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The World According to Nona Appleby Brings Hilarity to the San Miguel Playhouse


By Fredric Dannen New Yorker cartoonist Victoria Roberts—designated by The Age as the leading female cartoonist from Australia—was a teenager in Sydney attending art school when she got a weekend job at a nursing home. The residents, many of them from a generation called the “old Australia,” and noted for their distinctive accents, inspired her—in [...]

Hey Gringo! A Chile Christmas Comes to San Miguel Playhous

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By Phoebe Greyson Described as “part actor, part clown, part raconteur” (Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard), Pete Searles—who last year performed his hit shows, Hey Gringo! Through Peru, and Sex with Pete Searles in San Miguel—returns January 31 with Hey Gringo! A Chile Christmas, the third show in his internationally acclaimed Hey Gringo! Trilogy. Prepare [...]

New Yorker Cartoonist Victoria Roberts Pens New Offering at San Miguel Playhouse

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By Fredric Dannen When cartoonist Victoria Roberts settled in San Miguel three years ago, it was after a lifetime of what she calls “to-ing and fro-ing.” Born in New York City in 1957, Roberts—who is also an author, monologist, actor, director, filmmaker, and PEN lecturer—was the daughter of Inez Roberts, an Argentinean-born advertising executive. In [...]

When Wrought is Right


By Stephen Huey According to Merriam-Webster, Ben Jonson used the word playwright sneeringly in 1605 to describe mere tradesmen fashioning works for the theater. The word “wright” is an archaic English term for craftsman (like a shipwright or cartwright). Despite its scornful beginnings, the word remains, probably because Jonson, who considered himself a poet, failed [...]

San Miguel Playwrights’ Winter Showcase Offers a Diversity of Plays

By Stephen Huey The plays in the San Miguel Playwrights’ winter showcase this year have something for everyone: unwed mother potential, strange encounters, romance gone wrong, a great escape, a life-changing visit, chicken snatching, and cold-case crime confrontation. It all starts Thursday, January 17, at the San Miguel Playhouse, when seven local playwrights present their [...]

Divas in Danger Storytelling Event Tells True Tales of Escape, Betrayal, and Budget Plastic Surgery


By Phoebe Greyson On January 10–13, the San Miguel Playhouse hosts a trio of experienced storytellers, each with a tale to tell, and whose gritty and candid portrayal of unlikely personal histories has been described as “mesmerizing” (Washington Post) and both “harrowing and hilarious” (Grunion Gazette). The spirited and comedic Debra Ehrhardt knows “Jamaica Farewell” [...]

The Mysterious Mr Love Is as Charming as the Swindler It Portrays

By Lois Read On January 8, 9, and 10, San Miguel Play Readers introduces the work of British playwright Karoline Leach. The Mysterious Mr Love is a multilayered play set in 1910 England about a charming swindler who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. When Mr Love meets his latest victim, Adelaide, a spinster consigned to [...]

Las Giras Circences

Por Leonora Gabucio Vivir de gira en el circo y vivir en ciudad son dos cosas muy, pero muy diferentes. La diferencia que para mí es la más grande y difícil es no siempre poder ver a mis amigos y familia. Muchas veces te pierdes de eventos importantes como bodas, graduaciones o cumpleaños, pues en [...]

Circus on the Road

By Leonora Gabucio There are many differences between living on the road and living in a town or city. The biggest one for me is not always being able to see friends and family, being in a different town every day (on the US tour), or every month (on Mexican tours). During tours, you miss [...]

It’s A Wonderful Life Brings Christmas Cheer to San Miguel Playhouse

By Fredric Dannen In 1945, the director Frank Capra read a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern entitled The Greatest Gift and immediately saw its potential as a movie. The story concerned a suicidal man named George Pratt, who one Christmas Eve is granted a wish to have never been born. Pratt returns to [...]

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