Cuauhtémoc Kish | Theater Scene
Now is not the time to lament what you didn’t see in 2012, although the past year offered some stunning shows that included The Old Globe’s “Richard III” and “Allegiance,” La Jolla Playhouse’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” and ion’s “The Little Flower of East Orange,” to name but a very few.
It is the time, however, to look into the future and see how entertainment might bedazzle you in 2013. With these slate of shows, there is no need to look back – only forward – with a promise of great storytelling and bountiful entertainment in 2013.
First up is Hershey Felder’s “An American Story” playing through Feb. 3 at the Birch North Park Theatre. It’s all about a young surgeon who cared for Lincoln in his final hours. Set in 1932, 90-year old Dr. Leale looks back on the day that changed his life, and American history forever. Additional information and tickets can be found at birchnorthparktheatre.net.
ion theatre will offer “Punk Rock” from Feb. 9 through March 9. British playwright Simon Stephens paints a story about bullying, underage sex, drugs and school violence. As the end of the school year approaches, a group of high school seniors prep for the next chapter in their adult academic lives. Tragedy results as friendships are tested and allegiances shift. Contact Ion for tickets at 619-600-5020 or iontheatre.com.
Cygnet Theatre will produce August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” from Jan. 24 through Feb. 24. Set in 1904, the show is a chronology of the first 10 days in Wilson’s acclaimed Century Cycle, examining the 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 Esther, towards personal redemption. Contact the theatre at 619-337-1525 or visit cygnettheatre.com for further details and ticketing information.
Diversionary Theatre will take on Marc Acito’s “Birds of a Feather” Jan. 31 – March 3. It’s a smart comedy about two bird families – penguin and hawk – living at the Central Park Zoo and on a Central Park West roof, respectively. It’s based on the same true facts that inspired the famously banned book “And Tango Makes Three,” and will no doubt uplift your spirits and underscore what truly defines a family. For ticketing information contact the theatre at 619-220-0097 or visit diversionary.org.
Lamb’s Players Theatre will be entertaining audiences with “Pete ‘n Keely,” Jan. 18 – March 3. The year is 1968 and NBC is preparing for the live telecast of the “Pete and Keely Reunion” special. No matter what you’ve heard, or read in the tabloids, the couple is getting along just fine. The show features Eileen Bowman and Phil Johnson, and is packed with favorites songs like “Besame Mucho,” “Fever” and “Secret Love.” Tickets can be secured by dialing up the theatre at 619-437-6000 or visiting online at lambsplayers.org.
Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company and Moxie Theatre team up with an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” (Feb. 2 – March 3). This joint production tells the story of one year in the life of a young African-American girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates; she dislikes her dark skin and prays for blue eyes. This drama paints a portrait of the legacy of racism on a young girl’s psyche. Call for tickets at 858-598-7620 or visit moxietheatre.com.
New Village Arts Theatre will begin the New Year with Horton Foote’s “The Trip To Bountiful,” on the boards from Feb. 9 to March 3. The play is about finding your way home, as all Carrie wants to do before she dies is to see her hometown of Bountiful, Texas. She takes off on her own for a journey to reclaim her memories, her youth and her life. Contact the theater for tickets at 760-433-3245 or visit newvillagearts.org.
The Old Globe Theatre will offer up two shows in the first month of the new year, “Pygmalion” (Jan. 12 – Feb. 17) and “The Brothers Size” (Jan. 26 – Feb. 24). “Pygmalion” is the story of the poor flower-seller, Eliza Doolittle. Henry Higgins, speech professor, takes on a wager that he can change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society. It’s all a battle of wits.
“The Brothers Size” tells the story of Oshoosi, who is just out of prison and looking for a fresh start. He tests the bounds of family, friendship and his own dreams. Playwright Alvin McCraney spins a powerful tale, infused with West-African mythologies and rhythms of the Louisiana Bayou. Tickets for both productions can be obtained by calling 619-234-5623 or visiting theoldglobe.org.