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THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WEEK OF FEB 28TH

Elite Entertainment Presents CAROL BURNETT An Evening of Laughter and Reflection June 3 & 4, 2016 SHN Orpheum TheatreACCESS FOR MEMBERS AVAILABLE NOW

 

 

– CAROL BURNETT: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection comes to the SHN Orpheum Theatre for two performances, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at 8pm.

 

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 26 at 10am. SHN Members may purchase tickets beginning today by calling 888-746-1799.

 

Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. But it is Ms. Burnett’s artistic brilliance, her respect and appreciation of her fans, and her graciousness, integrity, warmth, and humor on and off screen that have made her one of the most beloved performers in entertainment and one of the most admired women in America.

 

 

 

During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience, in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”

 

 

 

As a highly acclaimed actress, Ms. Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, and the Peabody. A Kennedy Center Honoree, she has also been honored with the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Carol Burnett was honored with the 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award on January 30, 2016.

 

Ticket Information:

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 26 at 10am by calling 888-746-1799 or shnsf.com. Tickets range from $85-$220. Prices subject to change.. For more information, please visit shnsf.com.

Performance Dates: Friday & Saturday – June 3 & 4, 2016 at 8pm

 

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BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE EXTENDS AUBERGINE

Eight Performances Added – Now Playing Through March 27

 

– Due to an overwhelming positive response from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Rep has announced the new play, Aubergine, will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on March 20, the critically acclaimed play will run through March 27.

Starting today, tickets for the added eight performances can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org, and starting Tuesday at noon, by phone at (510) 647-2949.

 

Aubergine, is the story of an estranged son, his ill father, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country. These characters proved potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can.

The cast for Aubergine includes Safiya Fredericks (Diane), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Lucien), Tim Kang (Ray), Jennifer Lim (Cornelia), Jennifer McGeorge (Hospital Worker), Sab Shimono (Ray’s father) and Joseph Yang (Ray’s uncle).

 

 

 

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic designer), Linda Cho (costume designer), Jiyoun Chang (lighting designer), Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (composition/sound design), Aaron Rhyne (projection designer), Madeleine Oldham (dramaturg), Leslie M. Radin (stage manager), and Amy Potozkin (casting).

 

 

 

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Patti LuPone Joins San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for Spring Fundraising Event at Home of Ann & Gordon Getty Evening raises much-needed funds for outreach, youth engagement and touringSFGMC presenting composer Jake Heggie with 2016 Champion Award

 

 

– Today, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, announced its spring fundraising event at the home of Ann & Gordon Getty in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, and honoring composer Jake Heggie with a Champion Award.

 

The evening is presented by the Bob Ross Foundation, Terrance Chan and Edward Sell and Putnam Automotive Group, and includes a cocktail reception, followed by an intimate salon performance by Broadway superstar Patti LuPone and a select ensemble of SFGMC singers.

 

“Entering the iconic Getty House is a thrill all by itself,” writes Dr. Timothy Seelig. “It is a veritable art museum perched high above the gorgeous bay. Entering the exquisite music salon for an intimate concert with Patti LuPone raises that experience to a level few will experience in their lives. And all of this to support the amazing outreach programs that are central to SFGMC’s mission – it’s truly amazing.

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Palo Alto Players celebrates 85 years Inaugural Gala on Saturday, April 9

 

– Palo Alto Players, the first theatre company on the Peninsula, will hold its first annual benefit to celebrate the company’s 85th Anniversary, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The inaugural gala, entitled “Players Through the Decades,” celebrates the company’s 85-year history through story and special performances, and honors the leading players that have contributed to the growth of Palo Alto Players over the last eight decades. All proceeds from the event will be used to further the company’s mission of providing high quality, performing arts programming to the community. Tickets (starting at $85) can be purchased online at paplayers.org or by calling 650.329.0891.

 

 

 

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a private reception for VIP ticket holders and underwriters. At 6:30 pm the doors open for guests to enjoy dinner and drinks, followed by entertainment from Palo Alto Players’ favorite actors highlighting scenes and songs from past seasons, and an exciting live and silent auction, featuring an array of one-of-a-kind experiences like a walk-on-role in an upcoming production, getaways, and specialty packages. The event will also honor former Artistic Director Peter M. Bliznick, retired Patron Services Manager Susan Ron, and Philanthropist Margot H. Driscoll. Each will receive the Leading Player award to recognize their indelible impact on Palo Alto Players and the theatre community.

 

 

 

“Whether you have been an actor, subscriber, or occasional audience member, if Palo Alto Players has touched your life, I hope you will reunite with us on April 9.” says Board President, Eugenie Watson. “This gala is our opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to the City of Palo Alto, our supporters, the artists and the staff that have made it possible for Palo Alto Players to produce great theater season and after season for this community.”

 

 

 

Tickets are $85 (regular seating) and $185 (VIP seating) each and include the performance, gourmet dining and drinks. Tables are also available starting at $1,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $1,500. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact Development Director Elizabeth Santana, at (650) 363-8582 or esantana@paplayers.org. All net proceeds support Palo Alto Player’s five mainstage productions and community outreach programs.

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of February 24, 2016

– Each week, hundreds of adjudicators attend and evaluate eligible productions from all over the Bay Area on behalf of the TBA Awards. Based on the overall production scores from their peers, Theatre Bay Area issues a weekly list of productions that have reached the required threshold of scoring to be deemed “TBA Awards Recommended.”

 

This week, four new productions are recommended through the TBA Awards process, which involves more than 250 industry volunteers attending shows and logging scores within 48 hours of viewing the performances.

 

New productions receiving TBA Awards Recommended status this week:

 

Aubergine / Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2324

 

Valley of the Heart / San Jose Stage Company / San Jose

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1993

REVIEW IS UP ON TALKINBROADWAY SILCON VALLEY REGIONAL

 

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical / Brava Theater Center / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2371

 

She Loves Me / Foothill Music Theatre / Los Altos Hills

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1791

REVIEW IS UP ON TALKINBROADWAY. SILCON VALLEY REGIONAL

 

Previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:

 

Born Yesterday / Center Repertory Company / Walnut Creek

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2683

 

Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) / Ubuntu Theater Project / Oakland

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2700

 

The Nether / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1604

 

 

Information about the TBA Awards program can be found at www.theatrebayarea.org/?page=Awards.

REVIEW IS UP ON TALKINBROADWAY. SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

 

For discounts on Bay Area shows (including TBA Awards Recommended productions), sign up for the “Theatregoer,” www.theatrebayarea.org/default.asp?page=TheatreGoer, Theatre Bay Area’s weekly email newsletter, with discounted tickets, show recommendations and more.

 

 

 

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