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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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