Thursday Theatre Preview – February 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Theatre contributor Joey Landwehr joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about some of the best plays you could see in San Diego this weekend.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Star Theatre (Oceanside)
Through February 24
Settled in the heart of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter resides Stella Kowalski married to brutish husband, Stanley. Plagued with the guilt of her past, Stella’s sister Blanche struggles to maintain her lily-white status as haunting remnants of the past resurface throughout the play while she fights against the demise of her appearance and facade. A battle between classes, sexes and blood relations wrench at these compelling characters. One of history’s most prominent, harrowing and revered works. Streetcar will transport you back to the post prohibition, jazz-ridden era of the 1940’s with some of the most immortal and compelling characters ever written.
Tennessee Williams is one of America’s greatest playwrights with such plays as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Sweet Bird of Youth and of course A Streetcar Named Desire. He helped shape American literature throughout the 20th century.
The movie of A Streetcar Named Desire starred: Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden and introduced a new up-and-comer, Marlon Brando, who would go on to win an Oscar for this role

A PERMANENT IMAGE
Point Loma Playhouse
Through March 3
Siblings Bo and Ally are back in their childhood home in Idaho for the funeral of their Father. Their Mother Carol has painted the whole house white and is suspected to have been drinking since their father’s death. What Ally and Bo come to find out is that their Mother has a method to her madness as she pulls out some home videos of their father just before he died. It is a riveting ride of emotions, bringing together humor and tears in a very unexpected way, as only family dynamics can.
Broadway World called it: “An exquisitely great play!”

CRAZY FOR YOU
San Diego Musical Theatre
Through March 3
CRAZY FOR YOU tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical.
San Diego local, Jill Gorie is choreographer for this show. The woman is a genius. In the style of greats like Jack Cole or Marge & Gower Champion she knows how to emphasize each move just enough to show the importance of it without being overdone.
George Gershwin’s music is nostalgic, yet ground breaking. He never shyed away from challenging subject matter and he changed how we viewed jazz and popular music. he was truly a forward thinker, and the score of CRAZY FOR YOU has some of the best arrangements of his work. Run to the theatre to see this treat!

 

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