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SAN DIEGO ARTS : Theater

November 11, 1987|NANCY CHURNIN | A new weekly column about people and events in the arts community, compiled by The Times' arts writers in San Diego

Not to be left out, even the Old Globe Theatre is getting a revue of its own. Of course, it's not exactly new. It will be a reworked version of "Suds," the original home-grown San Diego musical by Melinda Gilb (now in "Six Women"), Steve Gunderson and Bryan Scott that premiered (they're now saying "workshopped") Sept. 22--Oct. 11 in the very same Lyceum Space where "Six Women" is now playing.

"Suds," a fanciful look at the pre-hippie '60s, will play at the Old Globe Theatre from March 31-May 8, replacing Neil Simon's indefinitely postponed "A Foggy Day" as one of the last two offerings of the winter season.

Moving "Suds" to the Old Globe is "a fantasy dream come true," according to Scott, who describes himself and the bulk of the people on the project as "Globe babies" who received much of their early training in various capacities at the Old Globe. Jack O'Brien and Tom Hall liked what they saw at the Rep, but are promising changes (look for them largely in the second act). Scott is now in New York trying to extend the dream. He's scouting out New York theaters for a post-Globe run.

The last play of the Old Globe's winter season is also a previously workshopped (in San Francisco) world premiere. "Tea," by Velina Hasu Houston of Santa Monica, came in cold as a part of the theater's play development program. It tells the story of five Japanese war brides, each married to very different husbands, spending an afternoon together in a small Kansas town. It will play at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage from March 26--May 8.

"Tea" is the third world premiere in the six plays scheduled for the Globe's winter season. "The Boiler Room," a world premiere by new playwright Reuben Gonzalez, will open the season Dec. 5 at the Cassius Carter. "The Voice of the Prairie," by John Olive, will be a West Coast premiere opening Jan. 30 also at the Carter, and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," by August Wilson, will be a California premiere on the main stage. The one oldie in the group, Philip Barry's "Holiday," will open Dec. 10 on the main stage.

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