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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014Irish Rovers in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> THE Irish Rovers
Balboa Theatre
If you've been waiting to see The Irish Rovers in concert, wait no more…The Farewell to Rovin' Tour lands on the stage of San Diego's Historic Balboa Theatre in January! The story of The Irish Rovers (aka The Rovers) is one for the big screen; hosting three award-winning television series, topping the music charts again and again, several appearances as musical bank robbers on "The Virginian", and more than 46 years of international recordings and touring their music around the world. The Irish Rovers themselves, were the inspiration for one of the world's best-known party anthems. The boys in the band have lived large. All band members hail from Ireland, however, The Irish Rovers formed in 1963 in Toronto, Canada. As young Irish immigrants themselves, the Rovers became so much a part of the Canadian culture that Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau personally asked them to become Canadian citizens so they could officially represent Canada around the world. By 1989 they had hosted three international television series, recorded 25 albums and had represented Canada at five world Expos - Montreal (1967), Osaka, Japan (1970), Okinawa, Japan (1976), Vancouver (1986), and Brisbane, Australia (1988). In recognition for a quarter century of contributions to the International music world, The Irish Rovers won the Performing Rights Organization's (PROCAN) 'Harold Moon Award'. The Irish Rovers continue to tour the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Will Millar left the group in 1994, Jimmy Ferguson passed away in 1997, and in 2005 Joe Millar retired to the golf course, while his son, Ian took up the family ranks. Big Sean O'Driscoll and John Reynolds have both been with the band for near 25 years, and drummer, FrEd Graham has been touring with the lads since 2007. Founding members, George Millar and Wilcil McDowell still perform the majority of songwriting and management duties for the band, which hopes to tour again through Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and Ireland, before they retire from touring.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014Tommy Emmanuel in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Tommy EmmaNUEL
Balboa Theatre
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that - and more - on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this "fingerpicker" style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014 IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES
San Diego Repertory Theatre
In the Dominican Republic in the mid-20th century, Generalisimo Rafael Trujillo (El Jefe) ruled his tiny but strategic country with the brutal extravagance of a modern day Napoleon. Nothing threatened his fantasy of unlimited power - nothing except a secret underground movement, at the center of which were four sisters known by the code name butterflies. The gently blooming but unstoppable resistance against the dictator by Patria, Dede, Minerva, and Maria Teresa inspired novelist Julia Alvarez to write the best-selling book, In the Time of the Butterflies. The novel was selected as one of the Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association and has been chosen by communities all across America as a must-read through the National Endowment for the Arts' "Big Read" program. Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich (a UCSD grad) is one of America's leading adaptors of Latin American literature.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014 PAGLIACCI
San Diego Opera
PART I Villagers mill around as a small theatrical road company arrives at the outskirts of a Calabrian town. Canio, head of the troupe, describes that night's offering, and when someone jests that the hunchbacked Tonio is secretly courting his wife, Nedda, Canio warns that her fidelity is no joking matter. Vesper bells call the women to church and the men to the tavern, leaving Nedda alone. Disturbed by her husband's vehemence and suspicious glances, she envies the freedom of the birds soaring overhead. Tonio appears and tries to make love to her, but she laughs at him. Enraged, he reaches for her, and she lashes out with a whip. Nedda in fact does have a lover - Silvio, who now appears and persuades her to run away with him after the evening's performance. But Tonio, who has seen them, hurries off to tell Canio. Soon the jealous husband bursts in. Silvio escapes, and Nedda refuses to identify him, even when threatened with a knife. Beppe, another player, restrains Canio, and Tonio advises him to wait until evening to catch Nedda's lover. Alone, Canio cries out that he must play the clown though his heart is breaking. PART II The villagers, Silvio among them, assemble to see the play Pagliaccio e Colombina. In the absence of her husband, Pagliaccio (played by Canio), Colombina (Nedda) is serenaded by her lover Arlecchino (Beppe), who dismisses her buffoonish servant Taddeo (Tonio). The two sweethearts dine together and plot to poison Pagliaccio, who soon arrives; Arlecchino slips out the window. With pointed malice, Taddeo assures Pagliaccio of his wife's innocence, firing Canio's real-life jealousy. Forgetting the play, he demands that Nedda tell him her lover's name. She tries to continue with the script, the audience applauding the realism of the "acting." Maddened by her defiance, Canio stabs Nedda and then Silvio, who has rushed forward to help her. The comedy is ended.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014 PAGLIACCI
San Diego Civic Theatre
"Crazed clown murders wife in front of live audience" is what the headlines would have screamed after the jealous Canio stabs his wife Nedda and her lover to death in a jealousy-driven rage while performing a comedy before an audience of shocked Italian villagers. One of the most powerful operas in the repertoire, Pagliacci is gut-wrenching as Tonio, a member of the traveling troupe of players rejected by Nedda, sees her with another man and tells Canio how to get vengeance. In the famous aria "Vesti la giubba", Canio applies his clown make-up saying that the show must go on, but creates his own tragic ending. Debuting artists Romanian soprano Adina Nitescu, a consummate actress at the Paris Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Florence, and powerful Brazilian baritone Rodolfo Giugliani, join Uruguayan tenor Carlo Ventre, fresh from successes at Covent Garden, Hamburg and the Verona Arena. Yves Abel, following his great success leading The Daughter of the Regiment last season, returns to conduct with Andrew Sinclair directing this extraordinary production.
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URBN CNTR 4THE ARTS:Tracy Letts; dir: Claudio Raygoza.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014 DEATHTRAP
Long Beach Playhouse
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student-a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. This is where the suspense mounts and the plot twists with thrills and laughs.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014 GOD OF CARNAGE
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic nicetiesare observed, but as the evening progresses, and the rum flows, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/19/2014 BETHANY
Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses more than her house. She's staying positive, though - with plenty of help from a roommate with theories, a motivational speaker with a secret and her colleagues at the Saturn dealership downtown. But optimism is no match for a bad economy, and before long Crystal's quest for what she's lost turns into something else: the fight of her life. Laura Marks' dark comedy explores just how far we'll go to get back what's ours.
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The Old Globe
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre:Laura Marks; dir: Gaye Taylor Upchurch.
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The Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena Playhouse:Bernard Weinraub; dir: Steve Robman.
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