Plays in San Diego: July 2016

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The Old Globe Theatre presents Macbeth. Photo by Jim Cox.

Check out our roundup of top performances and plays in San Diego this July.

Edited by Lisa Kelley

Macbeth
Through July 24. Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece is filled with gruesome battles, supernatural horrors, famous poetry and vivid characters. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.6123. theoldglobe.org

The Last Tiger in Haiti
Through July 24. This world-premiere play weaves Haitian lore into a contemporary narrative of survival and betrayal. Mandela Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

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La Jolla Playhouse presents The Last Tiger in Haiti. Photo by Jim Carmody.

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro
July 6-17. This musical celebrates the life and music of Leonard Bernstein—one of the country’s greatest musicians—by combining first-person narrative, and Bernstein’s own music with the music that inspired him. San Diego Repertory Theatre at Lyceum Theatre, 79b Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000. sdrep.org

Sense and Sensibility
July 6-Aug. 14. Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (The Old Globe’s Emma, Broadway’s Jane Eyre) refashions Jane Austen’s timeless classic novel into a new romantic musical. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org

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The Old Globe Theatre presents Sense and Sensibility. Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Ain’t Misbehavin’
July 13-Aug. 7. Taking its name from the Fats Waller song, this rousing musical pays tribute to black musicians circa the Harlem Renaissance. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055. northcoastrep.org

Gypsy
July 14-Sept. 4Indomitable stage mother Rose chases vicarious success and stardom as she pushes her daughters through the vaudeville circuit. When Dainty June flees the act to elope, Rose vows to make introverted Louise into a star. Boasting one show-stopping song after another—like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You”—this classic musical was inspired by memoirs of the legendary burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525. cygnettheatre.com

Peter Pan
July 20-Aug. 6. Broadway’s high-flying musical whisks audiences away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up. Peter and his mischievous sidekick Tinkerbell visit the Darling children’s nursery late one night, and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Moonlight Amphitheater, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. moonlightstage.com

Junk: The Golden Age of Debt
July 26-Aug. 21. Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Ayad Akhtar goes back to the ‘80s with an origin story for the world that finance has given us, in this sexy and epic thriller about an upstart genius hell-bent on changing all the rules. Mandela Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)
July 29-Aug. 21. This topical new show by La Jolla Playhouse offers an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. It features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key. Mandela Weiss Forum at the La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

Meteor Shower
July 30-Sept. 4. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage. Contains strong language. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org

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