Must-See Performances and Plays in San Diego: October 2016


Benjamin Scheuer stars in The Lion. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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

Edited by Lisa Kelley

Decades—The ’70s
Through Nov. 6The 1970s was one of the most memorable decades in culture, clothes and music in history. For one evening, come experience a decade that shaped our lives; from hippie to disco, from pop to rock, this was one groovy decade! The musical review features local theatrical celebrities, Leonard Patton as well as Debbie David joining Bob and Steve on the stage. 9490 Cuyamaca St., Santee, 619.988.5483.

Oct. 1-Nov. 6. Of all the issues that have torn apart friendships—small infidelities, big fat lies, unpaid loans and betrayed confidences—who knew that modern art would prove to be the most divisive? Intrepid Theatre Company presents a play focused on three men whose friendship is tested when one of them buys an expensive modern painting. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown.

The Lion
Through Oct. 30. Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually six guitars—in this original musical experience that tells one man’s gripping coming-of-age story and his discovery of the redemptive power of music. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

The Bitter Game
Oct. 4-9. The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and “shit-talkin,” into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while black in America? Contains strong language and adult content. La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Presentation. Writerz Blok, 5010 Market St., Lincoln Park.


The Bitter Game is a La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Presentation, starring Keith Wallace.

San Diego Symphony’s Opening Weekend
Oct. 14-16. Enjoy watching and listening to incredible talent as the San Diego Symphony kicks off its opening weekend with Gil Shaham (violin). The concert opens with William Schuman’s American Festival Overture and closes with Joannes Brahm’s Third Symphony. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804.

Oct. 14-Nov. 20. The classic drama explores telling the truth in difficult times.The King’s government pressures Britain’s greatest playwright to write a new play with a politically biased history of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This launches the theater’s acting company into a fascinating who-done-it. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.

Swan Lake
Oct. 15. Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake, often called the “ballet of all ballets,” combines romance with graceful dance and music. The Russian Grand Ballet Company performs the masterpiece at Spreckels Theatre. 121 Broadway, downtown.


The Russian Grand Ballet Company performs Swan Lake.

Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Oct. 19-Nov. 23. Playwright Neil Simon hilariously recounts his writing and wacky antics during the days of live television. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.


North Coast Repertory Theatre performs Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Oct. 20-Nov. 13. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama fearlessly investigates the 21st century clash between American culture and the Islamic faith. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.

Oct. 22, 25, 28, 30. The San Diego Opera performs Rossini’s version of the classic fairy tale, showing that virtue does triumph and kindness can make your dreams come true, even without a fairy godmother and a glass slipper. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

Miss You Like Hell
Oct. 25-Nov. 27. Featuring compelling original songs that are as diverse and eclectic as the U.S., this new musical exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country. Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010.