The Imaginary Invalid

Arrogant doctors, mysterious maladies, incomprehensible jargon, “The Imaginary Invalid” might be the latest medical drama, rather than a 17th century comedy by the French playwright Molière. No doubt, that is why the play holds up so well. Despite all the  ...

The Old Man and the Old Moon

Have you ever had a tune in your head you just can’t identify? That’s the starting point for the Pigpen Theater Company’s raucous and endearing production of “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a study in controlled, purposeful  ...

Red Velvet

Ira Aldridge is an unsung hero of the long-running civil rights struggle. Born in 1807, the African American actor fled the U.S. to perform in Europe, where he had a 40-year career and was quite popular in Russia. But how  ...

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. That’s the setup; “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is the extended, absurdist punchline. Set in Paris in 1904, Freddy (Donald Faison) is getting the bar ready for business. He is joined by  ...

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Each year, The Old Globe/University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program brings us a little Shakespeare. It’s a great opportunity to check out some up-and-coming actors – see what the next generation is up to. This year’s  ...

The Lion, The Old Globe

I once had a public speaking teacher suggest we occasionally step out from behind the podium. I tried it, but it was uncomfortable. The podium provided a wall of separation from the audience, protection. I didn’t like feeling naked in  ...

October Sky

For some reason, when I think about “October Sky” it comes out in the voice of Stefan, Bill Hader’s club character on SNL. ‘This show has everything: rockets, coal, a love song to coal, daddy issues, moonshine, secret finance, songs  ...

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Here’s a suggestion: Take a three year break from sins of the flesh, as well as fine food and even sleep, to pursue academics. What, no takers? Welcome to “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” This ‘intellectual vacation’ is the brain  ...

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.  ...