Theatre Preview: “Night, Mother” “A Jewish Joke” & “Akeelah and the Bee”

Lamplighters Theatre
Through March 25
This multi-award-winning play centers around Jessie, a middle-aged, down-on-her-luck woman who moves back in with her mom. As mother and daughter spend a high-stakes evening together, the ensuing debate — sometimes quiet, sometimes tempestuous — ultimately gives rise to some of our deepest, most personal questions about how and why we value life. Because, you see, Jessie has decided that life is no longer worth living. And as she calmly announces and prepares for her own death, her mother will try anything to stop her.

• 1983 play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
• Nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Play

A Roustabouts Theatre production AT MOXIE THEATRE
March 14 – April 8
In 1950’s Hollywood, at the height of the Communist Blacklist, when careers were ruined by a whisper, we meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz. Funny and lovable, Bernie has made his way up the ladder by being a spineless Hollywood sellout. Now, the night before a big red carpet premiere that will make Bernie’s career, he has been asked to name names and give up his friend. He has one day to decide if he will accede to government demands and save his skin, or protect his friend and save his soul in the most serious decision of his life. One man’s journey through a historical reality as well as into the depths of his own soul is the heart of this multi-layered, compelling, funny and relevant play.

• Featuring local acting legend Phil Johnson
• Directed by NC Rep’s David Ellenstein

San Diego Junior Theatre
Through March 11
Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of a spunky 11-year-old girl whose razor-sharp mind just might take her all the way from the Chicago projects to the finals of the National Spelling Bee. An inspiring story that celebrates diversity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit. Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.
• Recommended for ages 12 and older due to mature humor and themes
• Foxtales is innovative, movement-based, and interactive to keep young minds engaged.

• Great way to engage young children in classic literature, and introduce them to the theatre.

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