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The Best Acting in ‘Girlfriend’ Comes Between the Lines

Diversionary Theatre tells a sweet, subtle story of forbidden love, so watch closely
September 24, 2019

Being a Teenage Tudor Is Bloody Business In 'The Virgin Trial'

Cygnet’s new production proves you don’t get to be queen of England by staying innocent
September 19, 2019

Every Stranger Has a Story in 'The Coast Starlight'

La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere is an ode to the romance of train travel
September 6, 2019

Moxie’s New Season Is Off to a Smashing Start with ‘Dance Nation’

This Pulitzer Prize finalist is full of surprises and rich character work
August 29, 2019

'Romeo and Juliet' Takes Big Risks, Most of Which Pay Off

It’s impossible to watch The Old Globe’s interpretation like you might any other Shakespeare—but that’s the point
August 21, 2019

Return to Runyonland for ‘Another Roll of the Dice’

North Coast Rep premieres the spiritual successor to Guys and Dolls
July 19, 2019

The ’80s Are Alive and Well at Cygnet Theatre

You’ll have nothin’ but a good time at ‘Rock of Ages’
July 12, 2019

In the Wings: May 8–15

Your guide to what’s new this week in San Diego’s theater scene
May 7, 2019

Good Grief, It’s a ‘Peanuts’ Double Feature at OB Playhouse

Catch the all-ages ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ and the adults-only ‘Dog Sees God’ in rotating repertory
April 24, 2019

Women Pioneer the Sky in 'They Promised Her the Moon'

The Old Globe tells the fascinating true story of Jerrie Cobb and the Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees
April 18, 2019

‘Angels in America’ Is the Best Thing I’ve Seen So Far This Year

Cygnet Theatre proves that the two-part epic is as awesome and resonant today as it was in 1993
March 18, 2019

La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Diana’ Is a Moving Tribute to the People’s Princess

The multiple Tony Award–winning team behind Memphis and Come From Away take on the monarchy
March 13, 2019

‘Aladdin’ at the Civic Theatre Recaptures Most of the Original Film’s Magic

Four new songs—and three that were cut from the cartoon—add up to something like an ultimate edition for old and new fans alike
February 25, 2019

Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ Is a Natural Fit for the Stage

The Old Globe brings the Wild author’s beautifully written advice column to life
February 21, 2019

‘The Hour of Great Mercy’ Faces Mortality with Dignity

Every scene is crucial, and every actor at the top of their game in Diversionary Theatre’s newest world premiere
February 15, 2019

Aubergine’s Delicious Ingredients Fall Short of a Meal

San Diego Rep’s latest drama serves up lovely insights on food, family, and death, but doesn’t quite make a solid story from them
February 11, 2019

Unconventional Women Cross the Generational Divide in 'Herland'

This National New Play Network premiere at Moxie Theatre recognizes the struggles that young and old have in common
February 1, 2019

‘Marie and Rosetta’ Returns a Rock Legend to the Spotlight

If you’re not familiar with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, you’re not alone—but it’s time to catch up
January 25, 2019

What Inspires California’s Young Playwrights? Faith, Family...and Trash

The annual Playwrights Project contest winners grapple with identity and take a dumpster dive into existentialism
January 18, 2019

Seven Local Actors to Watch Out For in 2019

These newcomers to the San Diego theater scene showed some of the most promising talent I saw all last year
January 8, 2019

They Can Dance, They Can Jive: The Sexy, Stylish 'Mamma Mia!'

I'll admit it: I'd been reluctant to see Mamma Mia!. People don't have fun in serious art, I thought, swirling my brandy snifter.
December 22, 2018

Family Politics Unfold Backward in Time in ‘The Year to Come’

La Jolla Playhouse’s high-concept world premiere is strengthened by a superb ensemble cast—and nearly derailed by its ending
December 11, 2018

'This Beautiful City' Is a Complicated Portrait of Faith and Hypocrisy

Diversionary Theatre’s San Diego premiere applies a documentary look—and a catchy soundtrack—to the evangelical capital of the US
November 20, 2018

You Decide Whodunit in the Funny, Imaginative 'Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Turning Tydes Theatre Company executes a sharp, winsome musical at OnStage Playhouse
November 15, 2018

‘Wicked’ Brings Dazzling Sights and Vocal Performances to the Civic Theater

If you’ve never seen this new Broadway classic about Oz from the witch’s point of view, what are you waiting for?
November 6, 2018

Race and Class Alienation Cut Both Ways in Moxie Theatre’s 'Fade'

A privileged TV writer and an Angeleno janitor search for common ground in this play from Tanya Saracho, showrunner of Vida
October 31, 2018

Empire Is Inevitable in The Old Globe’s ‘Julius Caesar’

This tense, engrossing student production is playing for just one week—and shouldn't be missed
October 23, 2018

The Truth Is Grayer Than It Seems in San Diego Rep’s ‘Actually’

Beyond the simple facts of a Title IX case, this play opens a bigger conversation about the innumerable factors behind every decision we make
October 19, 2018

In the Wings: October 16-22

Your guide to what’s new this week in San Diego’s theater scene
October 16, 2018

‘Hir’ at Cygnet Theatre Explodes Family and Gender Roles into a Million Little Pieces

This pitch-black comedy is raw and cathartic, a fever dream of a country trying to make sense of itself
October 9, 2018

‘Bull in a China Shop’ Reaches But Doesn’t Grasp

Diversionary Theatre stages an ambitious but disjointed portrayal of suffragists Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks
September 27, 2018

San Diego Rep’s Tragicomic ‘Fun Home’ is Growing Up at Its Most Awkward and Beautiful

See a weekend show if possible—the Tony Award–winning musical may be too much emotion to handle on a work night
September 18, 2018

'Voyeurs de Venus' is Moxie’s Boldest, Most Thought-Provoking Show Yet

How do you chronicle the marginalized without distorting or exploiting them?
August 23, 2018

The Body-Positive 'Hairspray' Is a Riot and a Wild Ride

San Diego Musical Theatre stages the high-camp classic about breaking down barriers to representation
August 10, 2018

'The Tempest' is a Feast for the Senses at The Old Globe

The 2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival brings one of history’s most fantastic plays to life with lavish imagination
June 27, 2018

OB Playhouse's 'Hair' Is a High-Energy Ode to the 1960s

The Age of Aquarius dawns at the intimate Ocean Beach theater
June 7, 2018

Three Generations of Women Resist the State in 'The Madres'

1970s Argentina takes center stage in Moxie Theatre’s powerful world premiere play
May 24, 2018

‘Ballast’ Explores Transgender Identity Through Dreams

The world-premiere show at Diversionary Theatre is an ambitious, acutely observed character study
May 25, 2017

Curious Women are the Stars of ‘Silent Sky’ at Lamb’s Players

These “human computers” were mapping the cosmos seventy years before NASA’s Hidden Figures
May 11, 2017

'Skeleton Crew' is a Powerful, Personal Tale of American Labor

The superb cast brings The Old Globe’s fascinating story of a 2008 Detroit auto plant to life
April 28, 2017

Cross-Border Adventures Await at the Lyceum’s 'Into the Beautiful North'

Charming performances buoy the adaptation of an award-winning novel
April 19, 2017

'The 39 Steps' Brings Hitchcockian Absurdity to Coronado Playhouse

History repeats itself as hit-and-miss farce
April 13, 2017

'October Sky' Soars at The Old Globe

The musical adaptation of the 1999 film surpasses the original in spectacular fashion
October 10, 2016
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