THEATER REVIEWS

THEATER REVIEWS

A spectacular new 'Uncle Vanya' at San Diego's Old Globe

Sometimes you don’t know how much you need Anton Chekhov until you re-encounter him. “Uncle Vanya,” one of the Russian writer’s four dramatic masterpieces, is on view here at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in a spectacular production that brings together the Russian translation...

  • The Actors' Gang's story of America: The tired, the poor, the huddled masses who bind us all

    The Actors' Gang's story of America: The tired, the poor, the huddled masses who bind us all

    “The New Colossus,” a performance work created by the Actors’ Gang in collaboration with company artistic director Tim Robbins, is inspired by the stories of ensemble members’ ancestors who fled hardships, swallowed losses and risked their lives to become part of the great American experiment. ...

  • Louise Nevelson turns her life into art in the Edward Albee play 'Occupant'

    Louise Nevelson turns her life into art in the Edward Albee play 'Occupant'

    New York artist Louise Nevelson is best remembered for sculptures constructed of cast-aside wood, the pieces aligned vertically as if reaching for the sky. “Occupant,” a play about her life, is similarly made. Materializing from the afterlife to participate in a gallery talk, Nevelson — a regal...

  • Jeanine Tesori's music is but one of many miracles in 'Violet' at the Chance Theater

    Jeanine Tesori's music is but one of many miracles in 'Violet' at the Chance Theater

    It seems appropriate that a musical about miracles is itself a bit of a wonder. Introduced off-Broadway in 1997 and produced on Broadway in 2014, “Violet” has secured a cadre of fans but no lasting place on the stage. Not yet, at least, but more productions like the spirited one at the Chance Theater...

  • Culture Clash skewers immigration policy in wickedly wild 'Sapo'

    Culture Clash skewers immigration policy in wickedly wild 'Sapo'

    Wild and crazy guys for 30 years and counting, the members of Culture Clash take dead aim at the country’s fractured immigration policies in “Sapo” at the Getty Villa. Very loosely based on Aristophanes’ “The Frogs,” the show is a fanciful mélange that is almost indescribable — hyper, nutty, bawdy,...

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