Theater Previews – 10/31/19
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Check out this week’s theater previews!
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Cygnet Theatre (Old Town)
Through November 17
Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over half a decade. Made up mostly of solo turns, with beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, it is only in the middle of the show that Jamie and Cathy come together as Jamie proposes and the two are wed.
“Bittersweet and nearly perfect.” – Variety
Go, if just to see these incredible actors tackle this work. Michael Cusimano and Raquel Williams show us the true heights and depths of this couple’s relationship.
Tickets: cygnettheatre.com or 619-337-1525
ENSEMBLE LUCIDARIUM: SOUNDS OF SHYLOCK’S VENICE
San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (UTC)
Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:30pm (ONE NIGHT ONLY!)
“Sounds from Shylock’s Venice” conjures the soundscape of a day in the life of Shylock, in and out of the Jewish quarter, in the vibrant, colorful world that was Renaissance Venice. The music is a combination of poems by Jewish authors that the ensemble has set to music, liturgical works, and the music that all Venetians, Jews or not, would have enjoyed while celebrating; combined with texts of Venice Senate declarations, the Inquisition records, and selections from Leon Modena’s autobiography.
Based in Geneva and Milan, Lucidarium specializes in bringing little-known repertoires from the Renaissance and Middle Ages back to life in an entertaining, engaging way designed for a 21st century public. This unique combination of cutting-edge research and high-energy, spontaneous performance-style has earned them kudos from the international press.
“Pure energy on period instruments”-Gramophone
Tickets: sdcjc.org or 858-362-1348
THE SUNSHINE BOYS
North Coast Repertory Theatre (Solana Beach)
Through November 17
The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. Despite their celebrated reputation, the old men have not spoken in twelve years. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye.
THE SUNSHINE BOYS premiered on Broadway in 1972 directed by the brilliant
Alan Arkin and won multiple Tony Awards including best play and best direction for Arkin. In 1975 it was made into a feature film starring the amazing George Burns and Walter Matheau.
The late Neil Simon, one of America’s greatest playwrights, is receiving a resurgence of interest in his work. He has written of 40 works, have you seen them all?
Tickets: northcoastrep.org or (858) 481-1055
SPEECHLESS – BLUE MAN GROUP
San Diego Civic Theatre (Downtown)
November 8 – 10 (ONE WEEKEND ONLY!)
The world-renowned bald and blue trio embarks on a new journey of discovery, the result of over 27 years spent observing humanity. SPEECHLESS will feature new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and hilarious absurdity. Join the fun as the Blue Men search for the elusive ~present moment~ while creating moments of large-scale participation and universal connection with the audience that unites us beyond words in our always-on world.
Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the surprising and exciting show that is BLUE MAN GROUP. And now, the Blue Men return with a new show.
“The Blue Men see fun in your future and are here to reignite your digitally-overloaded senses. If you like normal, think again — ’cause this show is a rollicking, rowdy, rave of a good time. You’ll witness music, laughter, and surprises over and over.” – Variety
Tickets: broadwaysd.com or (619) 570-1100