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What to watch in San Diego this weekend: 2/21/14

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It doesn’t matter if you like music or drama, or prefer new works to older works, this weekend you have a banquet of choices in San Diego theatres!

“The School for Lies” – Opening weekend!
Molière’s wit is always good for an entertaining night of theatre, but when you combine it with Tony Award-nominee David Ives’ off-color tribute to “The Misanthrope” it becomes something you should not miss! In a glittering world of gossip, glamour and scandal, a gaggle of misbehaving characters chatter away in hilarious rhyming couplets while trying to woo each other. See just how hilarious that can be! North Coast Repertory Theatre www.northcoastrep.org

“The Elixir of Love” – Closing weekend!
“The Elixir of Love” is a romantic comedy that follows Nemorino, who desperately wants to marry the wealthy Adina. When she attracts a handsome Sergeant as her suitor/ Desperate to win her hand, he to Dr. Dulcamara’s “elixir of love” in hope of winning her love. Is the elixir really a magic potion or is just a bottle of wine? Is the doctor a quack or a miracle worker? Find out this weekend! San Diego Opera www.sdopera.org

“Bethany” – Closing Weekend!
How far would you go to get what you feel like you can’t live without? Crystal and Gary live in a nice home in the suburbs, but they just met, this isn’t really their home, and why they are there is what this drama is all about. Throw in a motivational speaker and a job at a Saturn dealership and Crystal struggles to try to get her life back on track with the obstacles that she encounters. The Old Globe www.theoldglobe.org

“The Winter’s Tale”
Now is the time to see the sow with the famous stage direction “exit, pursued by bear!!” This Shakespearian masterpiece explores the powerful emotions tat can shape our life and the choices we make: love, friendship and forgiveness. Directed by the Old Globe’s Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, this is one not to miss! The Old Globe www.theoldglobe.org

“The Who and the What”
Written by 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, this play examines what happens when our modern lives are in conflict with our traditions. Zarina is brilliant and outspoken, which leads her to clash with her more traditional and conservative Muslim father and sister. Zarina finds her release in her writing, but what happens when that could potentially tear her family apart?
La Jolla Playhouse www.lajollaplayhouse.org

“Crumbs from the Table of Joy”
Set in the 1950’s, this story follows Ernestine Crump is struggling to find her way as a young African American woman who just lost her mother, her communist aunt moves in preaching feminism, and her father has turned to religion for solace and brings home with a new white wife. This coming of age, and surprising funny story about how to embrace and adapt to change, comes from Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright, Lynn Nottage, Moxie Theatre www.Moxietheatre.com

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