THEATER: Current and Upcoming Productions

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Amplified Aleworks

Balboa Theatre

California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Casa del Prado Theatre

  • 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park
  • Twelfth Night (through January 19, 2020)

Central Library

  • 330 Park Boulevard, East Village
  • Hand Under Hand (starts January 30, 2020)

Community Actors Theatre

Coronado Library

Coronado Playhouse

  • 1835 Strand Way, Coronado
  • Matilda (through February 23, 2020)

Cygnet Theatre

  • 4040 Twiggs Street, Old Town
  • The Great Leap (starts January 22, 2020)

Diversionary Theatre

  • 4545 Park Boulevard, University Heights
  • A Kind of Weather (starts February 9, 2020)

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

The Grand Tea Room

Horton Grand Theatre

  • 444 Fourth Avenue, Downtown San Diego
  • She Loves Me (starts February 7, 2020)

La Costa Canyon High School

  • 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad
  • Matilda (starts January 31, 2020)

La Jolla Community Center

La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Riford Library

Lamplighters Community Theatre

  • 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa
  • God of Carnage (through February 9, 2020)

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

North Coast Repertory Theatre

  • 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach
  • Bloomsday (through February 2, 2020)

Ocean Beach Playhouse

The Old Globe Theatre

Onstage Playhouse

Pechanga Arena San Diego

Point Loma Playhouse

Portuguese Hall

San Diego Civic Theatre

San Diego Repertory Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

Stagehouse Theatre

Star Repertory Theatre

  • 329 East Valley Parkway, Escondido
  • Suor Angelica (through January 19, 2020)

Star Theatre

  • 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
  • Lend Me a Tenor (starts February 14, 2020)

Viejas Arena

Theater Reviews

Jean Genet’s The Maids baffles

Madame has been a mistress; that is all, and that is enough.

Toward the end of the Nervous Theatre’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids — which, by the time you read this, will have departed for Seattle after a one-weekend run at the Tenth Avenue Arts ...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Star Wars, and me

New year, (mostly) new critic

Permit me a wry grimace as I imagine theatrical legend Alec Guinness’ reaction upon learning that a theater critic’s first memory of him — of any sort of performance, really — came from Star Wars. ...

The Santaland Diaries: more tidings of comfort and joy

Making the yuletide gay at Diversionary Theatre

Last week, I mentioned the various ways that A Christmas Carol has been tweaked and updated by San Diego theaters in an effort to keep the story from getting lost in its own comfortable familiarity. ...

Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show: Ha! Humbug

There’s a reason it’s not called A Christmas Carol

The holiday season is a fine time for recalling the way that familiarity breeds…well, if not contempt, then comfort. If a thing sticks around long enough, it’s easy to forget the revolutionary, shocking, or even ...

Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band: more than a feeling

Keep on rockin’ in the (un)free world

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, currently playing at La Jolla Playhouse, opens like a low-budget rock n roll show: black stage, a few colored lights mounted on steel scaffolding, ...


The Last Five Years: fragmented like Homer’s The Odyssey

A nonlinear timeline has become quite common in contemporary fiction and film

A crucial component of the storyteller’s craft is placing actions and details in a specific order. For most stories, this is pretty straightforward: start at the beginning, then tell the events in the order they ...

Ring Around the Moon: another My Fair Lady transformation?

Does every woman need a man to fix her?

Ring Around the Moon is a comedy of manners full of the stock characters that populate the genre. The action happens when everyone is invited up to the grand home of the Dowager Countess for ...

Bad Hombres, Good Wives: think Jim Carrey or Chevy Chase physical humor

Find someone whose crazy matches your crazy

This is a funny show. It needs to be funny. If it weren’t funny it would be offensive, especially in our delicate and easily offended culture. The characters are so exaggerated that we don’t take ...