Curtain calls: August performing arts performances


Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including Dancing with the Stars: Live!-Hot Summer Nights, The Cat Lady Play, Evita and War On the Catwalk.

8.1-27: Kill Local

Sheila is questioning her future in the family business. And who wouldn’t, considering the gig is as an assassin? This savage comedy centers on her attempt to put in a two-week notice.

La Jolla Playhouse: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010,

8.3-27: Evita

Argentina’s 20th-century starlet-turned-presidential-mistress-turned-first lady rises to royalty, and then prematurely falls from it, in this musical biography of Eva Perón.

Lyceum Stage: 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

8.4-6: Bring It On The Musical

Campbell’s flexibility is tested when she’s dethroned as captain of the cheer squad and forced to spend senior year at a hard-knock high school offering equally off-putting cheerleading circumstances.

California Center for the Arts: 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253,

8.4-12: The Cat Lady Play

Hannah can’t get enough of cats - stealing them, that is. But when she faces eviction for failure to pay rent, she shakes up her thievery by heading up a heist for a professor.

Tenth Avenue Arts Center: 930 10th Ave., downtown, 858.437.9850,

8.6-9.10: Hamlet

To be or not to be watching Shakespeare under the stars? That is the question to consider while a prince’s tragic return home from college unfolds on The Old Globe’s outdoor stage.

The Old Globe Theatre: 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

8.9: Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights

“Dancing with the Stars” Season 24 winner and NFL running back Rashad Jennings takes a victory tour with other pro dancers from ABC’s hit TV competition.

San Diego Civic Theatre: 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

8.11: War on the Catwalk

Sassy, cross-dressing contestants from Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” rev up the San Diego stage.

Balboa Theatre: 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

8.11-9.24: The Explorers Club

This 19th century farce focuses on a buttoned-up group of scientists and explorers bantering in a London man-cave and getting riled up about a female anthropologist entering their lair.

Lamb’s Players Theatre: 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000,

8.16-9.2: Sunset Boulevard

Riddled with romance and tragedy, this stage adaptation of the 1950 film focuses on failed silent movie star Norma Desmond’s desperate attempts to return to relevancy.

Moonlight Stage Productions: 1200 Vale Terrace Dr.,Vista, 760.724.2110,

8.24: Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes

The gang’s all here (or never left Comic-Con). See Spider-Man, the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy partner with Doctor Strange to stop Loki from ruling the planet Earth.

Valley View Casino Center: 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma, 888.929.7849,

8.30-9.24: The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Dysfunction abounds in this 1960s drama about a bitter single mother who tries to thwart the success of her daughters, one of whom has a promising project for the science fair.

Cygnet Theatre: 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525,