Curtain Calls: May performing arts


Taking the stage in San Diego this month are shows including Jersey Boys, Lion King Jr., The Revolutionists, Escape to Margaritaville and The Test.

5.4-6.4: Ballast

Concentrating on two relationships running parallel, this world-premiere play paints a dreamscape about coming to grips with gender transitions, personal identities, desires and spirituality.

Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., Ste. 101, University Heights , 619.220.0097,

5.5-14: Lion King Jr.

Arms Wide Open-a nonprofit empowering individuals with special needs through performing arts - acts out this Disney film adaptation about a young lion cub discovering his destiny.

Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

5.5-28: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Martha’s attempt to seduce another woman’s husband in the face of her own backfires when a defining secret of her crumbling marriage is revealed.

Patio Playhouse, 116 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, 760.746.6669,

5.7: The Test

Pencils down. Time’s up ... for Mimi to discover whether or not she passed the standardized college entrance exam, making this one-night-only musical comedy relatable to any college student wannabe.

Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.4856,

5.9-14: Jersey Boys

From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-and now the San Diego stage-don’t take your eyes off of the life story of pop quartet The Four Seasons.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

5.9-6.18: Escape to Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffet’s Broadway-bound musical, set in the imaginary paradise of Margaritaville, follows a laid-back local having his heart stolen by a beautiful tourist with something he lacks: a serious career.

La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010,

5.12-6.11: Having Our Say

Originally unveiled by The New York Times in 1991, see Sarah and Elizabeth Delaney’s century-long biography come alive, following the sisters breaking civil rights barriers to become a high school teacher and dentist in Harlem.

New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad, 760.433.3245,

5.13-6.18: The Old Man and The Old Moon

As old men do, this one has something to tend to: refilling light in the moon. That is, until the love of his life tests whether or not he will tend to her, too.

The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

5.18-6.18: Shockheaded Peter

Sinister meets child’s play in this fantastical fable about a music box churning out Victorian nightmares of naughty children and misguided parents.

Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525,

5.18-7.2: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Recall the too-brief lifespan and musical career of Buddy Holly, who made his way into the golden day of rock ‘n’ roll with hits such as “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue.”

The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown, 760.433.3245,

5.25-6.18: The Revolutionists

A playwright, an assassin, an activist and a former queen prove themselves as a comedic force to be reckoned with at the height of violence during the French Revolution.

Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N, College Area, 858.598.7620,

5.27-6.25: The Imaginary Invalid

A hypochondriac’s attempt to save on his medical bills by marrying off his daughter to a doctor becomes a bitter pill to swallow when he discovers she’s in love with someone else.

The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623,

5.31-6.25: The Spitfire Grill: A Musical

Set in rural Wisconsin, a young woman recently released from prison lands a job at a crusty diner, where she finds her purpose re-awakened and her unfortunate past put to rest.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055,