Theatre

HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO WITH ENERGY AND FLAIR

HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO WITH ENERGY AND FLAIR

Hamlet has to be the most ‘traveled’ character in all of theatrical performed history. Its been around for over 400 hundred years and still has the power to draw actors and audiences together in celebration of Shakespeare’s, arguably, most fascinating and enigmatic character. The richness and poetry of Shakespeare’s text in spinning a multifaceted tale […]

KEN LUDWIG’S WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY “ROBIN HOOD”

KEN LUDWIG’S WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY “ROBIN HOOD”

The great Neil Simon deservedly earned his soubriquet as the ‘king of comedy’ with sheer brilliance and longevity; two components that assure one a place in the pantheon of American comedy playwrights. Britain’s Alan Ayckbourn, earns his Pantheon honor for his prodigious comedy output and brilliance in England. American playwright Ken Ludwig, is currently the […]

IN ‘”KING OF THE YEES” A FATHER & DAUGHTER RE-DISCOVER THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER IN CHINATOWN

IN ‘”KING OF THE YEES” A FATHER & DAUGHTER RE-DISCOVER  THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER IN CHINATOWN

Special to Desert Local News by Lisa Lyons, Theatre Critic California native Lauren Yee is an award-winning playwright with an impressive resume; the 30-something’s work has been rewarded with prestigious awards (including the American Theatre Critics Association’s Francesca Primus Prize), commissions from such esteemed theatre companies as Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE SERVES UP A DELICIOUS COMEDY/FARCE IN SOLANA BEACH WITH “AT THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE SERVES UP A DELICIOUS COMEDY/FARCE IN SOLANA BEACH WITH “AT THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE

Comedy/Farce is a tricky genre to do well.  Many theatre companies in America have tried to mount successful productions over the years but, somehow, they always come up short.  To do the genre well, theatrical companies need trained, gifted actors and directors to fill the roles of crazy, deluded, egomaniacal, hyper-active, and child-like characters, and […]

LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE STAGES FUZZY HEADED DRAMEDY “AT THE OLD PLACE”

LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE STAGES FUZZY HEADED DRAMEDY “AT THE OLD PLACE”

It appears that the famous North Carolina novelist and writer Thomas Wolfe, was correct in his observation about ‘one not being able to go home again’. I’ve often mused over the verity of that phrase. However, after seeing a production of  “At the Old Place” at the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse, by playwright Rachel Bonds, […]

PALM CANYON THEATRE SOARS TO THE MUSIC OF “IN THE HEIGHTS”

PALM CANYON THEATRE SOARS TO THE MUSIC OF “IN THE HEIGHTS”

When the Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) of Palm Springs, CA opened its doors twenty years ago it made a promise to the community to bring professional-quality, theatrical entertainment to the Coachella Valley.  Thanks to the efforts, dedication and vision of the Layne family of theatre professionals – the family rich in producers, actors, directors, designers, […]

THE POWER OF QUANTUM PHYSICS AND LOVE ON STAGE AT LA’S GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

THE POWER OF QUANTUM PHYSICS AND LOVE ON STAGE AT LA’S GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

What are the odds of a play whose premise is underpinned with quantum physics, bees, and the seductive power of love that brings two disparate souls together turning the result into a riveting evening of intellectual theatre?  Pretty slim, I’d say. And then I saw the play. “Constellations”, a poignant drama written by British playwright […]

2nd ANNUAL JOSHUA TREE IMPROV/COMEDY FESTIVAL RUNS JULY 7-8-9 AT HDCC

2nd ANNUAL JOSHUA TREE IMPROV/COMEDY FESTIVAL RUNS JULY 7-8-9 AT HDCC

If you love ‘IMPROV’ theatre, especially comedy/improv theatre, then the High Desert Cultural Center (HDCC), in Joshua Tree, CA is definitely the place to be on opening night Friday, July 7 at 6:30 PM.  A Gala will kick off the three-day Improv/Comedy Festival with Cabaret star and actress Francesca Amari, presenting her tribute to Gilda […]

“The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hit…”

“The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hit…”

So says young Gordon Hirabayashi’s father to his eldest son whose outgoing and curious disposition is being tested by the increased discrimination in Washington state against Asian Americans, both Issei (first generation born in Japan) and Nisei (second generation born in the US); with the escalation of the war and the subsequent bombing of Pearl […]

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