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“JC SUPERSTAR” at SDSU: Pretty Super

“JC SUPERSTAR” at SDSU: Pretty Super

Calling all devotees of Andrew Lloyd Webber and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” SDSU has mounted another of its mega-concerts of a musical… with a cast of thousands (well, nearly). The School of Theatre, Television and Film has once again hooked up with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choirs for this mammoth production (two years ago they knocked everyone’s socks off with their concert version of “Les Miz”). The orchestra (under the direction of Michael Gerdes, with Read More →

6/26/16 NOTES FROM THE FRINGE

6/26/16 NOTES FROM THE FRINGE

6/26/16 NOTES FROM THE FRINGE The San Diego International Fringe Festival keeps making its mark, expanding, and offering an ever-widening array of acts: musical, comical, dramatic, dancerly and uncharacterizable. In this 4th Fringe year, there are more than 500 performances, with participants from 10 states and 9 countries (Australia to Ireland, Italy to Japan), over the course of 11 days (or, 11 “eyeball-busting days,” as the yellow-shirted ‘Fringeneers’ put it). Tickets remain affordable (0-$10 per show, less Read More →

Blog: 6/3/16 FUN WITH THE FIRST FOLIO

Blog: 6/3/16 FUN WITH THE FIRST FOLIO

6/3/16 FUN WITH THE FIRST FOLIO! In all my international peregrinations, I’ve never seen the First Folio – and experiencing it for the first time was thrilling. The Press got a sneak peek of the wonderful exhibit at the Central Library, which is co-hosting the national exhibition’s only stop in California. The tour, “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare,” was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Read More →

Blog: WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL- Part 2

Blog: WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL- Part 2

5/15/16 WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, Part 2 BLOG POST 5/15/16 WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, Part 2   I love to see the Wagner New Play Festival at UCSD every year, to take the temperature, as it were, of young folks, and see what’s on their minds. Not too surprisingly, in these tumultuous times, it’s a fairly frightening picture. From homegrown terrorism (“Damascus”) to immigrants and genocide (“How to Use a Knife”) to the dire prospects that await 20-somethings, in Read More →

Blog: WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

Blog: WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

5/6/16 WAGNER NEW PLAY FESTIVAL What’s really on the minds of young people? The Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego is a great way to find out. The 2016 incarnation of the wild display of imagination, this Festival is the first since benefactor Arthur Wagner, founding chair of the UCSD Theatre Department, passed away last September at age 92. His beloved wife, Molli, will be there to hold down the ‘theater angel’ fort. I’ve only Read More →

Blog: SYMPHONY TRIFECTA

Blog: SYMPHONY TRIFECTA

3/20/16 Terrific triple-header at the San Diego Symphony this past weekend – a three-part presentation  -- “Music in Motion: Dance and The Firebird” – where each segment was exquisite in its own right. Emmy Award-winner John Malashock premiered “Five Scenes” (commissioned by the Symphony), set to the music of Bay Area composer, Gabriela Lena Frank. Got to talk to her for awhile. Lovely and fascinating woman whose mother is of Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and father is of Lithuanian/Jewish Read More →