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“THE COLOR OF LIGHT” at Vantage Theatre and Talent to aMuse

“THE COLOR OF LIGHT” at Vantage Theatre and Talent to aMuse

Aired on KSDS-FM on 1/19/18 RUN DATES:  1/11/18 - 2/3/18 VENUE: Vantage Theatre at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center Matisse was an atheist. His muse was a nun. At age 72, the artist hired a 21 year-old student nurse to care for him post-operatively. He was furious when he found out she was a novitiate. But still, she enchanted him, became his spiritual love, and brought a dying man back to life. And more important, back to art. In 1947, the nun Read More →

“THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME” at Moonlight Stage Productions

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 8/17/18 RUN DATES: 8/15/18 - 9/1/18 VENUE:  Moonlight Stage Productions Not every musical can create a good story. And not every good story makes a good musical. Case in point: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Victor Hugo’s 1831 romantic/Gothic novel about faith and love, outsiders and acceptance. Noble themes all, especially at this moment in our own history. But when Disney gets into the act, the depth and darkness are typically sheared off. The 1996 animated film, Read More →

“MAMMA MIA” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“MAMMA MIA” at Moonlight Stage Productions

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/22/18 RUN DATES: 6/13/18 - 6/30/18 VENUE:  Moonlight Stage Productions  It all depends on how you feel about ABBA (the Swedish pop group), or jukebox musicals (in general), or “Mamma Mia!” (in particular). If you like any or all of the above, you’re gonna love the Moonlight Stage production. Truth be told, I’m not a fan of any of the aforementioned, yet I was totally smitten by this show. You may never see a better production Read More →

“PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” at Lamplighters Community Theatre

“PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” at Lamplighters Community Theatre

Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/4/18 RUN DATES: 4/20/18 - 5/13/18 VENUE:  Lamplighters Community Theatre When you were young, didn’t you wish you could fly? Then disaster struck: you grew up. Everyone’s favorite airborne sprite, the one who never grew up, is back, in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is the creation legend of Peter Pan. The wildly imaginative play by Rick Elice, based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, was first seen locally as a Page-to-Stage workshop Read More →

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” at Moonlight Stage Productions

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 7/22/17 RUN DATES:  7/19/17 - 8/5/17 VENUE: Moonlight Stage Productions  If you want to get analytical/philosophical about it, the Disneyfied Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid” (musicalized and happily-ever-aftered) is encouraging tolerance of others (“I can’t hate them,” the titular mermaid, Ariel, says of the humans she adores, “just because they’re different”). On the other (darker) hand, you could say that the show is, if not advocating, at least condoning, inter-species coupling Read More →

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” at Moonlight Stage Productions

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY” at Moonlight Stage Productions

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 9/27/16 RUN DATES: 9/14/16 - 10/1/16 VENUE: Moonlight Stage Productions at Moonlight Amphitheatre   Finger-snapping did not accompany the cartoons of Charles Addams (1912-1988), that appeared for years in The New Yorker. But the short-lived TV show that bears his “Addams Family” name (1964-1966) inspired an animated version, several remakes, a video game and a movie franchise, not to mention the 2010 musical that has settled briefly in Vista, at Moonlight Amphitheatre (only 3 more Read More →