In the mood for romance? Back by popular demand, the multifaceted virtuoso Chris Botti teams up with Brace yourself, San Diego. The Old Globe is

ready to “blow you away” with the West Coast premiere of Obie Award winnerHurricane Diane. This unconventional comedy from Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George sees the Greek god Dionysus return to the modern world disguised as the butch gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to seduce mortal followers and restore Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey? Directed by James Vásquez,Hurricane Diane

will runSaturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 8 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. “Playwright Madeleine George swirls together

a number of unlikely ingredients to make this remarkable play,” Artistic Director Barry Edelstein said. “She combines an ancient Greek play, the terrors of climate change, and the reality TV world of the variousReal Housewives, and then adds a dollop of LGBTQ pulp fiction. The result is a funny and serious work about Mother Nature and human nature, and about the wild and crazy dilemmas that arise as each of us figures out how to respond to a changing natural environment. James Vásquez and a company of brilliant comediennes conjure a vivid theatrical storm that I’m thrilled to share with San Diego.” theoldglobe.orgor 619.234.5623

Madeleine George

Orange County’s Pacific Symphony for a night of trumpeted serenades that you and your Valentine won’t soon forget. From crooning jazz standards and classical ballads to upbeat pop tunes, Botti’s wide array of performing

expertise will put you in a romantic mood. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD, When I Fall in Love, Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audi- ences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four No. 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy awards. Pops conductor Albert-George Schram joins the Pacific Symphony again for this spectacular concert on

Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. pacificsymphony.orgor 714.755.5799

Coyote StageWorks, the Coachella Valley

award-winning Actors’ Equity professional theatre company, will begin its 11th season withA Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, fromFriday, February 7 though Sunday, February 16. Directed by Founding Artistic Director Chuck Yates, this play picks up where Ibsen’s famousA Doll’s House ended. In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking deci- sion to leave her husband and children and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. InA Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed

since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? You do not need to know the original to laugh at this irreverent sequel. Yates remarked “At the recent Desert Star Awards, Coyote was honored with three awards, two of which were for the staged reading ofA Doll’s House Part 2, which was so well received that we decided to mount the full production this season.” Performances take place at Palm Springs Cultural

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