Melanie Griffith

On Theater: Lots of new shows are coming up in the new year

On Theater: Lots of new shows are coming up in the new year

With 2018 now upon us, our theater companies are putting the finishing touches on their leadoff productions for the new year — and surprisingly, quite a few will be displayed for local audience consumption for the first time.

Leading off the parade, opening next weekend, will be the stage version of an Oscar-winning movie, “Shakespeare in Love,” at South Coast Repertory and staged by SCR artistic director Marc Masterson. It’ll occupy the Segerstrom Stage through Feb. 10.

Another newcomer, “I Am My Own Wife,” arrives at the Laguna Playhouse the same weekend, running through Jan. 28. It’s the true story of a German transvestite who survived both the Nazi onslaught and the East...

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