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Theater Scene: Selections from this fall’s San Diego theater scene

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Scenes | No Comments

(clockwise from top left) Laura Shoop, Jason Wooten, Nadine Isenegger and Andrew Call appear in “Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show” at The Old Globe. (Photo by Henry DiRocco)

By Cuauhtémoc Kish | Theater Critic

The Old Globe Theatre promises to entertain us with their new season coming in the Fall. “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show” (Sept 23 – Nov 6) will start things off with a sweet transvestite from Transylvania, Dr. Frank N. Furter, and his time-warped laboratory. Just announced, Matt McGrath will appear in the role of Frank ‘N’ Furter, replacing the previously announced James Barbour, who has departed the production. This show will be followed by Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere”
(Sept 29 – Oct 30). The show takes place in 1959 and tells the story of a family whose home is scheduled for demolition. Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” returns for a 14th consecutive year (Nov 25 – Dec 31). Steven Sater’s “Some Lovers”(Dec 1 – Dec 31) is a new musical with a score by Burt Bacharach. For ticket information call them at 619-234-5623 or visit them at TheOldGlobe.org.

Lyric Opera San Diego (Birch North Park Theatre) will present Jerry Herman’s “Mame” (Sept 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and Oct 1, 2). No one can forget the words of Auntie Mame: “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Andrea Huber will take on the starring role, and the incomparable Leigh Scarritt will play her actress friend, Vera Charles. “Mame” features a great score including “Open a New Window,“ “We Need a Little Christmas,” and, of course, “Mame.” Call them for tickets at 619-239-8836 or visit them at lyricoperasandiego.org.

Broadway San Diego (at the Civic Theatre) will present “Blue Man Group” Sept 20-25. The group combines comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. This unique experience is like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget. Call up the box office at 619-570-100 or visit them online at broadwaysd.com.

La Jolla Playhouse will produce Kirsten Greenidge’s “Milk Like Sugar” at their Potiker Theatre (Aug 30 – Sept 25). Being stuck in a dead-end town hasn’t diminished the dreams of 16-year old Annie and her friends, but when they decide to create their own future by entering into a life-changing pact, Annie begins to question what she really wants. With savage humor and gritty poetry, Greenidge’s new play explores the challenges of choosing between the safety of the life you know and the danger of the life you desire. For tickets dial 858-550-1010 or visit lajollaplayhouse.org.

Diversionary Theatre will present Christopher Marlowe’s “Edward II” (Sept 8 – Oct 2) and will be directed by Richard Baird. In this compelling drama, Edward II, a king who is controlled by his sexual passions, becomes a puppet of his lover and pays a tragic price for forsaking the governance of his country. Visit them online at diversionary.org or call them for tickets at 619-220-0097.

San Diego State University will present John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” (Sept 30 – Oct 2). The play is a gripping tale of suspicion that’s cast upon a priest’s character, where issues of moral certainty are spun into a tough and eloquent detective story. The show was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 2005. “Doubt” will be followed with Sandy Wilson’s “The Boyfriend” (Oct 21 -30). It’s a musical comedy romp in the height of the 20’s. It’s all about big songs, big costumes and big characters. Call 619-694-6363 to get tickets and a season brochure, or visit their website at ttf.sdsu.edu.

North Coast Rep will feature Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor”(Sept 10 – Oct 2). This show was a winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards. The show combines a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres and the constant slamming of many doors to create one of the funniest farces to grace the American stage in the last 30 years. Visit them at northcoastrep.org or call them at 858-481-1055.

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