What’s Goin On Septemberby Eileen Sondak August 24, 2017
The Old Globe Theatre
The Old Globe’s summer season on the outdoor Festival Stage is winding down with Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, “Hamlet.” The classic play was extended through Sept. 22, under the astute direction of Barry Edelstein.
The Globe’s fall season is just getting started. It all begins on Sept. 7, with a Main Stage production of “Benny & Joon,” a brand new musical, based on a ’90s romantic comedy musical. The show is peopled by unforgettable characters and boasts a charming and tuneful score. It will remain at the Globe through Oct. 22.
If you haven’t seen “Robin Hood!” at the Globe’s White Theatre yet, you’re in luck. The spoof has been extended through Sept. 3. On Sept. 30, the White will be staging “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” a solo work written and performed by James Lecesne. This play about a brash New Jersey detective eager for a challenging case, will stick around in the Globe’s theater-in-the-round setting through Oct. 29. The Globe’s annual gala, featuring a one-night-only performance by Tony Award-winner Jane Krakowski, is set for Sept. 23 on the Globe plaza.
Broadway-San Diego is back with an exciting new season that kicks off on Sept. 5 with the Broadway musical hit, “An American in Paris.” The Tony Award-winning show – about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl – features songs by George and Ira Gershwin. It will remain at the Civic Theatre through Sept. 10. Following on its heels is the popular family musical, “The Little Mermaid.” The Disney classic (based on the beloved fairytale) returns to the Civic on Sept. 19, where it will entertain audiences through Sept. 24.
La Jolla Playhouse
The La Jolla Playhouse is ready to unveil a world premiere, titled “Wild Goose Dreams,” a lyrical and darkly funny play directed by Leigh Silverman. The piece tackles the question of human relationships through the unlikely friendship of a North Korean defector and a lonely South Korean father. The play will run from Sept. 5 through Oct. 1.
North Coast Repertory Theatre
North Coast Repertory Theatre will kick off its season with Neil Simon’s “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The classic comedy about a middle-aged man trying to join the sexual revolution will entertain audiences Sept. 6 through Oct. 1. Simon enthusiasts will love this side-splitting comedy – and nobody does Neil Simon better than North Coast Rep.
San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego Repertory Theatre will perform “Roz & Ray,” a two-character, history-based play about a father and a doctor dealing with the threat of aids in the 1980s. The powerful drama (set in San Diego) will inhabit the Lyceum Space Sept. 7 through Oct. 1. It was penned by Karen Hartman, one of the top playwrights in the country.
Cygnet Theatre is featuring “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. Rob Lutfy directs this Pulitzer Prize-winning “lyrical family drama” about a wounded family coming apart in the 1960s. The show will stay on at the Old Town Theatre through Sept. 24.
Lamb’s Players Theatre
The Lamb’s Players will continue to showcase “The Explorer’s Club” – a hilarious send-up of a Victorian men’s club under siege from every corner. The spoof will remain at the Lamb’s Coronado home through Sept. 24, under the direction of Robert Smyth.
Coronado Playhouse will perform “Little Shop of Horrors” Sept. 8 through Oct. 15. This delightfully silly sci-fi spoof has clever rock songs to propel the off-beat plot.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series ends with a bang. “1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” which plays on from Sept. 1-3, features a booming cannon and culminates with the summer’s final fireworks display.
San Diego Opera
The San Diego Opera will present a recital by Piotr Beczala at the Balboa Theatre on Sep. 17. The Polish tenor made a hit with local audiences on both of his appearances in major productions at the Civic Theatre.
The Timken Museum is welcoming a new exhibition focused around two major pieces by Claude Monet, on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Opening Sept. 8, guests of the free museum can experience “The Manneporte (Etretat)” and “The Manneporte near Etretat,” painted in 1883 and 1886 respectively. The oil paintings depict the serenity of the small fishing village on the coast of Normandy that Monet visited several times during his 86 years. He pained it from numerous angles and under varying weather conditions. Also included in the show are pieces by Willian Henry Lippincott and George Inness of the same island location.
Mingei International Museum
Mingei’s newest exhibition, “Arline Fisch: One of a Kind,” a retrospective view of jewelry and other artforms designed by this San Diego resident, will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018.
Mingei International Museum is showcasing “Kanban: Traditional Shop Signs of Japan,” an exhibition that features a variety of forms and mediums, through Oct. 8. Joining that show is “Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds,” an exhibition of objects celebrating the nobility and power of horses from all over the world. This exhibition is slated to stay on through Nov. 12.
San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art has opened its vaults to show off a treasure trove of artwork usually kept under lock and key. “Visible Vaults,” a collection of 300 pieces, including works by Andy Warhol, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and other great artists, will be on view through Nov. 12 of next year.
Also on display at the Art Museum is “Brenda Biondo: Play,” an exhibition of 25 photographs focusing on children’s playgrounds. The show will run through Jan. 10, 2018. “Reflections on Monet,” a small-scale exhibition that includes the famous Water Lily painting and one piece on loan from the John and Toni Bloomberg Collection, will stay put through Jan. 21.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla is closed for renovation and expansion, but the downtown facility is still going strong. “Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Art,” is on view through next January.
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 by highlighting the sights and sounds of life and work aboard the Sally Ride research vessel. It includes a 33-foot long projected triptych and hands-on learning opportunities.
The Fleet Science Center
The Fleet has two special exhibitions: “Dream, Design, Build” and “Game Master.” “Dream…” explores the Fleet’s collection of interactive engineering activities (and will remain on permanent display), and “Game Master” showcases the world’s best video game designers, with more than 100 playable games. The exhibition will stay on through Jan. 15, 2018.
The Fleet Science Center has a new IMAX film “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, this family-friendly film takes audiences on a journey through remote and wondrous stomping grounds of Madagascar’s lemur population. The feature highlights the efforts of trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright. Continuing in the IMAX film rotation will be “Dream Big: Engineering our World” and “National Parks Adventure.”
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is featuring “Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science.” Among the items on view in this exhibition are rare books, art, and historical documents. “Ultimate Dinosaurs” features dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere. They include many we have never seen or heard of before, based on new groundbreaking research.
Also on display is “Animals: Machines in Motion,” an exhibition that explores plants and animals as machines built for survival. Check out two films: “Whales 3D” and “A Reef Reborn.” The Nat also offers “Fossil Mysteries,” “Water: A California Story,” and “Skulls.”
San Diego History Center
The San Diego History Center is celebrating “The History & Heritage of the San Diego Jewish Community” in its current exhibition. Also on display is “Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country,” and “Art and Heritage: Maurice Braun, Belle Baranceanu, and Harry Sternberg.” The museum’s permanent exhibition, “Placed Promises,” chronicles the history of the San Diego region – and its newest exhibition, the America’s Cup Exhibition, highlights the sailing race held in San Diego three times since 1988.