Curtain calls: February performing arts

Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (Courtesy photo)

Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including The Sleeping Beauty ballet, Sex with Strangers, The Blameless and Falstaff.

2.4-3.12 Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Drink up what happens between the colliding egos of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in Steve Martin’s seasoned comedy set at Paris’ watering hole, The Lapin Agile, in 1904.

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


2.5 The Sleeping Beauty

The Russian National Ballet Company performs this classy rendition of the tale of a princess condemned to die on her 16th birthday, but a good fairy intervenes and declares that she will merely sleep - until she is awoken by a prince’s kiss.


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


2.9 Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Performing to the musical styling of Stevie Wonder, this dance troupe is renowned for celebrating and channeling its diversity, as shown in its choreography spanning ballet to hip hop.

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


2.9-3.19 2.5 Minute Ride

The solo show lends a look into the life of playwright Lisa Kron’s father, a Holocaust survivor. Follow his remembrances to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding and an annual Ohio outing.


Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., Ste. 101, University Heights, 619.220.0097,

2.10-26 9 to 5

Fed up with the 1970s’ office bigotry, three female co-workers scheme to give their sexist boss the boot and take revenge-a storyline set to a score by Dolly Parton.

Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, St. 600, downtown, 619.235.9500,



2.17 Shaolin Warriors

Choreographically tasteful yet truly deadly, this band of Kung Fu masters has a martial arts prowess comprising Buddhist meditation, balancing on metal spears and smashing marble slabs.

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


2.18, 21, 24, 26 Falstaff

The San Diego Opera paints a wholesome portrait of Shakespeare’s fictional character Sir John Falstaff. Follow the ornery old-timer’s comically pitiful pursuit of his favorite vices: food, women and wine.

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



2.18 Steam Powered Giraffe

Reprogram your senses to tune into the quirky cabaret rock sounds by this local robot act - or band guised as robots - including pantomime, puppetry, ballet, comedy sketches and multimedia visuals.

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


2.22-3.19 The Illusion

Get your fantastical fill from playwright Tony Kushner’s latest production, following a father’s search for his estranged son by seeking out a sorcerer.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055,


2.23-3.19 Sex with Strangers

What ensues when online and offline identities intersect? Writers Olivia and Ethan traverse just this when their one-night stand evolves into a relationship and later resembles the cyber status, “It’s complicated.”

Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,


2.23-3.26 The Blameless

Bonded by warmth and humor found in tough love, the Garcia family tests its affinity when it welcomes to dinner a man related to a painful event from the past. 

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



2.28 Super Shiny Sara

When a magical bubble bath transports Sara into her Internet idol’s pool, she discovers that the teenage fashionista’s life isn’t all her online persona portrays. (Tip: Enjoy with your favorite tween.)

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

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