Up Here, San Diego

“Up Here” is billed as a musical comedy with a lot on its mind. Perhaps it has a bit too much on its mind. The plot is a quirky love triangle composed of aspiring T-shirt artist Lindsay (Betsy Wolfe),  ...

Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight

Three couples, three bedrooms and a conference call. That’s the scenario. It’s two hours of pillow talk (and pillow shouting) among people who are trying to get their needs and desires met, but keep running into complications. “Things You Shouldn’t  ...

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, San Diego

Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” pays homage to the fictional detective’s deductive reasoning skills to solve murder most foul by challenging the audience’s powers of observation as five actors portray more than three dozen characters in a dizzying  ...

Bent, LA

A play based on fact is a reflection of the time in which it is written as well as the time in which it is set. If revived, a further layer of dust accumulates. Martin Sherman’s “Bent” — a holocaust  ...

Stupid Fucking Bird

Early in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Konstantin, the tortured artist playwright, laments the need for new expression in theater: “… to my mind, the modern theater is nothing but tradition and conventionality.” I mused about that speech during Sideshow Theatre’s  ...

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” now extended through August at the Mercury Theatre on Southport, deserves to be called a jukebox musical. It’s a rousing evening of Johnny Cash’s music—some 30 songs by Cash and other songwriters—performed  ...

Adam and Eve and Steve, LA

The elements of farce, according to theatrical canon, are absurd characters and situations, slapstick physical humor and shovelfuls of risqué banter and behavior. “Adam and Eve and Steve, A Musical Comedy” satisfy those criteria and then some. The five  ...

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  ...

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

  “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is not a Chekhov parody, but Christopher Durang’s play set in an old farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, could have been set in a dacha in the Russian countryside. It retains  ...