San Diego Repertory Theatre is giving “In the Time of the Butterflies,” the story of four sisters’ valiant fight against Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo’s bloody regime, its English-language world premiere through Jan. 26. Curiously, the entry is missing a lot about its flesh-and-blood antagonist — but a highly developed culture of ensemble carries the performances in this commendable piece about a brutal reign the West can’t afford to forget.
Fans of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous dark stories such as Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions should be warned that the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love). under the assured direction of Andrew Barnicle, is a light and optimistic play about love, adapted from three short tales by the acclaimed author.
Pro basketball hall of famer Bill Walton may have been the tallest man at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center – Copley Symphony Hall on Saturday night, but he was not the biggest. Instead, it was legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman who was the evening’s star attraction, dazzling concertgoers young and old, short and (very) tall with the first of two masterful weekend performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61.
Friday’s performance (Jan. 10) by tenor Aaron Sheehan and Musica Pacifica for the San Diego Early Music Society made a winning case for Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s distinctly French Baroque style, complementing this repertory with more familiar pieces by J.S. Bach, G.P. Telemann, and G.F. Handel.
Forget about cute little mice in the battle scene. In “A Culture Shock Nutcracker,” the rodents are rats in slashed tights, creeping in low like a street gang, wonderfully nasty. This hip hop take on “The Nutcracker” ballet gets a lot right its first time out; but there’s room for some redos the next time around.