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Diversionary’s ‘Azul’ is Fascinating and Somewhat Ethereal

By Bill Eadie | December 10, 2021 |

Like the blue sky that the title references, the play seems more fit to be experienced than described…

Backyard Renaissance’s ‘Witchland’ an Effective Example of a Rare Theatre Genre

By Bill Eadie | December 7, 2021 |

I admired the skill and technical ability it took to produce ‘Witchland’, the Backyard Renaissance production currently “haunting” the Tenth Avenue Arts Center…

Tenor Arturo Cruz-Chacón Cruz Triumphs in Escondido

By Ken Herman | December 5, 2021 |

Mexican Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz gave a captivating concert at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts on Friday, December 3.

A “My Fair Lady” that Draws Gender Battle Lines

By Janice Steinberg | December 3, 2021 |

Dripping with sexism and class snobbery, “My Fair Lady” is one of those musicals so grating to 21st century sensibilities, one might feel it should remain on the shelf. Ah, but the Lerner-Loewe tunes are magnificent. And any tale that’s persisted from Greek mythology to Shaw’s “Pygmalion” to “Pretty Woman” clearly touches deep psychological chords.

Enter Bartlett Sher, whose “My Fair Lady” shifts the story’s focus from its Pygmalion, the arrogant Henry Higgins, to Eliza Doolittle as a smart, scrappy woman who insists on dictating the terms of her own life.

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