Theatre Preview — February 9, 2018

KUSI theatre contributor Josh Carr joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about the best plays you can see around San Diego this weekend.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
The Old Globe
Through February 10
Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history.
• Debuted at St. James’ Theatre in London Feb. 14, 1895
• Widely considered Oscar Wilde’s finest play

VIETGONE
San Diego REP
Through February 18
This is the story of how Quang meets Tong, how they flee from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, fall in love in a refugee camp in Arkansas, take a life changing road trip across 1970’s America and eventually give birth to a playwright named Qui Nguyen (who happens to have written this play). This love story is like no other. Told through the eyes of a very contemporary young American who loves pop culture, this sexy comedy is a mash-up of comic books, hip-hop, martial arts and Hollywood action movies. Acclaimed as one of the most innovative playwrights in the country, author Nguyen embraces two cultures and two time periods using a uniquely infectious style that The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy.”
“Where else can you get a new perspective on America fighting the Vietnam War mixed with ninjas, rap, motorcycles, sex, profanities and lots and lots of love? Vietgone is a blast and is a perfect antidote to today’s anti-other rhetoric.”
–Kim Heil, Associate Producer
• Adult language; not recommended for kids

THE FULL MONTY
San Diego Musical Theatre at Horton Grand Theatre
Through February 25
Six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they’ll go “The Full Monty,” strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.
Filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart.
• Contains Adult language and nudity; not recommended for kids
• The musical had its world premiere at The Old Globe in 2000
• Park and eat in the Gaslamp downtown before the show

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