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David Dixon, Staff Writer

Since, 2005, when he became a writer for the now defunct Rated G column at the San Diego Union Tribune, David Dixon has been writing theatre and film reviews, interviews, covering Comic-Con, and other entertainment related stories, for numerous papers and websites. In addition to his experience as the Entertainment Editor of San Diego State University's The Daily Aztec, in 2014 he won First and Second Place in College Print: Reviews from the San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, and in 2013 he was awarded First and Third Place. Currently, David is a staff writer for TDA, a contributor for sandiegostory.com and a freelance writer for the San Diego Community News Network.

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Senior Farewell: David Dixon

Senior Farewell: David Dixon

May 7, 2015

Well, this is it. I have been at San Diego State for five years, and I am officially going to graduate from college. You know what I did during all that...

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Avengers battle Ultron

Whedon wins over audiences with sequel

April 30, 2015

Writer and director Joss Whedon sure had a lot on his plate when filming “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Whedon had to figure out how to make a sequel to...

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Shyamalan returns with Fox drama Wayward Pines

Shyamalan returns with Fox drama Wayward Pines

April 23, 2015

Some people are not going to give the Fox event series “Wayward Pines” a chance because M. Night Shyamalan is an executive producer of the program...

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Cygnet cast revamps 'My Fair Lady'

Cygnet cast revamps ‘My Fair Lady’

March 23, 2015

Cygnet Theatre is known for staging gritty and often dark shows that deal with heavy subject matter. However, occasionally it produces an all-ages production...

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My Fair Lady, Cygnet Theatre

Former Aztecs star at Cygnet

March 19, 2015

One of the most beloved musicals ever written is playing at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. “My Fair Lady” combines classic show tunes with quick-witted...

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Theatre professor leads alumni cast in new comedy

Theatre professor leads alumni cast in new comedy

March 6, 2015

The majority of students and staff involved in the performing arts at San Diego State probably know of Dr. Terry O’Donnell. He is a founding faculty...

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Review: Disney wins big with 'Into the Woods'

Review: Disney wins big with ‘Into the Woods’

December 17, 2014

Walt Disney Studios has produced many animated and live action musicals over the years. Oddly even however, the company has never adapted a Broadway masterpiece...

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LGBT-loyal theatre shows range

December 1, 2014

The Diversionary Theatre is notable for being a major playhouse in San Diego targeted towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. While...

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Winter theatre falls into season

Winter theatre falls into season

November 13, 2014

Many theatre companies in San Diego will be producing shows in celebration of Christmas. Stories range from adaptations of classic tales to musical revues....

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Gyllenhaal shows versatility in spooky thriller

October 31, 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal has proven to be an extremely versatile actor who can portray a variety of roles. However, rarely has Gyllenhaal played a character that...

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Pulitzer winning play hits town

Pulitzer winning play hits town

October 2, 2014

A rock musical about a woman with mental illness sounds like a risky idea on paper. However, “Next to Normal” won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama...

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Dramedy fights family dysfunction

Dramedy fights family dysfunction

September 18, 2014

Director Shawn Levy is known for broad, mainstream comedies such as “Date Night” and the “Night at the Museum” series. His latest comedy-drama,...

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Local theaters perfect for any occasion

September 4, 2014

Though there are first-rate theatrical productions presented on campus at the Don Powell and the Experimental Theatres, those new to San Diego should also...

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James Herbert

Daily Aztec discusses theatre criticism with alumnus

August 31, 2014

Readers of the U-T San Diego probably know that James Hebert is the publication's main theater critic. The accomplished writer is also an alumnus of...

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Pageant cast

Satirical Pageant show hits Cygnet Theatre

August 21, 2014

“Pageant” could be considered a hard musical comedy to pull off. The story needs a director who can handle camp and satire, as well as an ensemble...

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SDSU student shares experiences on recent trip to Israel

SDSU student shares experiences on recent trip to Israel

July 24, 2014

Editor's Note: Entertainment writer David Dixon shares his first-person account on his recent trip to Israel.  For months I was looking forward...

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Shakespeare's classic tragedy 'Othello' hits Old Globe

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy ‘Othello’ hits Old Globe

July 22, 2014

Barry Edelstein’s interpretation of the popular tragedy “Othello” is a major summer event for The Old Globe. The production features several recognizable...

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Jennifer Connolly

Netflix actor performs at The Old Globe

July 7, 2014

Kristen Connolly’s career has significantly grown during the last couple of years. She had a breakout leading role in the acclaimed horror film “The...

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Shakespearean classic gets south-of-the border flavor

June 27, 2014

For the last several years the La Jolla Playhouse has produced some of its shows under the site-specific theatre program Without Walls. These performances...

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Ryan Williams performs

Doo-wopping pharaoh sits down with the DA

June 27, 2014

Ryan Williams has been featured in several big musicals in the past, including the original Off-Broadway cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical” and a touring...

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Dog and pony cast members

Witty musical opens at the Old Globe

June 23, 2014

The world premiere musical comedy playing at The Old Globe, “Dog and Pony,”is the exact opposite of a dog and pony show. Instead of being a satire...

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Aztec alums star in summer theater shows

Aztec alums star in summer theater shows

May 5, 2014

There is a lot of promising theater that will be running in San Diego throughout the next few months. Lucky for Aztecs, a good amount of these shows will...

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‘Spoonful’ explores addictions and demons

April 28, 2014

I was fortunate enough to read the Pulitzer Prize-winning script to “Water by the Spoonful,” written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, before catching it at...

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Aztecs' Music Choice Awards

Aztecs’ Music Choice Awards

April 25, 2014

As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic. Eight of the entertainment section’s staff writers compiled their top 10 favorite songs since 2013. Surprisingly,...

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Enjoying all aspects of pop culture in Anaheim

Enjoying all aspects of pop culture in Anaheim

April 22, 2014

People who religiously attend Comic-Con in San Diego as I do are probably familiar with WonderCon in Anaheim. While I’ve known about it for years, I...

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Learning about 'The Fifth Beatle'

Learning about ‘The Fifth Beatle’

April 22, 2014

Vivek J. Tiwary is the writer of the graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle,” and a producer of many successful plays and musicals including “American...

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Weekend Picks: Theater and Record Store Day

Weekend Picks: Theater and Record Store Day

April 17, 2014

David’s Picks: “The Foreigner” “The Foreigner” is a popular farce produced by Lamb’s Players Theatre and is now in the middle of an extended...

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Laughs and tears in fresh show

Laughs and tears in fresh show

April 17, 2014

After watching “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” presented by the Skull & Dagger Dramatic Society at San Diego State’s Experimental Theatre,...

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Alum artist knows how to write a 'vict'ory song'

Alum artist knows how to write a ‘vict’ory song’

April 10, 2014

Fans of the band the Eagles, might not realize that Jack Tempchin, a writer of several of their hit songs is a San Diego State alumnus. The most famous...

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Artistic director finds job rewarding

Artistic director finds job rewarding

April 6, 2014

David Ellenstein is a director, actor, teacher and the Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach. The next two productions...

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Actor shows his range at the Cygnet Theatre

Actor shows his range at the Cygnet Theatre

March 27, 2014

Actor Jacob Caltrider has worked with the Cygnet Theatre’s artistic director and San Diego State alumnus Sean Murray several times throughout the last...

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Talking theater with musical lead

Talking theater with musical lead

March 24, 2014

Dave Thomas Brown stars in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening,” directed by San Diego State alumnus Sean Murray. Brown plays Melchior,...

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Sex, class exams and rock 'n' roll

Sex, class exams and rock ‘n’ roll

March 20, 2014

Rock ‘n’ roll in the 1800s Germany? Sounds like a campy idea. Despite that fact, the musical “Spring Awakening” was a Broadway phenomenon with...

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Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union's Union Theatre

Now playing: Nooner concerts and a theater at the student union

March 7, 2014

Part of the vision for the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union was to bring scholars, faculty, staff and administration together to enjoy the performing...

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Dark 1940's musical still shocks

Dark 1940’s musical still shocks

March 5, 2014

Actor Cody Walker has turned to the dark side. After playing likable characters in “A Little Night Music” and “Little by Little,” the triple-threat...

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Revisiting a surreal 'problem play'

Revisiting a surreal ‘problem play’

February 24, 2014

The following is a review of a new production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” at The Old Globe Theatre, not the critically panned...

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A few ‘Crumbs’ satisfy audiences

A few ‘Crumbs’ satisfy audiences

February 17, 2014

The Moxie Theatre’s production of “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” makes it seem as though the audience is watching a coming of age novel brought to...

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A fresh and honest cautionary tale

A fresh and honest cautionary tale

February 13, 2014

In the spirit of the show must go on, I saw “Bethany” at The Old Globe Theatre the evening that prop master Seamus O’Bryan died in a hit-and-run...

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Heart-to-heart with Aztec star

Heart-to-heart with Aztec star

February 10, 2014

The latest drama to open at the Moxie Theatre on El Cajon Boulevard is “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” a coming-of-age story about a young African...

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Inside the mind of Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

Inside the mind of Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

February 3, 2014

In the fall of 2012, Barry Edelstein was named the Artistic Director of Balboa Park’s acclaimed theatre, The Old Globe. The first show he’s directing...

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Timely drama star shares acting insights

Timely drama star shares acting insights

February 3, 2014

Carlo Alban is the male lead actor in a new production of “Bethany” at The Old Globe. The play follows Crystal (played by Jennifer Ferrin), a woman...

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Alumna finds theatrical success

Alumna finds theatrical success

January 27, 2014

Michelle Caron is the lighting designer of a play now showing at the Cygnet Theatre, “Maple and Vine.” She’s a San Diego State alumna and has worked...

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Aztec designs a dream career

Aztec designs a dream career

January 27, 2014

Sean Fanning is the scenic designer of “Maple and Vine.” He is a San Diego State alumnus and has worked on shows all around San Diego, including The...

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Catch up on The Daily Aztec’s favorite films of 2013

Catch up on The Daily Aztec’s favorite films of 2013

January 27, 2014

With last year being such a strong one for cinema, the entertainment writers have decided to share their favorite films of 2013. The majority of these...

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Plenty of exciting adventures left for 'The Simpsons'

Plenty of exciting adventures left for ‘The Simpsons’

December 12, 2013

It’s amazing to find out that the longest-running American sitcom, “The Simpsons,” has a connection to San Diego State. Julie Kavner, the voice of...

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Professor loves legendary auteurs

Professor loves legendary auteurs

December 2, 2013

Stuart Voytilla has taught many classes in the School of Theatre, Television & Film; such as TFM 310; “Film, TV & New Media Criticism;” TFM...

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Movie producer has advice for SDSU students

Movie producer has advice for SDSU students

December 1, 2013

Three-time National Student Emmy Award winner Ron Najor, a down-to-earth, yet highly intelligent, San Diego State alumnus, produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s...

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Come on down to Belly Up Tavern

November 21, 2013

The Belly Up Tavern has been entertaining San Diegans for years with acts that range from famous music stars to rising talents. It’s more than a bar...

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Heartwarming musical about friendship and love

November 5, 2013

San Diego State’s Experimental Theatre is now presenting a wonderfully lighthearted sung-through musical about friendship and romance. These are topics...

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Frightening holiday journeys

Frightening holiday journeys

October 31, 2013

Ah, Halloween. The time for trick or treat, parties and plenty of mischief. It’s also a good time to go with friends to see the many different creepy...

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