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Everyone’s a Critic

A weekly local theater review

‘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

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‘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

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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

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

How do you chronicle the marginalized without distorting or exploiting them?

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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

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'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

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

The Age of Aquarius dawns at the intimate Ocean Beach theater

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

1970s Argentina takes center stage in Moxie Theatre’s powerful world premiere play

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‘Ballast’ Explores Transgender Identity Through Dreams

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

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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

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'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

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

Charming performances buoy the adaptation of an award-winning novel

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'The 39 Steps' Brings Hitchcockian Absurdity to Coronado Playhouse

History repeats itself as hit-and-miss farce

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'October Sky' Soars at The Old Globe

The musical adaptation of the 1999 film surpasses the original in spectacular fashion

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