They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether kooky; they're the Addams Family (snap, snap). Opening Coronado Playhouse's 2018 Season is The Addams Family, a spectacular musical comedy from the multi-award-winning writers of Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party) and directed by Playhouse favorite Rayme Sciaroni. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only her father Gomez knows: She's fallen in love with a sweet young man from a (gasp!) normal family. With his adored wife Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter's secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner and its inevitably hilarious consequences? Join the whole family, along with Uncle Fester, Pugsley and more for this heartwarming story of love, family and friendship ... with a twist! (snap, snap).
Housewives are dutiful. Husbands are brawny. It's 1960, and Emily Post's guide to etiquette is keeping America "great." But in a delicious turn of events, a stranger materializes who might end life as the citizens of North Orange know it. This audacious Joint World premiere at San Diego's Moxie Theatre reimagines the tragic heroines of Greek Mythology as pill-popping housewives in Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!) -- a cautionary tale with deadly consequences.
A pair of wealthy businessmen try to cozy up to a scandal-plagued American president in the San Diego premiere of a play set in the summer of 1921. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison went camping together every year in the Maryland woods to get away from it all. When the two captains of industry invited President Warren G. Harding to join them, they get a lot more than they bargained for. Camping with Henry and Tom at Lamb's Players Theatre is a hilarious and heartfelt war of words in the wilderness between three of America's most powerful men -- and it's all based on a true story.
Can love overcome hate? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they can't escape its reach and lives are changed. Confronting the cost of intolerance, the powerful drama Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung makes its West Coast premiere at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. Don't miss this modern-day parable that explores America's relationship with Africa, and the human capacity for forgiveness.
In a torrential rainstorm, a gentle young man named Anibal de la Luna picks up a pregnant hitchhiker named Celestina del Sol and offers her shelter for the night. He soon finds himself in a time and mind-bending world of mystique as the two explore love, relationships and life in Cloud Tectonics. A surprise visit from Anibal's brother Nelson -- who is immediately smitten with the mysterious and majestic Celestina -- only complicates the already tricky situation. Penned by Academy Award-nominee Jose Rivera and directed by Culture Clash co-founder Herbert Siguenza, Cloud Tectonics brings magical realism to the stage, cleverly fusing a love story with an accessible and philosophical look at the illusive nature of love and time. Come see it at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad.
A group of unemployed steel workers go The Full Monty in this hit Broadway musical inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. In this Americanized stage adaptation written by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek, six men decide to raise some much-needed cash by staging a striptease act. But as they aren't exactly your typical beefcakes, what they end up creating is the most unforgettable display of pale, flabby flesh that their blue-collar town has ever seen -- all while conquering their inner demons, improving their self-esteem and learning some important lessons about friendship. The Full Monty was nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards in 2001, including Best Musical, and now San Diego Musical Theatre brings this touching, funny and crowd-pleasing show to the Horton Grand Theatre.
Tinder and Twitter and Bumble, oh my. I Love You Because follows one couple who must navigate the pitfalls of dating and deal with the ups and downs of relationships in the modern age. Channeling the spirit of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austin, an uptight greeting card writer who just discovered his girlfriend in bed with another man, meets Marcy, a bohemian photographer who's looking for romance in all the wrong places. Throw in their two opinionated friends overflowing with advice, and you have four people in serious need of some love lessons. Catch this modern-day musical love story -- with music by Joshua Salzman and book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham -- at San Diego's Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center.
You have to dig deep in the glittering treasury of Neil Simon comedies to come up with I Ought to Be in Pictures, one of Simon's most-overlooked gems -- but a true jewel nonetheless. Meet Herb Tucker, a Los Angeles screenwriter currently "at liberty" (i.e. completely unemployed) who abandoned his family in New York a lifetime ago. But his past catches up with him when his adventurous teenage daughter Libby arrives on his doorstep, convinced that he alone can help jump-start her film career. After dispensing guilt and demanding love, Libby convinces Herb to take another stab at parenting, to accept his responsibilities and come to terms with his on-again/off-again relationship with girlfriend Steffy. Catch this heartwarming comedy at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido.
Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they're in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. Get ready to meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon -- and now you can enjoy it at Star Theatre Company in Oceanside.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Seussical is fun for the whole family! Young performers in grades 2 through college portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables in Seussical the Musical at ENCORE! Theatre in Spring Valley.