Macbeth, Old Globe Theater, San Diego

If forced to summarize Macbeth in two words, you might choose brutality and suffering. While Hamlet dives into the big existential, Lear hammers at disloyalty and Othello focuses on deception, Macbeth takes an unblinking look at some of man’s basest  ...

Tokyo Fish Story

At the highest level, sushi chefs blend artistry and discipline. Apprentice chefs can spend years performing grunt work before they’re even allowed to make rice. The intensity is almost martial. This is the world of Tokyo Fish Story.  ...

Constellations

From Star Trek to Sliders, parallel universes have been a science fiction go-to for years and have the advantage of being based on actual science. When physicists study the quantum realm – think atoms and smaller – they sometimes  ...

Rain

One thing the Old Globe does exceptionally well is make Shakespeare relevant. Through sets, costumes and playfully exploiting the Bard’s lack of stage directions, the theater brings these plays alive for 21st Century audiences. They feel significant. Unfortunately, “Rain”  ...

The Metromaniacs

      “The Metromaniacs” could have gone either way. Consider the ingredients: a convoluted story, characters with multiple identities, dialogue written in verse – rhyming couplets for the most part and not a slant rhyme in  ...

As You Like It

  “As You Like It” is certainly one of Shakespeare’s more joyous efforts. Most of the action takes place in the Forest of Arden, a quaint, magical place where love can (and does) flourish; the villains don’t persist for  ...

Full Gallop

    There’s an amazing scene in the movie “The Devil Wear’s Prada” where Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) dresses down Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) for belittling fashion. “You’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the  ...

The Comedy of Errors, San Diego

Here’s a fun idea: Set "The Comedy of Errors" in 1920s New Orleans — Shakespeare in the Jazz Age. You get music, dancing and a general licentiousness to supplement an endless series of mistaken identities. The opportunities for mischief are  ...

Kiss Me, Kate, San Diego

The Globe’s lighthearted summer continues with the Cole Porter classic “Kiss Me, Kate,” a blissfully anachronistic, Broadway extravaganza. It’s a big, bawdy trip down memory lane and a fun send-up of egotistical actors and the theater in general. Set  ...

Twelfth Night, San Diego

“I've noticed a tendency for this program to get rather silly. Now, I do my best to keep things moving along, but I'm not having things getting silly.” — "Monty Python’s" Graham Chapman as the Colonel We often laud  ...