Thursday Theatre Preview – March 14, 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.
TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
THE OLD GLOBE (Balboa Park)
Through March 17
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion and is called by Variety “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. Tissues recommended.
• Contains strong language and adult content.
• James Vasquez has deftly crafted and directed this touching and insightful play.
JCompany Youth Theatre (UTC/La Jolla)
Through March 24
This is the best evening of 90’s nostalgia you will ever have in the theatre. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, MADAGASCAR, follows all of your favorite friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey. Filled with outlandish characters and adventure galore you will have no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
• Director Joey Landwehr and Choreographer Erin Petersen have put together every bit of 1990’s nostalgia to bring this show to life. While most of the talented cast is too young to know any of the 90s references, the adults in the audience will love the walk down memory lane .
• This is the perfect, 90 minute show for ALL AGES while punchline after punchline lands wirth expert comic timing the songs will have you dancing in the aisles.
ANGELS IN AMERICA (PARTS 1 & 2 performed in rotating rep)
Cygnet Theatre (Old Town)
Through April 20
It’s America in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis with a conservative administration who won’t even acknowledge the “new plague”; New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, this epic 2-part play is a MUST SEE for every single person who doesn’t want the past to repeat itself. it was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Newsweek calls it: “Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time.”
• Part One: Millennium Approaches: It’s 1985. Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term. New York City is in the clutches of a mysterious plague that people are grasping to understand. Prior, a young man in the trenches of this health crisis, discovers devastating news that his lover, Louis, just cannot accept. Mormon couple Joe and Harper struggle with his identity crisis and her self-medicating Valium habit. Roy Cohn, a notorious conservative lawyer from the McCarthy hearings, is in blustery full-blown denial of his own life-changing predicament as the Millennium Approaches.
• Part Two: Perestroika: Part two begins as Prior, now a reluctant prophet set on a mission by a testy angel, must begin the work of rebuilding a devastated world. Characters, having faced annihilation, must now confront their own stubborn indestructability. Perestroika is a story about locating hope in the midst of chaos.
• Explicit sexual situations, nudity and adult language (recommended for high school age and above)