Provocative homage to Marvin Gaye highlights choreographer’s showcase

By Kris Eitland | August 27, 2012 |

  His religious father beat him mercilessly when he was a child and finally shot him to death in 1984.  But you didn’t need to know a thing about the soul singer Marvin Gaye to feel the range of emotion in Universal (Marvin’s Remix,) a provocative dance drama choreographed by Lavina Rich. The piece wasn’t…

ion’s Mystery Plays is for Genre Junkies

By Bill Eadie | August 26, 2012 |
The Mystery Man

Mystery Plays were medieval pageants that were acceptable to church authorities because they were moral fables based on Biblical tales. Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa’s mystery plays are also moral fables, but his Bible is the horror genre itself, as taken from its most populist master practitioners: Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone,” Alfred Hitchcock, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King.

Kent Nagano Triumphs in SummerFest Finale

By Ken Herman | August 26, 2012 |
Kent Nagano

Ending a summer concert with a blinding display of fireworks is a widespread tradition, but Friday’s (August 24) grand finale of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2012 kept all of the dramatic fireworks on the Sherwood Auditorium stage. Under the demanding baton of guest conductor Kent Nagano, the festival chamber orchestra tore into what…

Airy Anything Goes Makes an Enjoyable Evening

By Bill Eadie | August 24, 2012 |
Anything goes featured

Airy is good for summer musicals staged outdoors, and Moonlight Stage Productions version of Anything Goes doesn’t push the envelope at all in making an enjoyable evening for its audiences.

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