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Theater Review: “Dancing Lessons”

“Dancing Lessons” runs through February 24, 2019, at Scripps Ranch Theatre.

In Mark St. Germain’s funny and tender “Dancing Lessons,” Broadway dancer Senga (Michelle Marie Trester) sits moping on the couch of her Manhattan apartment. She is recovering from a knee injury that may be career-ending and is afraid that if she is seen in a knee brace by anyone in the dance community, she will never dance again.

Theater Review: “Crazy For You"

“Crazy For You” plays through March 3, 2019, the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Avenue, downtown.

If you’re looking for songs to use as the basis of a musical comedy, Gershwin is always a winner.

Theater Review: “Herland”

“Herland” plays through February 17, 2019 at Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd.

Let’s face it, getting old is a bitch. And the thought of what comes after that – the move to a “place” for old people -- is even more repulsive to many.

Theater Review: “A Jewel in the Crown City”

“A Jewel in the Crown City” plays through February 24, 2019, at Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado.

It looks like a party onstage – and it is. Lamb’s Players Theatre celebrates 25 years in Coronado with a tasty smorgasbord of famous hits from past shows in “A Jewel in the Crown City.” The party continues (and has been extended) through Feb. 24 at the theater.

Theater Review: “Moon Over Buffalo”

“Moon Over Buffalo” plays through February 10, 2019, at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach.

Ah, theater. Where else can you get paid to pretend you’re somebody else and maybe even get famous for it?

Theater Review: “Culture Clash (Still) in America”

“Culture Clash (Still) in America” plays through January 20, 2019 at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

How time flies.

Remember that wild and crazy Culture Clash trio (Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza), that delights in delving into touchy topics like immigration with pointed but funny sketches based on interviews with people in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Boston and the nation’s capital?

Theater Review: “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” plays through December 16, 2018 at San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown.

Fifteen years ago, unhappy housewife Nora Helmers, fed up with her restricted life as mom of three and wife of distracted husband Torvald, stormed out of the house and slammed the door.

Theater Review: “Miracle on 34th Street”

“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” runs through December 23, 2018 at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter.

Well, Doris (Katie Banville) doesn’t, for one. She is a very efficient, no-nonsense events chair at Macy’s who not only doesn’t believe in Santa, she has even disabused her young daughter Susie (Isabella Pruter) of such foolish notions

Theater Review: “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”

Performances are Thursday at 7:30 pm., Friday at 8 pm;  Saturday at 3 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

It’s dangerous business, having the chutzpah to take a beloved Jane Austen novel and imagine what happened after that.

Fortunately, that didn’t stop playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, who imagine “Pride and Prejudice” characters a few years later in their clever and engaging “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” which plays through Dec. 23 at New Village Arts.