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

  • 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...

  • Old Globe's 'Hamlet' a towering ode to tragedy

    Old Globe's 'Hamlet' a towering ode to tragedy

    Sprawled belly-down on a bed, scrawling in a notebook as he ponders the prospect of a "consummation" with the grave; in the Old Globe's powerful new staging of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet delivers a "to be or not be" speech steeped in death and ecstasy and the specter of unholy unions....

  • 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...

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