Curtain Calls


By Michael Benninger

1/6-11: Dirty Dancing
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave., Downtown
Have the time of your life while watching the groundbreaking ‘80s movie’s on-stage adaptation, which offers an evocative mix of music, romance and dancing.

1/10: Peking Acrobats
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido
Astonishing acrobats - accompanied by live musicians and special effects - demonstrate supreme mastery of body and mind through breathtaking exhibits of power, agility and balance.

1/16-18: Dances of Love, Laughter and Loss
UCSD’s Weiss Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla
Enjoy an evening of top-tier choreography in a Jean Isaacs production that combines dance with written and spoken words to tell two separate stories: one about nostalgia and longing, the other about 45-year-old pillowcases and their owners.

1/23-2/22: Trouble in Mind
Moxie Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd., College Area
Deemed too dangerous for Broadway, this 1955 comedy about race traces the troubled production of a fictional Broadway play starring a black cast performing under the direction of a racist white man.

1/23-24: Les Misérables
Pechanga Resort & Casino
45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula
Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, this masterful production breathes new life into French history while telling the tale of an ex-convict - jailed for two decades for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child - who encounters epic adversity on his road to redemption.

1/24-3/1: Murder for Two
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
A pair of piano-playing actors portrays an inspector and 10 suspects in this uproarious murder-mystery musical about a millionaire who turns up dead at his own birthday party.

1/24-2/1: La Bohème
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave., Downtown
The first opera ever to grace the stage at the Civic Theatre (in 1965), Puccini’s masterwork tells the story of young Bohemian friends and their romantic relationships in 1840s Paris.

1/25: Alberta Ballet: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido
Thirty accomplished dancers interpret the personal journey that is womanhood, from joy to grief and love to loss, capturing the stages of life and the obstacles that accompany them.

1/30-31: The Golden Dragon Acrobats Presents: Cirque Zíva
Harrah’s Resort SoCal
777 Harrah’s Resort Southern California Way, Valley Center
Strength, dexterity and grace become one with art in this dazzling display of acrobatics, dance and music influenced by Chinese traditions dating back 2,500 years.