Based on the infamous headline in the Weekly World News tabloid -- and hailed as a "giggling cult hit" by The New Yorker -- this hilarious modern musical tells the story of a half-human/half-bat boy by the name of Edgar. Discovered in a West Virginia cave, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the local veterinarian, where he's accepted as a member of the family and taught how to act like a "normal" boy. But as the town's cows begin to fall victim to a mysterious plague, mayhem ensues. With its clever production numbers, infectious pop-rock score, surprising twists and a message about acceptance, this frightfully funny spoof is a classic love story with a wicked bite that's part comic book, part horror flick -- and all fun. Catch this production of Bat Boy: The Musical at the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego.
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at San Diego's Horton Grand Theatre follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.
This gritty, prize-winning drama explores the life of Darja, a hardworking Polish immigrant. At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja's story unfolds, flashing through more than 20 years and three relationships, one of which resulted in her troubled son Alex. Now she's forced to decide just how much of her fiercely earned pride and self-respect she's willing to sacrifice for her offspring. This darkly funny portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury can be enjoyed at San Diego's Moxie Theatre.
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
Willum has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick, a fellow ex-GI who saved his life. But when Rick shows up at Willum's apartment his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd" who just won't leave! One uproarious incident after another ensues, until the normally placid Willum is driven into a desperate mental state that leads to a surprising and satisfying ending. Watch it all unfold at The Broadway Theater in Vista.
One of the most popular romantic comedies in the American theater canon, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, was adapted into a successful motion picture and remains one of the most widely produced plays in history. Now it comes to Brooks Theatre courtesy of Oceanside Theatre Company. The play follows a love affair between two people who are in love, but it's complicated -- they're both married to others, and so they rendezvous only once a year. Experience 25 years of their relationship through each one-day meeting, as the evolving manners and morals of their time are hilariously and touchingly played out by these endearing lovers.
Get ready to stomp your feet and clap your hands as the rollicking musical comedy Smoke on the Mountain returns to Lamb's Players Theatre in Coronado, bringing more than 30 powerhouse gospel tunes along with it. It's the end of the Great Depression and the Sanders Family Singers have stopped at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church to perform their traveling gospel show for the congregation -- which just so happens to be you, the audience. Between dynamo bluegrass renditions of gospel classics such as "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," the Sanders reveal their backstory, which is full of hilarious details the whole family will enjoy.
What if we owed our survival to more than just our parents? If our existences cost the lives of others, would we make the most of the time we have, or be crippled by guilt? The Tin Woman is a new play that reveals the life of a woman who tracks down the family of her late heart-transplant donor. Doubts, shame and humanity meld together to crate a bittersweet tale, equal parts funny, moving and honest. This inspiring, dramatically resonant comedy will steal your heart and restore your faith in second chances. Catch it at the Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa.