employed café singer in a Left Bank club, Toddy (Lance Arthur Smith) tries to help her by setting up an audition with the club owner.

Theater Review: “Amadeus”

“Amadeus” plays through October 6, 2019 at North Coast Repertory Theatre

It’s always good to start a play with a mystery, and Peter Shaffer’s 1979 “Amadeus” opens with a dandy: Viennese citizens whispering among themselves and asking in hushed tones “Did he do it?”

They’re talking about the rumors that composer Antonio Salieri poisoned young upstart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Movie Review: "The Last Photograph"

Movie Review: "The Last Photograph."

Actor Danny Huston exposes a side of himself we don't often see in "The Last Photograph." Huston also directs and stars in this 85-minute moving meditation on love, grief and the search for peace.

Theater Review: "The Coast Starlight"

“The Coast Starlight” plays through September 15, 2019 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus).

If you’ve ever sat on a bus or train and wondered about your fellow travelers, La Jolla Playhouse has just the play for you. 

Theater Review: “Romeo and Juliet”

“Romeo and Juliet” plays through September 15, 2019 at The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Director Barry Edelstein takes an extraordinarily youthful approach in directing Shakespeare’s iconic “Romeo and Juliet” for the first time. It is, after all, about a couple of kids in love.