The fall theater season has begun in East County. Take a look at the following guide to what’s on stage now and what’s coming in the next couple months.
Lamplighters Community Theatre
“The Supporting Cast” by George Furth
When Ellen, the wife of a successful author, writes a sizzling novel, her friends are thrilled until she invites them to her Malibu beach house and reveals they are the characters. Written by George Furth, the Tony Award-winning author of “Company,” this lighthearted comedy is the theatrical equivalent of a fun and frothy beach read. Sparks fly when Ellen’s friends see their warts-and-all depictions in her tell-all book, but will they change their tune when they learn the book is being made into a movie?
On stage through Sept. 13: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa. Call 619-303-5092 for tickets and more information.
“Orange Julius” by Basil Kreimendahl
The protagonist, Julius, is dying of cancer after being poisoned by Agent Orange in the jungles of Vietnam. His queer daughter, Nut, tries to reconnect with him as one man to another by caring for his ailing body, sorting through childhood memories and diving into war movie fantasies.
On stage Sept. 24 through Oct. 18: Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N, San Diego. Call 858-598-7620 for tickets or more information.
Grossmont College Theatre Arts
“A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams
One of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century, this play captured the New York Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama following its 1947 debut. It is an unflinching look at post-World War II America reflected in the crumbling fantasy world of a wistful Southern belle. With her checkered past, Blanche DuBois comes to stay with her sister and brother-in-law in a working-class neighborhood of New Orleans, and tensions quickly escalate. This production features an all-student cast and crew.
On stage Oct. 1 – 3 and Oct. 8 – 10 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.
Stagehouse Theatre, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. Call 619-644-7234 for tickets or more information.
San Diego State School of Theatre, Television and Film
“Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney
In this zany romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog, the kids have gone off to college and Kate and Greg have just moved to New York. In bounces Sylvia, a stray that Greg finds in the park. Sylvia becomes a bone of contention between husband and wife, chewing holes in the marriage as Greg becomes increasingly obsessed with the pooch. In a series of tail-wagging, leash-tripping encounters, Greg, Kate, and Sylvia finally learn how men and women — and dogs — can be best friends.
On stage Sept. 25 through Oct. 4: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Experimental Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Call 619-594-6884 for tickets or more information.
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