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11/12/17 “ALL IS CALM” at Bodhi Tree Concerts

11/12/17 “ALL IS CALM” at Bodhi Tree Concerts

Blog Post: “ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914” 11/12/17 Enemies can be friends, even if only for one night.  In the middle of a war, they can pile out of their trenches and make merry together. This isn’t a fantasy, or a metaphor. It really happened – on the battlefields in Belgium, in 1914. It was the beginning of World War I, and the Germans were facing off against the Brits. One Christmas Eve, one side started Read More →

“AS ONE” Mini Review

“AS ONE” Mini Review

11/10/17 The latest entry to San Diego Opera’s dētour series of intimate  presentations is "As One," the provocative, two-person, 80-minute chamber opera composed by Laura Kaminsky, with libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed (Reed also created the accompanying film/video). There are so many moving, touching moments, so many universals in this journey of transition (from Hannah Before to Hannah After) --  one bifurcated soul coming together. But the struggles of feeling different, being bullied, grappling with puberty and self-acceptance Read More →

“THE CAT LADY” at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center

“THE CAT LADY” at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center

New play, great expectations. The collaboration between Markuz Rodriguez and Davig Vaughn was 15 years in the making (they met while performing in a theater production at Mt. Carmel High School). Once they re-connected, “The Cat Lady” had a two-year gestation, and it’s now premiering at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. There are many good ideas here. Too many, in fact. The production also has a problem of excess: too many characters, too many extraneous stories, too many Read More →

NOTES FROM THE FRINGE 2017: FINAL EDITION AND CRITIC’S PICKS

NOTES FROM THE FRINGE 2017: FINAL EDITION AND CRITIC’S PICKS

NOTES FROM THE FRINGE 2017: FINAL EDITION AND CRITIC'S PICKS 7/3/17 The last day of the 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival ended as strongly as it started for me. First, I caught the last performance of "THE BANZA," a totally delightful musical created by three of last year's graduates of Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), under the banner of Ellipsoid Players: Jacob Surovsky wrote the book and (often clever) lyrics, and Zane Alexander and Kion Heidari (who Read More →

NOTES FROM THE FRINGE, Part 3

NOTES FROM THE FRINGE, Part 3

Saturday, 7/1/17, the penultimate day of Fringeing, was filled with drama and comedy and immersion. The drama came with "73 SECONDS," a poignant tribute to the seven astronauts aboard The Challenger in 1986. That was the time they had together in the Space Shuttle before it burst into flames. Through the skilled performances of Oregon actors Nathaniel Dunaway and Sarah Cotter, we learn about the astronauts’ pasts and their pastimes, their families and the heart-rending personal Read More →

Notes from The 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival, Part II

Notes from The 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival, Part II

6/30/17 Well, we're almost through the final days of the 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival, and I'm ready for my latest update. As always at the Fringe, some things were good, some not-so-good, some pretty great. In the Great category (with a slight caveat) is "HIP HOP CAB-HOORAY" (see photo) presented and choreographed by Melissa Adao (an enthusiastic little fireball), featuring urban hip hop that's energetic and energizing. In the first piece, 'We Came to Dance," Read More →