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Theater Review: “West Side Story”

“West Side Story” plays through August 31, 2019 at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

It may seem strange to see a bunch of hoodlums – killers, even – break out in dance at the top of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical “West Side Story” – and it’s not hip-hop or break dancing. But by now, most of us are used to it.

Theater Review: “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso”

“A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” plays through August 25, 2019 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

Pablo Picasso lives again. That crazy Spaniard, who upended the art world with fanciful, sexy, goofy and/or stunning art works returns to the stage at New Village Arts to allow us mere mortals to spend 85 minutes with genius. 

Theater Review: “33 1/3 House of Dreams”

Wednesday at 7 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 and 7 pm

Are you old enough to remember the Wall of Sound? Would you even recognize a 33 1/3 long-playing vinyl record if you saw one?

Theater Review: “The Tale of Despereaux"

“The Tale of Despereaux” plays through August 11, 2019 on The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

A mouse falls in love with a princess, becomes a knight and saves the day in PigPen Theatre Co.’s latest offering at The Old Globe.

“The Tale of Despereaux,” based on the Newbery Award-winning fantasy novel by Kate DiCamillo, is in its world premiere through Aug. 11 at The Old Globe. Mark Bruni worked with PigPen on the direction.

Theater Review: “Matilda, the Musical”

“Matilda, the Musical” plays through August 3, 2019 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista.

You can’t pick your family, but poor Matilda (Charity Rose) wishes mightily that she could have chosen hers. The problems started at birth, when mom Mrs. Wormwood (Kristina Miller-Weston) was more interested in the dance contest she was missing than in knowing how her new baby was.

Theater Review: “Another Roll of the Dice”

“Another Roll of the Dice” plays through Aug. 11 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.

Those wild and crazy touts, dolls and light-fingered crooks are back in town, pulling heists, betting on losing horses and always – always – trying to impress those dolls in the New York City of the 1930s and ’40s.

Theater Review: “Miss Saigon”

Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

The Vietnam War in the 1970s was (to say the least) controversial. Perhaps fittingly, the musical “Miss Saigon” – set at the end of that war – was born in controversy as well. But unlike that war, the show has outlasted its critics.

Broadway San Diego brings “Miss Saigon” back through July 14 at San Diego Civic Theatre.

Film Review: "Yesterday"

In this film, Googling “Beatles” only returns articles about insects.

Absurd question, you say?

Of course, and if you can’t swallow that as a premise (or muster enough curiosity to find out what happens), don’t bother to see director Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday,” which posits exactly that.

Film Review: “5B"

“5B” is playing at the AMC Fashion Valley 18. 

If there’s anything good to be said about the first few years of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, it’s that the nurses at San Francisco General Hospital were true heroes. 

Theater Review: “Put Your House in Order””

“Put Your House in Order” plays through June 30, 2019 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive on the UCSD campus.

My mom used to try to get me to clean up my room (and later, my apartment) with this logic: As soon as you let it get messy, company will ring your doorbell.

Maybe that’s what Ike Holter is trying to tell us in “Put Your House in Order,” a new three-hander billed as a combination romantic comedy/apocalyptic thriller.