What’s Goin On Februaryby Eileen Sondak January 30, 2017
Broadway-San Diego’s “Matilda the Musical,” winner of four Tony Awards, is winding down its stay at the Civic Theatre on Feb. 5, so take the kids and enjoy!
The Old Globe
The Old Globe will launch its 2017 season on Feb. 4 with “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a clever new comedy penned by Steve Martin and directed by Barry Edelstein. This is the legendary superstar’s third creative relationship with the Globe, and it sounds like another winner. The story revolves around a hang-out for struggling artists, circa 1904. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein hold court there with other interesting characters. You can catch this fascinating new work on the Main Stage through March 12.
The Globe’s White Theatre will feature a world premiere Feb. 23 through March 26. Titled “The Blameless,” this outgrowth of the Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, is a compassionate and moving examination of the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary circumstances.
Cygnet Theatre is offering “Bad Jews,” a savage comedy about family, faith and legacy, written by Joshua Harmon. This San Diego premiere involves a verbal battle over an heirloom, after the death of the family patriarch. Despite its serious theme, it has been lauded as the funniest play of the year – and it should be a must-see. The show will dominate the Old Town Theatre through Feb. 12.
La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse has a new musical on the boards at the Weiss Theatre. “Freaky Friday” is a comedy about an overworked mother and her teenage daughter, who magically swap bodies. This contemporary update of an American classic promises a lot of laughs – and you have until March 5 to check it out.
San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego Repertory Theatre has another gift from local favorite, Hershey Felder.
“Our Great Tchaikovsky” – which will be ensconced at the Rep’s downtown home through Feb. 12 – uses Felder’s brilliant storytelling and musical stylings to offer insights into the composer’s genius. Don’t miss this one!
North Coast Repertory Theatre
North Coast Repertory Theatre is delivering the San Diego premiere of “Marjorie Prime.” This Pulitzer Prize-finalist is set in the near future, when artificial intelligence has come of age and life-like robots provide companionship for the lonely. This thought-provoking new play is closing on Feb. 5.
Next on tap at NCR is Tony Kushner’s “The Illusion,” which begins on Feb. 22. This contemporary work, directed by North Coast Rep’s David Ellenstein, is an inventive tour de force illustrating the magical nature of theater. You can fall into its spell through March 19.
Lamb’s Players Theatre
The Lamb’s Players continues its revival of “Beau Jest,” the sly comedy by James Sherman. The play will run through Feb. 12 at the Lamb’s Coronado home. On Feb. 24, the Lamb’s will showcase two of its brightest stars – Robert Smyth and Deborah Gilmour Smyth – in “Shadowlands.” The play recounts the story of C.S. Lewis and the Jewish woman who stole his heart. “Shadowlands” will stay on through April 9.
Moxie Theatre is staging “Blue Door” at its El Cajon Blvd. home through Feb. 26. The show – a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play – revolves around a couple living with (and trying to escape from) the past.
San Diego Opera
The San Diego Opera is ready to bring Verdi’s take on the iconic Shakespeare character, “Falstaff,” to the Civic Theatre.
This production (from Lyric Opera of Chicago) will be ensconced at the Civic Theatre Feb. 18-26, starring Roberto de Candia in the title role.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony is featuring Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4” on Feb. 3, with Maestro Jahja Ling conducting. Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with “A Lang Lang Super Sunday” on Feb. 5. The
program highlights Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
“The Classical Style,” conducted by Lahav Shani, is slated for Feb. 10-11, with works by Prokofiev, Haydn and Bartok. “America, America!” is the Family Concert planned for Feb. 19. This one includes pre-concert activities for the small-fry set. The Chieftains, dubbed Ireland’s premier musical ambassador, will perform a night of Irish songs on Feb. 25.
La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Music Society will present the Branford Marsalis Quartet, with special guest Kurt Elling, on Feb. 10 at the Balboa Theatre. The Bamberg Symphony, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach will perform Feb. 18 at Symphony Hall. The program includes Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” with Ray Chen on violin. On Feb. 25, Seong-Jin Cho will handle the keyboard at TSRI for a three-piece program featuring works by Chopin, Schubert, and Berg.
San Diego Musical Theatre
San Diego Musical Theatre is kicking off its 2017 season with the sassy “9 to 5.” The show will take over the Spreckels Theatre Feb. 10-26.
San Diego Ballet
San Diego Ballet is performing “Ritmos Latinos” Feb. 17-19 at the Lyceum Theatre. The choreography takes its cues from the samba, rhumba and cha-cha- cha, and will feature local Latin jazz musicians as well as dancers.
San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art’s newest acquisition is on display – a significant Spanish masterpiece, Saint James the Lesser. This 17th century work by Baroque master Ribera is a life-sized painting the museum can show off with pride. This month’s exhibitions include works of German Expressionism, Art of the 20th century, and Venetian Views – among others.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla will be closed for renovation and expansion, but there’s a lot going on in the downtown facility. It is showing off Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie” – a digital video animation inspired by the artist’s research into atomic energy – through Aug. 27.
“Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Art” is on view downtown through next January, and “Tristano di Robilant,” sculptures balancing geometric forms with delicate light and color, will stay on through April 30.
Timken Museum of Art
The Timken Museum is featuring “Witness to War,” an exhibition showcasing the works of Goya, Bellows, and Callot. This new show, on view through May 28, puts the spotlight on the battlefield – from the 17th through the 20th century.
The Fleet Science Center
The Fleet Science Center opens its interactive murder-mystery exhibition “Sherlock Homes and the Clocktower Mystery” in its upstairs gallery space on Feb. 11. Museum guests are invited to figure out “whodunnit” through a series of eight chapters of mysteries to solve in various spaces throughout the museum. The fun continues through June 4.
The Fleet also has a growing number of special events this month. Starting it off, on Feb. 6 will be Steve Murray on NASA’s X-Plane programs, part of the Center’s Sharp Minds Lecture Series. The lecture is free with the purchase of a theater ticket. Continuing on Feb. 8 is a discussion of ethics in the study of rare diseases. This event is free but registration is requested, through ethicscenter.net.