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The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue at the La Jolla Playhouse

News | 12th Dec 2014


Following the enormously-successful run last summer of The Second City’s original San Diego-centric show, The Good, the Bad and the I-5, the Playhouse is excited to present The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue this season. This hilarious new holiday production captures all the magic, mystery and mayhem of the season with original songs, sketches and improv. The perfect antidote to the annual office party, The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will make a fantastic addition to your list of holiday traditions.

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called “A Comedy Empire” by The New York Times. Whether it’s ripped from the morning headlines or a classic gem from their 50 year archives, The Second City is always a laugh out loud hit.

The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides. It contains a rehearsal hall, two courtyards and an outdoor “lobby.” Built with sleek industrial materials and intersecting geometric shapes, it has a long free-standing entry wall with massive reflective smoky-glass panes that generate the illusion of being both within and outside of the partition. Created with the potential for future expansion, the Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides. It contains a rehearsal hall, two courtyards and an outdoor “lobby.” June 23, 1991 marked the building’s unveiling, with the premiere of Des McAnuff’s production of Lee Blessing’s Fortinbras, a comedic spin on one of the minor characters in Hamlet. The theatre, according to Predock, has “to do with magic, to surrendering to an event. They [patrons] see their collective and individual reflection there, as a sort of preparation for the profound change that may await them inside.”

La Jolla Playhouse advances theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. With our youthful spirit and eclectic, artist-driven approach we will continue to cultivate a local and national following with an insatiable appetite for audacious and diverse work. In the future, San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse will be considered singularly indispensable to the worldwide theatre landscape as we become a permanent safe harbor for the unsafe and surprising. The day will come when it will be essential to enter the La Jolla Playhouse village in order to get a glimpse of what is about to happen in American theatre.

Click here for more information about the show. Click here to purchase tickets.

The show is running through December 21. Please note that the show contains strong language and adult situations, and may not be appropriate for certain ages. Ticket prices start at $15. The La Jolla Playhouse is located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in La Jolla.


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