By Cuauthémoc Kish | GSD Theater Critic
Cygnet Theatre’s current production is the musical “Parade” (March 8 – April 29), telling the true story of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, accused of murdering thirteen-year-old, Mary Phagan, in 1913. The 10th anniversary season opens with “Man of La Mancha” (July 5 – August 26), the story of Cervantes, a failed author, actor and soldier awaiting trial by the Spanish Inquisition. Contact the box office for ticket and subscriptions at 619-337-1525 or visit cygnettheatre.com.
New Village Arts will present Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” (March 31 – April 22). This is the playwright’s most acclaimed work and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The play examines a family struggling to hold on to the future as the past invades their lives. It has been described as starkly poetic and darkly comic; a vision of a family from America’s Heartland transformed into a symbol of America’s loss of innocence. Visit them at newvillagearts.org or contact them at 760-433-3245.
Broadway San Diego’s next one up for the current season is “Rock of Ages” (Mar 27 – April 1), a smash-hit musical that was nominated for five Tony Awards. It’s all about a small town girl who meets a big city rocker, where they fall in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. Then, get set for “Wicked” (June 20 – July 15) Broadway’s biggest blockbuster. “Wicked” is the Gregory Maguire adapted play by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. Tickets go on sale for “Wicked” April 13. Get your tickets at BroadwaySD.com or by phone at 888-937-8995.
North Coast Rep Theatre will produce Melissa James Gibson’s “This” (April 4 – April 29). This tart, melancholy comedy is about a group of close friends entering the choppy waters of middle age. It’s all about relationships, sex, marriage and bereavement. For tickets call 858-481-1055 or visit them online at northcoastrep.org.
Moxie Theatre will produce the San Diego premiere of Lauren Yee’s “A Man, His Wife, and HIs Hat” (March 30 – April 29).” Hetchman loves his hat and his wife, but when both go missing, the retired hat maker will stop at nothing to find them. For more information contact them at 858-598-7620 or visit moxietheatre.com.
San Diego Repertory Theatre has announced their sixth and final production of the company’s 36th season, the world premiere of “Tortilla Curtain” (March 17 – April 8). Matthew Spangler adapted the play from the best-selling novel by T. C. Boyle. It’s humorous and heart breaking, speaking to the future of California and the challenges of forming a more perfect union in our changing America. For ticket information call 619-544-1100 or visit them at sdrep.org.
Ion Theatre Company will take on Elizabeth Meriwether’s “Heddatron” (March 10 – 31). It all starts with a book falling from the sky. Suddenly Jane Gordon, a very depressed and very pregnant Michigonian housewife in a loveless marriage, finds herself kidnapped by a clan of renegade sentient robots and whisked away tot he jungles of South America where she is forced to perform the title role of “Hedda Gabler.” Call for tickets at 619-600-5020 or visit them at iontheatre.com.
Diversionary Theatre will next present “The Pride” (April 5 – May 6). Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Glenn Paris, the play is described as a time-shifting exploration of identity and passion. Tickets can be purchased at diversonary.org or by calling 619-220-0097.
La Jolla Playhouse will offer Doug Wright’s “Hands On a Hardbody” (April 27 – June 17). This musical, with lyrics by Amanda Green, has an auto dealership in Longview, Texas, launching an endurance contest. Ten economically strapped strangers embark on a journey that puts their hearts, minds and bodies to the test. The contestant that keeps at least one hand on a brand-new hard body truck the longest gets to drive it off the lot. Only one can win, but for all involved that truck holds the key to their own private American dream. For tickets and information call them at 858-550-1010 or visit lajollaplayhouse.org.
The Old Globe Theatre will present Marc Acito’s “A Room With A View” (March 2 – April 15) on the Shiley Stage and Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie” (March 10 – April 15) will play the White Theatre. “Anna Christie” is a classic that tells the tale about the relationship between an old sailor and the daughter he hasn’t seen in almost 20 years. Then, starting June 3, the Old Globe’s 2012 Summer Season includes the West Coast premiere of Michael Kramer’s “Divine Rivalry” (July 7 – Aug. 12) and the San Diego premier of Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” (July 27 – Sept. 2). “Richard III” (June 3 – Sept. 29) kicks off the summer, followed by “As You Like It” (June 10 – Sept. 30) and “Inherit the Wind” (June 17 – Sept. 25). Visit theoldglobe.org for more information or call them at 619-234-5623.