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Let’s Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse

Richmond Hoxie, Lee Sellars, Gregory Balla, Tom Patterson, Bill Kux and Kevin Hafso-Koppman perform in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of ‘Ether Dome’ by Elizabeth Egloff, directed by Michael Wilson, running through Aug. 10.  Kevin Berne

The traumatic experience behind performing amputations, tumor removals and vasectomies without anesthesia is immediately intriguing when Playhouse patrons view the incredible set design by James Youmans, representing the real ether dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1886. Below a well-lit dome, images of these crude medical procedures are projected on the wall.

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 24

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La Jolla Music Society’s nationally recognized chamber music festival, SummerFest, kicks off 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 with its annual, free Concert Under the Stars at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove.

Scenery for the Greenery: New sculpture exhibit blooms at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

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Any time of year is a good time to visit San Diego Botanic Garden, but now is particularly inviting, with the recent installation of the fourth annual “Sculpture in the Garden” show. The garden itself is a beauty, boasting 37 acres filled with almost 4,000 types of plants from around the world. The sculptures, placed in appropriate settings throughout the garden, provide an added feast for the eyes.

Let’s Review! Cygnet Theatre’s “Pageant” is worth seeing … twice!

Pageant cast: David McBean, Tyan Fahey, Charles Osborne, Phil Johnson, Max Cadillac, Luke Jacobs Harvey and Conor Tibbs.  Photo by Daren Scott

Fans of beauty pageants have different reasons for attending these events. Those attending Cygnet Theatre’s new production of “Pageant,” will be entertained by surprise and laughter; lots of laughter – hilarious laughter.

“Into the Woods” creatively reimagined by Fiasco Theatre Company at the Old Globe

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Since the earliest fairytales emerged to enchant and mesmerize, children have been transported to imaginative places. But it’s not only children who have been charmed, so have adults. Perhaps that’s why fairytale characters continue to turn up in plays and films; because really, who wants to grow up?

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 17

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La Jolla Concerts by the Sea brings Theo & The Zydeco Patrol to Scripps Park 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20. (858) 454-1600. zydecopatrol.com and lajollabythesea.com

Un-bear-ably Fun! La Jolla’s Bishop’s School graduate to produce independent feature film

‘Bear With Us’ will begin filming in August.

Russell Nickel, a graduate of The Bishop’s School, is in the midst of producing his first independent, feature film — and said he has found fun in every step of the way.

“Father of the String Quartet” Haydn gets top billing at SummerFest 2014

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Not only the brilliance but the gentle spirit of Franz Joseph Haydn will be omnipresent at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2014, which opens July 30 and for which Haydn is this year’s festival’s featured composer.

Art show in La Jolla to benefit Autism Tree Project

To raise funds for the Sanford Consortium and Autism Tree Project Foundation, artist Michael Leaf will present the ZERO Degrees Exhibition.

‘Ether Dome’ taps medicine, science, religion and human suffering at La Jolla Playhouse

Michael Wilson directs the West Coast premiere of ‘Ether Dome,’ based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846.  Courtesy

Director Michael Wilson, who is staging “Ether Dome” at the La Jolla Playhouse, is enjoying the fruits of his labor and relishing his collaboration with playwright Elizabeth Egloff and the Playhouse’s creative team. In addition, on the day of this interview, his TV movie “A Trip to Bountiful,” was nominated for an Emmy award.

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