SummerFest’s Romantic Opening

By Ken Herman | August 4, 2012 |

La Jolla SummerFest 2012 opening Friday, August 3, with a concert of effusive, late Romantic chamber music, including two of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ esteemed versions of his “Bachianas Brasilieras for 8 Cellos.” The festival continues through Aug. 24, 2012.

“Carnage” Perhaps Too Mild a Word

By Welton Jones | August 3, 2012 |

Four WASPS and a cell phone are featured in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, now on the stage of the Old Globe’s White Theatre. Mom on the landline has a supporting role. It’s a pocket-sized version of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Fewer revelations, diminished booze and far less time lapsed but comparable in quantity of poisonous residue. It’s always astonishing how easily the veneer of civilization can be stripped away, even in the world of high-price strivers who can afford cute food and esthetic excess as insulation. Reza, being a dramatist of keen vision and superb technique,…

Essay: A Noble and Dirty Business

By Bill Eadie | August 2, 2012 |

Seeing San Diego REP’s excellent season-opening production of Zoot Suit left me wondering about the role of politics in theatre and theatre in politics. It’s doubtful that the theatre will impinge much into the upcoming presidential race (though President Obama held a fundraiser on Broadway recently and has seen at least a couple of Broadway shows while in office, while Governor Romney has avowed that he’d like to see The Book of Mormon when he has some free time). Even so, a revival of the late Gore Vidal’s play, The Best Man was still running at the time of his…

Kathy Brombacher Scores a Fiddler Hit

By Bill Eadie | July 26, 2012 |

Fiddler on the Roof has all the qualities of a great musical: a timeless story, hummable tunes, the opportunity for exciting visual moments, and a charismatic leading man. And retiring artistic director Kathy Brombacher has taken advantage of each of these elements to create as her final production a genuine hit that can be enjoyed by the all-ages crowd the her company, Moonlight Stage Productions, likes to attract. The timeless story comes courtesy of Sholem Aleichem, the pen name of Solomon Rabinovich, a Russian Yiddish author who wrote about hope despite poverty in the Jewish shtetls at the turn of…

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