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Wednesday, July 29,2015

'Dogfight' battles for hearts, minds

Rare stage musical is playing at Cygnet Theatre

By David L. Coddon
Cygnet Theatre’s new season is off to a promising start with a heartfelt production of the little-known musical Dogfight.
Wednesday, July 22,2015

Time stands still for 'The Music Man'

Quaint, hearty Broadway musical plays at Moonlight Amphitheatre

By David L. Coddon

Now in its seventh decade of productions, The Music Man remains a quaint, hearty Broadway musical, as much a time warp as the Year 1912 in River City, Iowa, in which it is set.

Wednesday, July 15,2015

'The Kiss' that keeps on giving

Broadway-style opulence now at Old Globe Theatre

By David L. Coddon
This will sound like heresy to devout Shakespeareans, but sorry, folks, Kiss Me, Kate has it all over The Taming of the Shrew.
Tuesday, July 7,2015

Intrepid’s 'Life' a quality production

Playwright Jane Anderson addresses life and death

By David L. Coddon
Playwright Jane Anderson's The Quality of Life addresses life and death as well in a contemplative and gripping production from Intrepid Theatre Co. directed by Christy Yael-Cox. 
Wednesday, July 1,2015

'Twelfth Night' like you’ve never seen it

Top-notch Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre

By David L. Coddon
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a production of Twelfth Night as beautifully conceived as the one that just opened the Old Globe Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare Festival.
Wednesday, June 24,2015

'Lady' sings and speaks the blues

Ion Theatre shines with Billie Holiday production

By David L. Coddon
Ion Theatre’s transformation of its adjacent URBN CENTR 4THE ARTS into a faded South Philly bar in the late ’50s provides an intimate candlelit setting for the gifted Cashae Monya’s performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.
Wednesday, June 17,2015

Unforgettable days in 'Come From Away'

La Jolla Playhouse productions recalls 9/11’s other heroes

By David L. Coddon
Thematically, Come From Away does not resort to flag-waving or double-park itself in melancholy. 
Wednesday, June 10,2015

'Sylvia' is a doggone good time

Tongues are wagging over New Village Arts Theatre production

By David L. Coddon
The year is just halfway through, but the comic performance of 2015 so far has to go to Samantha Ginn, who stars as a dog—yep, a dog—in New Village Arts Theatre’s delightful production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. 
Wednesday, June 3,2015

It’s love vs. money in 'Rich Girl' at The Old Globe

Drama surrounds a homely heiress

By David L. Coddon
Take Henry James’ short novel Washington Square, adapt it for the Lifetime (“Television For Women”) network, and you’d have something like Victoria Stewart’s play Rich Girl, now at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre under the direction of James Vasquez. 
Wednesday, May 27,2015

Super-sized drama at Cygnet Theater

Samuel D. Hunter’s 'The Whale' is a big story about love and death

By David L. Coddon
Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale is an uneasy spectator experience: two hours without intermission in the presence of a 600-pound character, Charlie, who’s been eating himself to death in the aftermath of his lover, Alan, having starved himself to death.