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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. 
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.