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Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010

TV or not TV

A La Jolla Playhouse world-premiere and the rest of the San Diego theater happenings

By Martin Jones Westlin

 Del Mar native Annie Weisman is known for her television writing, but she has a litany of plays in her pedigree, too. With her Surf Report, the current La Jolla Playhouse world-premiere entry, she’s confused both media—the play reads like a soap opera, out of its element on the multidimensional stage. Judith (Linda Gehringer) swims against the tide amid the shortcomings of her surfing-obsessed venture-capitalist boss Bruce (veteran Gregory Harrison), schlubby husband Hal (Matthew Arkin) and wannabe artist daughter Bethany (Zöe Chao in the play’s best role)—but the local references and director Lisa Peterson’s deliberateness pale against the afterthought-driven dialogue. The day I saw it, a couple was interpreting for a group of hearingimpaired patrons. What they were doing was far more interesting. Through July 11 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla. $30-$75.


Parasite Drag: Two estranged brothers are forced to make arrangements for their sister, a homeless drug addict. Produced by Ion Theatre Company, it opens July 3 at BLK BOX @ 6th & Penn, 3704 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest. $15-$25.

The Madness of George III: England’s head man slides into insanity following his loss in the Revolutionary War. Now in previews, it opens July 3 at The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $29-$56.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: A bunch of fidgety kids prove that the only thing worse than being 13 is being 13 while having to spell “pyrrhonism.” In previews, it opens July 3 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. $32-$50.

Avenue Q: Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad, comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Produced by Broadway / San Diego, it opens July 6 at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. $15.50-$66.50.


Private Lives: A divorced couple, on a cruise with their new spouses, recaptures the magic. Produced by Cygnet Theatre Company, it runs through July 3 at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town. $17-$49.

Smoke on the Mountain: The Great Depression is coming to an end, and the Sanders Family Singers are back on the road—’sep that the bus just broke down. Produced by Lamb’s Players Theatre, it runs through July 18 at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown. $26-$48.

Harvey: Can Elwood P. Dowd help it if his best friend happens to be a 6- foot-tall invisible rabbit? Produced by Lamb’s Players Theatre, it runs through July 25 at the Ione and Paul Harter Stage, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado. $28-$56.

King Lear: The aging regent decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in proportion to their love for him. Through Sept. 23 at The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. See our review on this page. $29-$56.

The Taming of the Shrew: Petruchio has all sorts of tricks up his sleeve to make Katherina an obedient bride. Through Sept. 26 at The Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. $29- $56.