Many Christmas stories look fondly at the past and New Village Arts Theatre’s production of The 1940’s Radio Hour is no exception. Former Carlsbad resident Walton Jones’ 1979 script to the Broadway play with music pays homage to tunes and entertainment from the first half of the 20th century.

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Is “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” the antidote to the banal jukebox musical? Check out ion theatre’s new production of Lanie Robertson’s 1986 two-person play about jazz great Billie Holiday and make up your own mind . . .

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