Curtain calls: January performing arts

Performances in San Diego during the holiday month include A Culture Shock Nutcracker, Masters of Illusion,  Rent, and  Disney's Freaky Friday. 1.6-8 A Culture Shock Nutcracker This retelling of the holiday classic blends the traditional tale and Tchaikovsky's original score with pop culture elements including Pokémon GO. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown, 619.235.9500,   1.6, 1.13 Masters of Illusion Before they vanish to the next city on tour, marvel at levitating women, escape artists and exotic animals from the TV series "Masters of Illusion." Harrah's Resort SoCal, 777 Harrah's Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760.751.3100,   1.6-22 Maple and Vine What is worth sacrificing for happiness? Pull pointers from Katha and Ryu, who, after meeting a community of people who re-enact life from the 1950s, become inspired to ditch their 21st century lifestyles. Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave., downtown, 619.269.9283,   1.6-2.4 Play It Again, Sam Woody Allen's romcom comes alive onstage as an awkward lad attempts to become a ladies' man by imitating Humphrey Bogart. OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 619.422.7787,   1.6-2.12 Beau Jest See what happens when a woman hires an actor to pretend he's her fiancé - and a doctor - to impress her visiting parents. Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000,   1.10-15 Rent This 20-year-old rock musical tells the story of struggling New York City artists, suggesting love might be the true measure of success. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,   1.12-15 New Voices Festival Eager young playwrights debut their scripts in this fourth annual festival, giving emerging artists a stage from which to read their plays and the opportunity to make a name for themselves. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,   1.12-2.12 Bad Jews After their grandpa kicks the can, three cousins get caught in a hilarious quarrel over the family heirloom. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525,   1.17-22 Shen Yun 2017 Watch as a Chinese dance troupe journeys 5,000 years back in time, resurrecting China's ancient culture known as "Land of the Divine" with live orchestra accompaniment. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253,   1.23 The Artificial Woman Head-over-heels in love with a widowed composer, a man commissions an artist to create a life-size doll of the target of his obsession. White Box, 2590 Truxtun Road, Suite 205, Liberty Station, Point Loma, 619.225.1803,   1.29-2.26 Blue Door Grappling with how to embrace his African-American heritage, a man chooses not to attend the Million Man March, a decision that drives away his wife and leaves his ancestors haunting him. Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N, College Area, 858.598.7620,   1.31-2.5 Matilda the Musical Armed with a sharp mind, vivid imagination and bravery to take action, a young girl inspires a revolution, proving that anyone can turn rotten circumstances into a new destiny. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,   1.31-3.12 Freaky Friday Disney's new musical adaptation modernizes this fantastical comedy about an overworked mom and spunky daughter who are forced to get along when they magically switch bodies with each other. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010,
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