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Your Fall theater preview is here


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From the Broadway-bound to the indie and experimental, here's a look ahead at the city's best performing arts.

Les Misérables

Broadway/San Diego


August 28-September 2

Les Misérables
Les Miz storms the barricades with renewed zeal in the touring version of the acclaimed 25th anniversary production.

October 2–7

Jekyll & Hyde
No longer worried about Simon Cowell, Idol alum Constantine Maroulis confronts good and evil as the title character in a killer musical.

November 13–18

Peter Pan
When soaring above the stage, Cathy Rigby (who turns 60 in December) seems as ageless as the beloved boy hero she portrays.


The Flaming Lips

La Jolla Playhouse


August 11–September 9

An Iliad
Henry Woronicz is the Poet and Brian Ellingsen is the Musician in this ambitious update of the Trojan War epic.

September 18–October 21

Glengarry Glen Ross
Betrayal, bribery, and bad language all play a role in David Mamet’s masterwork about cutthroat rivalry at a Chicago real estate office.

November 6–December 16

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Tony-winning director Des McAnuff returns to the Playhouse for a new musical fueled by The Flaming Lips’ much-praised 2002 album.


See How They Run

Lamb's Players Theatre


Ongoing Run

The long-running hit at the Horton Grand plugs into Gen X nostalgia with music by ’80s artists ranging from Madonna and Michael Jackson to Genesis and The Cure.

August 10–September 23

See How They Run
Philip King’s 1945 English comedy gets its title from “Three Blind Mice” and its humor from mistaken identities, surprise visitors, farcical clerics, and much more.

November 30–December 30

Festival of Christmas: Christmas On My Mind
Join in the holiday spirit as a group of travelers stranded by a snowstorm celebrates the season with stories and music.  

December 14–24

An American Christmas
Step into the Hotel del Coronado’s ballroom and time-travel to a posh Christmas party circa 1912, complete with food, drinks, stories, jokes, and Christmas carols.


The Grinch

The Old Globe


September 7–October 28

The new, Broadway-bound musical about Japanese-American internment during World War II features Star Trek icon George Takei and songstress  Lea Salonga.

September 29–October 28

Good People
An unemployed Boston cashier turns to an old boyfriend for a job in this canny tragicomedy by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire.

November 17–December 29

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Back for its 15th year, the Seussian musical is an ever-popular holiday attraction that welcomes children and adults to Whoville.

December 15

The Grinch
Special Performance!
For children with autism, the Globe will put on a gentler, toned-down version of The Grinch.


San Diego Repertory


September 29–October 21

The Exit Interview
Sex, politics, and religion are ripe for satire in the local premiere of William Missouri Downs’ comedy starring artist-in-residence Herbert Siguenza (of Culture Clash fame).

November 3–December 2

A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing
Add your voice to the revamped show that celebrates protest music from the Revolutionary War to the Occupy era.

December 5–23

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
The touring ensemble takes on holiday traditions in this gleefully irreverent production.


See how smaller theater companies are pushing the envelope on page 2 »

Read an interview tih Tony-Award winner and voice of Disney's Princess Jasmine, Lea Salonga, on page 3 »

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