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on stage this month


by brad hart


THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! Make the yuletide gay this year with Loft Ensemble!


Celebrate this most magical season with the San Diego Symphony. Let


holiday cheer bring you and your loved ones near at the symphony’s annual Noel Noel : A Family Concert. The sounds of old-fashioned and newfound festive music make the season bright and delightful as audiences sing along with theSan Diego Master Chorale. Betsy Wolfe, Broadway star of the Tony-nominated musicalWaitress, will also join in to sing the season’s favorite songs. Decked with boughs of holly and sparkling lights, Copley Symphony Hall at the Jacobs Music Center warmly welcomes the North Pole’s most famous residentSaturday, December 14 through Sunday, December22 in downtown San Diego. sandiegosymphony.org


THE SANTALAND DIARIES Feeling a little naughty this holiday season? Diversionary Theatre in San Diego


sure is! On stage throughSunday, December 22,The Santaland Diaries is the de- lightfully absurd look at the commercial Christmas season, from the brilliantly twisted mind of David Sedaris. This uproarious “holidaze” show finds David out of work and options as he begins his career as an elf in Macy’s Santaland during the holiday crunch. Battling throngs of rabid families clamoring towards a drunken Santa to get their Christmas fix, David makes do with some hilarious observations on human nature, and an unexpected connection to the holiday spirit. The Santaland Diaries has rapidly become one of the nation’s most popular Christmastime shows. “I’m thrilled to finally (finally!) produce David Sedaris, a gay literary icon,


at Diversionary. And I’m over the moon that direc- tor Anthony Methvin and actor Wil Bethmann are reuniting after the fireworks they created on Significant Other last season,” says Matt M. Morrow, executive artistic director. Add on just for the holidaze: Linda


Libby’s HoliGay Storytime. Join the indomi- table theatre icon Linda Libby after-hours for some queer holiday cheer! Grab a drink in Fritz’


lounge and saddle up with Linda Libby fireside as she regales us with readings of holiday stories and songs that put the holly in your holigay! diversionary.org


Sixteen actors play nearly 30 characters in a holiday spectacular that will certainly put you in a festive mood! A play-within-a-play, this fast-paced comedy follows a small, LGBTQ+ community theatre as it struggles to pull together its annual holiday pageant. This holiday camp-fest filled with fast-paced comedy, packed with hilarious dialog and over-the-top characters will be at Loft Ensemble, located at 11031 Camarillo Street in North Hollywood, through Sunday, December 22.loftensemble.org


CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRAWFORDS The campy comedy is back for its second year at Desert Rose Playhouse in


Rancho Mirage. It’s Christmas Eve at Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion and Joan, Christina and Christopher are awaiting the arrival of Hedda Hopper for a very special live radio broadcast. Unfortunately for Joan, she’s about to receive a houseful of celebrity guests, most of whom are on their way to a big bash at Gary Cooper’s house next door. Joan’s unwelcomed guests include Judy Garland, Katherine Hepburn, Gloria Swanson and Ethel Merman. They sing and dance their way into your heart, but not the heart of Ms. Joan Crawford, who unbeknownst to everyone has an upcoming audition for Warner Bros. Studios and it has gotten her into very unholiday-like mood. Performances run throughSunday, December 22. desertroseplayhouse.org


MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE


More than two decades after Matthew Bourne redefinedSwan Lake for Los Angeles and much of the world, the production returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the


iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Bourne and award-winning designer Lez Brotherston will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production, which earned more than 30 interna- tional accolades including three Tony Awards and an Olivier Award. Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, thisSwan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm.Swan Lake returnsThursday, December 5 through Sunday, January 5 at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. centertheatregroup.org


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RAGE monthly | December 2019


NOEL NOEL: A FAMILY CONCERT


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