Curtain Calls

By  Michael Benninger

2/7-3/1: Stage Kiss
New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State St., Carlsbad
760.433.3245, newvillagearts.org 

An on-stage kiss between two middle-aged actors - and former lovers - blurs the line between fact and fantasy in the West Coast premiere of this play by acclaimed American playwright Sarah Ruhl.

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2/13-3/1: West Side Story
Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway, Downtown
619.235.9500, spreckels.net

The struggle is real when a gang leader falls in love with his chief rival's sister in this relatively modern retelling of Shakespeare's best- known work, which changed the game on Broadway when it debuted in 1957.

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2/13-3/22: You Can't Take it With You
Lamb's Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave., Coronado
619.437.6000, lambsplayers.org

This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about an unbalanced family in Depression-era New York was adapted into a movie, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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2/14-3/15: The Twenty-Seventh Man
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
619.234.5623, theoldglobe.org

After the Soviet Union's secret police imprison 26 famous Jewish writers, a fledgling scribe arrives unexpectedly, causing the prisoners to ponder their troubled situation and roles as writers.

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2/18-22: Shen Yun
California Center for the Arts
340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido
760.839.4138, artcenter.org

Just in time for the Chinese New Year, the 90-plus artists comprising the Shen Yun music and dance troupe return to the San Diego stage with 400 costumes and 20 performances aimed at transporting audiences across five millennia of traditional Chinese tales.

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2/14-22: Don Giovanni
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave., Downtown
619.570.1100, sandiegotheatres.org

Inspired by the legendary Don Juan, this opera about a reckless rake whose bad behavior catches up with him is subtitled in English and scored by none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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2/25-3/1: Cirque du Soleil - Varekai
Valley View Casino Center
3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma
619.224.4171, valleyviewcasinocenter.com

Dedicated to the wanderer in all of us, this allegorical adventure follows the fate of a man who descends from the heavens and lands at the peak of a volcano buried in a fantastical forest in a land known as Varekai.

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