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Curtain Calls

By Michael Benninger

5/5-10: Cinderella
Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave., Downtown
This comedic adaption of the quintessential fairy tale features astonishing scenery transformations, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original songs and unexpected moments certain to elicit smiles.

5/8-10: Don Quixote
Spreckels Theatre

121 Broadway, Downtown
Based on the monumental 17th century novel, this dance performance tells the tale of a delusional member of Spanish nobility, who sets out on a quest to right the world’s wrongs, attacking windmills and resurrecting chivalry in the process.

5/9-6/4: Arms and the Man
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
A beautiful young woman is due to wed a celebrated soldier, but an enemy deserter unsettles the nuptial plans in this clever romantic comedy by playwright George Bernard Shaw.

5/22-6/7: Singin’ in the Rain
Spreckels Theatre

121 Broadway, Downtown
This adaptation of the classic 1952 film about Hollywood’s early days features silent movie actors struggling to adapt to “talkies” and an actual onstage rainstorm.

5/23-6/21: Rich Girl
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
The bumbling daughter of a rich and famous mother is courted by a gallant artist whom Mommy swears is really after their money in this humorous new play loosely based on the Henry James novel, Washington Square.

5/23-6/21: Beau Jest
Scripps Ranch Theatre
9783 Avenue of Nations, Scripps Ranch
In this endearing comedy, an attractive young schoolteacher eager to appease her ethnocentric parents hires a non-Jewish actor to play her Jewish boyfriend at an important family dinner.

5/30: Whose Live Anyway?
California Center for the Arts
340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido
Improv virtuosos from TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? talk their way out of absurd situations in this meeting of comedic masterminds; audience participation encouraged.