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WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING AND CLOSING IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY THEATRES—WEEK OF DECEMBER 20TH

 

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“The Secret of Life” is a world premiere play by Bruce Coughran, a production of <i>Indra’s Net Theater.</i>WHEN: Show opens to public: Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 5pm (pay-what-you-can preview); Wed., Dec. 23, at 8pm (pay-what-you-can preview); and Sat., Dec. 26, at 8pm (pay-what-youcan preview) Opening Night & Gala: Sunday, Dec. 27, at 5pm Runs: Tues., Dec. 29, Wed., Dec. 30 and Sat., Jan 2, 2016, at 8pm and Sun., Jan. 3 at 5pm Thurs., Jan. 7 at 8pm; Fri., Jan. 8 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 9 at 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 10 at 5pm Thurs., Jan. 14 at 8pm; Fri., Jan. 15 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 16 at 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 17 at 5pm TICKETS $28 General Seating and $23 Seniors & Students To buy tickets online go to our website www.Indrasnettheater.com Or call (415) 613-9210 WHERE: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

 

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REVIEWS ARE UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY.COM

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“GENTLEMAN’S  GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER”   :WINNER! 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICALGetting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL—A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER!Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL,” GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.The Hollywood Reporter raves, “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE RESTORES OUR FAITH IN MUSICAL COMEDY” and The New York Times cheers, “IT WILL LIFT THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO’VE BEEN PINING FOR WHAT SOMETIMES SEEMS A LOST ART FORM.”  It plays at the Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor Street, San Francisco. For tickets to go www.shnsf.org/box office. IT PLAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 27TH   TO LINK THE REVIEW  GO TO  http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1519.html

 

 

<i>Avenue Q</i> Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx       Directed by Dennis Lickteig Musical Direction by Ben Prince Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus Choreography by Rory DavisRe-created by Stephanie Temple Starring Erin Ashe, Teresa Attridge, Will Giammona, Sam Jackson, Christopher Morrell, Pam Sevilla, and Gary Walker Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao LoCostume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Christian Mejia Technical Direction by Devin Kasper Puppet Design by Travis Howse WHAT: Avenue Q Returns to NCTC WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center  Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @Market, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: It runs thru– January 17, 2016  Wednesday – Sat at 8pm  Sundays at 2pm COST: $30-$50  RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AVENUE Q: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7pm. COST: $50, includes complimentary champagne toast TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org Special Engagements: Onstage Insight..……………………….……….12/20 Low-Cost   REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL ARCHIEVES IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 17TH

 

 

 

The new musical theatre company “Bay Area Musicals presents for its first production HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING  runs through December 19th  Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert Directed by Matthew McCoy Musically Directed by Jon Gallo Choreographed by Aejay Mitchell A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.  It plays at the Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco for tickets go to www.bamsf.org/boxoffice.   IT PLAYS THRUGH DECEMBER 19TH  Review to  link   http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1520.html

 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015/2016 season with the return of Jane Austen’s Emma for a limited engagement just in time for the holidays. This effervescent musical brings a 19th century masterpiece to joyous life on stage and features a glorious score by Paul Gordon, the Tony Award-nominated composer of Jane Eyre, and Daddy Long Legs. Audiences are invited to celebrate with Emma this year, as December marks the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Jane Austen’s novel. Emma will be directed by Robert Kelley with Lianne Marie Dobbs (Emma) and Timothy Gulan (Mr. Knightly) returning to reprise the roles they originated. WHEN: Previews: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – Press Opening: December 5, 2015 Closes: Saturday, January 2, 2016  SHOWS:  Previews: 8:00 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 7:30 PM Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00 PM Saturdays: 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM Sundays: 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM *No shows December 24th & 25th SPECIAL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: It runs thru December – 27 Monday: No performance Tuesday: 7:30PM Wednesday: 2:00PM; 7:30PM Thursday: No performance Friday: No performance Saturday: 2:00PM; 8:00PM Sunday: 2:00PM; 7:00PM December 28 – January 2 Monday: No performance Tuesday: 7:30pm Wednesday: 7:30pm Thursday: 2:00pm Friday: No performance Saturday: 2:00PM; 8:00PM WHERE:               Lucie Stern Theatre 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301 TICKETS:               $19 (30 and under) – $80; savings available for educators, seniors, and patrons 30 and under. A $6 per ticket convenience fee will be assessed for online and telephone orders. Pricing subject to change. INFO:                  For information or to order tickets visit theatreworks.org or call (650) 463-1960  MY REVIEW IS UP ON TALKINBROADWAY ARCHIEVES WITH ALMOST THE SAME CAST.  THIS CLOSES ON JANUARY 2                   Also the current review       http://forallevents.info/reviews/a-captivating-production-of-paul-gordons-emma-the-musical/  Eddie Reynolds also reviewed the current production on his San Jose/Silicon Valley regional for talkinbroadway.  An my review of the original production is on talkibroadway achieves.

 

 

STAGE KISS “ Written by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Susi Damilano  through January 9th, 2016 Tue, Wed, Thu 7pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 3pm, 8pm | Sun 2pm Preview Performances:   no shows 11/26, 12/25, 1/1 Added shows: 11/25, 12/23 at 2pm; 12/27, 1/3 at 7pm. – San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with the Bay Area premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s valentine to the theatre<i>, Stage Kiss,</i> directed by Susi Damilano. The show will feature Allen Darby, Millie DeBenedet, Taylor Jones, Gabriel Marin*, Carrie Paff*, Mark Anderson Phillips*, and Michael Gene Sullivan*. <i>Stage Kiss </i>is a wry romantic comedy about two former lovers who find themselves starring in a play together. As they’re required to share the stage, and stage kisses, they have to navigate their feelings for one another, and the line between art and reality starts to blur.  Art imitates Life imitates Art. This frothy farce mixing stage drama and backstage lives is a semi-romantic comedy, tripping lightly through a playground of desire and sexual fantasy. Is this kiss for real? WHERE: 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS: For tickets ($20-$120) or more information, the public may contact The San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/stage-kiss/TICKETS:For tickets ($20-$120) or more information, the public may contact The San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/stage-kiss/ IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 9TH TO LINK THE REVIEW GO TO http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1515.html

 

 

**NEW OPENING NIGHT DATE FOR  ODYSSEO** THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION WILL NOW MAKE ITS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 19 “ #Odysseo “  The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia has announced it will arrive in San Francisco one week earlier than originally announced with its latest production “ Odysseo,” that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. With the addition of five performances to the show calendar, the 30 million dollar theatrical extravaganza will make its Bay Area debut under the White Big Top at AT&T Park  Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Matinee and evening performances for Odysseo are scheduled through December 13 and are now on sale online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.Following Cavalia, the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production which enjoyed extended sold-out engagements in San Francisco and San Jose, Odysseo transports spectators to a whole new level of beauty, grace, and magic this time featuring 75 magnificent horses and 45 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians. Odysseois a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the largest touring tent on Earth (the surface covered by the White Big Top is 68,000 square feet, equal to an NFL football field, the biggest stage (17,500 square feet), the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty.TICKETS – Tickets are priced from $44.50 to $154.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $229.50 to $264.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).  IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 20TH   TO LINK THE REVIEW http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1513.html

 

 

 

Aurora Theatre Company presents the Bay Area Premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist (Freedomland) Amy Freed’s THE MONSTER-BUILDER. A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside world-renowned mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures. His commanding celebrity and curious creative process both titillates and manipulates design professionals and patrons alike into submission. It is only after he casually, and cruelly, steals a career-making project that two fledgling architects dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game.Art Manke, who directed the World Premiere of THE MONSTER-BUILDER at Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre in 2014, makes his Aurora directing debut with this viciously funny comedy about which The Oregonian said, “Amy Freed certainly knows how to write a wonderfully wild and witty play… a penetrating thesis drama, a gothic melodrama, and a salient satire of artistic and intellectual elites all rolled into one.” Bay Area favorite Danny Scheie (The Mystery of Irma Vep) returns to the Aurora stage as Gregor Zubrowski in this examination of the cult of personality, the vacuousness of ambition, and the uncomfortable marriage of form and function in high art. DATES:     November , 17, 25; December 3  Closes: December 6 SHOWS:         Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm   (no performance on Thanksgiving; additional matinee Nov. 28) WHERE:        Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA TICKETS:      For subscriptions ($99-$305) and single tickets (Previews $35; Regular Performances $32-50; Limited Opening Night Seating $60) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35, student, and group discounts available IT CLOSES DECEMBER 20th

 

 

IN LOVE &WARCRAFT .  Madhuri Shekar’s award-winning romantic comedy about a gamer girl who confuses off- and on-screen realities. Directed by James Nelson. Evie Malone – college senior and confirmed virgin- has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It’s all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks.Well, that’s what she thinks… until she actually falls for a guy. In Real Life. And no amount of gaming expertise will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real, and incredibly cute boyfriend, who wants more from her than she’s willing to give.The production is directed by James Nelson.  Its cast includes stars Monica Ho (Crane, Don Quixote, Shiner) as Evie.  Monica is joined by Ed Berkeley (Raul), Laura Espino (Kitty), Amanda Farbstein (Woman), Sal Mattos (Man), and Drew Reitz (Ryan).  It runs thru  Runs – Dec. 12, Wed 7:30pm, Thurs-Fri 8:00 pm, Sat 8:00pm. Tickets $20-42. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St. (at Powell), San Francisco 94102.  (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 19th

 

FOODIES THE MUSICAL The Show for Everyone Who Eats, Written and Directed by Morris Bobrow playing an opening end run at the Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. (800-838-3006) REVIEW IS UP ON REGIONAL.

 

:  Spreckels Theatre Company presents  <i>: “Little Women -The Musical”</i>  Book by Allan Knee / Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein / Music by Jason Howland Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott Timeless lessons for modern life are the foundation of<i> “Little Women – The Musical,”</i> in this holiday theater presentation.Set in Concord, Massachusetts and New York City during the 1860s, this musical is an honest account of the classic, semi-autobiographical book written by Louisa May Alcott. The story charts the events, triumphs and changing lives of the March family sisters – aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy and kind-hearted Beth. The musical is blended with vignettes in which their lives unfold and recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo March writes in her attic studio. Featuring a chamber trio of piano, cello and violin and a cast of notable North Bay performers and emerging talents, this intimate stage presentation offers adventure, music and memorable characters with joyous holiday inspiration for all ages. Reservations recommended. Directed by Thomas Chapman Musical Director: Jim Coleman Choreographer: Michella Snider Costumer: Pamela Enz Set Design: Thomas Chapman and Phil Shaw WHEN: to Dec. 20, 2015 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except Saturday, Dec. 12) 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 2 p.m. Sundays TICKETS:  $16 to $26 $16 students; $22 youth; $24 seniors; $26 general.TICKETS ONLINE: http://www.rpcity.org/index.aspx?page=19&recordid=6354 Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Bette Condiotti Theatre 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 PHONE:   707-588-3400 For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime. WEBSITE:  www.spreckelsonline.com VIDEO:  https://animoto.com/play/Cio2b26wr5Ugj6gNpFMF4Q CAST:   Featuring Rebekah Pearson, Catt John, Madison Genovese, Kailey Hewitt, Tina Lloyd Meals, Karen Pinomaki, Tariq Malik, Tim Setzer, Sean O’Brien and Dwayne Stincelli. IT PLAY TO DECEMBER 20TH

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THE HYPOCRITES’ PIRATES OF PENZANCE      Book by W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur Sullivan Adapted and directed by Sean Graney Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits Music direction by Andra Velis Simon Choreography by Katie Spelman Featuring: Mario Aivazain (Pirate/Pirate King US), Delia Baseman (Daughter, Mabel/Ruth US), Matt Kahler (Major General/Samuel), Royen Kent (Pirate/Frederic US), Kristen Magee (Daughter), Shawn Pfaustch (Pirate King),  Becky Poole (Daughter), Christine Stulik (Ruth/Mabel), Zeke Sulkes (Frederick) Creative team: Tom Burch (scenic designer), Maria DeFabo (properties designer), Heather Gilbert (lighting designer), Kevin O’Donnell (sound designer), and Alison Siple (costume designer). WHAT:  Join the party in our new Osher Studio on Center Street with a delightfully immersive, lovingly loopy, and fantastically eccentric 80-minute take – think banjos, beach balls, and guitars – on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Chicago theatre rebels  WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street @ Arts Passage, Berkeley, CA 94704 WHEN: 77 PERFORMANCES:  It runs thru – Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 TIX & INFO: (510) 647-2949 – berkeleyrep.org Discounts: Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age; $10 discount for     students and seniors one hour before curtain; Groups of 10 or more, contact (510) 647-2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org   IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 20TH

 

 

AMERICAN CONSERVATOR THEATER  USHERS IN THE  HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ITS CELEBRATED  PRODUCTION  OF THE CHARLES DICKENS CLASSIC,  A”CHRISTMAS”CAROL Now in its 39th year,A”Christmas”Carol”will feature the return of  legendary  Bay  Area veteran actors James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge and  Ken  Ruta as  the  Ghost  of  Jacob  Marley.  A.C.T.’s Geary Theater December–27, 2015  Featuring!a!lively!cast!of!dozens,!delightful!music,!gorgeous!costumes,!and! those!deliciously!spooky!ghosts,!the!Bay!Area’s!favorite!holiday!tradition!returns!with American$Conservatory$ Theater’s celebrated!production!of!the Charles$Dickens classic A”Christmas”Carol.!Now!in!its!39th year,!this! version!of A”Christmas”Carol—adapted!by!Paul$Walsh and!Carey$Perloff—stays!true!to!the heart!of!Dickens’s! timeless!story!of!redemption!and!brings!a!playful!sensibility!to!his!rich!language December10 at 7 p.m. Tickets (ranging in$price from$$20–$105) are!available!by calling!the!A.C.T.!Box!Office! at 415.749.2228 or!online!at www.actEsf.org. Groups!of!15!or!more!save!up!to!50% and!enjoy free!tickets!for! group!leaders.!For!group!sales,!call!415.439.2309. Ticket”prices”subject”to”change”without”notice. Hailed!as!“the!best!  A REVIEW OF THIS PRODUCTION IS ON TALKINBROADWAY ARCHIEVES.  IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 27TH

 

 

CENTER REP PRESENTS THE HOLIDAY FAVORITE <i>A Christmas Carol</i> By Charles Dickens Adapted by Cynthia Caywood & Richard L. James Directed by Scott Denison Michael Ray Wisely* as Ebenezer Scrooge Also featuring: Catherine Bartomeo, Drake Bennett, Cameron Burrill,  Ryan Cowles, Max DeSantis, Jeffrey Draper, Ella Dunderdale, Edison Gould, Kathryn Fox Hart, Tyler Hennessy, Andrew Humann, Heather Kellogg, Jerry Lee*, Amanda Leigh, Scott Maraj, Michael McCarty, Alex Moore,  Thomas Moore, Marty Newton, Josselyn O’Neill, Jeanine Perasso, Grace Perry, Vince Perry, Ally Reardon, Barbara Reynolds, Joel Roster, Kathleen Salazar, Kerri Shawn, Sara Taylor, Molly Thornton, Larry Tom, Tiare Vasconcellos, Ginny Wehrmeister, Michael Wiles*, Keaton Wilkerson, Olivia Wisely, Wendy Wisely *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association DESCRIPTION: Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it’s no wonder the critics have called it “THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.” Join the thousands who make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions! WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek. DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO:Performances begin Thursday, December 10th at 8PM. Press opening is Saturday, December 12th at 7:30 PM. Closes Sunday, December 20th at 2:00PM. TICKET PRICE RANGE: $27 – $49 TICKET INFORMATION: For more information go to CenterREP.org or call 925.943.SHOW (7469).  You can also visit the LCA Ticket Office at 1601 Civic Drive or the Ticket Office Outlets at Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek and the Downtown Walnut Creek Library. A REVIEW OF THIS PRODUTION IS ON TALKINBROADWAY ARCIEVES.

 

 

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Luis Bravo’s <i>FOREVER TANGO</i>, playing at San Francisco’s newly remodeled Herbst Theatre .Starring Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin as seen on “Dancing with the Stars” – and featuring vocals by Marcela Rios – FOREVER TANGO features 12 world-class tango dancers and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra anchored by the bandoneón – the accordion-like instrument that is the mainstay of tango music – in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. Tickets for FOREVER TANGO range in price from $25 – $85. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a meet-and-greet with Trebunskaya and Chaplin (90 minutes after the performance), preferred seating and a FOREVER TANGO CD. All tickets can be purchased online at cityboxoffice.com, by phone at (415) 392-4400 or in person at the City Box Office [180 Redwood St. Ste. 100, San Francisco

 

<i>The Santaland Diaries</i> opens  It runs thru December  – 26 at 8 PM. Additional matinee shows  on December 19, and 20 at 3PM and on December 24 at 3PM (only)  at the Eureka Theatre located at 215 Jackson St., San Francisco. Tickets are $15-25 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/935875 and 800-838-3006 . No show on December 25.

 

 

 

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This holiday season, The Marsh San Francisco celebrates the return of the Bay Area’s beloved clown, Unique Derique, in his zany holiday extravaganza FOOL LA LA!  Featuring a whole new bag of tricks and side-splitting physical comedy, this all-ages show will leave audiences laughing and dancing into the New Year. WHEN:   Thruough  January 3  No shows Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 31, and Jan 1 WHERE:The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets) Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia. Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street TICKETS:     December 16 preview: $5 Regular performances: $15-35 Sliding Scale, $50 -$100 Reserved  INFO:            For tickets, please visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055

 

<i>The Mousetrap</i> Written by Agatha ChristieDirected by Patrick Dooley In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, Mollie and Giles Ralston open Monkswell Manor, a remote guesthouse. While they struggle to manage their first day of business, a policeman arrives to investigate a grisly murder. Comedy and chaos ensue, and then – MURDER! Who did it?  The mysterious Mr. Paravicini? The odd Miss Casewell? The nervous Christopher Wren? See if you can figure it out! When this mystery debuted in 1952, Christie hoped it would run at least eight months.  Little did she know it would become the longest-running show in history. Featuring Adam Magill as Detective Sargeant Trotter Nick Medina as Christopher Wren Mick Mize as Giles Ralston Trish Mulholland as Mrs. Boyle Karen Offereins as Miss Casewell Alex Rodriguez as Mr. Paravicini David Sinaiko as Major Metcalf Megan Trout as Mollie Ralston  It runs  through January 10.  Ticket prices range from Pay What You Can during previews to $15-$40 during the main run.=  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 10TH

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces due to popular demand, Lisa Rothman’s new solo show DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY will extend with performances through January 23. Ever since having a second baby, Lisa and Kevin have been fighting over sippy cups, fruit salad, and impenetrable origami instructions. Now Kevin is storming around the emergency pet clinic ranting about vet bills and wondering how a dog can possibly overdose on antibiotics. Lisa doesn’t know what to do – but does know this is the worst date night ever. Directed by David Ford, DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY was originally scheduled to run through December 5, but will now extend through January 23.  WHEN:                 Extended through January 23, 2016  SHOWS:               5:00pm Saturdays WHERE:               The Marsh Berkeley  2120 Allston Way, Berkeley TICKETS:               $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating     For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT BEEN EXTENED THRU JANUARY 23RD

 

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The new musical theatre company “Bay Area Musicals presents for its first production HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING  runs through December 19th  Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert Directed by Matthew McCoy Musically Directed by Jon Gallo Choreographed by Aejay Mitchell A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.  It plays at the Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco for tickets go to www.bamsf.org/boxoffice.   IT PLAYS THRUGH DECEMBER 19TH  Review to  link   http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1520.html

 

 

IN LOVE &WARCRAFT .  Madhuri Shekar’s award-winning romantic comedy about a gamer girl who confuses off- and on-screen realities. Directed by James Nelson. Evie Malone – college senior and confirmed virgin- has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in World of Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It’s all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks.Well, that’s what she thinks… until she actually falls for a guy. In Real Life. And no amount of gaming expertise will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real, and incredibly cute boyfriend, who wants more from her than she’s willing to give.The production is directed by James Nelson.  Its cast includes stars Monica Ho (Crane, Don Quixote, Shiner) as Evie.  Monica is joined by Ed Berkeley (Raul), Laura Espino (Kitty), Amanda Farbstein (Woman), Sal Mattos (Man), and Drew Reitz (Ryan).  It runs thru  Runs – Dec. 12, Wed 7:30pm, Thurs-Fri 8:00 pm, Sat 8:00pm. Tickets $20-42. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St. (at Powell), San Francisco 94102.  (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 19th

 

 

 

 

FaultLine Theater presents <i>DEAD DOG’S BONE.</i>about the production Juniper’s house is being sold, Dog is sick, and Oh! it’s Christmas time too. Nothing left to do but play poker with the Virgin Mary, bake bread with Atlas, and waitfor Mom to finally come home. Dead Dog’s Bonemerges memory and dream into a surreal dark comedy for the holidays. Written by Veronica Tjioe, and Directed by Emma Nicholls with original music, choreography,projection, and over a hundred handcrafted props, Dead Dog’s Boneis another daring newwork which audiences have come to expect from FaultLine Theater. Dead Dog’s Bone,won theDharma Grace Award in 2012 and The Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer’s Award in2015.Dead Dog’s Bone opens December 11th and closes December 19th, with shows Thursdaythrough Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Written by Veronica Tjioe.Performances are:December ­19th. Thursdays @7pm, Fridays @7pm, SaturdayDecember 12th @5pm & 7pm, and Saturday December 19th @5pm & 9pm.Performances will take place at PianoFight at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco.Tickets start at $20. For information or ticket purchases visit www.faultlinetheater.com heart-breaking and wholly unexpected ways. IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 19TH

 

PianoFight’s Chardonnay Presents “The Naughty List: A Very Chardonnay Best-of Show” WHEN: December 1 12, 17, 18, 19 at 8pm WHERE: PianoFight (144 Taylor at Eddy, San Francisco)TICKETS: Tickets are $20 General Admission or $30 VIP and can be purchased at www.pianofight.comFOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.pianofight.com or www.chardonnaycomedy.com

 

Lucky Penny Productions presents live and on stage; “<i>The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical”</i>. The show runs through December 19, 2015, at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208 in Napa.This companion piece to the first “Trailer Park” musical is set back at Armadillo Acres (North Florida’s premier mobile-living community), but this time it’s Christmas time and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin, and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park musical! It is just as much of a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’ good time as the original-—but with tinsel and Keg Nog.The show stars Staci Arriaga as Lin, Taylor Bartolucci as Darlene, Matt K. Miller* as Jackie, Katie Motter* as Pickles, Jane Scatena* as Betty, and Scottie Woodard as Rufus.  Music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso. Directed by Barry Martin. Musical Direction by Craig Burdette. *Appears courtesy Actor’s Equity AssociationTickets are available by calling 707-266-6305 or at www.luckypennynapa.com .   IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 19TH

 

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The Tabard Theatre Company at Theatre on San Pedro Square COME HOME TO TABARD FOR THE HOLIDAYS  The Tabard Theatre Company at Theatre on San Pedro Square continues its 2015-2106 season, themed “Coming Home,” with two holiday favorites: the World Premiere of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, A Live Radio Play, which runs through  December 18, 2015, and BIG BAND CHRISTMAS featuring NINETEEN Jazz Orchestra on December 19 and 20. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, A Live Radio Play will run December 4 through 18, at the intimate Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 North San Pedro Street, in downtown San Jose. The play will perform Friday evenings at 8:00pm; Saturday the 5th at 3:00pm; Saturday the 12th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; and Sundays at 2:00pm. There will be two Thursday night performances: December 10 and 17, at 8:00pm. BIG BAND CHRISTMAS featuring NINETEEN Jazz Orchestra performs Saturday, December 19th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and on December 20th at 3:00pm. Tickets are available at tabardtheatre.org, or by calling 408-679-2330. Cabaret Seating $40; Adults $32; Seniors $30; Students and Full-time Adult Students $15. Advance purchase is strongly recommended for both events. IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 20TH

 

<i>THE BIGGEST GIFT</i>  Saturday December 19, 2015 at 11:00am, 1:00pm, & 4:00pm Sunday December 20, 2015 at 11:00am, & 1:00pm Tickets are $14, available at 925-943-SHOW(7469), or via the web at www.leshercenter.org, or in person at the Lesher Center for the Arts Ticket Office located at 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or Ticket Office Outlet located in Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek   

 

<i>The 39 Steps</I Adapted by Patrick Barlow Based on novel by John Buchan From movie by Alfred Hitchcock Directed by Kenneth Kelleher SHOWS:      Opening:  Nov. 28 @ 8:00 pm  Run Dates:  TO – Dec. 20, 2015 Wednesday & Thursday @ 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 pm Sunday @ 2:00 pm WHERE:       San Jose Stage Company – 490 South First Street in the SoFA district of downtown San Jose, CA TICKETS:         Single tickets are ($30-$65) and 4-play season tickets are ($108 – $196), offering savings of up to 30% over single tickets, free exchanges, and many more benefits. Call the box office at 408.283.7142 or order online www.thestage.org. D          IT RUNS TO DECEMBER 20TH

 

 

Carole Shorenstein Hays invites you and your family (especially the little ones!) to attend a performance of Story Pirates’ Greatest Hits Show as part of “Curran: Under Construction,” the ground-breaking series of intimate and non-traditional programming.  The eight-performance limited engagement  and run through December 20 at the Curran (445 Geary St).   As recently announced, “Curran: Under Construction” kicks-off a new era for the historic theatre, which is undergoing a major renovation and will reopen as a full-sized venue in early 2017. Throughout “Curran: Under Construction,” audiences will enter through the Curran’s stage door alleyway and be seated on stage alongside the action. Story Pirates celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. The performance is based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience.  Story Pirates will bring some of its Greatest Hits from around the country to the Curran, and each show will include the world premiere of a different story written by a local elementary school kid in the audience.  In preparation for this program, the Curran has been working directly with San Francisco’s Sunnyside Elementary school to foster young playwrights, and their work, which will be presented on the Curran stage. The Curran welcomes children of all ages to Story Pirates’ Greatest Hits Show (suggested age 3+).  . Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. Elementary school to foster young playwrights, and their work, which will be presented on the Curran stage. The Curran welcomes children of all ages to Story Pirates’ Greatest Hits Show (suggested age 3+).  All tickets are $15-$20 and are available via Eventbrite by visiting SFCURRAN.COM.

 

<i>  Polar Bears </i> by David Templeton Directed by: Sheri Lee Miller Starring: David Templeton Dates:  December , 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 Times:  Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 5:00 PM  David Templeton tells a whopper of a true story in his lyrical new show. When a tragedy strikes his family at the beginning of the holiday season, he finds himself caring for his two small children, suddenly experiencing their first Christmas without mom. Amidst a confusing mixture of grief, funeral arrangements and a growing mountain of cookies—an overwhelmed and utterly unprepared David launches an elaborately detailed plot to keep the magic of Christmas alive for his kids which backfires in hilarious, heart-breaking and wholly unexpected ways.     Where: Main Stage West -104 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 Tickets: $15 to $27 Thursdays are “Pay What You Will” Reservations by telephone: 707- 823-0177 or Purchase Online at: www.mainstagewest.com  IT CLOSES DECEMBER 20TH

 

 

The Christmas Revels Presents A Venetian Masque: Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Renaissance Italy Ten Performances at the Scottish Rite Theater December 11 – 20 Oakland Revels Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Performances– Oakland’s beloved Christmas Revels ventures into Renaissance Venice this holiday season with A Venetian Masque. Performances run December -13 and 18-20 at the Scottish Rite Theater on Lake Merritt in Oakland.  Performance days and times are Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  Tickets are priced at $60, $45, $35 and $20.  All patrons under 25 and groups of 10+ are priced at $45, $30, $20, and $10.  For more information visit http://californiarevels.org/or call 510-452-9334. 2015 marks three decades of performances of the enduring, much-loved Christmas Revels in Oakland. This year’s show brings together high and low art with vibrant costuming, glittering masks and even a gondola race as audience and performers join together in an uproarious Revels celebration of the Solstice. It is 1620 in Venice, and the Doge’s palace is abuzz with preparations for the annual Solstice Festival and Masked Ball. It is to feature the finest of elegant Baroque music and courtly masque drama as well as guest performers invited from around the Mediterranean. Meanwhile. a threadbare troupe of Commedia dell’ arte players arrives in the Piazza San Marcos, hoping to find employment in the Festival. They are fleeing a less-than-successful European tour and are hoping for an upturn in their fortunes. The story continues as it follows the efforts of the Commedians to work their way into the formal proceedings using their wit and ingenuity, while the palace tries to fend them off. Add the sudden appearance of a group of castaway Morris Dancers, an audience participation Gondola race, choral music both sacred and secular, and a grandly danced masked ball, and there are all the makings of a traditionally exciting Christmas Revels. This madcap Commedia dell’ arte production is sure to delight audiences as this year and every year they “Welcome Yule!”  Featured performers in The Christmas Revels Presents A Venetian Masque: Robert Sicular as Doge of Venice/Dottore Jeff Raz as Commedia troupe Direttore/Pantalone Tristan Cunningham as Commedia troupe member/Columbina Slater Penny as Commedia troupe member/ArlecchinoJames Galileo as Tartaglia: 10 Performances Please note: Press night is Friday, December 11 at 8:00 PM.  Order tickets at californiarevels.org or call 510-452-9334. Parking for all 10 performances will be available at ALCO Park Garage, 1220 Jackson Street, Oakland (three blocks from the theater) at a flat rate of $5.

 

: 6th Street Playhouse presents  A CHRISTMAS CAROL live onstage WHEN: It runs to – December 20, 2015 WHERE: 6 th Street Playhouse, 52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa $$: $15 – $37 Acclaimed Actor and Playhouse Favorite Charles Siebert stars as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol on stage – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the famous holiday classic, is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his personal transformation from an embittered, miserly creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who each show him what life means one Christmas Eve. Our version this year, adapted by Michael Wilson brings a new and enchanting take on the tale we allknow and love. As artistic director Craig Miller shares, “What I love most about this rendition is its focuson the scarcity of time, and on the visitations to Scrooge of the past, present and future – teachingScrooge to embrace the joy of life in the time he has left. No time of year is better to embrace thismessage than Christmas – and I am excited to share our haunting, humorous and loving version of this great tale of a life-transformed with our entire community.” A Christmas Carol is directed by Craig Miller and runs November 20th through December 20th in the 6th Street Playhouse G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $37 and are available online or at the box office at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 523-4185 x1 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com for tickets and more information IT RUNS TO DECEMBER 20TH

 

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes – 2015 Dec. 3 – 20, 2015 – 12 perfs. Only – Limited Engagement! Thurs. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00 pm / Sun. at 7:00 pm  Opening night Benefit info: On Opening night of The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes 2015  – Thurs. 12/3/15 – 8:00 pm is a benefit for Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners.Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners Mission is simple: To provide a meal and friendship to those in need. For over 35 years, Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners, an all-volunteer organization, has fed the community of San Francisco on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They work hard to prepare a hot dinner in a welcoming environment. They serve the elderly, disabled, homeless, low income (to include HIV+), homeless families with children and those that do not have a family or a place to go. The dinners average 1000 people each holiday and take place at the First Unitarian Church at the corner of Franklin and Geary Streets. Everyone is welcome!  For each ticket sold for opening night Thurs. 12/3/14, a $5.00 donation will be made to Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners. http://www.tenderlointessie.com  There will be a different celebrity guest each night for the first week only. Dec. 3 – 5, 2015  Thurs. Dec. 3, 2015 – 8:00 pm     Donna Sachet – SF’s Drag Hostess supreme! Fri.      Dec. 4, 2015 – 8:00 pm       Fernando & Greg – Radio Hosts – Morning Show 99.7 Now Sat.     Dec. 5, 2015 – 8:00 pm      Sister Roma – “The Most Photographed Nun In The World” WHEN:           Dec. 3 – 20, 2015 –   12 perfs. Only – Limited Engagement! Thurs. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00 pm / Sun. at 7:00 pm Opens Thurs. Dec. 3 – 8:00 pm. Performance dates are:  Dec. , 5, 6,  / 10, 11, 12, 13  / 17, 18, 19, 20, 2015.  TIX:  Tickets are $25 – available at http://goldengirlschristmas.eventbrite.com/   IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 20TH

 

Hillbarn Theatre welcomes the holiday season with the Tony Award-winning musical, <i>Fiddler on the Roof</i> ▪ It runs thru  December –20, 2015 ▪  – Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula’s premier theatre company, welcomes the holiday season with the Tony Award-winning musical classic, <i>Fiddler on the Roof</i>. In the little village of Anatevka, we meet Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill in them traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The winner of eleven Tony Awards – including Best Musical – Fiddler on the Roof will run December 3 – December 20, 2015 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). Performances are Thursdays—Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees on December 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. . Single tickets range in price from $25 – $48 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.     Led by John-Elliott Kirk* as Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof features an ensemble cast of actors including Michelle Greenberg-Shannon*, Jessica Maxey, Rachel Share-Sapolsky, LeighAnn Cannon, Molly Zwiebach, Piper Sperske, Darlene Batchelder, Burton Thomas, Jon Toussaint, Bob Weisman, Lucie Sudmeier, Amnon Levy, Russell Mangan, Alan Hafter, Eli Melmon, Ron Lopez, Jr., Nicholas Garland, Kay (Kiki) Arnaudo, Joan Pugh Newman, Jon Schneider, Noah Boger, Jerry Aarons, Nicolette Aarons, Richard Ames, Doug Greer, Carolyn Kelso-Bell, Jennifer Martinelli, Gary Pugh Newman, Regina Quigley, and Daniel Solomon.IT RUNS THOUGH DECEMBER 20TH

:  Spreckels Theatre Company presents  <i>: “Little Women -The Musical”</i>  Book by Allan Knee / Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein / Music by Jason Howland Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott Timeless lessons for modern life are the foundation of<i> “Little Women – The Musical,”</i> in this holiday theater presentation.Set in Concord, Massachusetts and New York City during the 1860s, this musical is an honest account of the classic, semi-autobiographical book written by Louisa May Alcott. The story charts the events, triumphs and changing lives of the March family sisters – aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy and kind-hearted Beth. The musical is blended with vignettes in which their lives unfold and recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo March writes in her attic studio. Featuring a chamber trio of piano, cello and violin and a cast of notable North Bay performers and emerging talents, this intimate stage presentation offers adventure, music and memorable characters with joyous holiday inspiration for all ages. Reservations recommended. Directed by Thomas Chapman Musical Director: Jim Coleman Choreographer: Michella Snider Costumer: Pamela Enz Set Design: Thomas Chapman and Phil Shaw WHEN: to Dec. 20, 2015 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except Saturday, Dec. 12) 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 2 p.m. Sundays TICKETS:  $16 to $26 $16 students; $22 youth; $24 seniors; $26 general.TICKETS ONLINE: http://www.rpcity.org/index.aspx?page=19&recordid=6354 Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Bette Condiotti Theatre 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 PHONE:   707-588-3400 For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime. WEBSITE:  www.spreckelsonline.com VIDEO:  https://animoto.com/play/Cio2b26wr5Ugj6gNpFMF4Q CAST:   Featuring Rebekah Pearson, Catt John, Madison Genovese, Kailey Hewitt, Tina Lloyd Meals, Karen Pinomaki, Tariq Malik, Tim Setzer, Sean O’Brien and Dwayne Stincelli. IT PLAY TO DECEMBER 20TH

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THE HYPOCRITES’ PIRATES OF PENZANCE      Book by W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur Sullivan Adapted and directed by Sean Graney Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits Music direction by Andra Velis Simon Choreography by Katie Spelman Featuring: Mario Aivazain (Pirate/Pirate King US), Delia Baseman (Daughter, Mabel/Ruth US), Matt Kahler (Major General/Samuel), Royen Kent (Pirate/Frederic US), Kristen Magee (Daughter), Shawn Pfaustch (Pirate King),  Becky Poole (Daughter), Christine Stulik (Ruth/Mabel), Zeke Sulkes (Frederick) Creative team: Tom Burch (scenic designer), Maria DeFabo (properties designer), Heather Gilbert (lighting designer), Kevin O’Donnell (sound designer), and Alison Siple (costume designer). WHAT:  Join the party in our new Osher Studio on Center Street with a delightfully immersive, lovingly loopy, and fantastically eccentric 80-minute take – think banjos, beach balls, and guitars – on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Chicago theatre rebels  WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street @ Arts Passage, Berkeley, CA 94704 WHEN: 77 PERFORMANCES:  It runs thru – Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 TIX & INFO: (510) 647-2949 – berkeleyrep.org Discounts: Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age; $10 discount for     students and seniors one hour before curtain; Groups of 10 or more, contact (510) 647-2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org   IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 20TH

 

Contra Costa Civic Theatre  presents THE SECRET GARDEN Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman Music by Lucy SimonYoung orphaned Mary Lennox must leave the warmth and splendor of India to live on the dark, cold moors of Yorkshire with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son, Colin. Then Mary discovers the estate’s hidden garden, and everything changes. The “spirits” from her past help Mary lead Archie and Colin toward a life of healing, forgiveness, and renewal. Treat your family this holiday season to this beloved children’s classic, reimagined for the stage as an spellbinding musical with unforgettable characters and a soaring score. ARTISTIC STAFF Directed and Choreographed by Roger Welch Music Direction by Kevin Roland Set Design by Kuo-Hao Lo Costume Design by Lisa Danz Lighting Design by Hamilton Guillen Sound Design by Michael KellyProps Design by Devon LaBelle CAST Chloë Angst (Martha), Mary Coleston (Mrs. Medlock), Joy Craig (Ensemble), Ron Dritz (Ben Weatherstaff), Casey Ellis (Lily), Phil Hilton (Ensemble), Isaiah Johnson (Colin), Sarah La Due (Ensemble), Grace Lorenzana (Ensemble), Christina Martin (Rose), Maya Martinez-Krams (Mary Lennox), Josiah Minued (Ensemble), Paul Plain (Neville Craven), LaMont Ridgell (Archibald Craven), Jack Sale (Dickon), Garrick Sather (Ensemble), and Angelina Williams (Understudy for Mary Lennox) WHEN  It runs thru December 20 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm Post-show Q&A with the actors on December 6 and 13 WHERE 951 Pomona Ave (cross street Moeser) El Cerrito, CA 94530 TICKETS Adults: $29 in advance, $35 at the door Youth (age 16 and under): $15 in advance, $20 at the door Discounts for groright Half LifeI   IT RUNS THRU DECEMBER 20TH

 

Aurora Theatre Company presents the Bay Area Premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist (Freedomland) Amy Freed’s THE MONSTER-BUILDER. A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside world-renowned mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures. His commanding celebrity and curious creative process both titillates and manipulates design professionals and patrons alike into submission. It is only after he casually, and cruelly, steals a career-making project that two fledgling architects dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game.Art Manke, who directed the World Premiere of THE MONSTER-BUILDER at Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre in 2014, makes his Aurora directing debut with this viciously funny comedy about which The Oregonian said, “Amy Freed certainly knows how to write a wonderfully wild and witty play… a penetrating thesis drama, a gothic melodrama, and a salient satire of artistic and intellectual elites all rolled into one.” Bay Area favorite Danny Scheie (The Mystery of Irma Vep) returns to the Aurora stage as Gregor Zubrowski in this examination of the cult of personality, the vacuousness of ambition, and the uncomfortable marriage of form and function in high art. DATES:     November , 17, 25; December 3  Closes: December 6 SHOWS:         Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm   (no performance on Thanksgiving; additional matinee Nov. 28) WHERE:        Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA TICKETS:      For subscriptions ($99-$305) and single tickets (Previews $35; Regular Performances $32-50; Limited Opening Night Seating $60) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35, student, and group discounts available IT CLOSES DECEMBER 20th

 

CLOSES THURSDAY  DECEMBER 24

 

Word for Word presents the company’s final theatrical production of 2015, Word for Word’s Holiday High Jinx:  <i> Bums, Broads and Broadway:</i> Stories by Damon Runyon, Joseph Mitchell, and E.B. White run through  December 24, 2015  at Z Below in San Francisco’s Mission/SOMA district. These stories are by New York chroniclers known for their reflections on life in the New York of their time, with a range of New Yorkers from the common to the eccentric. Their stories give us the poetry of the city and its uncelebrated people living on the margins. Directed by Sheila Balter  At: Z Below, Z Space’s second venue, at 470 Florida St.. Performances; It  runs Tues-Sun; Tue-Th at 7, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 3 PLEASE NOTE: Final week: shows Tues 12/22 at 2 and 7, Wed 12/23 at 2 and 7, Thurs 12/24 at 2 Ticket prices: $35- $55, previews $20   Tickets: 866.811.4111 or at www.zspace.org   IT PLAYS THRU DECEMBER 24TH

CLOSES NEXT SATURDAY DECEMBER 26TH

 

<i>The Santaland Diaries</i> opens  It runs thru December  – 26 at 8 PM. Additional matinee shows  on December 19, and 20 at 3PM and on December 24 at 3PM (only)  at the Eureka Theatre located at 215 Jackson St., San Francisco. Tickets are $15-25 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/935875 and 800-838-3006 . No show on December 25.

 

 

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The Bay Area’s homegrown Sweet Can Productions presents an intimate theatrical circus experience for the holidays with the sixth edition of MITTENS AND MISTLETOE: A WINTER CIRCUS CABARET. This astonishing production, a charming, light-hearted, variety program suitable for all ages, features innovative clowning, spectacular circus feats, and holiday high jinks from some of the most talented Bay Area and international theatrical circus artists in an unforgettable program that will amaze, delight, and inspire the entire family. MITTENS AND MISTLETOE, directed by award-winning clown duo Coventry & Kaluza, features live music from New Orleans-based harpist Luke Brechtelsbauer, comedy performances, and performances on slack rope, aerial hoop, hula hoop, and juggling. Jasper Patterson (son of Howard Jay Patterson, one of the founders of the legendary Flying Karamazov Brothers) emcee’s this year’s holiday revelry. Additionally, for the first time ever, Sweet Can will host a late night performance of MITTENS AND MISTLETOE for adults on, Sweet Can presents this special holiday treat for 15 performances only. WHEN:  Through   December 27, 2015 WHERE:         Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (at Mission) SHOWS:  Tuesday, December 22, 2pm, 4pm Wednesday, December 23, 2pm Thursday, December 24, 2pm and 4pm Friday, December 25, 2pm Saturday, December 26, 2pm, 4pm, 10pm* (adults only performance) Sunday, December 27, 2pm, 4pm TICKETS:       For tickets ($18-65; discounts for children and seniors), the public may call 415-225-7281 or visit brownpapertickets.com; for more information visit sweetcanproductions.com or sweetcaninfo@gmail.com

 

“GENTLEMAN’S  GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER”   :WINNER! 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICALGetting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL—A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER!Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL,” GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.The Hollywood Reporter raves, “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE RESTORES OUR FAITH IN MUSICAL COMEDY” and The New York Times cheers, “IT WILL LIFT THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO’VE BEEN PINING FOR WHAT SOMETIMES SEEMS A LOST ART FORM.”  It plays at the Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor Street, San Francisco. For tickets to go www.shnsf.org/box office. IT PLAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 27TH   TO LINK THE REVIEW  GO TO  http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1519.html

 

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO CABARET OPENINGS

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO

 

 

 

Kim Nalley Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 3:00 PM PST (1:30 PM Doors)

 

Called “legendary” and a “San Francisco institution,” Kim Nalley returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with Gospel Christmas featuring special guests Sharon Scott, Zoe Ellis and more! Naley was discovered in San Francisco by San Franciso Symphony Conductor Michal Tilson Thomas and has earned an international reputation as one of world’s best jazz & blues vocalists performing around the world at festivals and in concert halls from  Moscow to New York City. She has released ten of her own CDs and appeared as a guest artist on four others. Besides music, Nalley is a true renaissance woman, having attained success as a published author, produced playwright, an accomplished stage actress, an avid lindy hop dancer as well as a former jazz club owner.  Kim is also a PhD candidate in the history department at UC Berkeley with plans to write her dissertation on the globalization of jazz and black cultural politics.  Her many philanthropic endeavors include founding the Kim Nalley black youth jazz scholarship.

 

David Hernandez

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 7:00 PM PST (5:30 PM Doors)

 

American Idol finalist, David Hernandez makes his Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut performing a selection of original songs and standards, as well as track from his holiday album, “This Christmas” in a show he calls Holiday Hangover.

In addition to “American Idol,” David has showcased his talents on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Today Show,” MTV’s “TRL,” “EXTRA,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “Teen Choice Awards,” and TV Guides’ “Sexiest Stars.”

A once-in-a-lifetime invitation came to David when he was asked to sing at an Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. He was honored to share the stage with Jamie Foxx, John Legend and Maroon 5, along with event hosts Jessica Alba and legendary TV producer, Norman Lear.

David has headlined shows in Las Vegas, Scottsdale AZ as well as Gay Pride celebrations around the country. He has also been seen onstage in Ballroom with a Twist, Motown Memories, Celebrate Motown and Idols at Christmas.

 

Michael Feinstein

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 7:30 PM PST (6:00 PM Doors)

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Purchase Tickets  Middle   $125.00

Join two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated Michael Feinstein as he rings in the New Year with two special performances on December 31 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Feinstein’s at the Nikko.  Considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards, Michael will perform a range of classics from the Great American songbook.

 

There is a $35 food and beverage minimum per person at this performance. Guests can choose from a variety of small plates and bento box dinner options on a special New Year’s Eve menu, as well as an array of craft cocktails, beer, wine, sake and soft drinks. Guests who purchase two tickets in the VIP Section will receive voucher for two tickets to a performance at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in 2016.

 

All guests during the 7:30 p.m. performance will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine as Michael celebrates the New Year with the Times Square revelers in New York City. All guests during the 10:30 p.m. performance will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at the stroke of midnight.

 

Michael Feinstein performs more than 200 shows annually at prestigious venues that have included Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.  More than a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular songbook and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007 he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative dedicated to celebrating and preserving the art form through the Annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition which awards prizes and scholarships to students across the country. He serves on the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board.

 

“Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook” PBS Series was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Television Broadcast Award and for his nationally syndicated public radio program “Song Travels” Feinstein interviews and performs alongside music luminaries such as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce and more.  Feinstein’s book “The Gershwins and Me” was published by Simon and Schuster in 2012 and he has released over 30 CDs.

 

Feinstein serves as the Artistic Director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN which is home to the Great American Arts Festival and a museum for his rare memorabilia and manuscripts. In 2010 he became the director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and most recently Feinstein replaced the late Marvin Hamlisch as the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.

 

 

There is a $20.00 per person minimum in the showroom and an 18% gratuity is added to all checksDoors open 90 minutes prior to the performance and seating is first come, first served within the section purchasedWhile our intention is to offer seating choices whenever possible, large and odd numbered parties may be asked to share tables or accept pre-selected seating by the Maître D’Feinstein’s is suitable for any mature person, however, parental guidance is recommended for some performances.Please consult www.feinsteinssf.com for more information on club policies.

 

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SOCIETY  CABARET  AT THE HOTEL REX.

 

Jingles with JETBLACQ

Saturday, December 19th at 8pm Rebecca Faiola with JETBLACQ Join Rebecca and friends, Kevin Singer, Ellen Robinson, Robert Moorhead, Frank Faiola, along with her band “JetBlacq” to ring in the holidays! Dress in your finest festive attire for jolly jingles at Society Cabaret!

 

 

Tickets available at Society Cabaret(No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling 415-857-1896.Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats.All seats assigned based on date of purchase.

 

Seasonal small plates and cocktails available for purchaseat your table. (No Minimums) (Doors open at 7pm)Enjoy the fine Hotel Rex food and drinks;maybe a Societini or two!

 

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