It's a new year and local theater companies — professional, community and collegiate — are waiting in the wings with a varied selection of stage productions, most of which will be unfamiliar to their audiences.
Getting things off and running next weekend will be South Coast Repertory with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan-Lori Parks. This acclaimed comedic drama centers on two black brothers — ironically named Lincoln and Booth — con men who live by their wits. Previews start Sunday, and the show opens Jan. 13 and plays through Jan. 29.
It's been more than three decades since "Cats" charmed Broadway audiences and became its second-longest-running show in history. It's made several visits to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and will return Jan. 17 for an abbreviated engagement through Jan. 22.