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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/26/2014 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 1/26/2014 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 1/26/2014 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 1/26/2014 MACBETH
Intrepid Shakespeare Company
Returning from battle, Macbeth encounters three mysterious women who tell him he will become king. Urged on by his wife, he decides to take his destiny in hand by murdering King Duncan as he sleeps. But as one atrocity leads inexorably to another, Macbeth finds that the choices we make can have unexpected consequences. Plunging us into a nightmare world of eternal darkness and terror, Shakespeare's great tragedy remains the definitive study of the descent into evil.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 1/26/2014 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 1/26/2014 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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