James Hebert

Writer

James Hebert is the U-T's theater critic, and has covered the San Diego arts scene for more than two decades. He earned his master's degree at Columbia University in New York and worked as a magazine editor in Boston before joining the U-T. Hebert's awards include a national arts-writing prize from the Society for Features Journalism (for a profile of the choreographer Twyla Tharp), and some two dozen local and regional journalism honors; his work also has been republished in two college writing textbooks. In 2009, Hebert served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Recent Articles

  • At the Old Globe, digging into the mysteries of 'Hamlet'

    At the Old Globe, digging into the mysteries of 'Hamlet'

    A few things can be said for certain about "Hamlet": It's a work of almost incalculable influence, the lodestone of Western literature. It has served - for centuries now - as a gold standard against which theater artists measure themselves. And it's a saga steeped in grief and loss and a preoccupation...

  • SDMT's 'Pump Up the Volume' dials it back to the 1990s

    SDMT's 'Pump Up the Volume' dials it back to the 1990s

    The 1990s had the blistering grunge of Nirvana and the bubblegum of the Spice Girls; the cultural explosion of hip-hop and the curious implosion of Milli Vanilli; the tragedy of Princess Di and the madness of whatever the Macarena was. It was a decade of some pretty stark contrasts, and trying...

  • 'Book of Mormon' ringing San Diego's doorbell once again

      Now that he has spent almost two years on the road, Jacob Haren is about to wrap up his "Mormon" mission. "It's super-Method," jokes the North County bred-actor at how his stint with the touring company of the musical "The Book of Mormon" has paralleled the two-year period of service that young...

  • Leslie Odom Jr. talks Aaron Burr, San Diego and life after 'Hamilton'

    Leslie Odom Jr. talks Aaron Burr, San Diego and life after 'Hamilton'

    To those who know Leslie Odom Jr. for his Tony Award-winning turn in the world-conquering musical "Hamilton," the dashing singer-actor might seem some kind of overnight success. The truth is, Odom, now 35, spent years striving to make a name for himself in a very tough business before landing the...

  • Summer arts preview: Top 10 theater picks

    Summer arts preview: Top 10 theater picks

    From rock to pop-opera to classic show tunes, musicals rule San Diego's stages this summer. But there's still room for some promising plays, too. Here's a look at what's likely to heat up local theaters this season:   "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" Two San Diego theaters buddy up for this co-production...

  • Talking surf (and Tourmaline) with Jimmy Buffett

    Jimmy Buffett is a stand-up guy. Half the time, anyway. The massively popular singer-songwriter and Parrothead-in-chief has been in and out of San Diego of late, helping shepherd the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of "Escape to Margaritaville," a Broadway-bound musical built around his songs....

  • Last call for 'Jersey Boys' in San Diego?

    Last call for 'Jersey Boys' in San Diego?

    Des McAnuff still laughs when he recalls what the writer Marshall Brickman once said of "Jersey Boys": "If it were about four physicists, there wouldn't be any songs." That remark gets to the heart of what McAnuff, who shepherded "Jersey Boys" from La Jolla Playhouse to massive Broadway success...

  • Tips for taking your shot at 'Hamilton' tickets

    Tips for taking your shot at 'Hamilton' tickets

    Three hundred seventy-seven thousand two hundred minutes. No, that's not how the lyric from that big song in "Rent" will go once the new presidential administration's funding cuts begin to downsize the arts. (There remain 525,600 minutes in a year, and in the opening line of "Seasons of Love.")...

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