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Kiss of the Spider Woman

thursday, sept. 14

Kiss of the Spider Woman

It revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies. Cellmates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed gay man serving eight years. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora (originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera) with Valentin. One of her roles is a spider woman who kills with a kiss.

Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr. in Escondido, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., tickets $51, 888-802-7469, welkresorts.com/san-diego/theatre/

Kountry Wayne

friday, sept. 15

Kountry Wayne

Wayne Colley, better known as “Kountry Wayne,” has consistently performed year-round, regularly selling out clubs and theaters across the country to a diverse, wide-reaching audience with his unique brand of high energy, faith based and clean content. Wayne still resides in South Georgia where he runs two successful businesses in addition to his presence online and on the road. With his humble roots and unbridled energy it’s clear Wayne will be making people laugh for years to come.

The American Comedy Company, 818B Sixth Ave. in San Diego, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., tickets $22, 619-795-3858, americancomedyco.com

Lola Demure

saturday, sept. 16

Lola Demure’s Burlesque & Variety Show

Originally from Los Angeles, Lola Demure comes from a long line of Vaudevillian performers and ballerinas. Demure has a new show at the San Diego House of Blues bringing the best in burlesque, circus and vaudevillian performances to the stage!

House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave in San Diego, 8 p.m., tickets from $25, 619-299-2583, houseofblues.com/sandiego


sunday, sept. 17


Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on Oct. 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play by the author of Another Time, The Dresser and Interpreters that premiered at the Albery Theatre, London.

PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, 13250 Poway Road in Poway, 2 p.m., tickets $22, 858-679-8085, powpac.org

The Wound

monday, sept. 18

The Wound

The Wound is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood.

Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park, check Web site for times, general admission $11, 619-230-1938, digitalgym.org

Benny & Joon | PHOTO: JIM COX

tuesday, sept. 19

Benny & Joon

A delightful world premiere musical based on the beloved offbeat ’90s romantic comedy movie. As Joon’s sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world – full of classic films, Buster Keaton, and an oddball approach to domestic life – turns everything upside down.

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, 7 p.m., tickets from $38, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org

Dallas Green

wednesday, sept. 20

City and Colour

City and Colour, aka world-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has traversed the globe on tour, collected scores of accolades and released numerous successful albums. Most recently, he released his acclaimed fifth studio record, If I Should Go Before You, which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr. in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets $39, 800-745-3000, humphreysconcerts.com

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