Friday, May 11, 2018

Make some Mother's Day magic: think outside the candy box

Let your imagination take sail, when planning a perfect gift for a mother or mother prototype. Consider a Hornblower cruise, which will take you under the famed Coronado Bridge in San Diego, and around San Diego Bay. Hornblower offers fabulous, relaxing water adventures from "Sights and Sips,"  to harbor or dinner cruises. Consider presenting a gift of theater  tickets in a card you present on the water!


 The company of "Animal Crackers" featured a brilliant
Groucho and Harpo, and brought down the house at
Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego. Cygnet's year-round
season just featured a brilliant production of the
 Sondheim hit,  "A Little Night Music." A world premier,

"The Wind and the Breeze" opens May 16.
and  courtesy theater marketing departments 

SHE DOESN'T have to be your mother, a mother, or even female.
Christene (aka Cookie)
remembers with love
her mother Ellen, violinist

and opera singer, who
celebrated with theater.
   Follow the stairs from Horton Plaza to San Diego
 Repertory Theatre's home in the Lyceum Theatre.
  Artistic director Sam Woodhouse pushes the
envelope with smart, cutting edge dramas and the
occasional blockbuster musical. 

MOM WILL appreciate the
thoughtfulness of a ticket or season
subscription to a wonderful
theater, wherever you live.  In my 
SoCal world, consider quality offerings 
at San Diego Repertory Theatre,
Cygnet Theatre, North Coast
Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, 
San Diego Musical Theater, Lamb's
Players Theatre on Coronado and those 
smaller, adventuresome equally
professional companies such as
Roustabouts, Intrepid, Diversionary
and New Village Arts. All exemplary.
 Wherever you are, the play's the thing!
(Lamb's Players' "Noises Off," BTW,
is absolutely stunning theater.
Sharp direction, brilliant physical
bits, wonderful company. Top drawer.)
TO KICK it up a notch, consider taking
your mum date for a Hornblower sail

on San Diego Bay, say the Sips and
Sights, or a dinner cruise. Then, over
a champagne toast, present your card,
in which you've tucked a pair of
tickets for a play, concert or opera.
You can always fall back on candy,
flowers, or perfume. Sharing a
live performance is, as the
commercial says, priceless! 

North Coast Repertory Theatre is
known for its creativity, energy 
and versatility. 
Both accomplished
actor and director, David Ellenstein 
soon directs the West Coast 
premiere of "The Father" and 
plans  a stellar Rep season: 

San Diego Musical Theater presents
a season of lively musicals. "South
Pacific"  is on the boards, a lively,
tuneful production of the venerable
musical theater gem. Through May 27.

If someone has nurtured you, cared about you, or given time, love and concern, a nod of thanks on Mother's Day is appropriate.
Phil Johnson, well known San diego 
actor, stars in "A Jewish Joke," which 
is bound off-Broadway. It  debuted at
 North Coast Repertory Theatre and
 finished  a lauded sell-out run 
at Moxie Theatre, directed by North 
Coast' Rep's talented  artistic director,
 David Ellenstein. Check out "Romeo,
Romeo and Juliet" at  
OUR FAMILY's favorite way to celebrate is with a play or concert. 
San Diego Gay Men's Chorus produces
three spectacular shows a year in the
Balboa Theatre. Next up is the July

show with ABBA hits.
Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries were always highlighted with a trip to the theater, thanks to our enterprising, theater-loving mother Ellen. We miss her energy and love of theater. I still save a playbill for her, as I've done for 50 years. 

La Jolla Playhouse offers elegant staging in a beautiful venue. Many LJPH works have made it to Broadway,
recently the Tony winning "Come From Away," the
27th LJPH connected play to hit Broadway.
"Noises Off" is not to be missed at Lamb's Players Theatre.
A crack ensemble, brilliant comic timing, extraordinary
physical bits and a revolving set keep the audience
laughing. The show is held over. "Once," the Tony
winning musical, follows.

 UP NEXT: With the royal wedding coming right up, join us for a royal good time.  A look back at Cookie's life as a fan of all things royal.  Her meeting of the Queen Mum and Princess Anne, her watching the coronation with her mum and grandmum as a toddler in 1953, and musings about why she loves the pomp and circumstance. Will she arise for Meghan's and Harry's wedding.  The alarm clock is set.


  1. Nashville NuancersMay 11, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Enjoyable, thought provoking. "think outside the candy box." Plan to follow through.

  2. Buenos Aires AdmirersMay 11, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Always a pleasure.

  3. Long Ago NeighborsMay 12, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Cookie, I remember walking by your home when I was a little girl. Always music -- piano, violin, viola, trumpet, your saxophone. Loved hearing your string quartet! Happy memories.��������

  4. Massachusetts MeanderersMay 14, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    The idea of a "live" gift has always appealed to my family, too. Our holiday stocking stuffers always included "Nutcracker" tickets and a season pass to our little community theater on Cape Cod.

  5. Lounging LondenersMay 15, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    A good read and sound suggestion for any gift, any occasion.