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“The Great Leap,” a basketball-centric play, is coming to Old Town San Diego’s Cygnet Theatre Jan. 22, 2020. Written by multi-award-winner Lauren Yee, it was one of the 10 most-produced plays in the United States in 2019, along with her “Cambodian Rock Band,” recently staged at La Jolla Playhouse. “The Great Leap,” which premiered in Denver in 2018, is about an American basketball team going to China for an exhibition game. There’s more than a game at stake; there are long-buried personal histories, a clash of dreams and ambitions, and the main setting is Beijing in 1989, when student protesters were about to be massacred in Tienanmen Square. With all this going on, there’s still plenty of humor — one of the playwright’s conspicuous gifts.
Best Bets for Events: Jan. 9-15, 2020 in La Jolla and San Diego include Japanese brush painting classes; J Company Youth Theatre presents “Mamma Mia!” musical; San Diego Early Music Society presents the ensemble Concerto Italiano; Salk Science & Music Series concert and talk; preview of San Diego International Jewish Film Festival; and screening from San Diego Italian Film Festival.
Featuring troubled teens, clueless parents, suicide, lies, social media and heartfelt singing, “Dear Evan Hansen” — winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical — will be ushering in the New Year at San Diego Civic Theatre, from Dec. 31, 2019 to Jan. 12, 2020. This is its first appearance here, thanks to Broadway San Diego, and though it’s far from the usual cheery holiday fare, you won’t want to miss it.
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If you’re a fan of Lemony Snicket — and who isn’t? — you probably don’t think of the author of those weirdly engaging books about a trio of orphans called “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (now also a Netflix series) as someone likely to write for a full orchestra. But on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 at Copley Symphony Hall, “The Composer Is Dead,” a concert piece by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket, will make its first and only live appearance in San Diego with the San Diego Symphony.
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