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Theatre Talk: From mystery to opera to a film festival

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Special to The Village News

Trick or treat. Catch “Little Shop of Horrors” this month at SDMT. This cult favorite will run until Sunday, Oct. 30. Free parking; for tickets, call 858-560-5740 or visit

The Bach Collegium San Diego will feature the works of John Blow and Henry Purcell, two of England’s most influential composers of the 17th century at two locations this month. Noted as one of the country’s leading ensembles, they perform historical music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and early classical eras.

The first performance is Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 3459 Manchester Ave in Cardiff. The second, Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at All Souls Episcopal Church at 1475 Catalina Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 For more information, call 619-341-1726.

PowPac Theatre in Poway continues a wry, witty drama, “Another Antigone” by A.R. Gurney, notably recognized for his two person play “Love Letters” that premiered in 1988. For tickets, call 858-679-8085 or visit

Lamb’s Theatre in Coronado continues with Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” until Nov. 20. Opening night was pushed back due to the injury of one of the cast members, so I will advise if this affects the run length. For tickets, call 619-437-6000 or visit

Pacific Lyric Association presents “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. An independent Southern California opera company, the performances will be at two venues. Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 16 at California Center for the Arts in Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 and Friday, Oct. 21- 23 at the Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92115. For ticket information, visit or call 619-997-0827.

“Come Fall in Love” at The Old Globe has been extended until Oct. 23. So here is another chance to catch this joyful show before it leaves town for the East Coast. Grab the prepaid parking at night when you get your seats, 619-234-5623 or

Harry Connick, Jr. will perform for one-night only at the Civic Theatre downtown, Dec. 11. Tickets will go fast! Also, individual tickets for “Hamilton” are being released for the Nov. 9-20 performances downtown at the Civic Theatre, 3651 4th Ave. downtown. For tickets, visit

The San Diego Film Festival starts this month. Venues are around town. To enjoy the many independent films, documentaries, and studio films call 619-818-2221. Easier still, search for the schedule online at It’s worth the effort.

Diversionary Theatre’s Cabaret in University Heights has a month-long spook-o-rama culminating with “HalloQueen” at 7 p.m., Sunday the 30th. For more information, go to or by calling 619.220.6830. LGBTQ++

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal can be reached at [email protected].


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