Theatre Preview — February 1, 2018
KUSI theatre contributor Josh Carr joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about plays happening around San Diego this weekend.
AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN
Through February 10
Alexa Vere de Vere, a flashy con artist who captivates and takes advantage of the almost-famous, has a new target in mind: Evan Wyler, a young New York writer. Alexa meets with Evan, claiming to be a record producer and asking him if he will write a screenplay based on her glamorous life story; this will require him to follow her around and take notes. She promises him fame and fortune in return—the same things she has promised, but never given, to so many other hot young aspiring celebrities.
As Evan accompanies her, Alexa spends money in lavish and wasteful ways, eating and staying at the Royalton and buying new suits from Saks Fifth Avenue. Evan uses his credit card to buy everything for Alexa; but while she promises to pay him back, she never does,
On a ferry boat, a glimmer of romance begins and they end up sleeping together at the Royalton. Alexa then opens up about painful events in her life, giving Evan the last of the material he needs for the screenplay. They are scheduled to meet in LA to discuss the movie opportunities it involves when Evan Wyler is given notice that his credit card has been maxed out and Alexa has disappeared. Evan plots revenge, with the help of other con victims
• OnStage Playhouse on 3rd Ave in Chula Vista is an intimate theatre with lots of restaurant choices nearby
New Village Arts
Through February 25
CLOUD TECTONICS is an apocalyptic love story. When Aníbal de la Luna meets pregnant Celestina del Sol at a rainy bus stop in Los Angeles, he offers her shelter for the night. As the two get to know each other, they realize that time and love don’t always behave quite how they should. This modern masterpiece is a love story that transcends time and space, examining how elemental forces shape who we become.
It is set in Los Angeles, with most of the action taking place in Aníbal’s house. It is somewhat of the archetypal “boy meets girl” story—but magical realism is put to good use in the play by distorting our conceptions of time, space, and even sound. It additionally makes use of poetic (and occasionally absurd) language to enhance the characters and the world of the play.
• Directed by Culture Clash founder Herbert Siguenza
San Diego Civic Theatre
Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts, melding timeless artistry with cutting-edge innovation—transporting you to a world where legends come to life. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun’s unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other.
The traditional Chinese culture Shen Yun presents cannot be seen anywhere else in the world—not even in China. There, the ruling communist regime has viewed China’s rich spiritual and artistic heritage as a threat to its ideology, and for decades sought to erase it. Chinese artists have suffered untold ordeals over the past century.
But in 2006, a group of Chinese artists came together in New York with a vision of preserving the best of China’s cultural heritage and sharing it with the world. They drew courage and inspiration from their shared practice of Falun Dafa (or “Falun Gong,” as it is also called)—a spiritual discipline common to all of Shen Yun’s artists. The company’s repertoire regularly includes important works shedding light on the plight of believers like themselves in communist China today.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Through February 12
The story of the last days of Christ as told through the eyes of Andrew Lloyd Weber. This high energy rock opera is a favorite in the world of musical theatre. It has toured nationally for years and it slated for a live version on NBC later this year. Performance Riverside uses local and national professionals as well as students from Riverside Community College, where the theatre is housed.
With songs like “I Don’t Know How To Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and” Could We Start Again Please,” the story focuses on the disciples as they follow the teachings of Christ and experience his tragic fall at the hands of Pilate, the pawn who was appointed to execute the popular leader of the people.