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THEATER REVIEW: “Scrooge In Rouge”

You say you’ve seen Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” 50 times and the idea of seeing it again doesn’t exactly make you tingle?

Relax, grab a ticket to Diversionary Theatre’s “Scrooge In Rouge” and prepare for a festive (if a tad raunchy) send-up of that Christmas favorite.

Here’s the setup: A London music hall in the Victorian era has lost 17 of its 20 players to food poisoning after last night’s cast party, so the remaining trio will have to get through the show (and its 23 roles) without them.

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THEATER REVIEW: “She-Rantulas From Outer Space – In 3D!”

Remember those good old days of drive-ins and horroramas, when a carful of teenagers would munch popcorn, drink Pepsi and hoot at the loony (but seldom scary) antics of Vincent Price in B movies with cheesy effects and costumes made from leftovers?

Diversionary Theatre names Matt Harding as head of patron services

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Harding joins the staff of Diversionary Theatre this week, leading Patron Services.

Harding brings to the theater much experience working in the community, working in sales and membership at GSDBA, and the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce. He has also worked in sales and catering management roles at Holiday Inn and Doubletree Hotels.

Patrons can contact Harding for all box office and season ticket issues.

Diversionary Theatre notes that the rest of the team is still at the theater working on the next two shows, and prepping for the new season.

John Alexander to step down as Diversionary Theatre's executive director

SAN DIEGO --John E. Alexander will step down from his post as executive director of Diversionary Theatre, effective Nov. 3.

Alexander will then continue as needed to consult with the board on the transition, finalize the nearly complete 2014 season, and assist with a long-range planning project currently under way.

Diversionary Theatre to present "She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3D"

SAN DIEGO -- The new comedy of horrors, "She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3D," conceived and written by local authors Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager, began production last week for its world premiere production at Diversionary Theatre. The shows first performance is Oct. 24 with and official opening Nov. 2.

The show is a send-up of the femme fatales and B-movie horror stories of the 1950s. When a horror-horde of monster-mutants invades Small Town U.S.A., one All-American Mother must face the truth about her little Suzie and destroy her evil Web of Terror.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Marry Me A Little” at the Diversionary

If your name is Stephen Sondheim, you can even sell your outtakes.

The proof: “Marry Me A Little,” the title of both a song cut from “Company” and a revue of 18 Sondheim songs that all suffered the same fate.

Diversionary Theatre's "Marry Me A Little" now playing

SAN DIEGO -- Diversionary Theatre's run of Stephen Sondheim's "Marry Me A Little" - a timely exploration of love, loneliness, marriage and relationships - begins tonight and runs through Sept. 29.

Using a treasure trove of songs originally written for "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Company" and other Sondheim favorites, the musical tells the story of two lonely young people who dream and ponder their lives in and out of love.

Miss Kitty's Wild West Revue opens Thursday at Diversionary Cabaret

SAN DIEGO -- Diversionary Cabaret presents a new musical spectacular, "Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue," for six performances Aug. 15-18.

It will be tawdry, two-steppin’ fun when the irascible Miss Kitty (Tony Houck) welcomes you to her Wild West saloon featuring scantily clad dancing boys, raunchy humor and a wild good time. It’s Golden Horseshoe Revue meets Best Little Whorehouse with a just a splash of Brokeback Mountain.

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THEATER REVIEW: Moxie’s “Freedom Of Speech” at the Diversionary

You know her voice (or rather, voices) even if you don’t know her name. She gave voice to most of the women of “South Park.” She was the wacked-out lab assistant Liza on “Beckman’s World” and the voice of Australian pelicans and a turtle or two in “Finding Nemo.”

Now Moxie Theatre brings us Eliza Jane Schneider live in “Freedom Of Speech,” a performance piece about the Americans she met on a 10-year odyssey driving a used ambulance through the United States, in search of opinions and interesting dialects to listen to. “Freedom Of Speech” plays through Aug. 11 at Diversionary Theatre.

Moxie presents Eliza Jane Schneider's "Freedom Of Speech" at Diversionary Theatre

SAN DIEGO –– World traveler. Many of the women on “South Park.” Hollywood's premier professional dialect expert and author. Rebecca Crane on “Assassin’s Creed.” Liza on “Beakman’s World.”