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

  • 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.")...

  • 'First Date' ready for first fling at Horton Grand

    'First Date' ready for first fling at Horton Grand

    "First Date" gets its first local dates starting this week, as San Diego Musical Theatre stages the area premiere of the Broadway-tested musical comedy. It's not the first go-round for SDMT at downtown's Horton Grand, which the growing company added as its second performance space last year. But...

  • National Comedy Theatre laughs its way to 5,000 shows

    National Comedy Theatre laughs its way to 5,000 shows

    When San Diego's National Comedy Theatre marked its 5,000th show last weekend, the celebration was pretty low-key: a small pre-performance reception, the unveiling of a proclamation from the mayor. Of course, "I think every puppet show has a proclamation from the mayor," says NCT founder and artistic...

  • San Diego's Meryn Beckett swinging with 'Kinky Boots'

    San Diego's Meryn Beckett swinging with 'Kinky Boots'

    For a stage actor, appearing in a Broadway show can be a dream come true. Appearing in the road production of a Broadway show? That can be fun, too - but you still don't hear many theater artists say they were born to tour. Meryn Beckett, though, can go that one better: The San Diego Junior Theatre-trained...

  • Roving romance 'San Diego, I Love You' - with music - ends this weekend

    Roving romance 'San Diego, I Love You' - with music - ends this weekend

    Circle Circle dot dot has always been about new theatrical adventures, but each February the grassroots troupe rekindles its romance with an old flame - San Diego. This year's version of the company's annual mobile, site-specific show is titled "San Diego, I Love You (The Musical)," and it's a...

  • San Diego Rep's 'Sex With Strangers' rolls with the times

    San Diego Rep's 'Sex With Strangers' rolls with the times

    To answer what might be the obvious question: Yes, "Sex With Strangers" is kind of about what its title would suggest. But Laura Eason's play, which is getting its local premiere this week at San Diego Rep, is about quite a bit more, too: the effects of tech on our perceptions of other people,...

  • San Diego Theatre Week stages a second act

    San Diego Theatre Week stages a second act

    Last year, San Diego Theatre Week was a bit of an experiment. "We were all saying, 'Gosh, I hope this works out well,' " recalls D. Candis Paule, president of the San Diego Performing Arts League, which launched the project. "'We think it's a great idea. We hope it's a great idea.' " This year,...

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