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

  • 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,...

  • 'Freaky Friday' sticking around a little longer

    'Freaky Friday' sticking around a little longer

      "Freaky Friday" will live to hit the stage another day. (Or week, actually.) La Jolla Playhouse announced Feb. 14 that it's adding one more extension to the run of the Disney-connected musical. The show will now continue through March 19. The Playhouse says this will be the final possible extension,...

  • La Jolla Playhouse's 'Junk' headed to Broadway

    La Jolla Playhouse's 'Junk' headed to Broadway

    As the La Jolla Playhouse-launched musical "Come From Away" prepares for its Broadway debut in less than two weeks, another Playhouse-developed work has just been announced for a Broadway run of its own. Ayad Akhtar's "Junk: The Golden Age of Debt," which had its world premiere in La Jolla last...

  • Broadway/San Diego season (and 'Hamilton' dates!) unveiled

    Broadway/San Diego season (and 'Hamilton' dates!) unveiled

    Broadway/San Diego's just-unveiled 2017-18 season of touring shows includes several big musicals that will hit town for the first time. But the biggest news might be about a show that's already been announced. That would be "Hamilton," the Broadway megahit that had been confirmed for a future San...

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