Theater Previews – 1/9/20

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Start the new year with local theater!

KUSI’s Theater Guru Joey Landwehr stopped by for this week’s Theater Preview.

GOD OF CARNAGE
Lamplighters Community Theatre (La Mesa)
January 10 – February 9
God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of an upscale “hipster” Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident. Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but as the night wears on and drinks are thrown back, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but things soon change once again. Yazmina Reza’s dark and deeply funny play strips away the civilized trappings and brings out each person’s baser nature…to hilarious results. This is a dark comedy with some adult themes, great for a date night, but maybe leave the kids at home.
Tickets:
lamplighterslamesa.com
or 619.303.5092

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT (OR WHAT YOU WILL)
San Diego Junior Theatre (Balboa Park)
January 10 – 19
Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines, the quick-witted Viola, who assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year is ‘they,’ the gender neutral pronoun used in place of ‘he’ or ‘sh’. The themes of gender frequently appear in Shakespeare’s plays and are part of the plot in Twelfth Night. San Diego Junior Theatre’s production will explore gender identity through Shakespeare’s text and gender-fluid casting. Post-show talkbacks on Saturday, January 11 and 18 featuring the cast, Mick Rabin from the Department of Youth Advocacy and Twelfth Night Director Justin Lang. This show stars one of my favorite young actors, Marc Berger. There is no doubt he will tickle your funny bone in this classic Shakespearean comedy. San Diego Junior Theatre provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.
Tickets:
juniortheatre.com
or 619-239-8355

DEAR EVAN HANSEN
San Diego Civic Theatre (Downtown)
December 31 – January 12
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
Recommended for ages 13+

Tickets:
broadwaysd.com
or (619) 570-1100

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