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Local Theater Round-up

Change is on the local theater horizon, as some productions close in the coming weeks and new ones open. Here's a cheat sheet to help plan your theater-going through mid-November.

Mo'olelo's socially astute comedy "Yellow Face" closes this weekend (through Sunday). Here's an interview we did on These Days with playwright David Henry Hwang, artistic director Seema Sueko, and actors Greg Watanabe and Brian Bielwaski.

Cygnet Theater's ambitious "Norman Conquests," featuring three comic-dramas by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn runs through November 7th. When the trilogy first opened, we did a These Days interview with director Sean Murray and actors Jo Anne Glover and Albert Dayan (who plays Norman).

Lamb's Players has extended their run of the 80s nostalgia trip "miXtape" through November 21st. I did an audio postcard on the musical featuring some music (and wardrobe choices...yikes!) that will take you back.

The Old Globe's Neil Simon double billing ("Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound") closes on November 7th. Here's our These Days interview with director Scott Schwartz, son of Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," "Godspell").

New Village Arts' Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" also closes this weekend. Local theater vets Sandra Ellis-Troy and Manny Fernandez star. It's been getting good reviews. The North County Times says the company's first musical is "smooth, well-cast and smartly staged in the intimate Carlsbad theater."

On stage through November 7th is North Coast Rep's "Gee's Bend," written by By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and directed by Yvette Freeman (from TV's ER!). It's about Sadie Pettway and the women in her quilting circle in a small Alabama town.

Now for what's opening...

The coming-of-age comedy "Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins" at Diversionary looks like a lot of fun. It opens on October 28th.

I'm very excited about the La Jolla Playhouse opening of "Ruined" written by Lynn Nottage and set in a canteen in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It opens on November 16th.

All the holiday productions will hit stages in mid-November so stay tuned...

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