Top 5 Performances to Look Forward to This Fall

Kirk Mattu | September 26, 2016 | Feature Features

When the temperature drops and the breeze picks up, there's no better time to seek shelter and enjoy a world-class performance! Head inside and take a seat for these not-to-miss shows in the city.
Benjamin Scheuer wrote and stars in "The Lion," which runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 30 at The Old Globe.

1. At its core, the stage is where vulnerability is amplified and where viewers become immersed in its sincerity. The La Jolla Playhouse’s season lineup has timely and moving plays such as The Bitter Game (Oct. 4–9, tickets $10) which explores a mother and son struggling to protect each other as they re-evaluate the value that black lives have in society. In The Trump Card (Oct. 4–9, tickets $29), Mike Daisey examines the psyche and sociological relationship America has with the GOP presidential candidate. The heavily demanded Miss You like Hell (Oct. 24–Dec. 4, tickets $53) takes the audience on a road trip with a mother and daughter duo as they discover their similarities and differences. 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010

Make your way to San Diego Opera’s main stage headliner Cinderella (La Cenerentola) (tickets from $47). The impressive performance is split into two acts and reimagines the titular Cinderella, a change of fate for her father and his fortunes, and an undercover prince. If you’re looking for a twist on this fairy tale classic then watch as Giaochino Rossini flips the script on virtue and kindness at select performances Oct. 22 to 30. Return later in the season at Balboa Theatre for an unconventional opera—Soldier Songs (Nov. 11-13, tickets from $20). Actors share the moving stories of military veterans in this impressive stage adaptation. 1100 Third Ave., San Diego, 619.533.7000

Get into the holiday spirit with the San Diego Symphony’s Count Basie Orchestra: Sinatra’s Jazz (tickets from $20). On Nov. 26., the orchestra will open the Jazz @ The Jacobs season, honoring Old Hollywood glamour with none other than Frank Sinatra. Control your feet or let loose in your seat as you listen to the music throughout the night. 750 B St., San Diego, 619.235.0804

As fall comes to a cooler crawl, City Ballet will be looking to whirl into winter with its season’s opening performance of Esmeralda and the Hunchback (Nov. 4-6, tickets from $29)—a moving ballet inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Make sure to grab tickets for the pre-performance lecture and Champagne reception on Saturday, Nov. 5, which only costs an extra $20. Raise your glass, as the night takes you on a theatrical spin. 121 Broadway, San Diego, 858.272.8663

One-man show The Lion (tickets from $29), makes its way to The Old Globe this fall. The musical performance’s irresistible storytelling and stellar guitar tunes propel the audience into a coming of age tale with a rock and roll infusion. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 30 Benjamin Scheuer spills his heart on the stage where his life stories feel like your own. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, 619.234.5623


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