2.5 Minute Ride

 

Matilda the Musical

January 21 through February 5

“REJOICE. It is even more glorious than promised.” – The New York Times

TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year! Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony® Awards, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA THE MUSICAL continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of MATILDA THE MUSICAL have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”

Performances are at the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego. Visit the Broadway San Diego website for performance times and ticket prices.

2.5 Minute Mile

February 9 through March 13

Diversionary Theatre will produce the San Diego Premiere of WELL and the San Diego Revival of 2.5 MINUTE RIDE, both by Tony Award-winner Lisa Kron, presented for the first time in repertory.

Diversionary brings together Craig Noel Award winners Shana Wride and Rosina Reynolds for an artistic tour-de-force in the San Diego revival of ​2.5 MINUTE RIDE. In this breakout hit first seen at La Jolla Playhouse in 1996,  Shana Wride plays Lisa and takes her audience on a rol​ler coaster ride to investigate her relationship with her father through three life events: a family outing to an Ohio amusement park, a wedding in a Brooklyn Jewish Community Center, and a searing trip to Auschwitz. Kron demonstrates remarkable skill in combining humor and pathos in this 75 minute portrait of a loving and complex man and father. Rosina Reynolds, last seen at Diversionary with THE MARRIAGE BED, directs.  In WELL, Lisa (played by San Diego favorite Samantha Ginn, SCROOGE IN ROUGE) “comes from a family where everyone is ill.” And now she wants to know why.​ Lisa tells the tale of her mother Ann, (played by Annie Hinton, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS) a champion of social justice. Ann works tirelessly to integrate her midwestern town, despite her inability to cure her own chronic illness. ​Lisa’s struggle to create the play she wants is thwarted by both rebellious actors (gleefully played by Adam Cuppy, Cashae Monya, Durwood Murray, and Tiffany Tang) and her mother’s desire to “help” tell the story.  Lisa fights to define both the narrative and her relationship with her mother to hilarious and poignant consequences. Kym Pappas (Co-Artistic director of InnerMission Productions) directs.

Performances run Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm & 7pm. There are two Monday performances: Monday, February 27th at 7pm & Monday, March 6th at 7pm.
Ticket Prices    $15-$45. Discounts available for students,educators, military, seniors. Visit the Diversionary Theatre website for tickets.

Kinky Boots

March 10 through 12

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Performances are at the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego. Visit the Broadway San Diego website for performance times and ticket prices.