THEATER: Current and Upcoming Productions

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California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Carlsbad Community Church

Congregation Adat Yeshurun

Coronado Playhouse

Courtyard San Diego Downtown

Cygnet Theatre

Diversionary Theatre

Horton Grand Theatre

  • 444 Fourth Avenue, Downtown San Diego
  • Bring It On (through June 24, 2018)

La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Riford Library

Lamb's Players Theatre

  • 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado
  • Once (through July 22, 2018)

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Lyceum Theatre

Malcolm X Library

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre

Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park

  • 1200 Vale Terrace, Vista
  • Mamma Mia! (through June 30, 2018)

Moxie Theatre

New Village Arts Theatre

North Coast Repertory Theatre

Ocean Beach Playhouse

  • 4944 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach
  • Hair (through July 1, 2018)

The Old Globe Theatre

Old Spaghetti Factory

Point Loma Playhouse

  • 3035 Talbot Street, Point Loma
  • Wally's Cafe (starts July 6, 2018)

San Diego Civic Theatre

San Diego Performing Arts Center

Scripps Ranch Theatre

  • 9783 Avenue of Nations, Scripps Ranch
  • For Better (through June 24, 2018)

Seaport Village

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

  • 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
  • Native Gardens (through June 24, 2018)

Spreckels Theatre

  • 121 Broadway, Downtown San Diego
  • Tabled Manners (starts June 24, 2018)

Tenth Avenue Arts Center

Village Presbyterian Church

Welk Resort Theatre

Theater Reviews

A mind overthrown

You could almost call the play Inside of Our Heads

During its early scenes, a play makes a kind of pact with the audience: “Here is tonight’s theatrical world.” It could be cartoony absurd or Victorian Gingerbread Age ornate. But this is default mode, how ...

The tangled -isms of Native Gardens

Each year sees several plays about two couples who begin amicably and end up as flying body parts

Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" contains a character who repeats the line “good fences make good neighbors” like it's a kind of mantra. Karen Zacharias’ Native Gardens begs to differ. Most of the 90-minute comedy ...

Cherchez la femme in Afghanistan

Both on stage and in the story, the women are directed

When they first meet, Mariam can’t stand young Laila. With good reason: in her early 30s, Mariam’s the dutiful wife of Rasheed, an abusive control freak. To him, she’s lower than a house cat. Now ...

Controlled chaos

The dashes become madder, the hand-offs quicker, and the stage becomes a whirling kaleidoscope.

Noises from backstage during a performance — i.e. “noises off” — are one of the great bugaboos of live theater. They could be anything: flubbed costume changes, microphone left on, missing prop. They yank us ...

The Wanderers: a play that unfolds like a book

It even has “Chapters.” “Marriage,” “Children,” “Boredom,” “Destruction.”

A divorced friend on a collision course with #2 confessed: “I don’t choose well. Maybe someone should pick ex- #3 for me, like an arranged marriage.” Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers, in a world premiere at ...


Embarrassed by tragedy

The actors indeed had to soldier on through the titters and giggles of the audience

“The most certain sign of decadence in a nation is the fact that it cannot witness the performance of tragedy but must ever be titillated by comic entertainments.” –St. John G. Ervine, author of John ...

Fight the empathy shortage

A Thousand Splendid Suns and the plight of The Afghan Girl

Afghanistan’s most famous face belongs to a name few have ever heard: Sharbat Gula. Mainly, she’s famous for enduring a very, very difficult life. As a child, she trekked fifty mountainous miles to escape the ...

Bless your little heart

Southern women shine in Steel Magnolias

I went to college in Dallas, which is not really in the South, but is a sort of first cousin. We had our share of Southern Belles on campus, including one of my roommates. One ...

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