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Rob Stevens' Merry Month of May in San Diego Theatre

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August: Osage County

Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623 or www.theoldglobe.org. Tue-Wed, 7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends June 12. $29-$85.

Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. When their father goes missing, the huge, sprawling and completely dysfunctional Weston family reunites and sparks fly. Violet, the take-no-prisoners matriarch, struggles for control over a family set to implode over secrets, lies and betrayals.


Barbra’s Wedding

The Broadway Theatre, 340 E. Broadway in Vista. (760)806-7905. Wed-Sat; 7:30; Sun, 2. May 20-June 11. $17.50.

Barbra Streisand Homewrecker? While that fact isn’t listed on her resume, her 1998 wedding to James Brolin has certainly put a wedge between the couple living next door to her. Buzzing helicopters, paparazzi and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Humvee blocking the driveway finally puts this young couple over the edge.


Blithe Spirit

Presented by Grossmont College Theatre Arts Dept. in El Cajon. (619)644-7234 . Wed-Fri, 7:30; Sat, 2 & 7:30. May 12-21. $15.00.

In Noel Coward's ghostly comedy, Charles Condomine, a cantankerous novelist, is haunted by his first wife Elvira after the "happy medium" Madam Arcati goes into a trance. His current wife does not take well to the situation.


The Book of the Dun Cow

Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. (619)437-6000 or www.lambsplayers.org Tues-Thur, 7:30; Fri, 8; Sat, 4 & 8; Sun, 2. Ends May 15. $28-$58.

An epic ‘good vs evil’ tale in the tradition of Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. This imaginative adventure is set in a time before humans when the animals could talk. Featuring amazing costumes, mesmerizing choreography, haunting music, and aerial combat!


Cabaret

Presented by Cygnet Theatre Company at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St in San Diego. (619)337-1525 or cygnettheatre.com. Wed-Thur, 7:30; Fri, 8; Sat, 4 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends May 22. $29-54.

The classic Kinder & Ebb musical depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, an American writer and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power.  


A Chorus Line

Presented by San Diego Musical Theatre at Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza in San Diego. Thur-Sat, 8; Sun, 2. 858-560-5740 or www.sdmt.org. May 28-June 12. $30-$60.

The stunning musical-verite about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration.


Dooley

Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. in San Diego. (619)220-0097 or www.diversionary.org. Thur; 7:30; Fri-Sat, 8; Sun, 2. Ends May 29. $31-33.

Dr. Tom Dooley was a man who delighted in his sexuality, paid consequences, and yet refused to be defeated. He died young, but was cited by John F. Kennedy for his humanitarian work in Southeastern Asia as an inspiration for the start of the Peace Corps.


A Dram of Drummhicit

Presented by La Jolla Playhouse at Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. in La Jolla. (858)550-1010 or www.lajollaplayhouse.org. Tue-Wed, 7:30; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. May 17-June 12. $35-$56.

In Arthur Kopit’s new play, an American entrepreneur has found the perfect Scottish island on which to build his new golf course. But as secrets - and bodies - are unearthed, the true nature of the island wreaks comic havoc in this new supernatural comedy


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way in Coronado. (619)435-4856 or www.coronadoplayhouse.com. Thur-Sat, 8; Sun, 2. Ends May 15. $15-25.

WARNING: This show contains strong language, adult situations, agoraphobia, adultery, bad perms, tacky outfits, road kill, strippers, flan, country rock, blues, and disco--it’s everything a trash-talking Off-Broadway musical should be!


Let Me Down Easy

Presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre at Lyceum Stage, Horton Plaza in San Diego. (619)544-1000 or www.sdrep.org. Wed, 7; Thur-Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. Ends May 15. $39-53.

For the past eight years, Anna Deveare Smith has interviewed hundreds of Americans to create a virtuosic and moving show about the power and vulnerability of the body, the price of health, and the resilience of the human spirit.


Life of Riley

Presented by the Old Globe Theatre at Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623 or www.theoldglobe.org. Tue-Wed, 7; Thur-Fri. 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 2 & 7. $29-$67. Ends June 5.

U.S. Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious new comedy. George Riley’s closest friends discover that he has just a few months to live and they each deal with the news in their own very surprising way. George has deeply affected each of their lives and he is now plotting one last final farewell, which could upset all of their futures.


Mamma Mia!

Presented by Broadway San Diego at Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. in San Diego. (619)570-1100 or www.broadwaysd.com. Tue-Wed, 7; Thur, 7:30; Fri, 8; Sat, 2 & 8; Sun, 1 & 6:30. May 31-June 5. $33.50-$102.50.

A show the whole family will want to dance to returns for one week only.


Mixtape

Presented by Lamb’s Players Theatre at Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave. in San Diego. (619) 437-6000 or www.lambsplayers.org . Thur, 7:30; Fri-Sat, 8: Sun 2 & 7. Ends July 17. $28-58.

Remember the mixtape? The cassette that held that just right mix of your favorite music. 
It was the perfect way to remember a feeling, celebrate a moment, make a statement or share your heart.


Much Ado About Nothing

Presented by the Old Globe Theatre, Festival Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego. (619)234-5623 or www.theoldglobe.org. In rotating repertory, May 29-Sept 24. Tue-Sun, 8: $29-$62.

While Beatrice and Benedick hide their infatuation beneath witty barbs, Hero and Claudio race to the altar in Shakespeare‘s romantic comedy. But will false accusations and misunderstandings prevent their happy endings?


The Music Man

Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. (619)437-6000 or www.lambsplayers.org Tues-Thur, 7:30; Fri, 8; Sat, 4 & 8; Sun, 2. May 17-July 10. $28-$62.

Meredith Willson’s masterpiece set a new standard of how musicals tell stories, and in the process gave us a classic love story and one of the most iconic American characters of all time in the lovable rake Harold Hill.


Shotgun Wedding Anniversary

Presented by Mystery Café Dinner Theater at Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalmia St. in San Diego. (619)460-2200 or www.mysterycafe.net. Fri-Sat, 8, indefinitely. $59.50 includes 4 course dinner.

Pedals has planned a nostalgic tribute to her nuptials with Basil and instead finds herself wearing black and seeing red! After all, the family fortune is at stake. Help solve this hilarious mystery!


Ten Cent Night

Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd, Suite N in San Diego. (858)598-7620. Thur-Sat, 8; Sun, 2. May 27-June 26. $20-$40.

Dad's shot himself in the head and failed musician Roby Finley is on her way home to Burkeville, TX, with a suitcase full of stolen cash to save her heart-sick sister. Full of pathos and humor, heartbreak and joy, Ten Cent Night is a dark comedy from a time when a dime could buy you a phone call home.


Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show

Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr. in Escondido. (888)802-SHOW or www.welktheatresandiego.com. May 19-22, 1 pm. $65, $80 with brunch buffet.

The Carol Burnett Show’s Vicki Lawrence chronicles those remarkable years and beyond by allowing Vicki to sing and do stand-up comedy, while also performing as Mama, the cranky, acid-tongued curmudgeon with politically incorrect observations about life. Both Vicki and Mama ought to spin you out of life's doldrums and ensure that you can appreciate the true place of a woman in a man's world!

 

Spotlight

Laguna Playhouse Announces Ellen Richard as its Interim Executive Director

May 3, 2016…Laguna Beach, Calif…Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors announced today that, later this month, Ellen Richard will be joining Laguna Playhouse as its Interim Executive Director. The Playhouse announced late last year that it was undertaking a national search guided by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for an Executive Director to succeed Karen Wood who had held this position for the past eight years.

Commenting on the appointment Joe Hanauer and Paul Singarella, Co-Chairmens of the Board of Directors, said “In the midst of our search we encountered this wonderful opportunity to engage Ellen while we continue to seek appropriate long-term leadership. To have found someone with the extraordinary qualifications that Ellen has is thrilling. She is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she was Managing Director. Ellen also has strong successes in supervising the construction of theatres in New York and also in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater, a rare and valuable skill set considering the contemplated major remodel and expansion of the Laguna Playhouse.” Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham adds, “We are pleased and proud to have Ellen Richard, truly a rock-star in our field, join us as our interim Executive Director who will help guide the Playhouse during this transition.” Comments Ellen Richard, “I have quickly grown fond of Laguna Beach and the Playhouse. I embrace this extraordinary opportunity to join one of the country’s top regional theatres at this time in its remarkable 95-year history. I look forward to helping the Playhouse and working with their incredible Board of Trustees and Ann E. Wareham.”

ABOUT ELLEN RICHARD

Ellen Richard served as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2010 through 2015.  During her tenure, Ms. Richard negotiated a deal to buy the Strand Theater in tech corridor of Mid-Market San Francisco, helped raise the $34,000 million to renovate and operate it and steered the design and construction for the project which opened in May of 2015. The complex featured two performance spaces and has won multiple awards.  She opened the 50 seat Costume Shop Theater, a 49-seat “black box” venue used for the company’s Master of Fine Arts students and for shows by other local companies.  Ms. Richard was also credited with expanding the company’s educational efforts, coming up with programs like the San Francisco Semester, which brings undergraduate acting students to ACT from around the world, and Stage Coach, a community theater mobile unit that reaches into diverse neighborhoods

She was also Executive Director of The Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006 (through 2009), she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and “Second Generation,” a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Ms. Richard’s leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.

From 1983 to 2005, Ms. Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. The Roundabout that Ms. Richard joined was a small nonprofit theater company in bankruptcy. By the time she departed as Managing Director, Roundabout had become one of the country’s largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars. Ms. Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of all management and marketing functions. She created Roundabout’s “Theatre-PLUS” programs, which include singles, teachers, family, gay and lesbian, wine tasting, and the 7 p.m. “Early Curtain” series, all of which grew to represent more than 10 percent of Roundabout’s 40,000 subscribers.

As director of design and construction at Roundabout, Ms. Richard was responsible for more than $50 million of theater construction for 11 projects. She conceptualized the three permanent Roundabout stages — The Broadway venues of Studio 54 and the American Airlines Theatre, and the Off-Broadway venue The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre She directed the location search for Cabaret and oversaw the creation of the production’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Ms. Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.