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Theater Review: “The Outsider”

“The Outsider” plays through March 22, 2020, at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.

Playwright Paul Slade Smith opts for the hilarity of incompetence in “The Outsider,” his portrayal of the accession of a most unusual American lieutenant governor to the governor’s office as the result of a sex scandal.

Theater Review: “August Wilson’s Jitney”

“August Wilson’s Jitney” plays through February 23, 2020 on The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

“Jitney” is part of playwright August Wilson’s 10-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” of plays chronicling African American life throughout the 20th century. The eighth in the series, it was the first written but the last to be performed on Broadway, in 2017.

Theater Review: “Murder for Two”

“Murder for Two” plays through March 1, 2020 at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

How about a goofball murder-mystery musical called “Murder For Two,” featuring two piano-playing, singing actors playing a total of 13 (oops, unlucky number) characters.

Theater Review: “The Great Leap”

Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 3 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 and 7 pm.

The U.S. has a history of promoting western sports to the inscrutable East. Back in the 1930s, Lefty O’Doul, Moe Berg and Ted Lyons went to Japan to teach baseball seminars at Japanese universities.

Theater Review: “Red Bike”

“Red Bike” plays through February 16, 2020 at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. in the Rolando district.

Get ready for a bumpy but amusing and wonderful psychological ride when you take your seat at Moxie Theatre for Svich’s “Red Bike.”

Lisa Berger directs the San Diego premiere of this wondrous 90-minute two-hander – the first in a seven-play cycle – through Feb. 16.

Theater Review: "Matilda, the Musical"

“Matilda, the Musical” plays through February 23, 2020 at Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado.

Some people have a childhood so horrendous it’s downright funny. Of course, they’re fictional (and in this case, invented by that loony writer, Roald Dahl).

Theater Review: “Bloomsday”

Theater Review: “Bloomsday”

Playwright Steven Dietz’s “Bloomsday” – a charming, wistful, funny and thought-provoking meditation on youth, age, regret, Dublin and James Joyce – plays through Feb. 2 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

In Joyce’s monumental(ly long) novel “Ulysses,” the character Leopold Bloom meanders around Dublin on June 16, which has evermore been known – and celebrated – as Bloomsday.

Theater Review: “A Chorus Line”

“A Chorus Line” plays through March 22, 2020, at Welk Resort San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido.

Those high-stepping wannabe Broadway hoofers are back, dancing, begging and mostly just hoping to “get this job,” in that 1975 juggernaut of dance hopefulness “A Chorus Line.”

Welk Resort Theatre presents this iconic winner of nine Tonys – wonderfully directed by Hector Guerrero – through March 22 at the resort’s theater, which sports a recently renovated lobby.

Theater Review: "Fireflies"

“Fireflies” plays through January 26, 2020, at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The loud noises, blood-red clouds and explosions “somewhere in the South” during the Civil Rights era are echoed by interior but equally incendiary personal issues explored in Donja R. Love’s “Fireflies,” playing through Jan. 26 at South Coast Repertory. Lou Bellamy directs.

Theater Review: “Dear Evan Hansen”

Stephen Christopher Anthony as 'Evan Hansen'

I had great hopes for six-time Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen” when I heard it would finally tour San Diego, but I’m sorry to report that my hopes were mostly dashed last night at San Diego Civic Theatre. But don’t blame the cast.