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Holiday offerings and more

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater Scenes | No Comments

Cuauhtémoc Kish | Theater Scene

The holidays are fast approaching, and you may feel the need to drop into a theatre for a bit of cheer to regain your sanity. Here are a few suggestions that might assist the process.

Diversionary Theatre will produce “when last we flew,” a new play by Harrison David Rivers and directed by Colette Robert. It’s a poetic and humorous story about a young man’s life transformed by one of the most lauded plays of our time, “Angels in America.” A misfit teen steals a copy Tony Kushner’s landmark play, and extraordinary things begin to happen during the course of a seemingly ordinary day. Previews begin Nov. 8 with the production running through Dec. 9. For tickets visit diversionary.org or call 619-220-0097.

Steve Blanchard as the Grinch at The Old Globe (Photo by Henry DiRocco)

The Old Globe Theatre will present Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” beginning Nov. 17 and running through Dec. 29. This will mark the 15th consecutive year this delightful musical will be performed on their main stage. Additionally, William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” will have a short run from Nov. 10 -18. This production is part of The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program. Secure tickets by calling 619-234-5623 or visiting theoldglobe.org.

San Diego Repertory Theatre will offer up two shows through the end of the year. First up is “A Hammer, A Bell, And A Song to Sing.” This show features spoken-word and scenes inspired by the words from past United States presidents and founding fathers, poets such as Alan Ginsberg and Henry David Thoreau, activists like Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King, and many more who have fought for justice and freedom. Todd Salovey not only wrote the play, which will run from Nov. 3 through Dec. 2, but he’ll direct as well.

In December, look for the Rep to help decorate the holidays with “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged).” It’s written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichnenor, and starring the Three Wise Guys of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Previews begin Dec. 5 and performances run through Dec. 23. For additional information on both shows, visit sdrep.org or call the theatre at 619-544-1000.

Moxie Theatrewill entertain audiences with a fantasy production called “Hickorydickory.” Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn’s dark, magical and wickedly funny comedy makes its West Coast premiere in November. This one is set in a watch and repair shop that specializes in servicing individuals who were born with a mortal clock in their brain, instead of their heart. It’s all about realizing how much time we have and the people with which we love enough to share. This work will run from Nov. 17 and play through Dec. 16. Visit moxietheatre.com or call 858-598-7620 for tickets.

‘Yoshimi’ takes over La Jolla (Courtesy La Jolla Playhouse)

La Jolla Playhouse will offer “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” a world-premiere musical written and directed by Des McAnuff, with music and lyrics by The Flaming Lips. It’s all about a young Japanese artist who journeys into a fantastical robot-world where she wages a war with fate, coming down to the triumph of love and optimism over our own mortality. The show will run from Nov. 6 through Dec. 16. For more information or to order tickets, visit lajollaplayhouse.org or call 858-550-1010.

New Village Arts will present “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” in December. Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie will send you back to the days of Ed Sullivan and get you humming along to your favorites from the jukebox era. Running from Dec. 8 – 24, it’s not too early to get tickets online at newvillage.org or by calling 760-433-3245.

ion Theatre will produce “The Little Flower of East Orange” from Nov. 10 through Dec. 8. It’s a Stephen Adly Guirgis play about a dying woman who is forced to confront the secrets of her past by her long-absent son. For additional information and tickets, contact the company’s box office at 619-600-5020 or visit them online at iontheatre.com.

Jason Connors for Cygnet Theatre (Photo by Daren Scott)

Cygnet Theatre will continue their annual holiday tradition of presenting a well-watched live-radio play to its audiences. This time around, the Cygnet will feature a unique presentation of “A Christmas Carol.”  For ticket information, visit them at cygnettheatre.com or call 619-337-1525.

Circle Circle dot dot will offer a collection of five short plays written by Katherine Harroff, Melissa Coleman-Reed, Delia Knight and Wind Dell Woods. Based on interviews with graffiti artists, “Street.Art.Prophets.” reflects the drive of an artist to make art; it provides a glimpse into the poetry, dance and danger that is the life of a street artist. The plays will be presented at the 10th Avenue Theatre from Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. For ticket information, visit circle2dot2.com.

When life gets you down, see a show. And although this is just a snapshot of the offerings in San Diego, it’s enough to get you out of any holiday slump, and get you feeling cheerful once again.

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