See also: "Theater Directory" (Page XXX) for venues and contact information
BEEHIVE at the Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619-688-2494. Beehive, ongoing, is a10th anniversary production, with an all-female cast, is the dynamic musical revue celebrating the sights, sounds and spirit of the 1960's with more than 40 hits from the era's legendary women of rock n roll. Half-price Student and Senior Rush tickets are available one hour prior to each performance. Tickets range from $25-$35. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
BOBBY GOULD IN HELL at The Lyceum (with OLEANA). See Theater Performance listing under "Sex and Power: A Mamet Duet."
CARMINA BURANA at The Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego, 858-272-8663. On May 16-18, City Ballet performs Elizabeth Wistrich's version of Carl Orff's musical masterpiece. Tickets range from $26-50.
DEPORTING THE DIVAS at Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., Hillcrest, 619-220-0097. Through May 10, this tale of a Mexican-American INS agent falling for an undocumented young man is part satire, part love story and overall a moving look at national, sexual and cultural borders. Tickets are $10-$20.
A DIVINE COMEDY at Lamb's Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619-437-0600. Through May 25, Bob Shepard has one year to turn around the struggling urban church at St. Hilaria's in this hilarious national premiere. Tickets are $20-$40.
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB at 6th @ Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210. Saturdays & Sundays, through May 11, this work by Tyler Crosser is eight mini-musicals spanning a total of 34 songs. Actors perform along the tunes along with cameos by surprise guests. Tickets are $10.
THE FANTASTICKS presented by Korbett Kompany Productions at Lestat's West, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619-291-6353. Through May 11, it's a special run of the long-running off-Broadway musical about a boy, a girl, their fathers, and the "Highwayman" who teaches them all lessons of love and life. Tickets are $15-$18.
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN at the Lyceum. From May 9 to June 8, the world-premiere American Roots musical depicts a community who helped build America. Tickets are $23-40. See Theater Performance listing under "Sex and Power: A Mamet Duet."
*GUILIANIED at 6th @ Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210. Through April 30, the story is from Jack Shea, San Diego playwright and former New Yorker, and pokes fun at the people of New York and Rudy Guiliani in a world premiere. Tickets are $12-$15.
KNOWING CAIRO at Cassius Carter Centre Stage-The Globe Theatres,1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-239-2255. Through May 11, this provocative play probes the explosive relationship among a 79-year-old German-Jewish woman, her daughter and her new African-American caretaker. Tickets are $19-$50.
*LEND ME A TENOR at the Coronado Playhouse, 1775 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856. Through May 11, the Italian opera star is unable to perform so his assistant must pretend to be him. Tickets are $10-$20.
OLEANA at The Lyceum (with BOBBY GOULD IN HELL). See Theater Performance listing under "Sex and Power: A Mamet Duet."
PERFECT WEDDING at the Scripps Ranch Theatre, 10455 Pomerado Road, Scripps Ranch, 858-578-7728. Through May 17, stag-night follies turn the wedding day into a comedic fiasco. Tickets are $12-14.(www.scrippsranchtheatre.org)
POLYESTER at La Jolla Stage Company, 5661 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, 858-459-7773. Ongoing, Polyester is the funky freaky '70s musical revue.
SATURDAY NIGHT at Poway Center for Performing Arts Foundation, 15498 Espola Road, Poway, 858-679-4261. On May 9-11, follow a group of friends who dream of making it big.
*"SEX AND POWER: A MAMET DUET" at The Lyceum, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown, 619-544-1000. Through May 10, the Asian American Rep and the Fritz Theatre companies team up for an evening featuring two plays by the premiere playwright: Bobby Gould In Hell and Oleana.
TRIPLE ESPRESSO at the Horton Grand Theater 444 Fourth Ave., Downtown, 619-234-9583. Triple Espresso, ongoing, combines magic and music.
TROLLS, A NEW MUSICAL PLAY at 6th @ Penn Theatre, 3704 Sixth Ave., San Diego. 619-688-9210. Through May 31, this hilarious and touching musical about several older gays who gather to remember a friend is a San Diego premiere by Bill Dyer and Dick Debenedictis. Tickets are $18-$21.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD IMAGES: THEATRE FOR YOUNG HEARTS & MINDS. Call 619-683-7545 ext. 170 for performances or to book a show. In its 21st season, this award-winning performance/peer health education company deals with adolescent issues through theatre, song and dance. Scripts address teen violence, sexuality, relationships and substance abuse.
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. Through May 11, Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the Peanuts characters as they share their unique perspective on life. The wonderful songs will touch your heart strings and your funny bone. Tickets are $9-$12.
Dinner / Interactive Theater
ACT 2: HOMICIDE at Shirley's Kitchen, 7868 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, 619-561-8673. Saturdays, at 7 pm. Uncle Vern gets electrocuted while playing "Feelings" on his accordion. You try to help the psychic solve this befuddling crime and hilarious mystery. Call for prices.
CATSKILLS CONSPIRACY at the Mystery CafÃ© Dinner Theater at the Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalima St., Downtown, 619-544-1600. Through May 30, Friday and Saturday, help detective, Tuesday, solve not one but two crimes among New York's finest. Call for show times and prices.
CHALK IT UP TO MURDER at H.I.T. Productions Dinner Theater, Shirley's Kitchen, 7868 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, (www.dinnertheater.net). Fridays at 7:30 pm, new clues from a terrible crime arise in a comical way. Call for prices.
IT'S MY PARTY (AND I'LL DIE IF I WANT TO) at Shirley's Kitchen, 7868 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, 619-561-8673. Ongoing, Ted's having a surprise birthday party, but the surprise is not just on him! Call for show dates, times and prices.
*JOEY & MARIA'S COMEDY ITALIAN WEDDING at the Culy Theatre 338 7th Ave., Downtown, 800-944-5639. Saturdays. Call for show times and prices.
SHOTGUN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY at the Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater at the Imperial House Restaurant, 505 Kalima St., Downtown, 619-544-1600. Friday and Saturday, Shotgun tells what happens after 25 years of less-than-blissful union. Call for show times and prices.
SOPRANO'S LAST SUPPER at the Culy Theatre 338 7th Ave., Downtown, 800-944-5639. Fridays. Call for show times and prices.
DANCE STUDIO HOUR at Mira Costa College, 333 Manchester Avenue, Room 204, Cardiff, 760-944-4449. On May 14, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Mira Costa College dance students will deliver an informal presentation of their work. Admission is free.
Hip hop dance class at Time To Dance Performing Arts Studio, 3982 30th St., North Park, 858-635-1233. Classes are Thursdays, 7:45 to 9 pm, by hip-hop dance instructor Prince. The fee is $10 per class.(www.alphaomegadance.net)
THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE ASSOCIATION at Recital Hall / Balboa Park Club Building, 2130 Pan America Plaza, Balboa Park, 858-274-9162. Ongoing free and/or affordable classes in swing, ballroom, zydeco, folk and other forms of recreational dance.(www.sdcountry.org/ida)
Professional Dance Lessons at the Westgate Hotel 1055 Second Ave., Downtown, 619-557-3655. The first Saturday each month, at 6 pm, Peggy Diamond presents dance lessons at Le Fontainebleau. Saturdays, from 6 to 10 pm, pianist and singers John Cain and Sal and Sylvia are onstage for your ballroom dancing pleasure.
PATTIE WELLS' DANCETIME CENTER 1255 West Morena Blvd., Bay Park. 619-275-3533. The center hosts dancing on its huge hardwood dance floor. The Ballroom Mix dances are the first and third Saturday evenings of each month. Lucky Pahl hosts Night Club Mix dances on second Saturdays. Salsa & Latin Mix dances are on fourth Saturdays. Lowell Gosser hosts Tango Milonga dances as specially scheduled. Sundays are dance parties.(www.dragonflyconsulting.net/dancetime/index.html)
PORTUGUESE HALL 2818 Avenida de Portugal, (just off Rosecrans), Point Loma. 619-291-3775. "All Things Swing and More" dance classes are on Tuesdays, starting at 7 & 8 pm; the fee is $12 to drop in for lessons. Open dancing for everyone follows from 9 to 11 pm. $5 donation.(www.2togroove.com)
THE SAN DIEGO MOVING ARTS CENTER, 3255 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-298-2687. Tuesdays and Fridays come and experience "Dance Jam!," a free-form dance party that has become a local tradition.(www.movingarts.net)
TIO LEO'S 5302 Napa Street, Morena Blvd., Linda Vista. 619-857-8409. Zydeco Dances and lessons are on Tuesday evenings. Beginning lessons start at 6:30 pm, with open dancing to recorded tunes from 7:45 to 10:30 pm. Admission is $5. Thursdays are rockabilly and swing dance night. Call for details.
West Coast Swing at Mind Body & Soul Dance Studio, 2971 India Street, San Diego, 619-957-1090. Beginner lessons run through June 13 on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Intermediate lessons run through June 4 on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. The fee is $48 for series or $10 per class.
Comedy & Magic
COMEDY & MAGIC AT 4TH & B 345 B St., Downtown, 619-231-4343. Call for details.(www.4thandB.com)
NATIONAL COMEDY THEATER 3717 India St., Midtown, 619-295-4999. Audience-inspired improv comedy, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 & 9:45 pm. For reservations, call or log on to website.(www.nationalcomedy.com)
SANDI C. SHORE'S COMEDY ISLAND 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar Hilton, Del Mar. 858-792-5200, ext. 4248. Workshops now forming in the San Diego area and accepting all ages and levels.(sandishore.com)
SAN DIEGO THEATRESPORTS at the Swedenborgian Theatre, 1531 Tyler St., Hillcrest, 619-465-SHOW. Fridays at 8 pm, TheatreSports-The Improv Competition involves comedy in which every scene and song is made up on the spot using suggestions from the audience, who also award the points. Since 1993, every show has been created uniquely.(www.improvise.net)
*Poetry & spoken word at Voz Alta Performance Space and Art Gallery, 917 E St., Downtown, 619-230-1869... Open mic poetry is the last Wednesday of each month, hosted by Teatro Con Safos. Regular open mic poetry nights are the first and third Wednesdays, plus the last Friday of each month. Native Tongues, Fridays, is the monthly music and poetry series hosted by Adrian Arancibia of the Taco Shop Poets, and regularly features guests and open mic nights. $5 donation.(www.vozalta.org)
Everything's Aloud at Hot Monkey Love CafÃ©, 5960 El Cajon Blvd., College Area, 619-582-5908. Wednesdays, it's an all-format open mic: Free-stylers, folkies, poets, punks and tunesmiths of all levels are encouraged to perform. Hosted by Victor Payan.(www.hotmonkeylovecafe.com)
*Expressions Unlimited at the Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St., Southeast San Diego, 619-527-3405. The first and third Wednesday of each month feature cultural and literary events, authors, poets, and performance artists perform their own works alongside open readings.
Feature Poets open mic at Barnes and Noble, 7610 Hazard Center Drive, Fashion Valley, 619-220-0175. On the third Monday of each month, signups begin at 6:30, readings are from 7 to 8:45 pm. This venue features writers, publishers, educators and editors from across the country as well as some of San Diego's finest local talent. Also at the bookstore: Peer Poets of San Diego, a poetry critique group, meet on second Mondays, at 7 pm. Skill level is intermediate to advanced. Critiques are professional, supportive, helpful and kind. Bring 1 or 2 poems with 7 copies. For details, email: email@example.com.
Lava Lounge Open Mic at The Flame, 3780 Park Blvd., Hillcrest, 619-295-4163. Mondays are open mic at 9:30 pm.
No Borders at The Other Side Coffeehouse, 4096 30th St., North Park, 619-640-1963 or 619-521-0533. On the first and third Wednesday of each month, Mary Leary hosts an open mic poetry night. Sign-ups are at 7:30 pm, readings at 8 pm.
Open mic in the Green Room at Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse, 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-296-0616. On the second and fourth Monday of each month, signups begin at 7:30, readings are from 8 to 10 pm.
Poetic Brew at Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, 2906 University Ave., North Park. 619-688-9845. Tuesday nights, it's an evening of spoken word featuring open readings from some of the best poetic talent in San Diego and from across the country.(www.clairedelune.com)
Poetic License at Gallery 504 North, 3041 University Ave., North Park. Fridays, from 8-10 pm, this open mic includes a live band backing the poets. $5 donation.
POSTPONED: San Diego Poetry Slam, formerly at Urban Grind, is in the process of finding a new venue.(sandiegoslam.tripod.com)
Small and eclectic reading at Bluestocking Books and Bindery, 3817 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-269-1424. Mondays at the book store are open mic, 7-9 pm.
Songwriters/poets open mic at Lestat's Coffeehouse, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619-282-0437. Mondays are a cross-format open mic, 8-11 pm.