What’s Goin On April 2018by Eileen Sondak March 28, 2018
The Old Globe’s production of “American Mariachi” continues to spice things up on the Main Stage with its high-energy mariachi music. This heartwarming and hilarious world premiere comedy is about an all-girl mariachi band back in the 1970s. With infectious live music to propel the plot, this vibrant comedy should be a lot of fun. You can experience its magic until April 29.
The Globe’s sister stage, the White Theatre, will get into the act on April 6, when Anna Ziegler’s “The Wanderers” makes its welcome debut. This Globe-commissioned world premiere revolves around a pair of shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage – despite knowing very little about each other. Another important element in the clever plot is a pair of high-profile celebrities involved in a dangerously flirtatious correspondence – despite being married to other people. The playwright draws audiences into the hidden connections between these disparate people and weaves a web of intrigue as she explores modern love in this new dramatic work. “The Wanderers” will be sharing its funny and mysterious insights through May 6.
Coronado Playhouse is tackling “King Charles III,” described as “a family feud of majestic proportions.” This unique fable about the English royals suggests that Prince Charles (after waiting a lifetime for Queen Elizabeth to die) is finally preparing to ascend to the throne. According to this play, Prince William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry might have something to say about that. The fascinating piece will be performed through April 22, if you care to join in on the speculation.
Cygnet Theatre has a treat in store for aficionados of Stephen Sondheim’s work. The company (directed by Sean Murray) is staging “A Little Night Music” on its Old Town stage through April 22. This little gem was one of the first successes for Cygnet and it promises to be a delightful addition to this month’s local theater scene.
California Ballet is preparing to dance a weekend of “The Great Gatsby” – based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel – April 6 – 8. This balletic version of the story, choreographed by Septime Webre, will be performed at the Civic Theater.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony starts off the month on April 6 & 7, with “Elgar Cello Concerto,” conducted by Cristian Macelru. Andrei Ionita will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto on this eclectic concert, which includes works by Debussy, Enesco, and others. On April 10, Ionita will perform at TSRI, followed on April 13 – 14 by Jeffrey Kahane (conducting and performing works by Mozart, Barber, and Schumann).
“Beyond the Score: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595” is set for April 15, with Kahane conducting and performing on the keyboard. Jahja Ling returns to the symphony April 20 – 22, along with pianist Behzod Abduraimov for a concert that features works by Bernstein, Rachmaninonoff, and Shostakovich. “Guitarist/singer Marc Broussard and Friends” is slated for April 27 (without the orchestra). Jazz at the Jacobs will bring “Kind of Blue – in Concert” to Symphony Hall on April 28.
Broadway-San Diego’s imported production of “Love Never Dies” (a follow-up of “The Phantom of the Opera”) will complete its brief run at the Civic Theater on April 1.
North Coast Rep
North Coast Repertory Theater will give local audiences a chance to savor a contemporary classic by comic genius, Alan Ayckbourn, April 11 through May 6. “How the Other Half Loves” is a high-octane romp that juggles three very different marriages and turns them into a game of mixed doubles – involving sex, jealousy and crafty stagecraft. The razor-sharp dialogue and split-second timing guarantee a scintillating theatrical experience. NCR will put the spotlight on Frank Ferrante in “An Evening with Groucho” April 23 – 24.
San Diego Rep
San Diego Repertory Theater’s production of “Beachtown” continues on its Lyceum Space through April 15. This interactive event invites audiences to voice their opinion, debate vigorously, and vote proudly at a one-of-a-kind theatrical event – based on the premise of deciding what will go into a Time Capsule in the town of Beachtown. Sam Woodhouse is directing this unique piece.
La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Music Society starts the music playing on April 8 with pianist Daniela Liebman performing works by Beethoven and others at TSRI. “Schubert’s Swan Song II” (curated by Inon Barnatan) will be on tap for April 14 at Jacobs Qualcomm Hall. The Joey Alexander Trio is slated to perform original compositions and jazz classics at the Balboa Theater on April 28 to round out the month.
San Diego Musical Theatre
San Diego Musical Theatre will be reviving the musical classic, “South Pacific,” for a run at the troupe’s permanent home – the Horton Grand — April 27 through May 27.
Lambs Player’s Theatre
The Lamb’s Players will take on the farcical merriment of “Noises Off,” a British comedy that proves anything can go wrong when you’re trying to put on a play – and that goes for both sides of the curtain. You can laugh at the misfortunes of these players April 6 through May 20 at the Lamb’s Coronado home.
San Diego Museum of Art
The Museum of Art is ready to show off its annual “Art Alive” exhibition April 26 – 29. This signature fundraiser for the museum challenges floral designers to interpret more than 100 works of art from the museum’s collection in flora and fauna. “Art Alive” is always popular with supporters of the museum and floral enthusiasts alike. On April 27, the museum will open “Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold,” a solo exhibition of the work of this New York-based artist. The exhibition will feature 85 pieces, including sculptures, paintings, and others that reflect the artist’s East meets West oeuvre.
The art museum has opened its vaults for “Visible Vaults,” a collection of 300 pieces, including works by Andy Warhol, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and other great artists. This treasure trove will be on view through Nov. 12.
Birch Aquarium is featuring “Hall of Fishes,” which is unlike any other exhibition in the history of the aquarium. It also serves as a working laboratory. Birch also has an installation on light by scientist Michael Latz, and an exhibition that helps you understand Scripps’ expeditions to discover and protect the planet. “Expedition at Sea” immerses you in the experience of life and work aboard the Sally Ride research vessel. It includes a 33-foot long projected triptych and hands-on learning opportunities. The newest exhibition at the Birch is “Research in Action: 100 Island Challenge,” an exhibit that explores the way reefs are adapting to our rapidly changing planet.
Reuben Fleet Science Center
The Reuben Fleet Science Center will be showing three films: “Dream Big: Engineering our World” – a first-of-its-kind film that will transform the way we think about engineering; “Islands of the Lemurs,” an up-close-and-personal look at some fascinating creatures; and “Aircraft Carriers: Guardians of the Seas.”
The Fleet is offering “Dream, Design, Build” – an exhibition that explores the Fleet’s collection of interactive engineering activities (and will remain on permanent display), and “Myth Busters: The Explosive Exhibit” – a hands-on, family-friendly experience that combines popular scientific facts with innovative displays. Also on display is “Taping Shape 2.0,” which uses hundreds of rolls of packing tape to create a world of translucent spaces and tunnels. The museum has several other permanent exhibitions, including “Don’t Try This at Home,” “Tinkering Studio” (which has evolved into “Studio X”), “Block Busters,” and “Origins in Space.”
Mingei International Museum is ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel by teaming up with the House of Israel in Balboa Park to showcase a retrospective exhibition of the nation’s diverse and lively craft and design. More than 80 artists will be highlighted in this show, set to open on April 21. You have until Sept. 3 to examine this exciting collection. Mingei is featuring “Weaving a Path – Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos” through May 28. The exhibition includes rugs and blankets. Mingei recently unveiled Voluminous Art – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries.” This collaboration will feature masterworks of book arts, and will remain at the museum through Sept. 3.
San Diego History Center
The San Diego History Center is celebrating “The History & Heritage of the San Diego Jewish Community” in its current exhibition, ensconced through May. Also on display is “Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country,” and “Art and Heritage: Maurice Braun, Belle Baranceanu, and Harry Sternberg.” The History Center is featuring the African-American Fine Art Exhibition, “Legacy in Black.” This show – ensconced through April 15 — will turn the spotlight on the work of eight African-American artists.
The History Museum’s permanent exhibition, “Placed Promises,” chronicles the history of the San Diego region – and the America’s Cup Exhibition, highlights the sailing race held in San Diego three times since 1988.