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Theater Review: “Hold These Truths”

 American democracy is one of the greatest political systems the world has ever devised, granting freedoms (and responsibilities) to its citizens that are paralleled in few other areas of the world.

But that “shining city on the hill” has a few dark spots as well, brought about by those old bugaboos fear and loathing. 

Theater Review: “Around the World in 80 Days”

“Around the World in 80 Days” plays through December 22, 2019, at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

And now for something completely (or at least delightfully) different: New Village Arts’ world premiere of the pirate version of “Around the World in 80 Days,” with original music composed by Joseph Freeman and Renee Moreno of Leucadia’s pirate rock band Shantyannes.

Theater Review: “American Buffalo"

“American Buffalo” plays through December 7, 2019 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Ave., downtown.

It’s a story of a couple of minor-league crooks planning a revenge heist. Backyard presents this funny and profane American classic through Dec. 7 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. Rosina Reynolds directs.

Donny (Francis Gercke), proprietor of a cluttered junk resale shop, has sold a buffalo head nickel for $90, but now thinks it’s worth a good deal more and wants it back.

Movie Review: "Cyrano, My Love"

Movie Review: "Cyrano, My Love"

Life upon the wicked stage – and how a play gets onto that stage in the first place – is the topic of actor Alexis Michalik’s directorial debut film “Cyrano, My Love.”

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.