The Ultimate Guide to 2018 San Diego Theatre
by: Izzy Ster
In 2018, San Diego’s theatre community was treated with masterpieces such as the smash-hit musical Hamilton at the San Diego Civic Theatre and Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park at The Old Globe. Afraid you missed your big chance to catch a Sunday matinee of your favorite show? From hit musicals straight from the shining lights of Broadway to novel plays from uprising playwrights, here is the ultimate guide to San Diego theatre to catch before 2018 comes to a close.
8000M: Featuring the direction of Alice Cash, CCA alumni and founder of Golden Shards Productions, 8000M will show at the Moxie Theatre for its West Coast debut following a sold-out run in New York. 8000M, written by David Greig, unfolds around an exhibition team in the Himalayas that attempts to summit Lhotse (the fourth highest peak in the world) and the evolution of the relationships between team members. 8000M will run from November 15th to November 18th. For fellow CCA students, discounted tickets are available using the link provided and the promo code “RAVENS.” 8000M.BrownPaperTickets.com
Wicked: Based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West with music by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked is a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through a rivalry over the same love-interest, polar-opposite personalities, and a corrupt government. Since being nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2004 (including Best Musical), Wicked is Broadway’s sixth-longest running show and will have performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre through November 25th.
Waitress: This touching musical first premiered on Broadway in 2016 and raked up four Tony nominations features music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. Inspired by the 2007 film of the same name, the show follows waitress Jenna Hunterson in her journey featuring an unexpected pregnancy, an unhappy marriage, a scandalous affair with her gynecologist, and, of course, pies. Waitress will be playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre on November 27th and will have its final performance on December 2nd.
The Year to Come: The world-premiere of rising playwright Lindsey Ferrentino’s newest work will show at the renowned La Jolla Playhouse from December 4th to the 30th. The Year to Come revolves around a distinctly American family that mirrors the turbulence of the 21st century, featuring politically incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: This San Diego holiday favorite is back for its 21st year at the Old Globe Theatre and will play through December 29th. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book that tells the timeless tale of the Grinch, resident grouch of the fictitious Whoville, who attempts to put an end to Christmas once and for all. If you are looking for guaranteed fun for the whole family, this is the show to see. The Old Globe even offers a special performance on December 1st at 10:30 for children on the autism spectrum and their families, allowing everyone the equal opportunity to catch this whimsical musical.