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Theater Review: “Romeo and Juliet”

“Romeo and Juliet” plays through September 15, 2019 at The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Director Barry Edelstein takes an extraordinarily youthful approach in directing Shakespeare’s iconic “Romeo and Juliet” for the first time. It is, after all, about a couple of kids in love.

"Stranger Things" lead character may have been originally written as gay

It seems when it comes to gay characters, Hollywood can't make up its mind about who is and who isn't especially when the person is a major player. The hit sci-fi/horror series on Netflix, Stranger Things, made an LGBT reveal this year for its third season, but questions still linger about Will Byers' (Noah Schapp) and where he falls--if he does--in the spectrum.

Theater Review: “West Side Story”

“West Side Story” plays through August 31, 2019 at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

It may seem strange to see a bunch of hoodlums – killers, even – break out in dance at the top of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical “West Side Story” – and it’s not hip-hop or break dancing. But by now, most of us are used to it.

Theater Review: “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso”

“A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” plays through August 25, 2019 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

Pablo Picasso lives again. That crazy Spaniard, who upended the art world with fanciful, sexy, goofy and/or stunning art works returns to the stage at New Village Arts to allow us mere mortals to spend 85 minutes with genius. 

Theater Review: “33 1/3 House of Dreams”

Wednesday at 7 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 and 7 pm

Are you old enough to remember the Wall of Sound? Would you even recognize a 33 1/3 long-playing vinyl record if you saw one?

Theater Review: “An Experiment with an Air Pump”

“An Experiment with an Air Pump” plays through August 25, 2019 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus).

Count on Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company to come up with thought-provoking drama. This time, it’s British playwright Shelagh Stephenson’s 1997 “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” a time-jumping consideration of the ethics of science in general and of medical research and genetic testing in particular.

Toss in clever dialogue and a bit of a mystery, and you’ve got a winner.

"Countess and Friends" is becoming a reality at the Magnolia in San Diego

"Countess and Friends" with Luann de Lesseps is on Friday. September 13 at the Spreckels Theatre.

For those who watch the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of New York (RHNY), you know that Luann de Lesseps (a.k.a. Countess Luann) has been working on a self-titled live cabaret show for some time. It debuted in New York in early 2018. 

Diplo may have just come out, sort of

Diplo may have just come out, sort of.

Life may have imitated art as American DJ, songwriter, and producer Diplo made a revelation about his sexuality just as he thought his private plane was going to crash.

“West Side Story” is coming to Moonlight Amphitheatre

Left to right: Michael James Byrne, Bella Gil, Taylor Simmons, Steven Glaudini, Hector Guerrero, Courtney Arango, and Armando Eleazar .

Original director and choreographer Jerome Robbins conceived the idea for “West Side Story” basing it on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This revered musical tells the tragic love story of Tony and Maria as they seek “a somewhere” where their love can survive in the midst of chaos of two warring gangs who clash in a turf war on the gritty streets of New York City of the 1950s.