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Review: Orlando at Casa Esperanza

Elements Theatre Collective confronts the mystery of identity with fantasy and farce. Read story.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Plaza Playhouse Theater

This play about Southern bridesmaids from the creator of Six Feet Under plays through July 27. Read story.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Music Academy’s Festival Orchestra at the Granada Theatre

Winning soloists on horn, violin, and piano were featured on Saturday, July 19 Read story.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: The Purge: Anarchy

This sequel gets under your skin, in spite of its ridiculous premise. Read story.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Jurassic 5 at the Santa Barbara Bowl

This past Sunday, the Santa Barbara Bowl played host to a whole lot of underground ‘90s hip-hop fans. Read story.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Greek Comedy in Elings Park

UpStage Left presents this new production of Aristophanes’s battle of the sexes at Elings Park. Read story.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Self Evident Truths at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry

This nationally touring collection of photographs will culminate with a 2016 show in Washington, D.C. Read story.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: The Summer Impressionists, 2014 at Sullivan Goss

The cosmopolitan tendency in late 19th-century art was toward impressionism, then a new style out of France. Read story.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Director Matt Reeves’s Planet of the Apes sequel is more poetic and carefully structured than its predecessor. Read story.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Looped at the New Vic

Diane Louise Salinger is brilliant as bad-girl actress Tallulah Bankhead in Ensemble Theatre Company’s latest production. Read story.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Arsenic and Old Lace at SBCC’s Garvin Theatre

Wednesday’s preview performance showed great potential for this new take on the classic comedy. Read story.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Third Person

Paul (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) writes and directs this problematic tale of three interconnected couples. Read story.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Richard Thompson at the Lobero Theatre

The guitarist and singer opened up the show for himself on Wednesday, July 9. Read story.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: The Academy Festival Orchestra July 12

Strauss, Beethoven, and Ravel were on call in this lustrous evening at the Granada. Read story.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The former Beatle may have held the headliner spot on Saturday, but the real revelations came from his bandmates. Read story.

Originally published 2:00 p.m., July 14, 2014
Updated 11:14 a.m., July 15, 2014
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