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When Looking Different Was a Crime

By Welton Jones | September 20, 2012 |
The Kimura Family of Salinas

In the earliest days of World War II, it became illegal on the West Coast to look Japanese and 120,000 people were locked up in concentration camps for the duration of the war. A new musical – ALLEGIANCE – at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre tells the story.

Contemporary Pippin Performs Well But Casts No Spell

By Bill Eadie | September 16, 2012 |
Wendy Maples

The opening number of Pippin, Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hinson’s 1970s-era musical, is titled “Magic To Do.” Invoking magic in the opening number sets a high bar to jump, and Diversionary Theatre’s production, while solid, doesn’t rise to the level of magic. It has become fashionable to re-think Pippin, whose score by the composer…

Provocation & Divulgence

By Kris Eitland | September 14, 2012 |

  You’ve got to hand it to Mickey Mounarath and Spencer John Powell of Visionary Dance Theatre, who lately are the most visible dance producers in town. Their focus is to produce up-and-coming artists in all art forms.  There is great value in providing such a platform, especially when novices have the chance to shadow…

Underpants Fall in Fine Production at North Coast Rep

By Bill Eadie | September 9, 2012 |
The Underpants

Think Steve Martin and what comes to mind is likely to be smart, literate comedy that will make you think while you’re having a laugh.  That, and banjos. Banjos do turn up in Mr. Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 sex comedy, The Underpants, but they’re only talked about. Which is what you can say…

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