On Stage Briefs

The Old Globe announces new season

The Old Globe’s 2009 summer season will premiere “The First Wives Club: A New Musical” July 15 through Aug. 16 in the Old Globe Theatre. Charles Ludlam’s gothic play, “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” will run Aug. 1 through Sept. 6 in the Arena Theatre at the San Diego Museum of Art’s James S. Copley Auditorium. Two Shakespeare works - “Twelfth Night” and “Henry VIII - along with Edmond Rostand’s classic “Cyrano de Bergerac” will be performed in nightly rotation June 13 through Sept. 27 in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. More information: (619) 23-GLOBE,


California Ballet comes to Balboa Theatre

The California Ballet will present a Halloween program, “Dances With the Dead,” that promises to be sophisticated and spooky. The program will include choreography from the full-length ballet “Dracula,” the re-staging of “Miraculous Mandarin” and a new ballet called “Pirates and Skeletons.” Performances: 8 p.m. Oct. 24, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Admission: $25-80. More information: (858) 560-5676,