What’s Goin On May 2018

by Eileen Sondak April 26, 2018


Composer and musician David Coulter (right) performs a live score in the world-premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, performing at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater now through February 26, 2017. Also featured: Pomme Koch (front) and Jason Kapoor

The Old Globe

The Old Globe’s White Theater will wind down its production of Anna Ziegler’s “The Wanderers” on May 6. This Globe-commissioned world premiere revolves around a pair of shy young Orthodox Jews embarking on an arranged marriage. Another important element in the clever plot is a pair of high-profile celebrities involved in a dangerously flirtatious correspondence.

Following on May 26 is the West Coast premiere of “Native Gardens,” slated to inhabit the Globe’s theater-in-the-round space until June 24. The plot focuses on a young power couple and their culture clash over a backyard garden in a historic neighborhood.

The Globe’s Main Stage is ready to unveil “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” an epic theatrical adaptation of a best-selling novel about three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience. The emotion-charged play is set in the war-torn world of Kabul in the 1990s, when battle upends a family and a beautiful girl seeks shelter in the home of an older neighbor. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” will take over the main stage May 12 through June 17.

San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera is promising “One Amazing Night” at the Balboa Theater on May 5 – to culminate the season. Soprano Lise Lindstrom and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley will perform in concert with the San Diego Symphony on that very special evening.

City Ballet

City Ballet will showcase the world premiere of its interpretation of “Carmina Burana,” a ballet designed along the lines of Carl Orff’s powerful score. The production, headed to the Spreckels Theater May 11 – 13, will feature the Pacific Coast Chorale and live music from the City Ballet Orchestra. Also on this ambitious program is “Mozart’s Concerto,” choreographed by Elizabeth Wistrich.


Nathan Gunn will perform “Flying Solo,” a new piece written and directed by Hershey Felder. In true Felder style, this solo work features the real story of one of America’s greatest baritones singing selections from classic American musicals, along with contemporary songs and a taste of opera. “Flying Solo” will make its home at the Lyceum Stage May 23 through June 10 – and with Gunn at its core, the show seems destined to be another soaring success for Felder.

The Lyceum Theater will welcome San Diego Ballet’s “Jazz Dance” May 18 – 20. This concert features mixed repertory and turns the spotlight on jazz saxophone great Charles McPherson. A world premiere by Kamau Kenyatta is also on the program.

Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse will present “Next to Normal,” an intimate musical that shines a light on flawed and complicated people, with humor and unflinching authenticity. The show will be ensconced at the Playhouse’s Coronado home May 25 through June 17 – taking audiences into the minds and hearts of this challenged family.

Cygnet Theater will follow up its successful production of “A Little Night Music” with a world-premiere to end its season on a high note. “The Wind and the Breeze” will be performed at the Old Town Theater May 16 through June 10. This new show explores the expectations of friendship and the consequences of standing firm on a shifting ground.

San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony will play on with “Dances, Suites, and Serenades” May 4 – 6. Fabien Gabel will conduct a program that includes two works by Bernstein, Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, and Offenbach’s Suite from la vie Parisienne. Violinist Simone Lamsma will be guest artist. The Bernstein salute continues on May 8 with “Bernstein and Beethoven, featuring pianist Orli Shaham.” “Barber, Bernstein, Beethoven” carries on the theme with Jahja Ling conducting the three-piece program May 11 – 13. Pianist Martin Helmchen and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor will be guest artists.

“The Passion of Joan of Arc” (a silent film that dates back to 1928) will be screened at Symphony Hall on May 19, with ensemble accompaniment. A special evening with Audra McDonald is slated for May 24. The multi-award winning actress/singer is making her debut with the San Diego Symphony. The season finale is set for May 25 – 27, with Edo de Waart on the podium and piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton on the keyboards. The program features works by Bernstein and Brahms, along with the Concerto for Two Pianos by Francis Poulenc.
North Coast Rep

North Coast Repertory Theater will give local audiences a chance to savor a contemporary classic by comic genius, Alan Ayckbourn, until 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 tricky stagecraft. On May 8, the company will feature “Tuesday Night Comics,” hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence.

David Ellenstein will direct the next NCR offering, “The Father,” a play that has amassed a treasure trove of awards in Paris, London and New York. This West Coast premiere deals with an 80-year-old man living with his daughter and son-in-law. He was a tap dancer in his heyday, but these days he’s losing his grip. You can fall into “The Father”’s spell at the troupe’s Solana Beach home May 30 through June 24.

La Jolla Music Society

La Jolla Music Society will present Mark Morris Dance Group on May 12 at the Civic Theatre. The program will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Beatles fans and modern dance aficionados alike will welcome this concert by one of our most influential contemporary choreographers. The Society’s Piano Series at TSRI will feature Juho Pohjonen on May 18. The pianist will perform four works, including Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy. Following on May 19 (at Jacobs Qualcomm Hall) is “Schubert’s Swan Song III,” a program highlighting Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D.958. The Society will conclude its season with “Schubertiade II,” on May 20, but the venue is yet to be announced.

San Diego Musical Theatre

San Diego Musical Theatre’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, “South Pacific,” continues its run at the troupe’s permanent home – the Horton Grand – through May 27.

Lamb’s Players Theatre

The Lamb’s Players is delivering 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 hapless players through May 20 at the Lamb’s Coronado home.


JCompany’s 25th season continues May 4 – 13 with “Hairspray,” directed by Joey Landwehr. This ode to the 1950s is a family-friendly musical that is light and frothy enough to appeal to all ages.

San Diego Museum of Art

The Museum of Art is featuring “Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold,” a solo exhibition of the work of this New York-based artist. The exhibition consists of 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 exciting exhibition will be on view through Nov. 12.


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 be ensconced until Sept. 3. Mingei is also 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 art, 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 throughout 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 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.

Timken Museum

The Timken Museum has extended its “Romantic Impulse in the American Landscape Tradition” exhibition until the end of May.


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