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Hamlet is a dram that we drink to the dregs

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Elsinore Castle, Denmark: A giant suit of armor fit for Goliath stands in silent sentry when a dashing Hamlet slips a note into the gauntlet like a prayer at the Western Wall. I’d seen Hamlet before, but Grantham Coleman’s portrayal is now my favorite. He charms with his […]

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These little lights of ours: Notes from the Unity Vigil

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Sunday night, the organizations Indivisible, Together We Will and the Interfaith Council organized a Unity Vigil in response to the White Supremacist rally in Charlotteville, Virginia. One woman, Hether Heyer was murdered and nineteen others were injured by a terrorist who rammed his car into a crowd of […]

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OpEd: Tonight Let’s light candles in the darkness

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — “Jews will not replace us!” This was one of the slogans chanted by the Alt-Right in Charlottesville, VA yesterday. A more diverse group gathered in opposition to the blend of Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists at Emancipation Park. (As far as I can tell, the only difference between them […]

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‘Evita’ doesn’t tell the whole story

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Welcome to Argentina, 1952. Humble laborers meander into a Spanish colonial church representing the country in microcosm. Argentina is a developing nation of backbreaking labor and wealthy elites. When the news breaks that their beloved first lady, Eva Perón has succumbed to cancer, the people cry out for […]

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Race out to see ‘Brooklyn the Musical’

“Fate has an agenda all its own and war makes orphans of us all.” By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Cabaret icon Leigh Scarritt –in association with Moxie Theatre- has put together for Brooklyn The Musical. I attended Industry Night to a house filled with thespians who couldn’t have been more enthusiastic. Brooklyn describes […]

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Judaism at Comic-Con

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con is upon us, so we can expect hotels to be booked solid and the trolleys to be filled with an assortment of Jedi, droids, cyborgs, mutants, monsters and aliens. Like most nerds, I was a great fan of fantasy and science fiction in my youth, captivated by the […]

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‘Animal Crackers’ will crack you up

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. -Groucho Marx By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — On Sundays when I was a kid, local TV stations would show old black and white comedies like the Abbott & Costello, the Little Rascals and of course: […]

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‘Guys and Dolls’ is a night in a wild urban jungle

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Damon Runyon, best known for his short stories filled with shady characters, had a distinctive ear for language, particularly street slang. Guys and Dolls is all about his New York, not the touristy postcard parts like Times Square and Central Park, but midtown in the 1930s. It’s a seedier […]

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Notes from the Fringe, Part 2

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — The 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival has completed its fifth year. Ours isn’t the largest or most famous, but ours is the only bi-national fringe with venues in Tijuana participating. With 500 shows to choose from, no one can see everything. But I can give a few […]

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Some impressions of San Diego’s Intl Fringe Festival

  By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — The fifth annual San Diego International Fringe Festival is well underway, 11 days of “eyeball busting” shows. “Fringe” theatre refers to shows on the edge. They are short (no longer than an hour) and travel light. Many are circus acts with feats of acrobatics, dances and one-person […]

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Big Fish: An odyssey through a storybook

“You are never too old for a good story.” By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO–The storyteller’s art is alive and well in the deep South, made all the more charming by its musical drawl and colorful colloquialisms. Big Fish is a magical, musical odyssey through a world of giants, witches, mermaids and werewolves. This is […]

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Hershey Felder can pack a house on a Monday

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Rarely have I seen a house so packed on a Monday night as I did at the Lyceum Theatre on  June 19, 2017. But Hershey Felder is a name that gets butts in the seats. This was Hershey Felder & Friends: “The Stories of Sholem Aleichem and more” one […]

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Lessons for our time in Richard II

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — In the Book of Samuel, the prophet pours olive oil onto the head of the shepherd boy David, declaring him the next King of Israel. (I Sam 16) This anointing ceremony inspired the concept of monarchs ruling by “divine right.” King James loved the idea and commissioned frescos […]

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‘The Imaginary Invalid’ is therapeutic

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — If laughter is the best medicine, then the Fiasco’s Theatre’s Imaginary Invalid is therapeutic. The house resounded with bursts and howls throughout the show. I remember the Fiasco when they brought Into the Woods to the Old Globe in 2014. Their name comes from a convention in Commedia […]

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