Performing Arts Portal

By Marc Emmelmann

The performing arts industry in San Diego has much to offer in the way of entertainment. From neighborhood to neighborhood, stages are providing indubitable amounts of value to life as we know it. If you haven’t checked out the sprawling scene, I can recommend some places to start.  UCSD, SDSU, Grossmont College, City College, and other higher learning institutions often have rising stars and modern pieces for you to partake in.  Ion Theatre Company and Diversionary Theatre are some uptown theatre companies to take note of while the San Diego Repertory Theatre and 10th Avenue Theatre are downtown hot spots.

ROAR Theatre is an improv comedy group that has performed for 3 years at Twiggs in University Heights, and they just announced their new space on 5th Ave in Bankers Hill.  This is not for the faint of heart, it gets pretty zestful with the ROAR crowd, and by zestful, I might mean risqué, inappropriate, and un-pc. All in all, it’s the bee’s knees every Friday night starting mid-January at their NEW space.  Check out their Facebook page for 2-for-1 admission details, and congrats to Travis Doeringer and Holly Mann for making ROAR Theatre a consistent strain of entertainment for 3 years and counting!

Triad Productions is presenting The Maiden’s Prayer at the Diversionary Theatre from December 31st thru January 23rd. This show is a dark comedy about being in love.  Triad Productions likes to present new works that are geared to reach a new generation of theatre-goers.  The Maiden’s Prayer should be hilarious and heartbreaking, romantic and tragic. Artistic Director Adam Parker directs the San Diego premier. Tickets are available at

Also on stage at the Diversionary Theatre is The PGK Project presenting Dance Theatre from January 27th thru the 29th. Dance Theatre is inspired by past Diversionary productions.  This one starts with music from the recent gay opera premiere of Sextet. Guys, win points by taking your girlfriends here! Gay guys, win points by taking your boyfriends here! Tickets are available at

Broadway San Diego presents Next to Normal in downtown San Diego at the Balboa Theatre from January 18th thru the 23rd. Rolling Stones said, “it will pin you to your feet,” but you be the judge!  Arts Tix might have ½ price tickets, but you have to be a member of the e-club to find out! Join the Arts Tix e-club for these promotions and more at!
Also at the Balboa Theatre on January 15th, is none other than comedienne Joan Rivers! Sadly, Arts Tix can’t help you with these tickets. Lastly, I’d like to mention the impeding Vagina Monologue season that is coming! VM raises money every February for women’s anti-violence groups.  More on that later!

bringing you that fire! stay tune for more posts.

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