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Old Globe Theatre set to launch ninth annual Summer Shakespeare Festival

“I stuck my neck out,” late Old Globe Theatre founding artistic director R. Craig Noel said in 2003, “and I’ve been terribly stubborn about it.” He was referring to the return of Shakespeare repertory at the Globe, which suspended in 1984 after 35 years—too many actors had been lured away by the considerable monetary prospects in television and film.


Since the Globe’s 2004 reopening of its Summer Shakespeare Festival, Noel’s gamble …more…

‘The Blessing of a Broken Heart’ to play at SD Jewish festival

Every May 8, Sherri Mandell and her family visit a desert cave in Tekoa, Israel, where they spend the night. In this case, “family” is only as real as a mother’s memories and as imaginary as the departure of a human soul—for on May 8, 2001, Mandell’s 13-year-old son Koby was murdered in that grotto in an act attributed to Palestinian terrorists. Life’s somewhat more manageable now, with Mandell a …more…

With new venues, San Diego regains some pre-recessionary momentum

Sean Cox, co-artistic director of Encinitas’ Intrepid Shakespeare Company, took a second’s stock from the lobby of the Clayton E. Liggett Theatre, the stage wing of the city’s new Performing Arts Center on the San Dieguito Academy high school campus. It’s enough that Intrepid, known for its quality shows and its Shakespeare-intensive work in county schools, is the venue’s anchor troupe. And it’s enough that it opened Arthur Miller’s adaptation of An Enemy of the People to positive reviews at the venue earlier in February. ...more...