Cuauhtémoc Kish | Theater Scene
There is no better way to begin the year than with a healthy dose of good theatre. And if 2012 is anything like the theatre season in 2011, which brought you one stellar production after another, including Ion’s “Angels in America,” La Jolla Playhouse’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and Broadway San Diego’s “Hair,” you will not be disappointed.
Here’s a listing of upcoming January productions that should titillate both your dramatic and comedic sensibilities, and leave you very well satisfied.
Ion Theatre Company will offer “Goodrock,” a world premiere by Claudio Raygoza, as their first production of the year (Jan 21 – Feb 11). In a small town deep in the Arizona territory circa 1886, corruption, violence, and lawlessness are the order of the day. When a mining accident leaves many of the town’s men injured or dead, a mysterious schoolteacher from south of the border arrives with news of a starting prophecy. As word spreads of the small miracles affecting the town, an unexpected wave of danger erupts threatening the citizens of Goodrock. Tickets can be obtained by calling the box office at 619-600-5020 or by visiting them at iontheatre.com.
New Village Arts (NVA) will honor its commitment to bringing new works of art to the San Diego community with two weeks of premiere plays. The New Play Festival 2012 features work from NVA’s celebrated Ensemble. The first weekend (Jan 13-13) will feature Carly Dellinger and Amanda Morrow in Rob Novak’s “L.A.” (Lost Apollonia) and the second weekend (Jan 20-22) will feature Dana Fares and Durwood Murray in Karen Li’s “M.” For more information visit them at newvillagearts.org or order your tickets at 760-433-3245.
Cygnet Theatre Company will present Martin McDonagh’s “A Behanding In Spokane” (Jan 19 – Feb 19). This one is a hilarious black comedy and marks this play as a southern California premiere. It’s McDonagh’s first American-set play, and he has a man searching for his missing hand with the usual con artists decorating the play. Visit them at cygnettheatre.com or ring them up for tickets at 619-337-1525.
La Jolla Playhouse will begin the newest year with Richard Montoya’s “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José” (January 27 – Feb 26). This one was written especially for Culture Clash. As Juan José feverishly studies for his U. S. citizenship exam, he becomes ensnared in a tumultuous journey through pivotal moments of American history. This play is an irreverent comedy about our shared past set against our trans-border landscape. Tickets can be purchased on line at lajollaplayhouse.org or at 858-550-1010.
Moxie Theatre will bring back Candye Kane for a two-week reprise of her autobiographical show, “The Toughest Girl Alive” (Jan 5-15). Following this production, fresh from a visit to the New York Fringe Festival, Moxie will produce the classic “A Raisin In The Sun” (Jan 27 – March 4). Lorraine Hansberry’s play is a drama about the power of dreams and tells the story of a family living and struggling in Chicago in the 1950s. Get your tickets online at moxietheatre.com or by dialing them up at 858-598-7620.
Broadway San Diego will deliver Jerry Seinfeld for a one-night only performance on January 7. After Jerry makes us laugh, they’ll offer “Cats” (Jan 10-15). In 1997 this show became the longest running musical on Broadway, ending its 18-year-run on Sept. 10, 2000, with 7,485 performances. The show is based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Cats” won seven Tony Awards in 1983. If you want to be included amongst the eight-plus million audience members who have seen this show, call them for tickets at 619-570-1100 or visit them at sandiegotheatres.org.
The Old Globe Theatre will offer two shows in January. The first up will be Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate” (Jan 19 – Feb 12), while the second to be launched will be Jonathan Caren’s “The Recommendation” (Jan 26 – Feb 26). Foote’s comedy was Tony nominated and will be directed by Michael Wilson, considered the foremost interpreter of the playwright’s work. The play is about family, money, power and greed. Caren’s play, staged at the White Theatre, has Aaron and Iskinder exploring life, and their unique differences, in a dorm. It’s privilege against the middle-class, where both discover the meaning of friendship and where loyalty has its limits. Tickets can be ordered via the website at TheOldGlobe.org or by calling 619-23.GLOBE.
Lamb’s Players Theatre will offer an encore performance of their successful musical “The Servant of Two Masters” (Jan 6-22) for a limited run. This comedy has Truffeldino just trying to get some dinner while keeping both his masters happy. Both are unaware that he is serving the other. Meanwhile, Pantalone is trying to get his malapro speaking niece married to the richest man in Italy, when her former suitor, who everyone thought was dead, shows up. It’s a wild ride through Venice that will have your sides aching from laughter. Get ticket information at either lambsplayers.org or by dialing 619-437-6000.
San Diego Rep Theatre starts their newest year out with Todd Salovey’s “A Hammer, a Bell, and a Song to Sing” (Jan 7 – Feb 5). This musical showcases beyond the songs and words of the legendary activist, songwriter and singer, Pete Seeger. From the American Revolution to the Occupy Movement, music and song have served as a powerful agent of change in American history. Similarly, from the 1950s to today, Seeger’s unforgettable music has been part of a lifelong quest for reverence, understanding and hope. Therefore, SD Rep produced a new show with more than 25 songs throughout American history inspired by Seeger’s message. Tickets can be obtained by calling them at 619-544-1000 or by visiting them at sdrep.com.
North Coast Rep will produce James Goldman’s “The Lion In Winter” from January 7-29. This one will feature Kandis Chappell, Mark Pinter and Richard Baird. This classic allows domestic turmoil, combining historical and psychological insight, to turn into an art form. This quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions brings modern-day relevance to the intrigues of 12th century England. Tickets are available by calling 858-481-1055 or visiting them online at northcoastrep.org.