The world has enjoyed author Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” since its original publication in 1831 — so much so that the story has commanded lots of attention amid technical advancement. Moonlight Stage Productions is giving the live show, based on Disney’s 1996 animation, a go — and the result is a cautionary tale about the theater’s errant place in matters that probably shouldn’t concern it.

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Many of the productions at the UCSD Theatre & Dance: 2016 Wagner New Play Festival tackle serious subject matter, including extremism, numerous one-night stands and horrific imagery on the Internet. Like the other selections, the comic drama, How to Use a Knife brings up heavy issues.

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Sunday (October 19) at La Mesa’s St. Martin of Tours Church, the recently formed choral group Folklore shared a program with Joseph Martin Waters’ avant-garde ensemble Swarmius, evidence of a new collaborative spirit among San Diego music ensembles and organizations. . .

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