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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 3/09/2014 A MASKED BALL
San Diego Opera
3/8-3/16/2014
ACT I The King of Sweden, Gustav III, scoffs at news from Count Anckarstrom, his friend and secretary, that conspirators are plotting against him. A judge demands that a woman be accused of witchcraft be banned from the city, but the page Oscar jumps to her defense. The king decides it might be amusing to disguise himself and visit the woman to see if she is indeed in league with the devil, and invites his court and staff to join him. Gustav is the first to arrive at the home of Madame Arvidson, the suspected witch, and notices a servant of Amelia - Anckerstrom's wife, whom Gustav secretly loves. The servant asks Madame Arvidson for a private visitation by his mistress, and Gustav hides himself in order to observe Amelia. Amelia admits to Madame Arvidson that she loves a man who is not her husband, and that man is Gustav. She seeks peace from this love for her husband's best friend, and Madame Arvidson advises her to go to the gallows at midnight and pick an herb that will stop her from loving Gustav. When Amelia leaves, the crowd returns and Gustav comes out from his hiding place. He asks Madame Arvidson to read his palm. To the crowd's horror, she pronounces that Gustav will soon die by the hand of a friend. He laughs at the gullibility of the crowd, which is shocked at the prediction. ACT II Just prior to midnight, Amelia finds her way to the gallows. Gustav's arrival surprises her and she begs him to leave, but eventually admits her love for him. Anckerstrom soon arrives and Amelia immediately covers her face with a veil. Anckerstrom has followed Gustav to protect him from conspirators who are, at the moment, surrounding them with plans to kill Gustav. Amelia and Anckerstrom convince Gustav to flee. The conspirators arrive and, realizing they've caught the wrong man, ask the woman to remove her veil. Anckerstrom steps forward, willing to fight to protect the veiled woman's identity. When a duel seems imminent, Amelia steps forward, removing her veil. Furious that his wife was meeting with his friend in the night, Anckerstrom asks the conspirators to visit him at his home the next day. ACT III When the conspirators arrive, Anckerstrom tells them he plans to join their plot against the king. They draw lots to see who will kill Gustav, and Anckerstrom wins. Oscar arrives with an invitation for them all to attend a masked ball and Anckerstrom vows to kill Gustav at the party. The king arrives at the party in costume. A woman in disguise advises him to leave at once - his life is in danger. Gustav recognizes her as Amelia and he tells her he is sorry for betraying his friend and plans to send her and her husband back to their homeland. Anckerstrom now recognizes Gustav with Amelia and rushes forward to mortally wound him.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 3/09/2014 A MASKED BALL
San Diego Civic Theatre
3/8-3/16/2014
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 3/09/2014 THE WINTER'S TALE
The Old Globe
2/8-3/16/2014
Shakespeare's sublime late masterpiece sweeps breathtakingly from jealousy, rage and loss to redemption, reconciliation and, finally, wonder. Along the way it visits kings and queens, a singing street hustler, dancing shepherds, a most extraordinary statue - and one notoriously hungry bear. A profound exploration of the simple miracles in life and the forces that shape them: love, friendship and forgiveness.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Diego - Week of 3/09/2014 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Long Beach Playhouse
3/1-3/29/2014
Beatrice and Benedick, who argue with delightful wit, both glibly proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, the sweet, young couple Claudio and Hero are rendered speechless by their love. Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, and Don John, the Bastard Prince, hatch parallel plots to trick Benedick and Beatrice into confessing their love, and Claudio into rejecting Hero. Dogberry, a Constable who thinks he's smarter than he is, discovers the villainous plot. Don John's treachery is revealed, the couples get each other, and everyone joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.
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EDGAR & ANNABEL
ion theatre company
3/1-3/29/2014
URBN CNTR 4THE ARTS:Sam Holcroft; dir: Linda Libby, Claudio Raygoza.
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FAR AWAY
ion theatre company
3/1-3/29/2014
URBN CNTR 4THE ARTS:Caryl Churchill; dir: Linda Libby, Claudio Raygoza.
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A SONG AT TWILIGHT
The Pasadena Playhouse
3/18-4/13/2014
Pasadena Playhouse:Noel Coward; dir: Art Manke.
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