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Murdering heroines and Fosse never go out of style

By Kris Eitland | February 27, 2013 |

Long before Court TV, Nancy Grace, and gossip magazines, we were obsessed with criminals, corruption, and the circus of celebrity. Present day news junkies and paparazzi would have had a field day in 1924 Chicago, as did reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins who covered the scandalous murder trials of two unrepentant women. She turned her reports into a popular play that inspired a silent film, more films, and award-winning musical revivals that we know as Chicago.   In 2013, San Diego Musical Theatre’s Chicago, based on the book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, still seems ripped from the headlines with…

Time Stands Still Sneaks Up on You

By Bill Eadie | February 25, 2013 |

“Time stands still” is an oxymoron, something inherently contradictory. Time, of course, is always progressing, though in the eye of the beholder time can seem to stand still under extreme conditions.

How people react to extreme conditions is a major theme of Donald Margulies’ multilayered relationship play, performing through March 17 at North Coast Repertory Theatre. But, “relationship” as a topic for drama turns out to be an oxymoron as well.

Top Choreographers Win Prize Money and Prestige

By Kris Eitland | February 24, 2013 |

Being selected to perform in the Young Choreographers Showcase is an honor in itself. Hearing the names of winners is a big cause for excitement.  Just check out the joyful snapshot of Jessica Rabanzo-Flores who won the first place prize of $3,000 for her supercharged dance “Beyond Our control.” Rabanzo-Flores was one of 11 contestants (nine individual choreographers and two two-person teams) in the showcase for 2013. A panel of six judges and an exuberant crowd inside the Saville Theatre at City College Sunday night was wowed by the gripping energy in her hip-hop inspired work set to “Illusion of Choice”…

Tchernychev charms as irresistible ‘Don Juan’

By Kris Eitland | February 20, 2013 |

San Diego Ballet is best known for family traditions and romantic tragedies, such as “The Nutcracker” and “Romeo Juliet.” To embrace a broader Valentine’s Day crowd, choreographer Javier Velasco created a new ballet with an irresistible title, especially if you’re a man with a pulse. In San Diego Ballet’s debut of “Don Juan” last weekend at the Lyceum, audiences followed the escapades of the legendary lover and scoundrel immortalized in Spanish folklore, plays, and Mozart’s opera, “Don Giovanni.”  Maxim Tchernychev, a former Bolshoi dancer, portrayed a relaxed and confident Don, often outshining Velasco’s ballet phrases yet exuding mature charisma. Set…

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