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Kris Kringle’s moment

By Jean Lowerison

What could be better for spreading Christmas cheer than that great story about Kris Kringle winning a court case and validating his claim to be the “real” Santa Claus?

We’re in luck. San Diego Musical Theatre revives last year’s popular musical version of the old 1947 Lux Radio Hour broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 24 in its new home, the Horton Grand Theatre.

‘Carol’ — Cygnet’s warm-hearted gem

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Reviews | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas” originally began as a novella published in 1843, and then, almost immediately, it was adapted for the theater. The uplifting story recounts the redemption of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through the Christmas Eve visitations of his decidedly dead partner, Jacob […]

By any other name …

Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Reviews | No Comments

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review Many critics claim that “Gypsy, a Musical Fable,” the 1959 Broadway musical loosely based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs, is the perfect musical to emerge from the last half of the 20th century. It has a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Jule Styne. Readers […]

A farce is a farce is a farce

By Charlene Baldridge Farce. Usually. Has. High absurdity content. The U.S. premiere of Kenneth McLeish’s (1940-1997) English translation of Georges Feydeau’s “Now You See It,” is no exception. Farce is beloved at North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT), where it plays through March 27 in a splendid looking production directed by Bruce Turk.