Playwright Bruce Norris takes Avenue Q’s snarky bromide that everyone’s a little bit racist to its logical conclusion in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park, now playing through February 10 at San Diego REP’s Lyceum Stage. I have a bone to pick with how Mr. Norris manipulates the story, but I have no bones about recommending this solid-at-every-level production.

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The La Jolla Playhouse announced at a press conference today that its inaugural Without Walls Festival will be staged October 3 – 6. The Playhouse portion of the University of California, San Diego, campus, will serve as a festival village for a series of performances and events presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance.

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South Pacific, now playing through March 17 at the Welk Resorts Theatre, is deservedly rated as one of the best and most lavish musicals of all time. The Welk’s production is nowhere near lavish, but it proves to be solid enough to be enjoyed by the entire family.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney is clearly a theatrical heir of playwright August Wilson, and Mr. Wilson served as a mentor during his graduate playwriting education at Yale. Mr. McCraney’s work, like that of his mentor, is a product of big ideas and bold theatricality while at the same time honing to the cultural traditions of the African American community.

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On the surface John Doe is about a man (Michael Nieto) who ends up in a hospital emergency room with no identification and apparently in a coma. He is cared for by one nurse in particular (Rachel Propst), who takes a liking to him without knowing anything about him. Also hanging about are five fairly stereotypical and one-dimensional men who are not seen by the staff but who watch the goings on from a set of waiting room chairs. A sixth character (Jane Lui), who it turns out, is John’s wife, flits in and out like a mental case, clinging to one or more of the men.

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