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Articles by Andrew Perez

It is 1893, and a perpetual fog permeates the gas-lit streets of London. The sound of approaching footsteps on the cobble stoned floor echoes throughout the lonely lane, reverberating off the hollow walls of the buildings. Suddenly the silhouette of a tall, lean man steps out of the dense curtains of mist, almost like a ghost.

The man politely doffs his hat and introduces himself, “The name is Holmes. Sherlock Holmes, at your service.”

 

In the 18th century, Paris, France was the place to be. Full of luxury and excess, the city was the pinnacle of opulence and culture. Yet, despite all this sophistication, theatregoers still loved a good fart joke. Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre brilliantly brings this sumptuous world to life in the hilarious and lively staging of David Ives’ adaptation of Jean-Francois Regnard’s 1708 comedy of manners, “The Heir Apparent.”

Empty cereal boxes, broken wine glasses, disused ticket stubs, moldy popcorn, the rotting trunk of a tree. To most people these items are just junk, useless detritus that belong in a landfill. But to collage artist Len Davis, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. 

Davis has built a career on turning trash into art and a selection of his work is currently being showcased at Grossmont College’s Hyde Art Gallery from Jan. 29 to Feb. 23. 

The stage is dark save for a lone spotlight illuminating a figure sitting at the edge of the set. Upon closer inspection we see that it is a disheveled looking man, his body bent from old age. He is wearing a tattered coat and pants and holds a moth eaten Stetson hat in his bandaged hands. His dirty spectacles fall from a face that is tinged with sorrow and he stares forlornly at the crowd. 

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Lamplighters Community Theatre this holiday season with the staging of “A Christmas Cabaret”, an uproariously fun and joyful take on classic Christmas standards.

Directed by Shirley Johnston and produced by Raylene J Wall, “Cabaret” was a delight from start to finish with many standout vocalists among the small ensemble.

It is a dark and stormy wintery night in 1955. Eight people have taken shelter from the raging blizzard inside a quaint little hole-in-the-wall diner near the Kansas City border. Before the night is through these disparate strangers will learn a thing or two about love, friendship, and life.   

That is the premise of playwright William Inge’s 1955 dramedy “Bus Stop,” which is being staged in an amazing production by Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.

Fingers move across the fret board of the guitar with delicate intensity as the bow on the fiddle sings a familiar sad song about a hotel in California. One can almost feel the warm sun on the skin and hear the gentle waves as they crash upon the rocky shore.

Classically trained fiddler/violinist Alex Depue and guitarist Miguel De Hoyos are masters of their craft and they weaved their spell on the enraptured audience at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre.

Yuletide cheer came to roaring life at Skyline Church thanks to Youth Choir of San Diego, who offered up delightful little bonbons of Christmas standards both old and new. Their angelic voices wafted through the chilly winter air, warming the crowd’s hearts with visions of sugarplums and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Vaudeville is alive and kicking in San Diego thanks to Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre production of Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell’s “Scapin” (Scu-pan), now playing through Nov. 22.