Between the Generations

Sexual politics and moral ambiguity take the stage

Power finally unites both Charity and Li'l Bit. Charity has the choice to either turn bitter and cold or continue to look for love; Li'l Bit has the choice to forgive Peck-and herself-or continue to live in shame as a victim. Both plays end on the upswing: Charity awakens in Central Park to a bunch of flower children reciting one word: "Love." Meanwhile, the grown-up Li'l Bit drives a dark country road, smiles, floors the accelerator, and roars off into a night bursting with stars. Where either life ends is unknowable, but it's obvious that both are doing the only thing any of us can do in a world of fractured hearts and failing dreams: keep believing and keep moving.

Sweet Charity at the Sledgehammer Theatre, 1620 6th Ave., San Diego, (619) 544-1484. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Nov. 29, 2 p.m. Through Nov. 29. $15-$18; students, $10;How I Learned to Drive at San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, (619) 231-3586. Tues., 7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Through Nov. 29. $21-$32.

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