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September Theater in San Diego

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San Diego Theater-goers get ready, there are plenty of events, plays, and performances headed to the area in September that you won’t want to miss. From a presentation about Charlie Chaplin at the La Jolla Playhouse to a comedy called Becky’s New Car at the Solana Beachhouse, September is looking better than ever for San Diego Theater.

La Jolla Playhouse

2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin

September 7 – October 17

From the gritty streets and smoky music halls of London to movie screens across the world, Limelight goes behind the camera to show how Charlie Chaplin found soaring success and later fell from grace. Limelight provides a moving and delightful close-up on the man who changed motion pictures forever.

Notes From Underground

September 17 – October 17

Having resigned his position as a civil servant to live in isolation, the underground man holes up in a squalid traffic office cluttered with discarded equipment and wet snow. Obsessively reliving old wounds and spurning any chance at affection, the man begins a descent into madness that is at times heartbreakingly funny, at times disquieting, but always unforgettable.

The Solana Beach Theater

987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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September 4 – September 26

Head for “Becky’s New Car,” a comedy of midlife crisis and catharsis. Written by award-winning Steven Dietz, this frothy, poignant and fresh new comedy is a perfect side trip from the daily woes of modern life. Forty-something Becky Foster has a decent job at an auto dealership, a solid husband, and a freeloading psychmajor son living in her basement. Her life is pleasant enough, but through a twist of fate Becky gets to test drive an exciting new life.


Lamb’s Players Theatre

1142 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
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September 2 – September 19

The oft-revived “Smoke on the Mountain” moves to the company’s Coronado home theater. The hilarious gospel celebration is about The Great Depression coming to an end. The Sanders Family Singers are back on the road again and of course the bus just broke down, the twins are fighting again, Uncle Stanley’s fresh out of prison, and sister June still can’t really sing. After this night, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will never be the same.

Moonlight Stage Productions

1250 Vale Terrace Drive
Vista, CA 92084
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September 8- September 25

The Vista company stages “Miss Saigon,” the Vietnam-set love story that became famous on Broadway (where it opened in 1991) and on tour for the helicopter that lands on stage. The story is based on Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”

Welk Resorts Theatre

8860 Lawrence Welk Dr.
Escondido, CA 92026
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September 9 – October 17

This revival of the Old Globe-spawned musical “The Full Monty” is based on the movie about struggling laborers who start up a strip act.

Onstage Playhouse

291 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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September 10 – October 9

The Chula Vista company stages “The Country Club” by Douglas Carter Beane, the book writer for the Broadway musical “Xanadu” as well as the playwright behind a number of frequently produced non-musical plays.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

10755-F Scripps Poway Pkwy  #187
San Diego, CA  92131
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September 11 – October 9

The company opens its season with “Social Security,” a family comedy that debuted on Broadway in the mid-’80s. The season starts with a hilarious adult comedy by Andrew Bergman about the shattering of yuppie bliss, the timelessness of romance and an aged Jewish mother who turns her children’s lives upside down in the nicest way. Preview Night is Friday, September 10 and Opening Night is Saturday, September 11.

Old Globe Theatre

Balboa Park
El Prado, between the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Man
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September 14 – November 7.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs and “Broadway Bound” launch the theater’s winter season. Scott Schwartz who directed “Lost in Yonkers” for the Globe earlier this year (and was production supervisor on the recent Globe show “Golda’s Balcony”), directs the two works from Simon’s “Eugene trilogy,” centered on Brooklyn boy Eugene Morris Jerome.

September 25 – October 31

“Welcome to Arroyo’s” goes up on the Globe’s White Theatre second stage. Playwright Kristoffer Diaz was a Pulitzer finalist this year for “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”; Jaime Castañeda directs his hip-hop-infused piece about a brother and sister and the legacy of a family bodega.

New Village Arts

2787 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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September 23 to October 31.

“Into the Woods,” the first musical in NVA’s 10-season history. James Vasquez directs with an 18-member cast.


San Diego Repertory

79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101-6144
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September 25 – September 17

South African playwright (and San Diego-area resident) Athol Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca” is centered on a reclusive widow creating art in a remote village. Miss Helen is a reclusive widow who has created her own “Mecca” by meticulously decorating her home and front yard with a cacophony of candles, mermaids, wisemen, peacocks and pyramids. The neighbors can’t stop wondering “why?” Into Helen’s quiet life enters a young teacher with a secret agenda and a local clergyman with a plan to get Helen to sign away her home and her freedom. The trio clashes in a battle for Helen’s soul and her future.

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