This May, San Diego’s theatre line-up reads like the cover of a tabloid magazine with the promise of love, death and intrigue. From the fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet, to the stage version of the 1940’s movie, His Girl Friday, May is a great time to get into the gossip and head out to one of San Diego’s top theatres.
Shakespeare’s R & J at Cygnet Theatre
Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of coming of age love, Romeo and Juliet, has been band from a repressive, parochial school for boys, but when four students discover a copy, they find the forbidden text strongly represents their own adolescent passion in this unique “play within a play” version of Romeo and Juliet.
What is the right way to grieve? This is the question young wife Melody must face when her husband’s business trip ends tragically in a plane crash. As Melody’s concerns make a drastic switch from which throw pillows look best to how to properly wear black, Be a Good Little Widow takes the audience through a bittersweet look at the sadness and humor that unites of life and death, grief and hope.
Immortalized by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the 1940 movie of the same name, His Girl Friday is a fast-talking comedy set in a 1939 Chicago press room. Reporter Hildy Johnson is just about to leave the paper for good when her editor/ex-husband tempts her with the scoop of a lifetime. The lure of fame and rekindled romance prove more than she can resist.
Experience the more sophisticated side of San Diego’s Balboa Park.
Balboa Park, the crown jewel in San Diego’s downtown skyline, is the largest urban park with cultural institutions in the United States. The 1,200 acre park includes fifteen museums, eight gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s no doubt it’s a great place to spend the day with the kids exploring everything from history to horticulture, but if you’re craving champagne instead of chocolate milk, stilettos instead of strollers, here is a peak into Balboa Park’s more sophisticated side:
Enjoy Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art:
Enjoy art in a whole new way with Culture & Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art.
See The Brothers Size at the Old Globe in San Diego through February 24, 2013.
Make a date with the Tony® Award Winning Old Globe Theatre, right next door to the San Diego Museum of Art. The Brothers Size, written by Alvin McCraney, spins a powerful tale of freedom, desire and the irrepressible power of the human heart now. Make it a night with pre-show dinner and drinks with the California classic cuisine at the nearby Prado Restaurant.
Discover San Diego’s brewing history at the San Diego History Center
With over 60 breweries and many award-winning brews, San Diego is fast becoming a nationally renowned region for craft beer production and innovation. Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture, opening April 30, 2013, will explore the ebb and flow of beer production in San Diego through history and include hand-on interactive elements and specialty tasting happy hours. Cheers to that!
Learn to the sport of lawn bowling in beautiful Balboa Park.
The San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, with greens nestled on the northeast side of the Cabrillo Bridge, was organized in 1931 with 5 members. Still going strong today with over 100 members, the Club can be spotted on their meticulously manicured lawns in striking white uniforms playing regularly throughout the week. If you are interested in trying your hand at the sport, members are happy to give neophytes a free lesson. Between the beautiful park grounds and warm San Diego sun it might just become your favorite afternoon activity.
As temperatures cool outdoors, creativity heats up in theatres across San Diego. Check out the grandest form of all theatre with the beautiful and bold productions at the San Diego Opera, or get an intimate view into the theater workshopping process with La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA New Work Series. Check out the San Diego Theatre Preview below for more Winter 2013 must-see shows.
San Diego Opera – The Daughter of the Regiment
San Diego Opera kicks off an exhilarating season with Donizetti’s sparkling and hilarious, The Daughter of the Regiment. The story tells of the orphaned French girl, Marie, adopted by a regiment of soldiers in the waning days of World War II. The independent, spunky Mario love Tonio, a peasant, but the Marquise tries to marry her off to a rich Duke. Luckily for Marie, the Marquise is thwarted and Marie is free to marry Tonio. Hear, hear, for opera with a happy ending!
Old Globe Theatre presents George Bernard Shaw’s most popular modern masterpiece (which Lerner and Loewe adapted as the musical My Fair Lady), Pygmalion. The poor flower-seller Eliza Doolittle is in the right place at the right time, just as speech professor Henry Higgins makes a friendly wager that he can change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society. Pygmalion is a funny, touching, unforgettable battle of wits between two of the theatre’s most iconic characters.
La Jolla Playhouse announces a new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, which will entail a six-week period of workshop productions and readings of new plays and musicals. First up is Chasing the Song, which follows a group of pop songwriters and the changing sounds of music charts in the early 1960’s before the Beatles emerged and transformed the entire music world.
Lamb’s Players Theatre welcomes Pete ‘n Keely to the stage. The year is 1968 and it’s been a thrilling week of rehearsing at the NBC studios for the live telecast of Pete and Keely Reunion Special. This Off-Broadway hit is packed with classic favorites like, “Besame Mucho,” “Secret Love” and “Fever” as well as great new songs.
For a moving and thought-provoking start to 2013, Cygnet Theatre presents Gem of the Ocean. Gem of the Ocean is chronologically the first of ten plays in August Wilson’s acclaimed Century Cycle examining African-American experience in the 20th century. Citizen Barlow sparks a chain of events that drive a community into turmoil and set him on a journey, guided by 285-year-old Aunt Ester, towards personal redemption.
It’s a musical fall in San Diego’s theater lineup, and big names are the big news. From a whimsical Broadway favorite to a melancholy reflection of American history to giant robots and contemporary indie rock music, these productions offer a theatre experience for just about every theatregoer’s taste.
Allegiance – A New American Musical
Allegiance at the Old Globe Theater stars George Takei.
Running now through Oct. 21, The Old Globe presents Allegiance – A New American Musical. This new production is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II. The star-studded cast includes Lea Solanga, winner of the 1990 Tony Award® for her role in Miss Saigon, and George Takei, the veteran actor best known for playing Dr. Sulu on the original Star Trek series.
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, based on the album by the Flaming Lips, debuts at the La Jolla Playhouse.
On November 6, the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse will debut Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a new musical featuring a story by The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (director of The Who’s Tommy and Jersey Boys). Based on the album of the same name by the indie rock band The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi tells the story of a young Japanese artist facing a battle for her life in a fantastical robot-world. This world-premiere production runs through December 16.
A classic childhood tale and Broadway smash hit comes to San Diego as Broadway/San Diego presents Peter Pan, Nov. 13-18. Peter Pan stars Cathy Rigby, the Olympic gymnast turned thespian, in the role that she made famous. Rigby’s high-flying theatrics will have everyone in the audience believing they will never grow up.
Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show at the Old Globe
The Old Globe Theatre’s version of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show opened in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center (9/15/2011 – 11/6/2011) to an audience of newbies (affectionately known as “virgins”) as well as long-time Rocky Horror Show followers. First timers to this live theatre show not in the know were caught off-guard by patrons dressed in costume and participating as if they part of the troupe, even going so far as to yell lines back at the stage. A cult classic from the early 70’s, Rocky Horror Show patrons are encouraged to participate by purchasing selected props made available by the Old Globe such as a newspaper, flashlight, balloon and playing cards. These props were then used at the same time the actors use them on stage. The acting was entertaining, the story line interesting and the costumes a little risqué making for a really fun adult experience.
Originally started as a theatrical production in June 1973, The Rocky Horror Show enjoyed a long run on London stages before being transformed into the cult movie classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A time-warp experience for sure, this musical that became a cultural phenomenon is definitely worth seeing on stage at least once, and then you’ll want to bring your friends…