City Ballet of San Diego opened its “Balanchine and More” with “Who Cares?,” George Balanchine’s 1970 ballet set to nine Gershwin tunes. Lighthearted and flirty, the piece was a delicious kickoff for a program demonstrating the extraordinary care that has made City Ballet a stellar company whose dancers gobble up challenging repertory … and do it to a live orchestra.

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Among the bright celebrations of theatrical holidays spectaculars there is a darker sub-genre of plays about families bashing each other yet somehow surviving to fight again next year. The Rep currently has one of these.

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