Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2016’

WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING & CLOSING IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY THEATRES week of June 5

 

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“The Invisible Hand” | Bay Area Premiere By Ayad Akhtar WHEN June 2 – June 26, 2016 PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 EVENINGS Tue – Sun 7:30pm  MATINEES Sun (Preview) June 5, 4:00pm Thu (Perspectives) June 16, 1:00pm Sat, June 11 & 25, 2:00pm Sun June 12, 19 & 26, 2:00pm WHERE Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941 ABOUT Ayad Akhtar, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Disgraced, spins a provocative drama about how fanatical devotion—whether it’s to the Koran or to the dollar—can lead to devastating consequences. TICKETS $10-$58  Group discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Discounts for seniors, teens, military families and Marin County teachers are available. Contact the Box Office for more details and to purchase, or visit us online at marintheatre.org  (415) 388-5208 |

 

 

ROSE IN AMERICA by Michelle Carter Cast includes: Charles Dean*, Nkechi Emeruwa, Dorian Lockett, AeJay Mitchell, John Patrick Moore* (* designates AEA members) WHEN & WHERE: San Francisco June 2nd-June 19th at A.C.T. Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco Thu. June 2nd at 8 pm (preview) Fri. June 3rd at 8 pm (preview) Sat. June 4 @ 8pm (preview) Thu. June 9 @ 8 pm (preview) Fri. June 10 @ 8pm (preview) Sat. June 11 @ 8pm (Press Opening) Sun. June 12 @ 5pm Thu. June 16 @ 8 pm Fri. June 17 @ 8pm Sat. June 18 @ 8 pm Sun. June 19 @ 5 pm San Rafael Plus two weeks following in San Rafael, at a storefront to be announced June 22nd – July 3rd TICKETS:   boxoffice@altertheater.org 415-454-2787 www.altertheater.org

 

A THEATRE NEAR U presents A Beautiful Glass. In response to the spate of recent teen suicides our community struggles to understand, A Beautiful Glass explores the problem from a youth perspective, as well as a cultural and historical one. Justin Capps now devotes every hour of his days searching for a “cure” to the suicide epidemic. In the process, he meets the quirky yet driven dreamer, Georgianna, and together they navigate towards hope. Poignant and funny, the play leaves audiences with a new respect for the modern teen and confidence for the future. WHEN: June 10 – June 25, 2015 WHERE: A Beautiful Glass performs at two venues: Magic Theatre at Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor, 2 Marina Blvd. (at Buchannan St.), San Francisco.  TICKETS: For information the public may email contact@ATheatreNearU.org or purchase online at http://abeautifulglass.bpt.me/ $15-$23SHOW DATES & TIMES at the Magic: Wed.-Fri., June 15-17, 8:00pm AND Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage Located at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets) in downtown Mountain View, California. TICKETS: Call 650-903-6000 or online at mvcpa.com$22 adults; $17 seniors/students (Ticket price includes a $2 Facility Use Fee)SHOW DATES & TIMES at MVCPA: Fri. June 10, 7:30pm followed by an opening night reception; Sat. June 11, 7:30pm; Sat. June 18, 7:30pm, Sun. June 19, 2pm; Thurs.-Sat., June 23-25, 7:30pm. PHOTOS: Downloadable high-res photos available here: http://atheatrenearu.org/home/category/stills/

 

“ Abominable, or the Misappropriation of Beverly Onion by Forces Beyond Her Control”. Katie May’s dark comic adventure is part Alice in Wonderland, part Star Wars, and pits Luck against Fate in a wager to prove who is the more powerful force in the universe. Part of the 20th Annual Playground Festival. Directed by Chloe Bronsan. June 6-July 9 Tickets: $25-$45 / All-Festival Passes start at $80.  Thick House, 1695 18th St, San Francisco.415-992-6677 http://www.playground-sf.org/abominable

 

ubuntu theater project presents “Othello” by William Shakespeare at Emmett Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company June 10 – June 26, 2016 ‘Othello’ is the sixth play in Ubuntu Theater Project’s inaugural 2016 Season featuring Bay Area favorite Michael Navarra, site-specific performance at Persian rug store. ) – The Ubuntu Theater Project is proud to continue its inaugural and ambitious season, Threatened Homes, with its sixth and show of the season, Othello by William Shakespeare. Following Marcus Gardley’s The Gospel of Lovingkindness, the West Coast premiere of Exit Cuckoo: (nanny in motherland) by Lisa Ramriez, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife starring Co-Artistic Director William Hodgson, American Class The Grapes of Wrath, and the Bay Area premiere of Más by Milta Ortiz. The Ubuntu Theater Project is excited to venture into the realm of Shakespeare for the first time with such a timely play in our signature site-specific fashion.  Othello will take place in the exquisite Persian carpet store, Emmett Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Michael Moran, this production looks at Othello as Shakespeare’s conversion of a morality play into a story that challenges our pre-conceived notions; and inspires a more complex outlook upon what we consider Good and Evil. Ubuntu Theater Project’s production of Othello will feature twelve actors including company members Ronald Kirk as Othello (recently played Elegba in The Brothers Size at Actors Theater of Louisville) and Emilie Whelan (who played Edna and Co-Directed Ubuntu’s Waiting For Lefty.) Ensemble member Sarita Ocon will play Emilia, and new company member Michael Navarra will play Iago. David Naughton plays Cassio and Matthew Hannon plays Roderigo to lead an ensemble that includes ensemble member EJ Gibson, and Ubuntu Theater Project regulars Matt Standley and Christine Jamlig (recently seen in The Grapes of Wrath). Lighting design by company member Stephanie Anne Johnson. Othello has a preview on June 10, opens June 11, benefit performance open to public on June 17, and runs from June 10 – June 26, 2016 at Emmett Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company, 1326 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. For tickets ($15-35 online; pay-what-you-can at the door. $55 tickets for benefit performance on 6/17/16) and information the public can call (510) 646-1126 or visit www.ubuntutheaterproject.com.

 

Contra Costa Civic Theatre presents AMERICAN IDIOT Music by Green Day Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Johnny, Tunny and Will, three disgruntled young men struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world, flee their provincial hometown lives in search of big city thrills. Their paths quickly and irrevocably diverge when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided between the seduction of love and the hazards of drugs. The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical, based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning album, shatters old rules and breaks bold new ground for the American musical. ARTISTIC STAFF Directed and Choreographed by Alex Perez Music Direction by Kevin Roland Set Design by Kuo-Hao Lo Costume Design by Lisa Danz Lighting Design by Courtney Johnson Sound Design by Michael Kelly Props Design by Devon LaBelle CAST Sage Georgevitch-Castellanos (Johnny), Jeffrey Holmes (Will), Kamren Mahaney (Tunny), Travis Reaves (St. Jimmy), Tosca Maltzman (Whatshername), Tiffany Quintana (Heather), Melody Perera (Extraordinary Girl), John Holst (Rock n’ Roll Boyfriend), Connor Johnson (President of Jingletown/Holiday), Briel Pomerantz (Heather’s Best Friend), and ensemble members India Derewetzky, Aurelia Jordan, Jessie Anne Lukban, Christian McCooey, Justin Sabino, Garrick Sather, Caroline Schneider, Scott Tsubota, and Joel Vega. WHEN Jun 10-Jul 17, 2016 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm 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 groups of 15 or more INFO www.ccct.org or 510.524.9012

 

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The Marsh San Francisco announces Maria Grazia Affinito’s new solo show Eating Pasta Off the Floor, which just finished a run as part of The Marsh Discovery Series, will return June 5 – July 24 (press opening: June 23). This engaging solo show finds Maria on a trip to her mom’s hometown in Italy hoping to shed some light on their volatile relationship. Maybe singing arias at full voice in the supermarket and offering to sell your daughter are just quaint Old World traditions, but even old friends in Italy are astonished when mom starts flinging pasta and bad poetry. WHEN:     June 5 – July 24, 2016 (press opening: June 23)  SHOWS:    8:00pm Thursdays   5:00pm Sundays WHERE:  The Marsh San Francisco   1062 Valencia St, San Francisco  TICKETS:    $20 – $35 sliding scale, $50-$100 reserved  INFO:    For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

 

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Noël Coward’s” Present Laughter “* *Part 2 of Theatre Rhino’s Coward Celebration WHEN:   May 21 – June 18, 2016  Limited Engagement – Only 25 Performances – 5 Weeks! The show plays Wed. – Thur. –  8:00 pm / Fri. – Sat. – 8:00 pm / Sat. Matinees – 3:00 pm. 2 Tues. shows: Tues. June 7, June 14, 2016 –   Individual performance dates are: TIX:                 Tickets are $15 – $35 and are available at http://www.therhino.org/buy.htm  or 1-800- 838-3006.   WHERE:        Eureka Theatre – 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111  WEB PAGE:              www.TheRhino.org  FACEBOOK:          https://www.facebook.com/events/608829199271296  IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 25TH

 

 

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at Custom Made Theatre. The play explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus, “six degrees of separation”.  Jane Kathleen Curry, an Assistant Professor of Theater at Wake Forest University commented that “Guare has attained a degree of celebrity, largely due to the success of the stage and screen versions of Six Degrees of Separation. Indeed, the phrase ‘six degrees of separation’ has circulated widely in the popular culture.”With Sam Bertken, Alisha Ehrlich, Kyle Goldman, Brian Levi, Carl Lucania, Kathleen McHatton, Kyle McReddie, Khary Moye, Genevieve Perdue, Kelly Rinehart, Richard Sargent, Karl Schackne, and Matt Weimer Creative Team : Brooke Jennings*, William Campbell, Neil Higgins, Ryan Lee Short*, Ryan Martin, Grisel Torres, Kitty Torres(*member, Custom Made Theatre Co. CURTAIN TIMES AND TICKETS Venue: Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco Previews:  May 19 -21 8:00 pm; $25-28 Opens: Sunday May 22 at 7:00 pm Runs: select Wednesdays 7:30p, Thursdays & Fridays 8:00 pm; Saturdays 2:00 (select performances) & 8:00 pm; See www.custommade.org/sixdegrees for exact showtimes. Running Time: approx. 90 minutes Tickets: $50 Opening Night; Other times $28-42 (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org   IT RUNS THROUGH  JUNE 18TH

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces Will Durst’s timely new hybrid of stand-up comedy and theater, ELECT TO LAUGH: 2016 will extend through June 7 (press opening: May 24). Specializing in political humor for folks who don’t like politics, Durst sweeps both sides of the aisle with his patented mix of outrage and outrageous common sense. This bipartisan rabble-rouser transcends party ties in a hilarious blend of monologues, commentary, and the occasional rant. WHEN:                 Extended through June 7  SHOWS:               Tuesdays at 8pm  WHERE:              The Marsh San Francisco Mainstage 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:               $15 – $35 sliding scale, $100 reserved  INFO:                    For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 26

 

 

Award-winning stage actress Kathleen Chalfant (House of Cards) returns to Berkeley Rep as Ann in For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Chalfant last appeared at Berkeley Rep in Honour directed by Tony Taccone in 2005. Other cast members include David Chandler (John), Ron Crawford (George), Ellen McLaughlin (Wendy), Keith Reddin (Michael), and Charles Shaw Robinson (Jim) The creative team includes: Annie Smart (scenic designer), Kristopher Castle (costume designer), Matthew Frey (lighting designer), Bray Poor (sound designer), Drew Fracher (fight director), and ZFX Incorporated (flying effects) , : Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees Post-play discussions: Thursday 6/9, Tuesday 6/14, and Friday 6/24 following the performance Open captioning: Sunday 6/26 @ 2:00pm HOW MUCH: Premium: $48–89 • Section A: $41–73 • Section B: $29–60  (subject to change) 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, email groups@berkeleyrep.org RUNS THROUGH JUNE 26TH

 

Ray of Light Theatre Brings Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” to San Francisco’s Historic Victoria Theatre It runs through June 11, featuring one of the most exciting scores ever written— Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, is excited to announce the upcoming run of the lurid prohibition musical favorite, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Set the night before the stock market crash of 1929 that served as the beginning of the Great Depression, The Wild Party follows lovers Queenie and Burrs as they throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. The Wild Party rthrough June 11 at the historic Victoria Theatre and features some of the Bay Area’s best talent. The Wild Party is directed by Jenn BeVard, music directed by David Aaron Brown and choreographed by Alex Rodriguez, and features Jocelyn Pickett as Queenie, Paul Grant Hovannes as Burrs, RaMond Thomas as Black and Alexandra Feifers as Kate. To purchase single tickets for The Wild Party visit www.rayoflighttheatre.com  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 11

 

“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” Music by Burton Lane Lyrics and Alan Jay Lerner New Book by Peter Parnell Based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner Directed by Ed Decker Musical Direction by Matthew Lee Cannon Instrument Arrangements by Ben Prince Choreography by Jayne ZabanFeaturing Jessica Coker, Will Giammona, Chris Morrell, Melissa O’Keefe, Kevin Singer, with Scott Ayres, Audrey Baker, Megan Bartlett, Stephen Kanaski, Christine Macomber, Zac Schuman, and Pamela Sevilla. Scenic design by Kuo-Hao Lo Costume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Christian V. Mejia Sound Design by James Ard Prop Design by Noah Kramer WHAT: West Coast Premiere of On a Clear Day You Can See ForeverWHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Decker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: TO  June 12, 2016 Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Opening Night: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8pm COST: $30-50 Ed Decker Barbara Hodgen RTISTIC DIRECTOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org IT RUNS TO JUNE 12TH

 

 

RED VELVET Written by Lolita Chakrabarti Directed by Margo Hall  It runs thru  June 25, 2016 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with the West Coast premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s biographical play Red Velvet, directed by Margo Hall.Carl Lumbly* will star as Ira Aldridge, the African-American actor who, in the nineteenth century and against social mores of the day, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe. The cast of Red Velvet at San Francisco Playhouse also features Susi Damilano*, Britney Frazier*, Richard Louis James, Tim Kniffin*, and Elena Wright*. It is 1833 in London. No black man has ever starred on a British stage—not even as Othello—until tonight. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Ira Aldridge, a young black American, breaks more than the color barrier as he battles the entrenched social and theatrical norms of his day. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?  Lolita Chakrabarti’s play creates imagined experiences based on this little-known true story of Ira Aldridge, proposing experiences to illustrate the deep emotion and controversy he likely endured.  WHERE: San Francisco Playhouse. 450 Post Street, San Francisco 94102. 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 www.sfplayhouse.org. IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 25TH

 

JASON ROBERT BROWN’S ACCLAIME  “THE  LAST  FIVE YEARS”  A.C.T.’s  Geary Theater  to–June 5, Following the wildly successful concert version at The Geary Theater in spring 2015, American Conservatory Theater  will present a brand-­‐new, fully staged production of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed musical, Jason Robert Brown, the Tony Award– winning composer of Parade and Honeymoon in Vegas, brings us this powerful and intimate musical about two twentysomething New Yorkers—struggling actress Cathy and rising novelist Jamie—who dive headfirst into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes from finding “the one.” Single tickets (ranging from $20–$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-­‐ sf.org. IT CLOSES TOMOROW

 

 

BERKELEY REP PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF MARY ZIMMERMAN’S “TREASURE ISLAND”: Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman Treasure Island will mark the return of local Bay Area favorite Steven Epp as Long John Silver. Epp performed last year in Berkeley Rep’s Tartuffe and has appeared in 12 other Berkeley Rep productions. Other cast members include John Babbo (Jim Hawkins), Matt DeCaro (Squire Trelawny), Travis Delgado (Ensemble), Christopher Donahue (Billy Bones), Kasey Foster (Mrs. Hawkins/Musician), Greg Hirte (Musician), Anthony Irons (Ensemble), Alex Moggridge (Dr. Livesey), Steve Pickering (Black Dog), L.J. Slavin (Musician), Philip R. Smith (Captain Smollett), Demetrios Troy (Israel Hands), and Matthew C. Yee (Ensemble). Creative team: Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Ana Kuzmanic (costume designer), T.J. Gerckens (lighting designer), and Andre Pluess (original music/sound designer). The stage manager is Megan McClintock. Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704 WHEN:    51 PERFORMANCES: it runs througn – Sunday, June 5, 2016   : Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees Post-play discussions: Thursday 5/12, Tuesday 5/17, and Friday 5/20 following the performanceOpen captioning: Sunday 5/29 @ 2:00pm HOW MUCH:  Premium: $57–97 • Section A: $49–81 • Section B: $29–65 (subject to change)  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, email groups@berkeleyrep.org  IT CLOSES JUNE 21

 

SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENTS  “Hamlet” By William Shakespeare Directed by Mark Jackson – To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Shotgun Players will present a season in repertory with a core ensemble of actors. We begin with a radical production of the world theatre’s most enduring classic. Hamlet is perhaps the one role in Shakespeare’s canon that every one of us can identify with. Hamlet is someone’s child, someone’s lover, a friend, foe, philosopher, artist, critic, clown, politician, hero, villain… And so (drum roll please): Every actor of the ensemble will learn every role of the play. Moments before showtime, the cast lines up before the audience to pull their roles for the night out of Yorick’s skull! They get 5 minutes to gather their wits and then the performance begins. It’s a Hamlet roulette! Hamlet begins previews on March 31st, 2016 the Ashby Stage – will run as part of the repertory season through January 2017.   . “Hamlet” features Set Design by Nina Ball, Costume Design by Christine Crook, Sound Design by Matt Stines, Light Design by Heather Basarab, & Properties Design by Devon LaBelle. The cast of Hamlet features El Beh, Kevin Clarke*, Nick Medina, Cathleen Riddley*, David Sinaiko, Megan Trout, Beth Wilmurt.  (*Member of Actors’ , the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.) WHEN: Initial Run:  Repertory Performances: June 10 – January 29, 2017. .WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 20 2017 in REPORTORY

 

 

Thrillpeddlers presents… THE UNTAMED STAGE: Weimar Berlin Kabarett A New Musical by Scrumbly Koldewyn  It runs thru– May 28, 2016 – (Thurs., Fri. & Sat. – 8:00 pm) Opening Night – Thurs., April 21, 2016 – 8:00 pm   Music & Lyrics, Concept, & Musical Direction by Scrumbly Koldewyn Add’tl. Material by Terance Bennan, Damien Chacona, Cab Covay,  Andy Wegner and Alex Kinney / Directed by Russell Blackwood Limited Engagement – 21 Performances Only! – 8:00 pm at The Hypnodrome – 575 10th St. in San Francisco 94103 http://hypnodrome.org/  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 11

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces “Colette Uncensored”, the first solo show from acclaimed actress Lorri Holt, will receive its World Premiere on the Mainstage this March. Colette Uncensored tells the story of the famed and infamous French novelist’s passionate quest as a writer, a woman, a pioneer for social change, and as a lover. Written by Zack Rogow and Lorri Holt, in collaboration with and directed by David Ford, Colette Uncensored presents an intimate theatre piece, interwoven with excerpts from the author’s work that display Colette’s gifts for storytelling, social commentary, and humor. WHEN:                 It run thru – May 14, 2016 SHOWS:               8pm Thursdays – Fridays 5pm Saturdays WHERE:   The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia Street  Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.)   Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street between 21st & 22nd Streets TICKETS:               $20-$30 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating   For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  WHEN:     Through June 25  8pm Thursdays – Fridays, 5pm Saturdays June 3-25, 2016 8pm Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays  WHERE:The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets) IT RUN THROUGH JUNE 25TH

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces “Lightning in the Brain”, a new music-theater piece from stage/film/television actor Corey Fischer, will be presented on the MainStage this spring. In this compelling new theater piece, Fischer shapes his recent experiences as a newly old man of 71 into a lively narrative about forgetting and remembering, young and old love, losing and finding himself on the streets of 1960s Paris, or in Hollywood, or in a rusting Chevy van looking for America. Fischer developed Lightning in the Brain with Naomi Newman, who also directs. WHEN:     Runs to – July 9, 2016 (press opening June 2, 2016) SHOWS:    8pm, Thursdays  , 5pm, Saturdays  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:               $20-$35 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating                For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THRUGH JULY 9TH

 

 

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.

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JOSEPH DOUGHERTY’S  “CHESTER BAILEY” AT AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER’S STRAND THEATER STARRING ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE DAVID STRATHAIRN AND LAUDED BAY AREA ACTOR DAN CLEGG, CHESTER BAILEY IS A COMPELLING ACCOUNT OF REGRET, DESIRE, AND THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES IN ORDER TO FIND WHOLNESS AND TRUTH! THREE WEEKS ONLY!  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 12, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO  Single tickets (ranging from $25–$75) are available now by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or visiting www.act-­‐sf.org. Ticket  prices  are  subject  to  change without notice

 

ROSE IN AMERICA by Michelle Carter Cast includes: Rotimi Agababiaka*, Charles Dean*, Nkechi Emeruwa, Dorian Lockett (* designates AEA members) WHEN: It runs thru -June 19th at A.C.T. Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco Thu. June 2nd at 8 pm (preview) Fri. June 3rd at 8 pm (preview) Sat. June 4 @ 8pm (Press Opening) Thu. June 9 @ 8 pm Fri. June 10 @ 8pm Sat. June 11 @ 8pm Sun. June 12 @ 5pmThu. June 16 @ 8 pm Fri. June 17 @ 8pm Sat. June 18 @ 8 pm Sun. June 19 @ 5 pm Plus two weeks following in San Rafael, at a storefront to be announced June 22nd – July 3rd TICKETS:     boxoffice@altertheater.org 415-454-2

 

 

Through a shifting jazz score that combines the heartfelt 1930s with the frenetic 1960s, “Maggie’s Riff” is a timebending examination into Jack Kerouac’s memories. Provoked by nostalgia for his boyhood in small town Lowell and taunted by his first love, Maggie Cassidy, Jack tears though his past to separate the facts of his life from the fantasies of his novels. Written by John Lipsky, music directed by his son Adam Lipsky, and directed by Cole Ferraiuolo, Maggie’s Rif closes June 11th, shows Thursday throughSaturday. Shadow projection by Ouroboros Shadow Pictures with shadow design by Alisa Javitz. Featuring: Paul Rodrigues, Nicole Odell, JD Scalzo, and Rich Lesnick . Assistant Directed by Noelle Viñas. Lighting Design by Maxx Kurzunski. Sound Design by Evan Wardell. Costume Design by Brooke Jennings. Prop Design by Brittany White. Technicaldirection by Noah Kramer. Vocal Coaching by Alicia Bales. TICKETS: Performances to   June 11th. Thursdays @7:30pm, Fridays @7:30pm, Saturdays@7:30pm & Sundays @ 6pm. Performances will take place at PianoFight at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $15 general admission. Discounts available online. For information or ticket purchases visit www.faultlinetheater.com  IT RUNS TO JUNE 11

 

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California Shakespeare Theater’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare adapted by Kenneth Lin and Jackson Gay with additional text by Kenneth Lin directed by Jackson Gay Designed by Eric Flatmo (set designer), Karina Chavarin (costume designer), Paul Whitaker (lighting designer), and Olive Mitra (sound designer/composer). Featuring: James Carpenter, Stacy Ross, Safiya Fredricks, Patrick Alparone, Anthony Fusco, Denmo Ibraham, Rami Margron, and Lance Gardner WHEN  –June 19,  Press Opening May 28 at 8pm Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Saturday Matinee June 18 at 2pm Sunday Matinees at 4pm Grounds open two hours prior to show time for picnicking. Café and full bar are available on site.  WHERE  Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563 (just off Highway 24 at the California Shakespeare Theater Way/Wilder Rd. exit, one mile east of the Caldecott Tunnel.) Complimentary shuttle from Orinda BART beginning 2 hours before curtain. Complimentary parking onsite. TICKETS   Single tickets range from $20 to $72, with discounts available for seniors, students, persons age 30 and under, and groups. Cal Shakes makes twenty tickets available for $20 on a first-come, first-served basis for every performance throughout the season. Call Cal Shakes’ Box Office at 510.548.9666 between noon and 2pm to purchase. Prices subject to change. All tickets are available through the California Shakespeare Theater Box Office, 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley CA, 510.548.9666, online at www.calshakes.org, or at the Bruns box office on the day of the performance (pending availability). GROUPS          Groups of 10 or more save $10 off the adult single ticket price; complimentary ticket available for groups of 15+. For more information, call 510.809.3290. INFO                www.calshakes.org  IT RUN THRU JUNE 19TH

 

Broadway By the Bay OKLAHOMA! The musical OKLAHOMA! runs from June 3rd through June 19th at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City (2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). OKLAHOMA! Performance Schedule at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City: Friday, June 3 at 8PM Saturday, June 4 at 8PM Sunday, June 5 at 2PM* Saturday, June 11 at 2PM Saturday, June 11 at 8PM Sunday, June 12 at 2PM* Saturday, June 18 at 8PM Sunday, June 19 at 2PM *Post-show Talk Back Session with the cast and creative team. OKLAHOMA! features Sam Faustine (Curly), Jennifer Mitchell (Laurey), Ali Lane (Aunt Eller), John Melis (Jud Frye), Erin Yvette (Ado Annie), Danila Burshteyn (Will Parker), Mohamed Ismail (Ali Hakim), Rich Matli (Judge Carnes), andSami Pistoresi (Gertie Cummings). The Female Ensemble includes Libby Lloyd, Samantha Hildebrandt, Jessica Golden,Lauren Herman, Kristina Hudelson, Elena Ron, Lauren D’Ambrosio, and Amy Meyers. The Male Ensemble includesAndrew Mondello, Josiah Frampton, Ray D’Ambrosio, Joseph Hudelson, Kyle Arrouzet, Chris Aceves, Issac Goldberg,and Andrew Rotchadl.The creative team includes Joshua Marx (Director), Sean Kana (Musical Director), Camille Edralin (Choreographer),Kelly James Tighe (Scenic Designer), Warren Wernick (Associate Scenic Designer), Andrea Schwartz (LightingDesigner), Amy Lizardo (Associate Director), Valerie Emmi (Costume Designer), and Jon Hayward (Technical Director & Sound Designer). Tickets range from $47 to $69, and may be purchased by phone at 650-579-5565, online at broadwaybythebay.org, or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office located at 2219 Broadway Street in downtown Redwood City. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10AM-1:30PM, 3:00PM-6:00PM. On performance days, the box office  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 19TH

 

<i>“PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM”</i> BY WOODY ALLEN DIRECTED BY SøREN OLIVER WHEN: June 4th-25th, 2016 @ 8PM Thursdays: June 23rd, 2016 @ 8PM Fridays: June 10th, 17th and 24th, 2016 @ 8PM Saturdays: June 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th @ 8PM Sundays: June 12th & 19th @ 2PMTHEATRE CLUB NIGHTS: (With a talk-back following the performance and complimentary wine) June 10th and 24th @ 8PM. ABOUT: Woody Allen, the undisputed master of neuroses, pens this tale about Allen Felix, adivorcee who’s trying to re-enter the dating world with absolutely no tools in his arsenal.Striking out on all fronts, he turns to the coolest guy he can think of: Humphrey Bogart.But when Bogey’s time-specific advice doesn’t translate too well into Allen’s life, Allen must follow his own heart…and his own confused mind.. <i>Play It Again, Sam</i> runs June 4th through June 25th at Town Hall Theatre, located at 3535 School Street in Lafayette. Tickets are available on the website at townhalltheatre.com, or by calling the Box Office at (925) 283-1557. PRICE:Previews – $20 (Adults & Senior/Youth)Adults – $29 for Matinees, $32 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Seniors (65 and older) and Youth (under 18) – $25 for Matinees, $29 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Student Rush – 15 minutes before curtain, $15 per ticket for any show IN CASH with student ID Group discounts available – call for details. BUY TICKETS  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 25TH

 

 

“The Big Hot Mess”  Run: June 4, 10, 11, 17 Closing Night: June 18 Where: The EXIT Theatre  (156 Eddy Street, SF)  How Much:  $20-30 (sliding scale) Tickets at:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2476193 More Info: http://www.divafest.inf  IT RUN THRU JUNE 18TH

 

 

“The Wild Party” Book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 poem SHOWS: Opening: June 4 @ 8:00 pm Run Dates: THRU – July 24, 2016 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). Call the box office at 408.283.7142 or order online www.thestage.org. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups   IT RUNS THRU JULY 24TH

 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley closes its 2015/2016 season with the explosive new dramatic comedy,” The Velocity of Autumn”. This tender-hearted play by Eric Coble centers on an elderly artist locked in a volatile showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. In a wry, spirited quest to “not go gently” into a retirement home, Alexandra barricades herself in her brownstone with enough homemade Molotov cocktails to blow the entire block sky-high as she negotiates the terms of her future with a long-estranged son who has battles of his own. This production will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli. WHEN: Previews: Press Opening: Saturday, June 4, 2016 Closes: Sunday, June 26, 2016 SHOWS:               Previews: 8:00 PM Tuesdays: 7:30 PM Wednesdays: 2:00PM, 7:30PM Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00 PM Saturdays: 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM Sundays: 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM WHERE:              Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro St. (at Mercy), Mountain View TICKETS:               $19 (30 and under) – $80; savings available for educators, seniors, and patrons 30 and under. A $6 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  CLOSES SUNDAY JUNE 26TH

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco presents comedian and storyteller Ady Lady in “From Piss to Bliss”, a riotous tour through 21st-century San Francisco and its best intentions. In this hilarious new solo show, Ady doggedly seeks out higher consciousness amidst the often deranged reality of modern day life. She desperately seeks enlightenment on Muni, discovers the powerful spiritual lessons of riding Segways, and utterly exhausts herself on a breast cancer walk, while trying to answer the question “Can we be our best selves during our worst moments?” WHEN:   It runs thru – July 9, 2016 (press opening June 11, 2016)  SHOWS:     7:30pm, Wednesdays 5pm, Saturdays WHERE:  The Marsh San Francisco Studio Theater 1062 Valencia Street   Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.)  Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street between 21st & 22nd Streets  TICKETS:    $20-$35 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THRU JULY 9TH

 

 

Cutting Ball Theater closes its 17th season with August Strindberg’s A DREAMPLAY. In A DREAMPLAY, a young woman nearing the end of her life dreams of herself as Indra’s daughter, descending to earth to better understand the plight of humanity. Through this surreal journey, she meets an officer, a lawyer, and a poet, and experiences joy, excitement, pain, and suffering. Strindberg structured this play using a dream logic that was later adopted by Expressionist playwrights. Paul Walsh, who translated all five plays in Cutting Ball’s 2012 Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, provides this translation of one of Strindberg’s most admired and influential dramas. Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose, who directed all of the plays in Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, helms A DREAMPLAY. DATES:               A DREAMPLAY Special Events – for more information visit cuttingball.com – Paul Walsh, foremost translator of Strindberg and Ibsen in the U.S., and translator of A DREAMPLAY, will give an hour-long talk about Strindberg. May 28 & June 4 – Matty Bloom, lead docent at Berkeley Rep Theater, is working with Cutting Ball to begin the company’s first docent program which will debut 45 minutes before curtain.  WHERE:        The Cutting Ball Theater in residence at EXIT on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., San Francisco TICKETS:      For single tickets ($10-50) and more information the public may visit cuttingball.com or call 415-525-1205; group discounts available. Pay What You Can tickets are available to neighborhood residents for all productions. Free student rush tickets are available to students with valid student ID.

 

 

<i>Rock of Ages</i> Book By Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp Directed by Dyan McBride Music Directed by Kevin Roland Choreographed by Staci Arriaga Starring: Tielle Baker, Justin Travis Buchs*, Nikita Burshteyn, Lucas Coleman*, Jesse Cortez, Elizabeth Curtis, Ariel Daly, Michael Doppe*, Mark Duncanson, Yuliya Eydelnant, Tracy Freeman, Tyce Green*, Jacob Judd, Tiiu Eva Rebane*, Erica Richardson, Will Springhorn*, Elise Youssef* *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association DESCRIPTION: Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with rock-n-roll stars in her eyes finds love on the Sunset Strip with aspiring rocker Drew. But will bad boy superstar Stacee Jaxx spoil the party? Will Eurotrash developers turn the legendary club into just another strip mall? We say “Don’t Stop Believin'” cuz you know you “Can’t Fight this Feelin'” anymore – You Wanna ROCK!!! Featuring the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others. WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.  DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO:. TICKET PRICE RANGE: $37 – $63 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 Outlet at the Downtown Walnut Creek Library. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: (Lesher Theatre) – CLOSING June 25, 2:30PM & 8:00PM PRODUCTION TEAM: Directed by Dyan McBride Music Directed by Kevin Roland Choreographed by Staci Arriaga Set Design by John Iacovelli Costume Design by Rebecca Ann ValentinoLighting Design by Kurt Landisman Stage Managed by Michael Friedlander* First Look Program Center REPertory Company is proud to announce its new “First Look” program thanking US Military personnel and US Veterans and active College students $15 tickets to any preview performance of a Center REP show. All two year and four year College students, faculty, and staff with a school ID or any active military or veterans with appropriate ID can purchase a pair of $15 tickets to any Center REP preview performance. Present ID at the Ticket office window to receive discount. Preview performances are the first listed performances leading up to Opening night. The offer is subject to availability and is limited to two tickets.   CLOSES JUNE 25

 

 

Los Altos Stage Company’s 20th season comes to a close with the off-Broadway hit musical that the New Yorker called “a giggly cult hit”, “Bat Boy: The Musical”, with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. Bat Boy: The Musical opens May 27 runs through June 25, 2016 at the Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. Based on a story in The Weekly World News, “Bat Boy: The Musical “is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife and teenage daughter. With a beat-driven rock score that pays homage to the rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Bat Boy: The Musical provides a compelling theatrical metaphor for the dangers of prejudice, intolerance, and provincialism.The LASC production of Bat Boy: The Musical is directed by Ian Leonard, a local actor, director, and teacher who has staged productions at Children’s Musical Theater San Jose, Theatre in the Mountains, and schools throughout the Bay Area. It features a talented ensemble of Bus Barn Theater veterans, as well as new faces, including: Melissa Baxter, Doug Brook, Sarah Bylsma, Sofia Gonzalvez, Sharon Lita, Tarif Pappu, Joey Pisacane, Terrance Lee Saffold, Jr., David Scott, and Jen Wheatonfox.Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 3 pm. Ticket prices range from $18 (student) to $36. Opening Night tickets, including a reception with the artists, are also $36. Tickets are available online at www.losaltosstage.org or by calling the Box Office at 650-941-0551. IT RUN THRU JUNE 25TH

 

 

 

“Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde” Written by Gary Graves – A Central Works Method Play Directed by Jan Zvaifler to –Jun 12   At: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Performances: Thurs., Fri.& Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 5 pm (Post-show Talk-backs on Feb 23  & Mar 13 )Ticket prices: $30 online at centralworks.org, $30–$15 sliding scale at the door Previews and Thursdays: pay-what-you-can at the door Tickets:  510.558.1381 or centralworks.org IT RUNS TO JUNE 19

 

 

“Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space” Adapted by Sarah Coykendall and Mike Delaney Directed by Sarah Coykendall and PD & the Bug Film segments by PD & the Bug Previews May 19 & 20 • Opens May 21 • Runs through June 18 Thu–Sat 8pm Where: La Val’s Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709 Admission: $15–25 More info: impacttheatre.com Box Office: impacttheatre.com • 510 224-5744 IT RUNS THRU JUNE 18TH

 

Smuin Ballet concludes its 22nd Season with Dance Series Two featuring Oasis, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal. A lyrical and reverent ode to water, Pickett‘s powerful new work will be both timely and universal. The series also includes the highly anticipated return of Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land. The piece, set on six dancers, combines classical ballet and swiftly-changing geometric poses in a meditation on loss, healing, and hope, created as a tribute to Kylián’s mentor John Cranko. Also on the bill is Val Caniparoli’s spirited Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink), which marries his trademark style and physicality with the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Caniparoli’s work celebrates the versatility of the Smuin dancers, blending high-energy athleticism with wit and elegance.    SAN MATEO June – 4  San Mateo Performing Arts Center ,600 N Delaware, San Mateo   For tickets 650-762-0258 or www.smuinballet.org  CARMEL June10-11—Carmel Sunset Center, San Carlos St, Carmel.  For tickets www.smuinballet.org

 

 

The Marsh is thrilled to announce after an extended run last year at The Marsh, Geoff Hoyle’s newest solo show Lear’s Shadow will return to the Bay Area, with performances It runs through– June 18 at The Marsh Berkeley. It may be business-as-usual when great tragedians such as Laurence Olivier, Sir Ian McKellen, and Paul Scofield perform in King Lear, but this time a great clown tackles Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Audiences experience King Lear like never before as the fool (played by Hoyle), recently unemployed, tells his side to Shakespeare’s most tragic, cosmic, and human of stories in this poignant solo performance. Lear’s Shadow is written in collaboration with and directed by David Ford. WHEN: April 30 – June 18, 2016 Thursdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 5:00pm  WHERE:   The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuc  The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:   Thursdays $25-35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved,  Saturdays $30-35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved  For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 18TH

 

The Marsh announces, due to popular demand, Echo Brown’s debut solo show, BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS, will extend one final time through June 25 at The Marsh Berkeley. Bursting with energy, comedy and politics, the show is both a love story and a startling snapshot of 21st-century American culture. WHEN Performances now through June 25, 2016  SHOWS: Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm now through April 23 Starting April 29: Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm through June 25 WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley  2120 Allston Way, Berkeley     Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 25TH\\

 

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Ray of Light Theatre Brings Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” to San Francisco’s Historic Victoria Theatre It runs through June 11, featuring one of the most exciting scores ever written— Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, is excited to announce the upcoming run of the lurid prohibition musical favorite, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Set the night before the stock market crash of 1929 that served as the beginning of the Great Depression, The Wild Party follows lovers Queenie and Burrs as they throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. The Wild Party rthrough June 11 at the historic Victoria Theatre and features some of the Bay Area’s best talent. The Wild Party is directed by Jenn BeVard, music directed by David Aaron Brown and choreographed by Alex Rodriguez, and features Jocelyn Pickett as Queenie, Paul Grant Hovannes as Burrs, RaMond Thomas as Black and Alexandra Feifers as Kate. To purchase single tickets for The Wild Party visit www.rayoflighttheatre.com  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 11  REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

 

Thrillpeddlers presents… THE UNTAMED STAGE: Weimar Berlin Kabarett A New Musical by Scrumbly Koldewyn  It runs thru– May 28, 2016 – (Thurs., Fri. & Sat. – 8:00 pm) Opening Night – Thurs., April 21, 2016 – 8:00 pm   Music & Lyrics, Concept, & Musical Direction by Scrumbly Koldewyn Add’tl. Material by Terance Bennan, Damien Chacona, Cab Covay,  Andy Wegner and Alex Kinney / Directed by Russell Blackwood Limited Engagement – 21 Performances Only! – 8:00 pm at The Hypnodrome – 575 10th St. in San Francisco 94103 http://hypnodrome.org/  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 11   REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

WHAT:  Helicopter parents facing the question of what they want to be when their kids grow up is the focus in the new comedy-drama “The Empty Nesters “by award-winning playwright Garret Jon Groenveld. This warm and witty look at an uber-couple who drop their youngest child off at college and then take what may be a life-changing trip to the Sky Walk at the Grand Canyon, is helmed by veteran Bay Area director Richard Seyd, and stars real-life empty nesters John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker, who reunite on stage after a 20 year hiatus.  John Walker is a film producer (The Incredibles, Tomorrowland, The Iron Giant) and actor, whose extensive theatre background includes 40 stage productions with his wife. Pamela Gaye Walker is an award-winning actress who has appeared in film, television, and on stages across the country. WHEN: Closing: June 11 SHOWS: Regularly performances: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday at 8pm Sundays at 5pm Added shows:8pm Tuesday, May 10 (preview)8pm Wednesday, May 11 (opening night) WHERE:             Z Below 470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110  TICKETS:       ($30 – $58)INFO:               For information or to order tickets visit www.zspace.org or call (866) 811-4111.  IT CLOSES JUNE 11TH REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY.

 

“Gypsy” When: TO -June 11th, 2016 Venue: Saratoga Civic Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tickets: $33-$39, with discounts for Seniors, Students, and Thursday performance Times: Friday and Saturday—8:00PM, Sunday—2:30PM; Thursday—8:00PM (June 9th only).  Box Office: (408) 266-4734 Internet: www.SouthBayMT.com  CLOSES JUNE 11

 

 

Through a shifting jazz score that combines the heartfelt 1930s with the frenetic 1960s, “Maggie’s Riff” is a timebending examination into Jack Kerouac’s memories. Provoked by nostalgia for his boyhood in small town Lowell and taunted by his first love, Maggie Cassidy, Jack tears though his past to separate the facts of his life from the fantasies of his novels. Written by John Lipsky, music directed by his son Adam Lipsky, and directed by Cole Ferraiuolo, Maggie’s Rif closes June 11th, shows Thursday throughSaturday. Shadow projection by Ouroboros Shadow Pictures with shadow design by Alisa Javitz. Featuring: Paul Rodrigues, Nicole Odell, JD Scalzo, and Rich Lesnick . Assistant Directed by Noelle Viñas. Lighting Design by Maxx Kurzunski. Sound Design by Evan Wardell. Costume Design by Brooke Jennings. Prop Design by Brittany White. Technicaldirection by Noah Kramer. Vocal Coaching by Alicia Bales. TICKETS: Performances to   June 11th. Thursdays @7:30pm, Fridays @7:30pm, Saturdays@7:30pm & Sundays @ 6pm. Performances will take place at PianoFight at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $15 general admission. Discounts available online. For information or ticket purchases visit www.faultlinetheater.com  IT RUNS TO JUNE 11  REVIEW WILL BE UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY  THIS WEEK

 

 

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“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” Music by Burton Lane Lyrics and Alan Jay Lerner New Book by Peter Parnell Based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner Directed by Ed Decker Musical Direction by Matthew Lee Cannon Instrument Arrangements by Ben Prince Choreography by Jayne ZabanFeaturing Jessica Coker, Will Giammona, Chris Morrell, Melissa O’Keefe, Kevin Singer, with Scott Ayres, Audrey Baker, Megan Bartlett, Stephen Kanaski, Christine Macomber, Zac Schuman, and Pamela Sevilla. Scenic design by Kuo-Hao Lo Costume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Christian V. Mejia Sound Design by James Ard Prop Design by Noah Kramer WHAT: West Coast Premiere of On a Clear Day You Can See ForeverWHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Decker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: TO  June 12, 2016 Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Opening Night: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8pm COST: $30-50 Ed Decker Barbara Hodgen RTISTIC DIRECTOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org IT RUNS TO JUNE 12TH            

 

JOSEPH DOUGHERTY’S  “CHESTER BAILEY” AT AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER’S STRAND THEATER STARRING ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE DAVID STRATHAIRN AND LAUDED BAY AREA ACTOR DAN CLEGG, CHESTER BAILEY IS A COMPELLING ACCOUNT OF REGRET, DESIRE, AND THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES IN ORDER TO FIND WHOLNESS AND TRUTH! THREE WEEKS ONLY!  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 12, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO  Single tickets (ranging from $25–$75) are available now by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or visiting www.act-­‐sf.org. Ticket  prices  are  subject  to  change without notice

 

 

 

The National Queer Arts Festival and Circo Zero present BLANK MAP, a collective of Black artist-performer-musicians Adee Roberson, Brontez Purnell, keyon gaskin, Tasha Ceyan, and Wizard Apprentice, along with Stephanie Anne Johnson, Sampada Aranke, and Keith Hennessy. BLANK MAP is a performance experiment involving Black abstractions influenced by punk, queer, and feminism in an expansive space where both individual and shared narratives emerge. DATES:           June -5; June 10-12, 8pm  WHERE:         Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St., San Francisco TICKETS:       For more information and tickets ($15-25) the public can visit circozero.org

 

 

“Dancing at Lughnasa”. Novato Theater Company presents Brien Friel’s drama set in Ireland in 1936. Five spirited sisters, recently joined by their prodigal brother, squabble and banter, facing the threat of loss and economic collapse with humor and spirit. Directed by Patricia Miller.  NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. TO-June 12. Fri-Sat 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm.  Tickets $12-27 at www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 for information only.  IT RUNS THUR JUNE 12

 

Douglas Morrisson Theatre presents :   BOOK OF DAYS by Lanford Wilson, a gripping study of a small town murder mystery, directed by Dale Albright.CAST:  Laura Espino, Matt Gunnison, Tim Holt Jones, Mylissa Malley, Nick Mandracchia, Adam Niemann, Caitlin Papp, Paul Stout, Eve McElheney Tieck, Kendall Tieck, Dan Wilson and Marianna Wolff. DATES  THROUGH June 12, 2016 SHOWTIMES:    May 19 – June 12, 2016 Thursday May 19 (preview) and  June 9 @ 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PMSaturday, June 4  @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM Sundays @ 2:00 PM CLOSES: June 12             WHERE:               Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, CA  94546  Special Events:  PRE-SHOW TALK: 7:10 pm Friday May 27  POST-PLAY DISCUSSION: Saturday matinee June 4  TICKETS:               $10 Preview  $32 Opening Night   $29 Thurs. eve, Fri. eve, Sat. matinee, Sat. eve., Sun. matinee Discounts available for HARD residents, seniors, students, TBA, KQED members, and groups (10+)    Appropriate for ages 14 and up.   BOX OFFICE: (510) 881-6777; www.dmtonline.org IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 12TH

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“Chicago”   It runs thru – June 4, 2016All performances at 8pm except Sunday, May 29 at 2pm Louis B. Mayer Theatre,  Santa Clara University Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $5-$15. Purchase online at www.scupresents.org, call 408-554-4015 or visit the Louis B. Mayer Box Office in-person.

 

“Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits” Created and Written by: Gerald Allesandri When: May 29th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and June 4th, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Venue: Saratoga Civic Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tickets: $35, with discounts for Seniors and Students Box Office: (408) 266-4734Internet: www.SouthBayMT.com

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces “Grey Matter”, a new solo show written and performed by Julie Katz, will receive its World Premiere in the Studio Theater this April. Set in “The Company” in San Francisco, Katz creates an array of hilarious and poignant characters including: the IT prodigy who’s bored out of his mind, the office manager who can’t catch a break, the dreamer in legal who longs for a creative life, and the deep thinker who started it all. When “The Company” makes a controversial decision, the employees are forced to examine their morals and what it means to show up to work every day when everything isn’t black and white. Grey Matter was developed with David Ford and is directed by Lexi Diamond. WHEN: It runs through – June 4, 2016 (press opening May 13, 2016) SHOWS:               April 22 –May 14 8pm, Thursdays & Fridays  5pm, Saturdays  May 19 – June 4 8pm, Thursdays & Fridays 8:30pm, Saturdays (Note time change) WHERE:  The Marsh San Francisco Studio Theater 1062 Valencia Street   Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.)    Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street between 21st & 22nd Streets TICKETS:  $20-$35 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating                For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 4TH

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“My Fair Lady”, to take the GK Hardt Stage! “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves but how she is treated.” Thus is the famous line uttered by Eliza Doolittle’s all over the world since 1956 when My Fair Lady was first produced.There is a reason why this iconic musical still gets produced today: it is, after all, the musical by which all others are measured. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is triumphant. With “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”,” With a Little Bit of Luck”,” The Rain in Spain”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” it’s no wonder everyone — not just Henry Higgins — falls in love with Eliza Doolittle. Directed by 6th Street Playhouse’s artistic director, Craig Miller this production sheds new light on this classic story.My Fair Lady features an incredible cast of audience favorites including Denise EliaYen as Eliza Doolittle, David Yen ( Santaland Diaries ), Norman Hall and Shirley NelsonHall, and many many more. “My Fair Lady” run  through Sunday, June 5th in the 6th Street Playhouse G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $37 and are available onlineor at the box office at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 5234185 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com for tickets and more information. RUN THROUGH JUNE 5

 

JASON ROBERT BROWN’S ACCLAIME  “THE  LAST  FIVE YEARS”  A.C.T.’s  Geary Theater  to–June 5, Following the wildly successful concert version at The Geary Theater in spring 2015, American Conservatory Theater  will present a brand-­‐new, fully staged production of Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed musical, Jason Robert Brown, the Tony Award– winning composer of Parade and Honeymoon in Vegas, brings us this powerful and intimate musical about two twentysomething New Yorkers—struggling actress Cathy and rising novelist Jamie—who dive headfirst into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes from finding “the one.” Single tickets (ranging from $20–$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-­‐ sf.org. IT RUNS THRU JUNE 5TH

 

 

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL “ESPERANZA” BY GRETCHEN GIVENS AND LINDA GREGG PRODUCED BY ONSTAGE REPERTORY AT MARTINEZ CAMPBELL THEATRE WHEN:         TO– June 5 2016 Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.      Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  WHAT: “ESPERANZA” by Gretchen Givens and Linda Gregg, a world premiere musical, a tale of high seas adventure, romance and pirates. WHERE:  Martinez Campbell Theatre 636 Ward Street, Martinez, CA TICKETS:     General admission $22, Seniors (60+) and Students $18  Thursdays, Bargain Price $16   Adult Themes and language. RESERVATIONS    Call:   (925) 518-3277 ONSTAGE  WEBSITE    Onstagetheatre.homestead.com FEATURING ACTORS Rhonda Joy Taylor (Pleasanton),  Mitchell Munroe (Martinez), Jene’ Bombardier (Martinez), Lisa Luttinger (Pittsburg), Matthew Martin (Pleasant Hill), Sal Russo (El Sobrante), Martin Ashe  (Martinez), Linda Sciacqua (San Ramon) and Remington Stone.  (Pinole)      IT RUNS TO JUNE 5TH

 

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SAN FRANCISCO CABARET OPENINGS

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO

 

 

Dynamic Duo Returns with an All New Show Ambler & Brandt  Wed · June 8, 2016  Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

 

Lee Roy Reams Songs & Stories From Ten Broadway Shows Thu · June 9, 2016 Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

 

Nick Adams   Happy Birthday Nick  Fri · June 10, 2016  Sat June 11

 

TONY AWARD PARTY HAMIL TON YS   Sun · June 12, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

 

Katya Smirnoff Skyy      Wed • June 15, 2016

New Show, Live from the Continental Baths

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

 

 

Seth Sikes    Thu • June 16, 2016

A Liza Minnelli Tribute

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

 

There is a $20.00 food and beverage minimum per person and an 18% gratuity is added to all checks.

 

Doors open 90 minutes prior to the performance and seating is assigned by the Maître D’ based on purchased party size and section. Guests are offered choices whenever possible.

 

Parties that purchase separately cannot always be seated together. Please call the club in advance at 415-394-1167 with any seating questions regarding groups and multiple orders.

 

Guests may be required to check coats or bags that do not fit comfortably in the seating area.

 

Feinstein’s at the Nikko is suitable for any mature person, however, parental guidance is recommended for some performances.

 

All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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Society Cabaret, San Francisco

at the Hotel Rex  562 Sutter Street   415-857-1896

 

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.

 

MAY OPENINGS

 

Beyond the Rainbow Saturday, May 28th at 8pm  Benn Bacot

 

Beginning with the Cotton Club’s “Get Happy” and including “Over the Rainbow”, rated the greatest song of all time by the American Film Institute, Harold Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the music used in film, Broadway musicals and the American Songbook.

 

JUNE OPENINGS.

 

Brush Up Your Shakespeare  Friday, June 10th at 8pm   Brian Watson with Craig Burette at the piano

 

A look into the various influences William Shakespeare has had on music. This journey with the Bard will take us through Musical Theatre, Classical and Pop.

 

Songs From Then and Now   Saturday, June 11th at 8pm   Patrick Leveque

 

Patrick and his friends present some of their favorite songs including selections from the Broadway stage, the American Songbook and contemporary pop music.

 

I Could Write a Book  Friday, June 17th at 8pm Wesla Whitfield with Mike Greensill at the piano

 

With her deft sense of time and uncanny ability to connect with the emotional truth in a lyric, the jazz world has had no qualms about embracing her as one of its own.

 

The Thomas Jay Experience  Saturday, June 18th at 8pm  Thomas Jay  and the Thomas Jay Trio

 

An evening of song telling a story of life and love with no regrets.

 

 

Bouncing Boogie, Bewitching Ballads and Quirky Tunes Friday, June 24th at 8pm Molly Mahoney with G. Scott Lacy at the piano

 

Molly celebrates the release of her debut album “Two for the Road” which features familiar favorites and rare gems from The Great American Songbook.

 

 

Fly Me To the Moon Saturday, June 25th at 8pm Danielle DeBow and Michael Scott Wells with G. Scott lacy at the piano

 

Fasten your moon boots and join Danielle, and Michael, as they take you on a moonlight drive through a galaxy of lunar love songs and tunes that are just simply stellar.

 

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Society Cabaret, San Jose at the Hotel DeAnza 233 West Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 408-676-6471

 

A Blond and a Redhead Walk Into a Bar  Saturday, May 28th at 8pm   Manda Krusee and Kim Long

With divey duets, loungey ballads, and intoxicating melodies, Manda and Kim’s eclectic set mixes classic and lesser-known Broadway

 

 

He Said, She Said Friday, June 17th at 8pm John Rinaldi with Daniel Lockert at the piano

 

An irreverent look at life and love through the eyes of some of my favorite musical theatre characters.

 

 

I Could Write a Book   Saturday, June 18th at 8pm  Wesla Whitfield  with Mike Greensill at the piano

 

With her deft sense of time and uncanny ability to connect with the emotional truth in a lyric, the jazz world has had no qualms about embracing her as one of its own.

Society Cabaret, San Jose   at the Hotel DeAnza  233 West Santa Clara Street  San Jose  408-676-6471

 

A Blond and a Redhead Walk Into a Bar

Saturday, May 28th at 8pm

Manda Krusee and Kim Long

 

With divey duets, loungey ballads, and intoxicating melodies, Manda and Kim’s eclectic set mixes classic and lesser-known Broadway

 

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

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 purchase at your table. (No Minimums)(Doors open at 7pm)

Enjoy the fine Hotel Rex food and drinks; maybe a Societini or two!

 

Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street

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.

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OASIS CLUB  298 ELEVENTH STREET, SANFRANCISCO.

 

Sex and the City: LIVE!     WHEN: Every Thurs, Fri, Sat in March at 7:00 pm   TIX:   Tickets are $25-$35  Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com  Advance tickets recommended, as seating is very limited. VENUE:           Oasis, 298 Eleventh St. @Folsom St.), SF CA 94103 WEB PAGE:     http://www.sfoasis.com OASIS is wheelchair accessible.

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