This clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of just four actors into more than 150 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance in this Village Theatre production of The 39 Steps at the Coronado Playhouse.
The uncertain futures of two mail-order brides play out against the wild backdrop of 1860's Wyoming in Abundance, the acclaimed stage drama by Oscar nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart). It's Quentin Tarantino meets Thelma & Louise. With the acid wit and profound wisdom of a Mark Twain story, Abundance follows Bess and Macon as they struggle to survive while married to men as rugged and difficult as the frontier itself. Episodic in nature, the story arcs over several years and gains an uncanny power as two lives unfold in ways that are at once romantic, funny, brutal and sad. This tale of two courageous women living and loving in the "wild west" is coming to the stage courtesy of Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, at Moxie Theatre in San Diego.
Set in the future on another planet, Aurora and Hank, A Love Story, or Will The Drillmaster Torture 10,000 Prevail? follows the couple's adventures as they interact with Dr. Vacuum and his #2, Dr. Spacefish. Will they find Aurora's missing father? Will Aurora be forced into marrying Dr. Vacuum, or will Hank and Aurora marry? Catch this out-there take on your average melodrama to find all the answers. The extraterrestrial tale blasts off at North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe in San Diego.
The hard times of 1930s New York threaten to destroy the tenuous ties that bind a working-class family in Clifford Odets' acclaimed Depression-era drama, Awake and Sing!. First produced in 1935, Awake and Sing! is the passionate, ultimately hopeful story of the Bergers, a Bronx-dwelling family of Jewish immigrants dealing with the hardships of the times. Bessie, the Berger matriarch, is willing to crush her children's dreams in order to keep the struggling clan intact, but the irrepressible spirit of youth refuses to be extinguished in Odets' timeless ode to the American working class. See it at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad.
Backstage at a theater in the English provinces, Sir is in a bad way. His trusty dresser Norman tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear, but the task is even harder than usual. Unsure of his lines as well as who and where he is supposed to be, Sir, the last of the great breed of English actors, is adamantly determined to roar his last -- and with Herculean effort on the part of Norman, Sir finally makes it on stage. This much-praised drama, which was adapted into a 2015 BBC film starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, examines both an actor's determination to his craft no matter the consequences and the dynamic relationships within a theater itself. Marvel at all the heartbreaking drama of The Dresser at La Mesa's Lamplighters Community Theatre.
The talented teen performers of the Star Repertory Theatre team with Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs for the latest production of this all-American favorite. Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny as they enter their senior year at Rydell High. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at the school. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning," and this stage version, packed with high-energy choreography, remains a perennial favorite. Join the Pink Ladies, the T-Birds and the rest of the gang at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, and discover why Grease is most definitely the word.
You could probably spot a magician's tricks up close, right? Get ready for Sebastian's Intimate Miracles to prove you wrong. No matter how closely you look, you won't believe your eyes as the renowned sleight-of-hand artist makes the impossible happen right in front of your face. Presented in the classic parlor style, Intimate Miracles features Sebastian engaging the audience through both volunteer participation and his comedy-laced patter, while demonstrating jaw-dropping up-close card tricks. Prepare to be both impressed and entertained at the Red Spade Theater in San Diego's famed Old Town.
How would you respond if your father killed your mother ... and then married your aunt? Could you forgive him?My Brooklyn Hamlet is Brenda Adelman's true story that plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy in modern-day Brooklyn. The one-woman show stars Adelman herself in a story about family, murder, love, betrayal and the power of forgiveness. In 1995, Adelman's mother was shot and killed by her father, who married her aunt only a few months later. My Brooklyn Hamlet at San Diego's Lamplighters Theatre is a story about one woman's journey to find joy again after losing everything she held dear.
A witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love that goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe," and what it might cost us not to. A beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love, and faith.
The drama A Piece of My Heart is based on the true story of six courageous women who signed up to volunteer in 1960s Vietnam. These five nurses, along with a country-western singer booked to entertain the troops, experience the momentary joys of drinking, smoking pot and attending a Bob Hope Christmas show, while also enduring post-traumatic stress disorder and lingering illness from exposure to Agent Orange. Watch as an inexperienced nursing supervisor is thrown into a mass casualty situation and an analyst's report is ignored because she's a woman. A powerful and moving look at each of these women before, during and after her tour, the Vietnam Vets Association recently called A Piece of My Heart "the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation." See this inspiring production when it comes to the Stagehouse Theatre in El Cajon.