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BWW Review: BREATHTAKING, HAIR WAITING, A PROMISE OF NEW LIFE, & THE WEDDING PREP by Photo BWW Review: BREATHTAKING, HAIR WAITING, A PROMISE OF NEW LIFE, & THE WEDDING PREP by Common Ground Theatre & MOXIE Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - July 25, 2020

Review of all four shows BREATHTAKING, HAIR WAITING, A PROMISE OF NEW LIFE, & THE WEDDING PREP that are a part of the Dinner & A Zoom series by Common Ground Theatre & MOXIE Theatre...
BWW Review: THE DAZZLE at Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: THE DAZZLE at Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company
by E.H. Reiter - June 26, 2020

Backyard Renaissance offers multiple theatre offering for your weekend enjoyment with THE DAZZLE and TARRYTOWN...
BWW Review: The Old Globe Invites You to IN-ZOOM Through This Weekend Photo BWW Review: The Old Globe Invites You to IN-ZOOM Through This Weekend
by E.H. Reiter - May 14, 2020

Featuring two time Tony Award winner Bill Irwin and multiple Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald IN-ZOOM is a bright, silly, and sweet spot in the current theatre universe....
BWW Review: HOUSE OF JOY Brought A Fierce Female Fairytale To San Diego Repertory The Photo BWW Review: HOUSE OF JOY Brought A Fierce Female Fairytale To San Diego Repertory Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - March 13, 2020

A review of THE HOUSE OF JOY at San Diego Repertory....
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY HONORS BRITISH COMPOSERS At The Jacobs Music Cente Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY HONORS BRITISH COMPOSERS At The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - March 10, 2020

British guest conductor Bramwell Tovey led the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in authoritative performances of William Walton's Crown Imperial (Coronation March), Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto and the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar. Britannia indeed ruled on this night! In 1936 Walton was a...
BWW Review: FLY takes to the sky in search of adventure at La Jolla Playhouse Photo BWW Review: FLY takes to the sky in search of adventure at La Jolla Playhouse
by E.H. Reiter - March 10, 2020

FLY, the new musical adaption of J.M. Barrie's tale of Peter Pan brings a swashbuckling, gravity-defying adventure to the stage of the La Jolla Playhouse....
BWW Review: THE BEL CANTO TRIO Kicks Off San Diego Opera's Detour Series in La Jolla Photo BWW Review: THE BEL CANTO TRIO Kicks Off San Diego Opera's Detour Series in La Jolla
by Ron Bierman - March 07, 2020

The San Diego Opera's first Detour Series performance this season belonged to the new Bel Canto Trio, starring tenor Joshua Guerrero, soprano Julie Adams, and bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee. All are outstanding young award winners with impressive voices and resumes. Music director and pianist Chris...
BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK at Trinity Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK at Trinity Theatre Company
by E.H. Reiter - March 07, 2020

Trinity Theatre Company proves in their committed, hilarious, and perceptive production of CLYBOURNE PARK that the more things change the more they stay the same....
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS SIBELIUS at The Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS SIBELIUS at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - March 04, 2020

Conductor Eun Sun Kim is the recently named musical director of the San Francisco Opera. In her debut with the San Diego Symphony she opened her program with Korean composer Texu Kim's playful Spin-Flip. Two hyperromantic works followed, the Sibelius violin concerto and Rachmaninoff's third symphony...
BWW Review: Catch THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY at Broadway San Diego before Photo BWW Review: Catch THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY at Broadway San Diego before it disappears
by E.H. Reiter - February 29, 2020

 THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY proves that it only takes a little bit of magic to fill the theatre at Broadway San Diego.  THE ILLUSIONISTS are playing multiple shows through Sunday, March 1st, catch them before they disappear....
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS BEETHOVEN & SHOSTAKOVICH at Symphony Hall Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS BEETHOVEN & SHOSTAKOVICH at Symphony Hall in the Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - February 28, 2020

Beethoven was born 250 years ago. The San Diego Symphony's most recent birthday present in its celebration of the anniversary was an engaging performance of his violin concerto by violinist Stefan Jackiw. Conductor Rafael Payare, as though beginning one of Beethoven's powerful symphonies, put some h...
BWW Review: A vote for THE OUTSIDER at North Coast Repertory Theatre is a vote for la Photo BWW Review: A vote for THE OUTSIDER at North Coast Repertory Theatre is a vote for laughs
by E.H. Reiter - February 25, 2020

THE OUTSIDER now playing at North Coast Rep through March 22nd is the perfect comedy antithesis for a year that can feel like a neverending political drama.  A top-notch comedic cast this show delivers on the laughs with some pointed humor that makes the most of the sometimes counterintuitive feelin...
BWW Review: UC San Diego Honors The Music And Influence Of Chou Wen-chung at the Conr Photo BWW Review: UC San Diego Honors The Music And Influence Of Chou Wen-chung at the Conrad Prebys Music Center
by Ron Bierman - February 24, 2020

Composer Chou Wen-chung, who died recently at the age of 96, was honored at the most recent 'red fish blue fish' percussion concert. Chou's works have been performed by major orchestras throughout the world, and he mentored many who have gone on to successful careers of their own. Tan Dun and Chen Y...
BWW Review: FÊTE NOIRE: A FESTIVAL CELEBRATING BLACK CULTURE ACROSS THE AFRICAN DIASP Photo BWW Review: FÊTE NOIRE: A FESTIVAL CELEBRATING BLACK CULTURE ACROSS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA at New Match Collective
by E.H. Reiter - February 22, 2020

Fête Noire: A Festival Celebrating Black Culture Across the African Diaspora by New Match Collective and its powerful pieces and performances are the perfect way to close out February....
BWW Review: A KIND OF WEATHER at Diversionary Theatre Photo BWW Review: A KIND OF WEATHER at Diversionary Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - February 21, 2020

A KIND OF WEATHER is a comedic, tragic, introspective, and thought-provoking look at transition, but not in the way that may be generally assumed....
BWW Review: Love is in the air at SHE LOVES ME at San Diego Musical Theatre Photo BWW Review: Love is in the air at SHE LOVES ME at San Diego Musical Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - February 19, 2020

 SHE LOVES ME, now playing at San Diego Musical Theatre through March 8th, is a delightfully entertaining and sweet, that will have people leaving the theatre humming and that warm and fuzzy feeling of true love conquering all. ...
BWW Review: MATILDA sings at Coronado Playhouse Photo BWW Review: MATILDA sings at Coronado Playhouse
by E.H. Reiter - February 18, 2020

MATILDA playing at Coronado Playhouse through February 23rd is bound to make everyone feel good about being a a 'little bit naughty'...
BWW Review: HURRICANE DIANE brings gale-force laughter at The Old Globe Photo BWW Review: HURRICANE DIANE brings gale-force laughter at The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - February 17, 2020

If you were a god who specialized in green and growing things and wanted to try to save the planet, New Jersey aka a?oeThe Garden Statea?? may seem like the natural place to start. In HURRICANE DIANE, the new comedy by playwright Madeleine George, playing at the Old Globe proves that while Jersey ma...
BWW Review: San Diego Opera's Sly and Whimsical HANSEL AND GRETEL at the Civic Center Photo BWW Review: San Diego Opera's Sly and Whimsical HANSEL AND GRETEL at the Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - February 10, 2020

Engelbert Humperdinck's HANSEL AND GRETEL opened Saturday to an audience that included several dozen children, who followed their attention from beginning to end with color, movement, and singing backed by lushly orchestrated music. Even a five year-old girl sitting in front of me on a raised seat k...
BWW Review: RED BIKE at MOXIE Theatre Photo BWW Review: RED BIKE at MOXIE Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - January 30, 2020

RED BIKE, playing at MOXIE Theatre through February 16th captures that fleeting and adrenaline-filled time childhood where you are given the keys to exploration and adventure; when you get your dream bicycle....
BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP brings basketball to the Cygnet Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP brings basketball to the Cygnet Theatre
by E.H. Reiter - January 30, 2020

THE GREAT LEAP is an entertaining and thought-provoking way of combining history, politics, culture, and basketball.  It is playing at the Cygnet Theatre through February 16th....
BWW REVIEW: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: EDO DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN at The Jacobs Music Photo BWW REVIEW: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: EDO DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - January 30, 2020

Beethoven was born 250 years ago, and the world has been honoring the anniversary with a deluge of the great composer's music. The San Diego Symphony's celebration continued with strong, well-played performances of Beethoven's Egmont Overture and sixth symphony. Principal Guest Conductor Edo de Waar...
BWW Review: JITNEY elevates the everyday at The Old Globe Photo BWW Review: JITNEY elevates the everyday at The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - January 28, 2020

JITNEY playing at The Old Globe through February 23rd elevates everyday life and work in a thoroughly entertaining, hilarious, and at times devastating look at the dignity of work, providing for those you love, and the ties that bind friends and family into a community.  ...
BWW Review: THE HUMANS at San Diego Repertory Theatre Proves Even Fictional Family Di Photo BWW Review: THE HUMANS at San Diego Repertory Theatre Proves Even Fictional Family Dinners Can Feel Like A Thriller​​​​​​​
by E.H. Reiter - January 27, 2020

THE HUMANS now playing at San Diego Repertory Theatre through February 2nd is a family comedy-drama that proves even fictional holiday celebrations can be emotional minefields to navigate....
BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: EDO DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN at The Jacobs Music C Photo BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: EDO DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - January 15, 2020

Wondering how to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday? Well, to paraphrase Julie Andrews, the air is alive with the sound of his music. Take a European riverboat cruise that promises performances of his string quartets, stream Immortal Beloved with Gary Oldman's intensely romantic portrayal of the g...