There is an off-broadway show theatre that produces excellent shows off the steps of Horton Plaza. The theatre is called the San Diego Repertory Theatre and the place that that holds these productions is the Lyceum. I have been to a photo show or two at the Lyceum. They usually hold gallery shows in their lobby such as Art of Photography, but have not attended a San Diego Repertory Theatre production before Saturday night. But I know I will be back. The next shows in the season are “A Hammer, a Bell, and a Song to Sing: the Music of Pete Seeger” then “In the Wake” and finally to close out the 2011-2012 season is the “Tortilla Curtain”. The show that is playing now is called The Great American Trailer Park Musical which performs until December 4th. The title says it all- it truly is the Great American Trailer Park Musical. There’s no skimping on the sets, which is eclectic and kitschy. There are a couple of scenes in the musical that were not set in the “trailer park” but with a pull and a tug, the sets trailer home facades transformed into what they needed to be. This show is for mature audiences but if you are mature and like having a good time this show is for you. The show is a fun-filled hour and a half of escapism and the actors can actually sing. As the description on the website states – “Here’s a comic fable about agoraphobia, adultery, 80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan, and disco. In short, it’s everything a musical should be.”
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Tips: You get 4-hrs of free parking at Horton Plaza if you validate at the Lyceum. One of the ushers will help you validate.
Schedule the show around these special events before the show on 11/17, 11/18, 11/25 and 12/2.
Disclosure: I received complementary tickets for this show.