Once On This Island: Review

Pictured: Top Row (L-R): Ricardo Pequenino, Alexandra Quispe, Sari Rosofsky, YooRa Kang Bottom Row (L-R): Michael Gnansounou, Brianna Clark Jessica Kim How to describe this musical? I think it’s best to go with “Moana meets The Little Mermaid“. Once On This Island by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Falherty is told as a story or folktale

Bar Mitzvah Boy: Review

Jessica Kim “If God had known about Hawaiian pizza, there would have been a loophole in this whole kosher thing.” What does it mean to believe? Sometimes we put in so much significance in something that we don’t stop to think why. Bar Mitzvah Boy by Mark Leiren-Young, directed by Ian Farthing, attempts to answer

An Almost Holy Picture: Review

Jessica Kim  Grief finds us in many different ways and dealt with equally many different ways. It comes to us for those that are dead or those who are simply lost to us. We weep, we curse and we sometimes follow some meticulous, meaningless but meaningful procedures to forget, to remember and to honor. Pacific

Fun Home: Review

Jessica Kim Fun Home: A coming-of-age musical. As someone who has read the graphic memoir it is based on, this intrigues me. Why coming-of-age instead of “A family tragicomedy” subtitle from the original memoir? The Arts Club presents Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by

Ruined: Review

Jessica Kim “She is ruined.” Every time the title of a play is mentioned, it’s significant. The audience’s ears perk up and the tension in the room suddenly rises. In Ruined by Lynn Nottage, a production by Dark Glass Theatre at the Pacific Theatre, this happens rather quickly, in the first 10 minutes or so.

Topdog/Underdog: Review

Jessica Kim “Lean in close and watch me now… watch me now, watch me real close…” It’s almost hypnotizing listening to the two brothers as they shuffle the cards- Who will come out on top? Topdog/Underdog, written by Suzan-Lori Parks is an Arts Club production directed by Dean Paul Gibson. Starring Micheal Blake and Luc

Almost, Maine: Review

Pictured (L-R): Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, Baraka Rahmani, Jalen Saip Jessica Kim After October hits it’s a whirlwind of holidays until suddenly it’s the new year. Halloween and Thanksgiving zipped right past me and while I’m preparing for exam weeks, it seems like the rest of the world is warming up to the

Coming up for Air: Preview

Jessica Kim Kay Meek Studio Theatre presents a one-man stage adaptation of Coming Up for Air, adapted, directed and produced by Leslie Mildiner based on George Orwell’s novel of the same name! The award-winning [Bernard] Cuffling portrays George Bowling, an insurance salesman who makes an escape from “Hilda and the kids” in London for a few

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Review

Jessica Kim I walked into Performance Works to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman presented by Fighting Chance Productions. Actually, not true. I walked into the United States of America. It wasn’t subtle at all, even outrageously so, and hilarious, like the show. The lights were red and blue and

Jesus Christ Superstar: Review

Jessica Kim It’s the set the audience first sees when they walk in. It sets them up for the show. When I walked into the Centennial Theatre for URP’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice), the set was reminiscent of the biblical times, complete with pillars