Curtain Calls


By Michael Benninger

7/1-8/2: Kiss Me, Kate
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
As a cast of actors rehearse a musical interpretation of a Shakespearean comedy, behind-the-scenes drama involving a divorced couple starring in the play jeopardizes the entire production.

7/8-26: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp
This one-woman show, which depicts scenes in war-torn London and Vienna, recounts the true survival story of the star’s mother, whose aspirations as a young Jewish musician were thrown off-course by the Third Reich.

7/10-19: Out on a Limb
Scripps Ranch Theatre
9783 Avenue of Nations, Scripps Ranch
A young girl goes missing, the drought calls for desperate measures, and the power of language conquers all in this set of performances written by three local playwrights.

7/10-8/2: Eternally Bad
Moxie Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, College Area
Ancient mythology’s most mischievous goddesses take center stage in this musical, telling tales and singing songs about love, loss, sisterhood and sexuality.

7/15-8/1: The Music Man
Moonlight Terrace
1200 Vale Terrace, Vista
When a smooth-talking salesman swindles a small town, he falls for the local librarian, who exposes his deception and helps him see the error of his ways.

7/16-8/23: Dogfight
Cygnet Theatre
4040 Twiggs St., Old Town
A trio of fresh-faced marines on the eve of their deployment set out for one last night of revelry, but when one soldier involves an unwitting waitress in an infantile bet, the server turns the tables, teaching the jarhead a lesson he won’t soon forget.

7/24-8/23: Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville - A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
The world’s greatest detective and his faithful sidekick are confronted with one of their most confounding cases ever in the West Coast premiere of this smart, spine-tingling mystery.

7/28-9/6: Up Here
La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla
In the world-premiere of this musical comedy, a shy computer geek attempts to win the heart of a spunky clothing designer, but his hyperactive inner-monologue holds him hostage, preventing him from finding happiness.