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Applause: Getting Playful


Making Music(al): New Village Arts Theatre heads Into the Woods for some Sondheim — and the Carlsbad company’s first musical — Sept. 23 – Oct. 31 (760-433-3245, ­newvillagearts.org).

Run for the Poses: The well-known derby-wearing actor comes to life at La Jolla Playhouse in the premiere of Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, Sept. 7 – Oct. 17. LJP’s Potiker Theatre highlights Notes from Underground, Dostoevsky’s seminal work, Sept. 17 – Oct. 17 (858-550-1010, ­lajollaplayhouse.org).

Simonizing: The Globe continues its repertory ways with Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs, rotating on the main stage Sept. 14 – Nov. 17; the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre takes turns outdoors with King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew and The Madness of George III, through Sept. 26; following The Last Romance, extended through Sept. 12, the Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre hosts Welcome to Arroyo Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, (619-234-5623, ­theoldglobe.org).

Rabbit Punch: Lamb’s Players’ hugely popular Harvey pushed its premiere of ’80s-revisiting miXtape to the company’s Gaslamp venue, where the Boomers wanna-be is slated through Sept. 26 — 
and hoping for extensions of its own, as Smoke on the Mountain wafts over to Coronado Sept. 2-19 (619-437-0600, ­lambsplayers.org).

Is Lawrence Rolling or Laughing? The Full Monty might be just about the last show one would expect at the Welk Resorts Theatre, but the Escondido stage has a few sly tricks up its .  .  . sleeve. The nearly-nude hilarity (Sept. 6 – Oct. 17) takes off after a somewhat more sedate appearance by Mitzi Gaynor in Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind the Sequins, Sept. 2-5 (888-802-SHOW, ­welktheatresandiego.com).

Getting a Comedy Rep: North Coast Repertory Theatre takes Becky’s New Car for a comedic spin in Solana Beach Sept. 1-26 (858-481-1055, ­northcoastrep.org); downtown, the San Diego Rep takes a bite out of Superior Donuts, Sept. 25 – Oct. 24 (619-544-1000, sdrep.org).

By the Light of the Moon: Starlight invites audiences to greet Hello, Dolly through Sept. 5 in Balboa Park (619-232-7827, ­starlighttheatre.org); Moonlight says farewell to Miss Saigon Sept. 8-25 in Vista (760-724-2110, ­moonlightstage.com).

Mistress Distress: Gigi examines the education of a courtesan who discovers she’d rather be a missus. Lyric Opera San Diego re-creates Paris for the Lerner and Loewe musical, Sept. 25 – Oct. 3 (619-239-8836; ­lyricoperasandiego.org).

Artful Pleasures

Arty Parties: A few good ways to celebrate Arts Month San Diego: The 111 dazzling images in the sixth annual “Art of Photography Show” line the Lyceum Theatre lobby Aug. 28 – Nov. 7 (619-825-5575, ­artofphotographyshow.com). “Art and the Animal” crawls, flies and gallops into the San Diego Natural History Museum, Sept. 4 – Oct. 31 (619-232-3821, sdnhm.org). The Hilton San Diego Bayfront hosts the Art San ­Diego Contemporary Art Fair, Sept. 2-5, with more than 50 galleries participating ­(artssandiego-fair.com). The delicate subject of one’s delicates intrigued artist Natasha Zupan so much that she created paintings with lingerie, on display in “Flesh Folds” at Alexander Salazar Fine Art Sept. 20-31, with a reception Sept. 24 (619-531-8996, ­alexandersalazarfineart.com, natashazupan.com).

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