San Diego Arts Reviews

    San Diego Story

  • Fringe Flashes: Herstory, Specific Gravity
    A theme is emerging in the performances I’ve seen in the opening days of the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival: A lot of these pieces have a social and/or political message. And, while I’m thrilled to see artists who give a damn about what’s happening in the world, the... Read more »
  • A Mad Monarch–Could This Musical Drama Have Any Contemporary Relevance?
    Those classical music followers who know Peter Maxwell Davies’ sonorous picture postcard “An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise” for orchestra or his haunting chamber opera The Lighthouse will find his 1969 “8 Songs for a Mad King” rather shocking. One of the British composer’s brash, avant-garde theater pieces from his rebellious... Read more »
  • Mainly Mozart Orchestra Finale: Alfred Schnittke Crashes the First Viennese School
    Patrons who perused the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s final concert program ahead of time knew they were in for a certain amount of humor Saturday (June 24) at the Balboa Theatre. Haydn’s notorious “Farewell” Symphony—also known as his Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor—requires the orchestra players to depart one... Read more »
  • Fringe Flashes: Incandescent, Escape, Nations of San Diego
    The San Diego International Fringe Festival is taking place downtown through July 2, and it’s a whirlwind of performers, venues, and experiences. In the interest of letting you know about shows when you still have several opportunities to see them, I’ll be doing “Fringe Flashes”—brief impressions rather than deeply thought-out... Read more »
  • The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and soloists’ “Exotic Inspiration”
    Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Balboa Theatre, used by permission of Mainly Mozart Festival Thursday evening’s Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s program entitled “Exotic Inspirations” at the Balboa Theatre offered much to commend it, with several reservations. The charming program of Mozart, Ravel and Mendelssohn broke no new musical ground... Read more »
  • Mainly Mozart Wind Players Flaunt Their Prowess in Chamber Concert
    For composers, success can be a curse. Take Sergei Rachmaninoff and his famous Prelude in C-sharp Minor, the composition that had become his calling card early in his career as a concert pianist in his native Russia. However, later in his career as a touring virtuoso, American audiences would insist... Read more »
  • Laughter and Controversial Subjects at Fringe 2017
    Rob Elk. (Photo courtesy of BOP Productions.)As could be expected for a late Thursday afternoon, the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival didn’t start with a large attendance. Several shows had less than five audience members, which is something that I’ve rarely experienced at any theatrical event. Regardless of the... Read more »
  • ‘Buddy Holly’ and the Crickets –Oh Boy
    “All my love, all my kisses, you don’t know what you’ve been ‘missin, oh boy…” Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a co-production by Intrepid Theatre Co. and New Village Arts. It’s a true story about a creative spark cut short during turbulent times, and we can’t help but sing... Read more »
  • Old Globe’s Richard II More the Poet Than the Tyrant
    (Note: If you already know enough about Shakespeare’s history plays, feel free to skip the next dozen paragraphs of context.) There have been conflicts longer and bloodier and even more complicated that the English civil wars of the 15th Century, but none have been chronicled by William Shakespeare. Only Blind... Read more »
  • Heathcliff and Catherine Together Again
    Omri Schein and Phil Johnson. (Photos courtesy of Daren Scott.)While writing “Wuthering Heights,” novelist Emily Bronte probably didn’t expect so many adaptations of her book. Numerous film, television and theatrical television interpretations have come out since the story was published in 1847. The Roustabouts Theatre Co.’s new comedy, Withering... Read more »
 

San Diego Arts Reviews

    San Diego Story

  • Fringe Flashes: Herstory, Specific Gravity
    A theme is emerging in the performances I’ve seen in the opening days of the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival: A lot of these pieces have a social and/or political message. And, while I’m thrilled to see artists who give a damn about what’s happening in the world, the... Read more »
  • A Mad Monarch–Could This Musical Drama Have Any Contemporary Relevance?
    Those classical music followers who know Peter Maxwell Davies’ sonorous picture postcard “An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise” for orchestra or his haunting chamber opera The Lighthouse will find his 1969 “8 Songs for a Mad King” rather shocking. One of the British composer’s brash, avant-garde theater pieces from his rebellious... Read more »
  • Mainly Mozart Orchestra Finale: Alfred Schnittke Crashes the First Viennese School
    Patrons who perused the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s final concert program ahead of time knew they were in for a certain amount of humor Saturday (June 24) at the Balboa Theatre. Haydn’s notorious “Farewell” Symphony—also known as his Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor—requires the orchestra players to depart one... Read more »
  • Fringe Flashes: Incandescent, Escape, Nations of San Diego
    The San Diego International Fringe Festival is taking place downtown through July 2, and it’s a whirlwind of performers, venues, and experiences. In the interest of letting you know about shows when you still have several opportunities to see them, I’ll be doing “Fringe Flashes”—brief impressions rather than deeply thought-out... Read more »
  • The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and soloists’ “Exotic Inspiration”
    Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Balboa Theatre, used by permission of Mainly Mozart Festival Thursday evening’s Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s program entitled “Exotic Inspirations” at the Balboa Theatre offered much to commend it, with several reservations. The charming program of Mozart, Ravel and Mendelssohn broke no new musical ground... Read more »
  • Mainly Mozart Wind Players Flaunt Their Prowess in Chamber Concert
    For composers, success can be a curse. Take Sergei Rachmaninoff and his famous Prelude in C-sharp Minor, the composition that had become his calling card early in his career as a concert pianist in his native Russia. However, later in his career as a touring virtuoso, American audiences would insist... Read more »
  • Laughter and Controversial Subjects at Fringe 2017
    Rob Elk. (Photo courtesy of BOP Productions.)As could be expected for a late Thursday afternoon, the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival didn’t start with a large attendance. Several shows had less than five audience members, which is something that I’ve rarely experienced at any theatrical event. Regardless of the... Read more »
  • ‘Buddy Holly’ and the Crickets –Oh Boy
    “All my love, all my kisses, you don’t know what you’ve been ‘missin, oh boy…” Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a co-production by Intrepid Theatre Co. and New Village Arts. It’s a true story about a creative spark cut short during turbulent times, and we can’t help but sing... Read more »
  • Old Globe’s Richard II More the Poet Than the Tyrant
    (Note: If you already know enough about Shakespeare’s history plays, feel free to skip the next dozen paragraphs of context.) There have been conflicts longer and bloodier and even more complicated that the English civil wars of the 15th Century, but none have been chronicled by William Shakespeare. Only Blind... Read more »
  • Heathcliff and Catherine Together Again
    Omri Schein and Phil Johnson. (Photos courtesy of Daren Scott.)While writing “Wuthering Heights,” novelist Emily Bronte probably didn’t expect so many adaptations of her book. Numerous film, television and theatrical television interpretations have come out since the story was published in 1847. The Roustabouts Theatre Co.’s new comedy, Withering... Read more »