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Pi-hsien Chen Apr 26, 2015 The world-renowned pianist will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and new compositions by Taiwanese composers Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Tsung-Hsien Yang and Ying-Ting Lin. 78 other events on Sunday, April 26
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

'Unnecessary Farce' is a raucous ride

North Coast Rep show lets cast go berserk

By David L. Coddon
Playwright Paul Slade Smith’s Unnecessary Farce is a comedy about... forget it, details of the plot are unnecessary. 
Wednesday, April 15,2015

Surviving 'Lord of the Flies'

Stage adaption of classic novel gains late speed

By David L. Coddon
Like William Golding’s 1954 novel, obligatory reading for every high school English student, Nigel Williams’ 1991 stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies founders a bit until the young boys stranded on an island turn savage.
Tuesday, April 7,2015

Family ties strained in 'Sunset Park'

Comedy wrangles over caring for elderly parents

By David L. Coddon
Sunset Park is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, but it also sounds like the name of a nursing home, doesn't it? A place to spend the sunset years of one's evaporating life. This analogy doesn't come out of a clear blue sky. 
Wednesday, April 1,2015

Style trumps story in 'The White Snake'

Old Globe production is fairytale and visual feast

By David L. Coddon
Charming and resplendent, The White Snake is both fairytale and visual feast. If you’re interested in greater substance than that, you’ll have to wait until the very end of the 100-minute-long, one-act production.
Wednesday, March 25,2015

My Fair Lady a loverly night at the theater

Cygnet Theatre stages adventurous rendition of the venerable Lerner & Loewe show

By David L. Coddon
You can’t do justice to a production of My Fair Lady, the Broadway classic that doesn’t have a dud song in its entire musical score, without a full orchestra, right?
Wednesday, March 18,2015

San Diego Rep’s ‘Oedipus El Rey’ is not for Mother’s Day

Reimagined ancient Greek tragedy tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey takes the Greek tragedian Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (also known as Oedipus Rex) and reimagines it as a modern-day story in a Los Angeles barrio.
Wednesday, March 11,2015

Diversionary’s ‘Baby with the Bathwater’ tries too hard

Comedy about bad parenting tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
If you’re in a generous mood, you can appreciate the absurdity of Christopher Durang’s Baby with the Bathwatera wicked indictment of incompetent parenting swaddled in broad comic wrapping.
Wednesday, March 4,2015

North Coast Rep’s ‘Chapter Two’ turns page back to the ’70s

Also, a review of Lamb’s Players’ ‘You Can’t Take it with You’ and a rundown of all the other plays in local production

By David L. Coddon
Written in 1977 and set in 1979, Neil Simon’s Chapter Two unfolds in a world with landlines, typewriters and still-fresh references to Watergate. 
Wednesday, February 25,2015

Old Globe’s ‘The Twenty-seventh Man’ imparts critical history lesson

Plus, Intrepid Shakespeare’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and all the other plays in local production

By David L. Coddon
Besides sharing an important, under-told story, The Old Globe’s The Twenty-seventh Man showcases three veteran actors at the peak of their game. 
Wednesday, February 18,2015

Love runs rampant in New Village Arts’ ‘Stage Kiss’

Rom-com in Carlsbad tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
In New Village Arts’ Stage Kiss, actors Amanda Morrow and John DeCarlo spend more time making out than a couple of horny teenagers behind the high-school gym.