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Barrio Art Crawl Feb 28, 2015 A self guided tour consisting of the open studios, galleries, and local businesses of the Barrio Logan Arts District. Spaces include include Bread & SaltThe Glashaus, Aca Gallery, and over a dozen more.  71 other events on Saturday, February 28
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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. 
Wednesday, February 11,2015

Darrell Hammond wrestles with demons

‘Saturday Night Live’ alum’s show at La Jolla Playhouse tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
Technically, Darrell Hammond’s world-premiere stage production at La Jolla Playhouse is a one-man show. But he’s not alone out there. The specter of Bill Clinton, Hammond’s most famous impression, lurks over one shoulder.
Wednesday, February 4,2015

Moxie Theatre’s ‘Trouble in Mind’ stands the test of time

Reviews of that play and The Old Globe’s ‘Murder for Two’ top our coverage of local productions

By David L. Coddon
You must have patience with Moxie Theatre’s production of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. If you do, you’ll be rewarded.
Wednesday, January 28,2015

Tears and laughter mingle in ‘Sons of the Prophet’

Cygnet Theatre’s latest tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
Cygnet Theatre’s San Diego premiere of Sons of the Prophet could be regarded as two hours of schadenfreude, the enjoyment in the suffering of another.
Wednesday, January 21,2015

Reviews of Ion Theatre’s ‘’night Mother’ and ‘North Coast Rep’s ‘Gunmetal Blues’

Anguish, tired spoofery and a rundown of all the plays on local production

By David L. Coddon
Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ’night, Mother, onstage at Ion Theatre’s BLKBOX space in Hillcrest, is an anguished, penetrating battle of wills between two women.
Wednesday, January 14,2015

In San Diego Rep’s ‘Steal Heaven,’ activists meet in a riotous afterlife

Herbert Siguenza’s latest at the Lyceum tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
As a work of theater, Steal Heaven, directed for San Diego Repertory Theatre by Siguenza and Todd Salovey, is rather contrived.
Tuesday, January 6,2015

San Diego’s Circle Circle Dot Dot taps into community voices

Plus, a rundown of local plays in production

By David L. Coddon
In San Diego theater circles, the name is out there, due in large part to Circle Circle Dot Dot's two productions of the site-specific San Diego, I Love You, which took intrepid audiences on journeys first through Hillcrest and then University Heights.
Monday, December 29,2014

The best San Diego theater in 2014

San Diego Rep and Intrepid Theatre had very good years

By David L. Coddon
Heart-rending family stories. Traditional and post-modern Shakespeare. Rousing musicals. The past year in San Diego theater was one to savor. Here are the best of the best.
Monday, December 22,2014

New Village Arts’ ‘Nutcracker’ isn’t what it seems

It’s not a ballet that tops our coverage of local plays

By David L. Coddon
If ballet bores you, then we've got something in common. But don't let the title of the year-end production at Carlsbad's New Village Arts Theatre—The Nutcracker—throw you. This holiday show, d