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Theater Talk

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Special to The Village News

The mischievous "Beetlejuice" is popping into Broadway San Diego, Aug. 15-20, at the San Diego Civic Theatre downtown at 3651 Fourth St., in San Diego. Don't forget to get prepaid parking at the Wells Fargo Bank building when buying show tickets at

The California Center for the Arts will present "Center Cabaret: The Music of Queen" for two nights Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20. Later in the month, catch the tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John. Sept. 24 features Clint Black. Check out the entire venue by visiting, calling 858-232-2990 or visiting 340 N. Escondido Blvd., in Escondido.

We'll all miss Mary Fry's delightful productions as she leaves for San Luis Obispo to spoil her grandchildren. Fry spent her free time producing and directing family friendly shows as the Curtain Call Company and King's Players for the past 20 years here in Fallbrook. She will be missed.

The Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego is bringing "Evita" to the stage. The show opened Aug. 9, and will run until Sept. 24. It's bound to be one of this season's best. Find them at, 619-337-1525, or 4040 Twiggs St., in San Diego.

In the University Park area, Diversionary Theatre is in full cabaret mode featuring my favorite band leader Don LeMaster and his band of renown plus a host of other talents throughout the month. Check it out, and it's just two blocks from the best pie in all of the county. Learn more by calling 619-220-0097, emailing [email protected] or visiting 4545 Park Blvd., in San Diego.

Down the Interstate 5 and over the Coronado Bridge, Lambs' Players has once again extended the joyful "Cotton Patch Gospel" until Sept. 3. Hallelujah! Learn more at, 619-437-6000 or 1142 Orange Ave., in Coronado.

Another world premiere is happening at La Jolla Playhouse. It's called the "Untitled and Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical," which runs from Aug. 29, to Oct. 8. Dare we put anarchy to music? Learn more at, 858-550-1010 or 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, in La Jolla.

Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner at New Village Arts in Carlsbad recently announced the return of Herbert Siguenza's one-man show, "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso." Check out the newly remodeled theater; it is lovely. Find them at 2787 State St., Carlsbad or learn more at 760-433-3245 or

North Coast Repertory kicked off "Pippin" and is playing to full-houses. It's a delightful way to spend an afternoon or evening. Located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, in Solana Beach or reach out at 858-481-1055 or email [email protected].

Balboa Park is bristling with theater. The Old Globe Theater complex features multiple stages so there is something for all, like Shakespeare meets "I Love Lucy," only it's called "The Merry Wives of Windsor" playing at the Lowell Davies stage until Sept. 3. Next door at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre is "Dishwasher Dreams" opening Sept. 16, to Oct. 15. And also, at the Conrad Prebys Center opening Sept. 1, to Oct. 8 is "Cabaret." Call 619-234-5623 or visit Don't forget to buy a parking pass.

Closer to home and hot off the press: Kevin "Blax" Burroughs is the newest associate artistic director for the upcoming 2024 season at Oceanside Theatre and opening in October is "Sleepy Hollow," playing Oct. 6-29, at 217 N. Coast Highway, in Oceanside. Visit

One of my favorite group of players is the Roustabouts. Put them in your email list to follow their activities, and visit or call 619-568-5800.

San Diego Musical Theatre opens "The Addams Family" from Sept. 29, to Oct. 29. Can't wait to see who is playing Morticia. The theater is located at 4650 Mercury Street in San Diego and can be reached at 858-560-5740.

Trinity Theatre Company is running "Ride the Cyclone, the Musical" until Aug. 12, at 930 Tenth Avenue, in San Diego. Email [email protected] to learn more.

That's all for now.

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


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