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Theater Review: “An Experiment with an Air Pump”

“An Experiment with an Air Pump” plays through August 25, 2019 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus).

Count on Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company to come up with thought-provoking drama. This time, it’s British playwright Shelagh Stephenson’s 1997 “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” a time-jumping consideration of the ethics of science in general and of medical research and genetic testing in particular.

Toss in clever dialogue and a bit of a mystery, and you’ve got a winner.

Film Review: “Turtle Odyssey”

“Turtle Odyssey” plays daily at 12, 2, 4 and 6 pm.

Many people (like me) had a little bitty turtle or two as pets when we were kids. But mostly, when I think turtle, I see the Mock Turtle singing “Beautiful Soup” in  the musical version of “Alice in Wonderland.”

But now the Fleet Science Center brings all of us into reality with its fascinating new IMAX film “Turtle Odyssey.”

Theater Review: “Becoming Dr. Ruth”

“Becoming Dr. Ruth” plays through February 3, 2019 at the Broadway Theater, 340 East Broadway in Vista.

Say “Dr. Ruth” and anybody who was listening to the radio or watching TV in the 1980s will know exactly whom you’re talking about.

She’s Dr. Ruth Westheimer, pint-sized sex therapist extraordinaire, whose face, accent and sense of humor were daily fixtures on TV and radio for years.

Movie Review: "Border”

No, Ali Abbasi’s “Border” isn’t about the current U.S. government’s fixation on  “hordes” of aliens allegedly storming the U.S. southern border.

It is Finland’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year – an odd little film about big issues like humanity, the Other, and what defines each.

Theater Review: “Good People”

Kaly McKenna as Margie, Dee Kelley as Dottie

"Good People” isn’t playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s best play, but OnStage Playhouse is giving it a smashing production through Sept. 24.

The location is South Boston’s Lower End, aka Southie, and the question under consideration is the old American saw that you can be whatever you want if you just try hard enough.

THEATER REVIEW: "Cabaret"

“Cabaret” plays through July 26, 2015 at Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido.