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Theater Review: “Bloomsday”

Theater Review: “Bloomsday”

Playwright Steven Dietz’s “Bloomsday” – a charming, wistful, funny and thought-provoking meditation on youth, age, regret, Dublin and James Joyce – plays through Feb. 2 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

In Joyce’s monumental(ly long) novel “Ulysses,” the character Leopold Bloom meanders around Dublin on June 16, which has evermore been known – and celebrated – as Bloomsday.

Batwoman comes out

DC Comics has just thrust open the closet door and has an all-new LGBT heroine in Batwoman.

Orange is the New Black alum Ruby Rose portrays the mysterious crime fighter in the CW series Batwoman. Her arc became a historic one in Sunday's episode

Theater Review: “A Chorus Line”

“A Chorus Line” plays through March 22, 2020, at Welk Resort San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido.

Those high-stepping wannabe Broadway hoofers are back, dancing, begging and mostly just hoping to “get this job,” in that 1975 juggernaut of dance hopefulness “A Chorus Line.”

Welk Resort Theatre presents this iconic winner of nine Tonys – wonderfully directed by Hector Guerrero – through March 22 at the resort’s theater, which sports a recently renovated lobby.

Theater Review: "Fireflies"

“Fireflies” plays through January 26, 2020, at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The loud noises, blood-red clouds and explosions “somewhere in the South” during the Civil Rights era are echoed by interior but equally incendiary personal issues explored in Donja R. Love’s “Fireflies,” playing through Jan. 26 at South Coast Repertory. Lou Bellamy directs.

"AJ and the Queen" gets better as it rolls along

RuPaul travels down a familiar road in his new Netflix series, but by the end its well worth the binge.

People have been waiting a long time for the original Netflix series "AJ and the Queen" to hit their streaming queue, and last week they got their wish but it may not be everything they had hoped for especially in early episodes.

Movie Review: "Just Mercy"

Movie Review: "Just Mercy".

Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy” digs into that territory with a based-on-fact story about real-life Bryan Stevenson, a young black lawyer fresh out of Harvard Law, who in the late 1980s relocates to Alabama in order to start an Equal Justice Initiative. His goal is to take on the lost causes of black men unjustly sent to death row.

Theater Review: “Dear Evan Hansen”

Stephen Christopher Anthony as 'Evan Hansen'

I had great hopes for six-time Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen” when I heard it would finally tour San Diego, but I’m sorry to report that my hopes were mostly dashed last night at San Diego Civic Theatre. But don’t blame the cast.

Movie Review: "Cats"

Movie Review: "Cats."

Since it first opened in London’s West End in 1981, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats has confounded and enthralled audiences and critics alike. They were not entirely sure what to do with a cast of actors dressed as cats in an experimental, dance-heavy, almost entirely plotless musical, but they kept returning to the theater to experience it again and again.