Some entertaining musicals over the past few years have focused, not on stars, but on the people behind them, those who helped make them successful. Motown: the Musical, for instance, was about Berry Gordy, while Million Dollar Quartet paid respect to Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records.

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The 1980s – the Reagan era with its personalities, politics, entertainment and pop culture – has always had a special place in the American psyche, and it has experienced a resurgence over the past few years. Its recent popularity has been driven, in part, by a combination of nostalgia and science fiction stories such as “Ready Player One” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

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This is a new period in the history of the San Diego International Fringe Festival. Following a few years of primarily being held in downtown San Diego, the event has mostly moved to Balboa Park (with a few shows in venues around the county) in this, its seventh, year.

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New Village Arts Theatre Production’s adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Italian comedy, Il servitore di due padroni, certainly is a tribute to Commedia dell’arte, the old Italian style of comedy. It is, however, more than that.

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