Must-See Plays Performances and Plays in San Diego this April

Skeleton Crew at The Old Globe Theatre


Check out the best performances and plays in San Diego this month.

Edited by Madelyn Harris

Skeleton Crew
April 8- May 7. Just months away from her retirement, a Detroit autoworker is torn between self-preservation and allegiance to her co-workers in what The New York Times calls “a deeply moral and deeply American play…squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller.” Contains strong language. The Old Globe, Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.234.5623.


Finding Neverland
April 4-9. 
The magic of playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan, springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Learn the story behind the story, inspired by four young brothers’ enchanting make-believe adventures. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.


Travels With My Aunt 
April 12-May 7. Eccentric Aunt Augusta shakes up the life of her staid, bourgeois nephew by igniting his lust for adventure. Four highly versatile actors tackle more than 20 roles in this life-changing, offbeat odyssey. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.


Margin of Error
April 14-May 7. A famous scientist, two of his students and his wife confront each other, leading to a variety of twists and turns. This drama unveils what happens when individuals boil love and deceit down to a science. Lyceum Theatre, Westfield Horton Plaza, 79 Horton Plaza, 619.544.1000.


The Wizard of Oz – Film with Orchestra
April 15. Experience the classic Judy Garland film while the San Diego symphony performs the score live. Additionally, head to their pre-concert costume concert dressed as your favorite Wizard of Oz character for a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to a Bayside Summer Nights show. 8 p.m. 750 B St., 619.234.0804.


La Traviata 
April 22-30. Party girl Violetta Valery lives life carelessly until she meets a man who changes everything. Choosing love over freedom, she is blissfully in love until an welcome visitor threatens their future together. Will Violetta be able to stay true to herself and to her love? San Diego Opera, 233 A St. #500, 619.232.7636.


San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus: Broadway Now
April 22-23. Enjoy all of your favorite musical songs under one roof. The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform songs from Wicked, Hairspray, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Jersey Boys and The Lion King. Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., 619.570.1100.


Into the Beautiful North
Through April 23. In this adaptation of the bestselling novel, 19-year-old Nayeli takes inspiration from the film The Magnificent Seven. She sets out on an epic quest from Mexico to the U.S. to find men and smuggle them back across the border to defend her town from drug dealers. Lyceum THeatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.


Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches
April 23. Dr. Seuss’ parable about the folly of discrimination gets a unique musical treatment in this “storybook” concert about the power of “once upon a time…,” including music inspired by some of everyone’s favorite fairy tales. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., 619.235.0804.


Big Band Bash with the Jazz @ The Jacobs Orchestra 
April 29. A handpicked 16-piece big band of jazz all-stars will make their debut as the Jazz @ The Jacobs Orchestra, led by series curator and trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos. This special concert features the San Diego Symphony and veteran jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison performing the best of Ellington, Basie and more. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., 619.235.0804.


Red Velvet
Through April 30. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning drama, set in London in the early 1800s, uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theater history, Ira Aldridge—a young American who was the first black man to play Othello on the British stage. Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.


On the 20th Century
Through April 30. Luck, love and mischief collide on the Twentieth Century––a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York––when a bankrupt theater producer attempts to cajole a Hollywood starlet into playing the lead in his new, nonexistent drama. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.


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