San Diego Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION OF AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PRODUCTION OF AS ONE at Joan B Kroc Theatre
by Ron Bierman - November 14, 2017

If a spouse transitions from one sex to another in a state where gay marriage is illegal, is the marriage still valid? There are many possible reactions to that question, including heated discussion, juvenile giggling, or reactionary distaste. Composer Laura Kaminsky chose empathy for those most dir... (more...)
BWW Review: CROSSCURRENTS at The Balboa Theatre BWW Review: CROSSCURRENTS at The Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - November 07, 2017

Jazz fans were at San Diego's Balboa Theatre to see Chris Potter, one of the best sax players in the world, and bass-playing legend Dave Holland. But why was half the audience in saris?? Well, the other five musicians in the Crosscurrents band are from India, and some of them are far better known in... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN SAN DIEGO at the Jacobs Music Center BWW Review: CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN SAN DIEGO at the Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - October 21, 2017

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is thought by many to be the best in the United States and among the top five in the world. The orchestra's performance at San Diego's Jacob's Music Center provided absolutely no support for a contrary view. The program consisted of Schubert's 'Unfinished' eighth symph... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Center BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - October 18, 2017

The Pirates of Penzance--opera or operetta? The answer to that question seems important to some opera lovers who believe a 'serious' opera company doesn't do operettas. Too bad for them if their doubts made them miss out on San Diego Opera's hugely entertaining production. A nearly sold-out audience... (more...)
BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at Jacobs Music Center BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - October 10, 2017

he San Diego Symphony's opening concert of the season featured a return appearance by Edo de Waart. The program consisted of Liszt's second piano concerto and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. De Waart has become a favorite guest conductor of orchestra members, and Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer. He co... (more...)
BWW Review: The San Diego Symphony's BOLERO BY THE BAY at the San Diego Embarcadero BWW Review: The San Diego Symphony's BOLERO BY THE BAY at the San Diego Embarcadero
by Ron Bierman - August 23, 2017

San Diego's waterfront on a cool summer night seems the perfect spot for exciting Latin-flavored music by Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla and Maurice Ravel. Conductor Sameer Patel opened with Four Dances from Estancia by Ginastera. After an overly careful treatment of the first dance. The slow se... (more...)
BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: LATIN JAZZ MASTERS at San Diego Embarcadero Marina BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: LATIN JAZZ MASTERS at San Diego Embarcadero Marina
by Ron Bierman - August 13, 2017

Latin jazz inspired the latest concert in the San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights series. Gilbert Castellanos, the creative force behind the Symphony's jazz concerts, assembled an all-star Latin band for a tribute to past masters such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaria. As usual,... (more...)
BWW Review: DR. JOHN IN SAN DIEGO at Embarcadero Marina BWW Review: DR. JOHN IN SAN DIEGO at Embarcadero Marina
by Ron Bierman - July 31, 2017

A worse-for-wear Dr. John walked slowly to the piano with the help of two canes. He was no quicker while leaving the stage at the end of the set. But for over an hour in between, he and his sextet kept up an infectious funky beat, and his voice and piano playing erased half a century of his 76 years... (more...)
BWW Review: MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL at Balboa Theatre BWW Review: MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL at Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - June 20, 2017

“Mozart in a party mood,” conductor Michael Francis announced as he introduced the composer's Contra Dances to begin the concert. And the same party mood prevailed throughout much of the evening. The first and third movements of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 owe a lot to the most spirited of Mozar... (more...)
BWW Review: MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at The Balboa Theatre BWW Review: MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA at The Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - June 12, 2017

William Preucil has been the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra's concertmaster since its first performance in 1989. He's also the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, so you might guess he and his Festival Orchestra cohorts are an impressive collection of musicians. You'd be more right than you ... (more...)
BWW Review: Maestro Ling Bids Farewell in Moving Final Performance as Music Director of San Diego Symphony BWW Review: Maestro Ling Bids Farewell in Moving Final Performance as Music Director of San Diego Symphony
by Ron Bierman - May 28, 2017

The improvement during Jahja Ling's 13-year tenure as conductor and music director has been extraordinary. Friday's performance of the last program before his retirement confirmed that with an exclamation point. In a 2016 interview by Beth Wood, Ling said this about his 2017 concerts, 'I chose piece... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Reigning Cats And Dogs In Palm Springs! Dezart Closes Its Season With A Very  Warm And Funny CHAPATTI! BWW Review: It's Reigning Cats And Dogs In Palm Springs! Dezart Closes Its Season With A Very Warm And Funny CHAPATTI!
by David Green - April 04, 2017

Dogs and cats reign supreme  - and, in fact, are the catalyst for all of the action  - in Christian O'Reilly's warm and intelligent comedy CHAPATTI, the final production in Dezart Performs rather remarkable ninth season in Palm Springs. Dezart Performs, a long time 'best kept secret' in Coachella Va... (more...)
BWW Review: 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' at The Old Globe BWW Review: 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' at The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - February 27, 2017

'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' follows a fictional meetnig between two of the greatest minds of the 20th centurey- Pabloe Picasso and Albert Einstein. From the mind of Steve Martin, this show is playing at the Old Globe through March 12th.... (more...)