2013 Countdown of the Best Theatre in San Diego!

At the end of every year you see the countdowns listing the best of 2013. So before you say your final "cheers" to 2013, here is what I think were the best shows (in no particular order) that I had the pleasure of seeing in San Diego this year!

PYGMALION

The Old Globe Theatre

www.theoldglobe.org

This production, put on to celebrate the plays 100th Anniversary, featured Robert Sean Leonard in the role of Professor Henry Higgins. With Charlotte Parry as his more than worth pupil, Eliza Doolittle, this classic play was as charming And full of wit as it was when it premiered. And no one in the audience will ever forget where it rains in the plains!

ASSASSINS

The Cygnet Theatre

www.cygnettheatre.com

Unlikely as it may seem, a show about assassins, which is set to music can be a pretty amazing piece of theatre. This show brought all of the dark humor, musicality, and the pathetic pathos this piece deserves. With strong performances by Braxton Molinaro as Booth, Geno Carr as Charles Guiteau, and Melinda Gilb as Sarah Jane Moore, this show was one that was both humorous and poignant.

EVITA

Broadway San Diego

www.broadwaysd.com

This beautifully sung and visually stunning version of EVITA brings a more subtle title character played by Caroline Bowman, a fantastic everyman version of Che by Josh Young, and a distinctive period feel supported by great lights, sets, and choreography.

SIDEWAYS

La Jolla Playhouse

www.lajollaplayhouse.com

This dark comedy about friendship, finding yourself, and drinking copious amounts of wine was a hilarious stage adaption of the movie of the same name and directed by Des McAnuff. This is a bit of a coming of age story as buddies Miles and Jack try to figure out their place in this world and who they want to spend it with, and more importantly, what wine to drink along the way.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

The Cygnet Theatre

www.cygnettheatre.com

This social comedy that was described best as Oscar Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people" was brought to hilarious life by this ensemble. The pace of the show never lost its swift pace, the dialogue sparkled, and there was not a weak link in the cast.

VENUS IN FUR

San Diego Repertory Theatre

www.SDrep.org

This play within a play explores the power of a director over an actor, and man versus woman in this S&M fantasy comedy. Jeffrey Meek and Caroline Kinsolving were fabulous adversaries as they circled each other with chemistry that leaps off the stage and brings the audience back straight into the middle of their whip smart battle of the sexes.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

The Segerstrom Center

www.scfta.org

As fizzy as a glass of champagne, this bright and bubbly show told the story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who promised that his life "had more curves than a Playboy Bunny." Created by much of the team that gave us the long-running Broadway hit "Hairspray" - including the songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and the director Jack O'Brien, this show has a similar happy feel and made you want to dance and cheer, even if you were cheering for a con man.

IN THE HEIGHTS

San Diego Repertory Theatre

www.SDrep.org




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E.H. Reiter If you were to go to Urban Dictionary and search for "theater nerd," you may find a photo of ErinMarie as an example of the term. By day, ErinMarie manages the concierge desks at multiple luxury high-rises... but, really, this is just a sneaky way for her to stay close to theater while at work--allowing her the chance to tell people about all the theatre options in San Diego. By night, she sings, dances, acts and performs around town, sometimes even in theaters! Her love for theater and the performing arts started at a young age and hasn't abated since. In 2011, ErinMarie saw a personal record of seeing 56 live shows, in addition to being a judge for the National Youth Theatre Awards.


 
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