Curtain calls: May performing arts performances


Performances taking the stage this May in San Diego include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pepperland, Avenue Q, and Les Misérables.

5.5: One Amazing Night

A pair of opera dynamos, Lise Lindstrom and Greer Grimsley, return to town for an evening of favorite selections performed with the San Diego Symphony.

San Diego Opera, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.232.7636,

5.5: Brian Stokes Mitchell

The San Diego-bred actor, a Tony Award-winning star of such Broadway shows as Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate returns for a one-night performance benefiting the USO.

San Diego Marriott Marquis and Arena, 333 W. Harbor Drive, downtown, 619.235.6503,

Brian Stokes Mitchell. (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Brian Stokes Mitchell. (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)


5.12-6.17: A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Globe stages the Southern California premiere of Ursula Rani Sarma’s play, based on the Khaled Hosseini novel about three generations of Afghan women in war-ravaged Kabul.

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

5.12: Pepperland

The acclaimed choreographer uses the music of the Beatles — and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in particular — as a fab forum for a series of new dances.

Mark Morris Dance Group, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100,

5.13-6.10: The Madres

Moxie stages the “rolling” world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s play, which centers on three generations of women confronting the fallout of the 1979 “dirty war” in Argentina.

Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando District, 858.598.7620,

5.16-6.10: The Wind and the Breeze

Nathan Alan Davis’ world-premiere play centers on a young rap emcee in Rockford, Ill., and explores the “unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.”

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

5.18-7.01: Avenue Q

Puppets go wild as NVA rolls out the sometimes raunchy and yet Sesame Street-sweet ode to diversity, family and Gary Coleman.

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

5.23-7.10: Nathan Gunn: Flying Solo

Hershey Felder, the accomplished pianist-playwright-actor and frequent Rep collaborator, returns with this new solo show starring and centered around Gunn, the celebrated operatic baritone.

San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000,

5.24-6.24: The Loneliest Girl in the World

The LGBTQ-centered Diversionary stages the world-premiere musical about how the orange-juice spokesmodel and conservative crusader Anita Bryant helped spark the gay-rights movement.

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

5.26-6.24: Native Gardens

The new comedy by Karen Zacarías portrays the culture clash that ignites when a young married pair move into upscale digs and promptly go to battle with their neighbors over a property line.

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

5.29-6.03: Les Misérables

One more day ... or five, actually, as the beloved musical about love, war and redemption in 19th-century Paris returns to town for a quick tour swing.

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