Previews

PREVIEW: “BRUNDIBAR” at Bodhi Tree Concerts

PREVIEW: “BRUNDIBAR” at Bodhi Tree Concerts

RUN DATES: 6/11/16 VENUE: Bodhi Tree Concerts at Qualcomm Hall The year was 1943. The Jewish composer Hans Krása was already incarcerated in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. He gathered together the children who had performed his opera, “Brundibár” (the name comes from a Czech colloquialism for a bumblebee) when they were in a Jewish orphanage in Prague. After 55 successful performances of the musical fable in the camp, the Führer requested a special presentation of Read More →

PREVIEW: “LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

PREVIEW: “LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE” at North Coast Repertory Theatre

RUN DATES: 6/6/16 VENUE: North Coast Repertory Theatre Big Names wrote it and Big Names are appearing in it. Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron wrote “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Mariette Hartley and Marion Ross will appear in the comic play for one night only, for a fundraiser at North Coast Repertory Theatre. How did it all come about? The Emmy Award-winning Hartley, who lives in Los Angeles, has known NCRT artistic director David Ellenstein for a long Read More →

PREVIEW: “STUPID F***ING BIRD” at Cygnet Theatre

PREVIEW: “STUPID F***ING BIRD” at Cygnet Theatre

Printed in the San Diego Jewish Journal May 2016 RUN DATES: 5/19/16 - 6/19/16 VENUE: Cygnet Theatre When someone asks the precocious four-year-old daughter of playwright Aaron Posner the name of her father’s play, she shouts, “Stupid Fucking Bird!” (She knows to say it only at home). Posner’s very personal response to Chekhov’s “The Seagull” has a very considered title. “I figure that anyone who’s offended by the title won’t come see the show,” he says. Probably a good idea, Read More →

FEATURE: THEATER ENGAGEMENT in San Diego Home Garden Lifestyles Magazine

FEATURE: THEATER ENGAGEMENT in San Diego Home Garden Lifestyles Magazine

Published in San Diego Home Garden Lifestyles Magazine - February  2016 Theater Engagement The play is not the only thing; creative ideas expand the experience beyond the performance By Pat Launer Never mind what Hamlet said. These days, theaters across the country are scrambling to attract younger audiences, and local companies are coming up with imaginative ways to encourage new attendees and enhance the theater experience. The Old Globe offers social media trivia quizzes to challenge Facebook and Instagram visitors with information related Read More →

“GREAT SCOTT” at San Diego Opera

“GREAT SCOTT” at San Diego Opera

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/29/16 RUN DATES: 5/7/16 - 5/15/16 VENUE: San Diego Opera at the Civic Theatre Jack’s back! The beloved former artistic director of The Old Globe (1981-2007), returns to San Diego to direct the West coast premiere of “Great Scott” at San Diego Opera, a co-production with The Dallas Opera. Well, Jack was, of course, in Dallas last October for the world premiere of the new opera by Jake Heggie, whose glorious production of “Moby-Dick” came Read More →

Preview: “INDECENT”

Preview: “INDECENT”

RUN DATES: 11/13/15 - 12/10/15 VENUE: La Jolla Playhouse It seemed like a typical night on Broadway, 1923. But all hell was about to break loose. The vice squad not only closed down the production of “God of Vengeance,” they arrested the producer and 12 actors, and booked them on obscenity charges. It was a travesty, and it dogged the writer, Sholem Asch, for the rest of his life. His play had a profound effect on another playwright, Read More →