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Theater Review: "Freaky Friday"

Emma Hunton (left) and Heidi Blickenstaff in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Disney’s "Freaky Friday,"

What kid hasn’t wished for adulthood – especially after being denied something by Mom? 

But be careful what you wish for. The exasperation of teenager Ellie’s “Mom!” wail turns to an anguished cry for “Mommy!” after the two exchange places for a chaotic day in “Freaky Friday,” playing through March 12 at La Jolla Playhouse.

Theater Review: “Miss You Like Hell”

The cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical "Miss You Like Hell."

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” - Edna St. Vincent Millay

What would you do if you were 16 and your long-absent mother knocked on your door at four in the morning to invite you on a week-long road trip?

Theater Review: “Junk: The Golden Age Of Debt”

Zakiya Iman Markland, Linus Roache and Henry Stram

If the intricacies of junk bond trading leave you in “Huh?” mode like they do me, don’t look to Ayad Akhtar’s latest play to enlighten you very much. But you can’t miss the warning he’s sending.

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world premiere of “Junk: The Golden Age Of Debt” through Aug. 21 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre, directed by Doug Hughes.

Theater Review: "The Last Tiger In Haiti"

Reggie D. White, Clinton Roane, Andy Lucien, Brittany Bellizeare and Jasmine St. Clair in "The Last Tiger In Haiti."

Time is mushy and truth variable (an understatement) in the world premiere of Jeff Augustin’s “The Last Tiger In Haiti,” where five kids of varying ages serve “Mister” as restaveks (slaves) until they are 18, when they will be freed.

“Last Tiger” is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Theater Review: "Hollywood"

Martin Meccouri, Shaun T. Evans, Katherine Ko, Scott Drummond and Lee Sellars

“Hollywood,” Joe DiPietro’s latest play, calls itself a “noir thriller.” It has a lot of elements, some of them black or at least bleak, but not necessarily noir.