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

  • 'Hamilton' tickets about to go on sale for San Diego performances

    'Hamilton' tickets about to go on sale for San Diego performances

    Hamilton fans, here comes your shot. The smash-hit Broadway musical's touring presenter has just announced that tickets to the show's much-anticipated Jan. 6-28 engagement at the San Diego Civic Theatre will go on sale next week. There are several important dates to keep in mind: First, Oct. 26...

  • Playhouse's WoW Festival goes urban for its third edition

    Playhouse's WoW Festival goes urban for its third edition

    Site-specific performance, immersive drama, interactive art: It's tough to find one label that fits the riot of creativity that is  La Jolla  Playhouse's Without Walls Festival. But new festival director Meiyin Wang thinks she might have a word for it. "I just call it theater," says Wang. "In all...

  • Curtain call: October performing arts performances

    Curtain call: October performing arts performances

    Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including Swan Lake, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Las Migas and Globe for All . 10.6-11.19: Smoke on the Mountain  Down-home and up-tempo and folksy all over: Lamb's dusts off this much-revived musical about the fictional Sanders Family Singers,...

  • Setting sights on Broadway

    Setting sights on Broadway

    Some of Edred Utomi's fondest memories of growing up revolve around two musicals: "The Sound of Music," and the South African-made "Ipi Ntombi," a huge favorite of his dad's. Long before he dreamed of being an actor himself, Utomi, a son of Nigerian immigrants, absorbed the sights and sounds of...

  • A sibling bond and a comic spirit drive Old Globe's 'Benny & Joon'

    A sibling bond and a comic spirit drive Old Globe's 'Benny & Joon'

    There's a lot more to the movie-turned-musical "Benny & Joon" than those character names can convey, from a focus on the broader meaning of family to a frank consideration of mental illness. Actually, there are more key characters than those character names convey - including one who just about...

  • Starlight Bowl may see new life yet

    Starlight Bowl may see new life yet

    A San Diego landmark that was once alive with crowds and music every year at this time has been dormant for seven summers now. But organizers of the latest effort to reopen  Balboa Park 's historic but moribund Starlight Bowl believe a revival finally could be near. Steve Stopper, CEO and founder...

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