If the kindly folks of Newark, Mich., are looking for one last theater tour before winter blows in, they need search no further than San Diego. They could rent out the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, thus assuring a seat for each of the town's 35 residents. San Diego's smallest live theater is the site of regular programs mounted in the vaudeville tradition, featuring magicians, music and song-and-dance acts (the next one is set for Nov. 18 and 19); it's also a site for conventional plays and recently hosted GB Productions' fourth annual North Park Playwright Festival.
The front of the store (2031 El Cajon Blvd., 619-220-8663) features more than 250 types of candy, like gum, salt water taffy and those little root beer barrels that never seem to melt in your mouth--and a lot of these things are marketed under names you thought went out of business in vaudeville's heyday. GB Productions also leases the theater space for special occasions, like the one Newark should plan before everybody's snowed in. --Martin Jones Westlin