San Diego Theater Reviews
 


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...)
BWW Review: NOT One Of My Favorite Things! THE SOUND OF MUSIC Misses The Emotional Mark At The McCallum BWW Review: NOT One Of My Favorite Things! THE SOUND OF MUSIC Misses The Emotional Mark At The McCallum
by David Green - November 23, 2016

Everyone deserves to see a great production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in their lifetime. For those who attended the Jack O'Brien production last night at The McCallum, who have never seen one before, they are still waiting. It is a gorgeous, lavish production. The sets and costumes are beyond incredible... (more...)
BWW Review: Both Provocative And Poignant — And All Played In Pumps! CASA VALENTINA Engages, Educates And Delights At Dezart Performs In Palm Springs BWW Review: Both Provocative And Poignant — And All Played In Pumps! CASA VALENTINA Engages, Educates And Delights At Dezart Performs In Palm Springs
by David Green - November 06, 2016

I had the absolute pleasure of seeing two things last night that I had never seen before. A production of Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA and a sold out, standing room only crowd at The Pearl McManus Theatre. Brava to Dezart Performs on both counts!! CASA VALENTINA is the premiere performance of D... (more...)
CASA VALENTINA Kicks Off Ninth Theatrical Season at DEZART PERFORMS in Palm Springs CASA VALENTINA Kicks Off Ninth Theatrical Season at DEZART PERFORMS in Palm Springs
by David Green - October 20, 2016

To kick-off its 9th season, DEZART PERFORMS will present Casa Valentina, a thoroughly entertaining Tony Award-nominated "dramedy" written by Harvey Fierstein, the multiple Tony Award-winning actor/playwright and American Theatre Hall of Famer. Fierstein's raucous dramedy, CASA VALENTINA, is a hugely... (more...)
BWW Review: You Too Might Have MANIFEST DESTINITIS BWW Review: You Too Might Have MANIFEST DESTINITIS
by E.H. Reiter - September 28, 2016

MANIFEST DESTINITIS is playing at the San Diego repertory Theatre through October 9th... (more...)
BWW Review: The Old Globe Aims for the SKY BWW Review: The Old Globe Aims for the SKY
by E.H. Reiter - September 26, 2016

The new musical OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe is inspired by the Universal Pictures film and the book Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. is running through Oct. 23, 2016 at The Old Globe... (more...)
BWW Review: Feel the Love at THE LION KING BWW Review: Feel the Love at THE LION KING
by E.H. Reiter - September 09, 2016

THE LION KING comes to the San Diego Civic Theatre through October 2nd.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST is a Delight at the Old Globe BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST is a Delight at the Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - August 31, 2016

LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST is a lush and lively romp at The Old Globe, playing through Spetmebr 18th.... (more...)
BWW Review: Come to the CABARET BWW Review: Come to the CABARET
by E.H. Reiter - August 25, 2016

CABARET comes to the San Diego Civic Theatre through August 28th, 2016. Come join the Cabaret whileit is still here!... (more...)
BWW Review: Cygnet Theatre's GYPSY is Coming Up Roses BWW Review: Cygnet Theatre's GYPSY is Coming Up Roses
by E.H. Reiter - August 19, 2016

Cygnet Theatre brings GYPSY to stage through September 4th.... (more...)
BWW Review: RTC's Revived CABARET Tour Returns to OC's Segerstrom Center BWW Review: RTC's Revived CABARET Tour Returns to OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - August 16, 2016

CABARET's Tony Award-winning 1998 Broadway revival co-directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, still stands, arguably, as the show's definitive stage iteration. That same vibrant Roundabout Theatre Company production rightly serves as the basis for the newer 2014 revival that is now in the midst of ... (more...)
BWW Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Brings Charm and Manners Back Into Style BWW Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Brings Charm and Manners Back Into Style
by E.H. Reiter - July 21, 2016

SENSE AND SENSABILITY brings the charming wit or Asutin to The Old Globe stage thorugh August 14th.... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney Premieres Gorgeous FROZEN - LIVE AT THE HYPERION BWW Review: Disney Premieres Gorgeous FROZEN - LIVE AT THE HYPERION
by Ellen Dostal - May 29, 2016

Frozen fans will be ecstatic with the way Disney has re-imagined its much-loved blockbuster film for the stage, now that the doors to FROZEN - LIVE AT THE HYPERION are open on the Hollywood backlot of Disney California Adventure. And with its stunning state-of-the-art visual technology and heart-ope... (more...)
BWW Review: Dezart Performs Delivers A Highly Moving and Heartfelt THE OUTGOING TIDE At The Pearl McManus Theatre BWW Review: Dezart Performs Delivers A Highly Moving and Heartfelt THE OUTGOING TIDE At The Pearl McManus Theatre
by David Green - May 04, 2016

The Coachella Valley is quickly becoming a mecca for exceptional theatre. And Dezart Performs' THE OUTGOING TIDE is no exception. Under Michael Shaw's skilled and measured direction the three actors bring tremendous honesty and poignancy to dialogue that could have easily waded into "made for televi... (more...)
BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' AGNES OF GOD - An Emotional Powerhouse at the Annenberg BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' AGNES OF GOD - An Emotional Powerhouse at the Annenberg
by David Green - April 25, 2016

AGNES OF GOD is challenging theatre at every level. It demands a lot of its audience. It demands its audience be engaged and active at every turn. It is both emotionally and intellectually stimulating and provocative. It is ninety-plus minutes of thought provoking dialogue with minimal action. One m... (more...)
BWW Review: A Deluge of RAIN Pours Into the Old Globe BWW Review: A Deluge of RAIN Pours Into the Old Globe
by Don Grigware - April 04, 2016

You cannot beat the Old Globe Theatre for its audacity in mounting the challenging musical Rain, based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham. Rain was made into three separate films, a silent in 1928 starring Gloria Swanson, and then in 1932 starring Joan Crawford as Miss Sadie Thompson, and final... (more...)
BWW Review: Furlanetto Shows Mastery in San Diego Concert BWW Review: Furlanetto Shows Mastery in San Diego Concert
by Erica Miner - March 07, 2016

One of San Diego Opera's most cherished stage luminaries... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME Brings History to Life at SDMT BWW Review: RAGTIME Brings History to Life at SDMT
by E.H. Reiter - February 11, 2016

RAGTIME at San Diego Musical Theatre brings a revival of a poignant time in US History to life at the Spreckels Theatre through February 21st.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum Theatre BWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - January 13, 2016

The National Tour of PIPPIN is, hands down, the finest touring production to land at The McCallum Theatre during my tenure in the desert cities. Passionate. Polished. Near Perfection! It is a glorious spectacle of sight, sound and immaculate storytelling that, despite its mesmerizing visual feast of... (more...)