February 5, 1987 |
When a theater is not in use, it is said to be dark. By that definition, San Diego sometimes seems on the verge of a total eclipse. Ever wonder why the nation's eighth largest city has so many large theaters lying dormant, their shabby marquees hanging limp and bare on desolate streets? The Balboa Theater is the most infamous of this brigade, but it is hardly alone, even as it sits incongruously amid the glitter of Horton Plaza. The Balboa, at least, summons attention.
July 14, 1989 |
Don Victor is a funny man. He would be funnier, one suspects, if he would relax and just let the fun flow. "Picture Postcard," Victor's most ambitious piece yet, at Sushi Performance Gallery through July 22, has evolved since being commissioned for this year's Neofest. It began as a series of characters in a small town.
May 30, 1994 |
After decades of staging wrenching works by African American playwrights, the Southeast Community Theatre is now having fun with the black American experience in "Spooks." This one-act, 72-minute comedy by Don Evans, which runs through Sunday in the Lyceum Space, is a clever, amusing piffle based on the comic premise that it's funny when a know-it-all finds out he doesn't know everything after all.
December 5, 1992 |
For 17 years, the San Diego Repertory Theatre has been putting a fresh set of clothes on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Six years ago, the company went for a classical fit--going for a faithful Victorian rendering. In more recent years, there has been a socially challenging fit, with Dickens' poor being recast as today's homeless. Some years--like last year--it has just been plain puzzling without an obvious centralizing idea. This year, the clothes are inspired.
December 2, 1992 |
Just because the San Diego Repertory Theatre is staging Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as a gospel musical doesn't mean the local company has descended into trendy updating. Peter Sellars set Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in an East Coast diner, and a recent New York City Opera production of "La Traviata" changed the heroine's fatal malady from consumption to AIDS. But Rep producing director Sam Woodhouse believes Dickens' Victorian tale and African-American gospel music were made for each other.
December 6, 1993 |
Have you heard the voices of "A Christmas Carol" too many times? Do you want to cringe when violins mix with the rustle of starched Victorian dresses under the soft sprinkle of artificial snow? Forget the quaint picture postcards. The San Diego Repertory Theatre has dusted off the Dickens classic and unleashed the powerful passion of its message in a new gospel version at San Diego's downtown Lyceum Stage through Dec. 26.