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Former Sanmiguelense Seth Sharp Returns to Premiere New Rock Musical

By Fredric Dannen Imagine for the sake of whimsy that Jesus’s DNA has been extracted from his burial shroud, the Shroud of Turin, cloned by nuclear transfer, like the real-life Dolly the Sheep or the fictitious dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and is brought back to life in some near-future dystopia. In his new incarnation, Jesus [...]

Play in Plaza Cívica Tackles Questions of Human Right to Water


By Diana Hoogesteger A free play in the Plaza Cívica on March 22 raises questions about the viability of San Miguel’s water supply. This World Water Day, March 22, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reason why so many people are being left behind. The slogan is: “Water for Everybody”. And what [...]

The 10-Minute International Play Festival Opens to Great Success


By Kate Rowland The Diez Minutos Festival 2019 is up and running. This 10-minute play festival has proven to be one of the most popular theatre events of the year in San Miguel de Allende. The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1977 Humana Festival invented the 10-minute play format. Since then, this dynamic and challenging form, [...]

Bikers in Camelot Premieres in San Miguel with Engines Revved


Fredric Dannen Imagine you are among the first to see a Broadway-bound musical with an international cast of performers (New York, México, and Norway), a five-piece orchestra, New York-quality production values, and a rich musical score featuring 17 new songs. The story of the musical is pure fantasy, but your opportunity to attend the musical’s [...]

Powerful Drama Examines Whether a Great Conductor Was Also A Nazi


By Fredric Dannen On two occasions in the 1990s, I was a guest on the Charlie Rose show, both times discussing the most controversial article I had ever written as a journalist. John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian-born American citizen living in Cleveland, had been extradited to Israel to stand trial for being “Ivan the Terrible,” the [...]

Broadway-Style Musical Aims to Help Buy Out the San Miguel Playhouse


By Victor Guzman In the summer of 2014, some theater enthusiasts signed a lease for a salon de fiestas, or party hall, on Avenida Independencia, installed upholstered chairs, theatrical lighting, and a stage. Thus was created the San Miguel Playhouse. The theater opened its doors for its first production, Moonlight and Magnolias, in October 2014. [...]

The Vagina Monologues Puts on Three Fundraising Performances at Shelter Theater


By Carole Schor In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Vagina Monologues will be presented at the Shelter Theater February 22–24 at the Shelter Theater. The Vagina Monologues is the award-winning play based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. Through humor and grace, the play celebrates women’s sexuality and examines [...]

Bikers in Camelot—An Advance Music Review


By Doug Robinson Musicals are tough. In terms of performance, they require many of the same skill sets as any other theatrical production—the direction, staging, and acting are the key elements that can make or break your evening. Bikers in Camelot, a new musical by Wendy and Ken Bichel that opens at the San Miguel [...]

An Act of God Director Alan Jordan’s Late-Night Ramblings


By Alan Jordan I have been asked to write an article to publicize Caja Negra’s reprise productions of An Act of God (February 7–17) and Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi Hunter (February 28–March 3). Both plays were recently successfully presented at the Shelter Theater. I rely on our audience in San Miguel de Allende to determine [...]

Playreaders’ Native Gardens, Asks if Good Fences Indeed Make Good Neighbors


By Paula Lopuch According to poet Robert Frost, a good fence (or wall) makes for good neighbors. Conversely, does a bad fence (or wall) break down relations between neighbors? This timely question is one that Karen Zacharias’s witty contemporary comic play Native Gardens aims to answer. In a fashionable neighborhood in Washington DC, the Del [...]

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