Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2017’

WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING & CLOSINGS—-week of January 29th

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Cloud 9 Theatricals, in association with Lang Entertainment Group and Ray of Light Theatre present the San Francisco premiere of SILENCE! The MusicalThe “subversively funny and deliciously tasty” award-winning musical parody begins Thursday, January 26 at San Francisco’s historic Victoria Theatre— Cloud 9 Theatricals, in association with Lang Entertainment Group and Ray of Light Theatre are proud to present the San Francisco premiere of SILENCE! The Musical, the unauthorized parody of “The Silence of the Lambs,” playing a limited engagement at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street, San Francisco), Thursday, January 26 through Saturday, February 25, 2017. SILENCE! The Musical tells the story of rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling as she matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons—and a troupe of singing and dancing lambs—while racing against the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. Reduced-priced previews begin January 26, with opening/press night on Friday, February 3, 2017. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets range in price from $35 – $55 and are available online at www.silencethemusicalsf.com and at the theater box office, one-hour prior to performance time. Chianti will be on tap at the theater, but at this time, no fava-beans will be made available for public consumption. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.Featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show] on Broadway) and music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, SILENCE! The Musical stars Anne Norland as Clarice and Scott Hayes as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. SILENCE! combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a musical parody that’s sure to be popular with well-seasoned fans of the movie, foodies, and FBI novices alike. Narrated by a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs, audiences will succumb to the toe-tapping tune from Buffalo Bill as he gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin, drool with delight as Dr. Lecter sings about the life he’d like to lead outside the prison walls, and care for fledgling agent Starling as she navigates her West Virginia accent, her good bag, and her cheap shoes, as she tries to climb the FBI ladder. Directed by Jason Hoover, SILENCE! The Musical stars Anne Norland as Clarice Starling, Scott Hayes as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Brian Watson as Buffalo Bill, Brendon North, Matt Hammons, Ryan Vasquez, Eliza Leoni, Audrey Baker and Hayley Lovgren. The creative team for SILENCE! includes choreographer Alex Rodriguez, music director Ben Prince, scenic designer Kuo Hao Lo, lighting designer Michael Ramsaur, sound designer Anton Hedman, costume designer Connie Strayer, stage manager Lori Fowler and technical director, production manager Daniel Cadigan and prop designer Devon LaBelle.

 

The San Francisco Playhouse presents THE CHRISTIANS In just ten years, Pastor Paul’s modest ministry has grown into a massive megachurch, with thousands of believers coming through its doors each week. But as Paul wrestles with his own faith, he moves to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide. SHOWS: IT RUNS to March 11th, 2017 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: January 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th at 8pm No matinees January 28th and 29th. WHERE: 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS: For tickets ($20-$125) or more information, the public may contact the San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-20Stage Kiss opens in the G.K. Hardt Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa on January 13th and runs through February 5th. Tickets are available on 6th Street Playhouse’s website or by calling the box office at (707) 523-4185.

 

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 25th season with Tom Stoppard’s (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through, THE REAL THING. Playwright Henry is not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When his affair with their friend, Annie, threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realizes that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband for Henry, he can’t help but wonder whether their relationship is fiction or the real thing. Delectable and deeply affecting, THE REAL THING takes a look at the absolute chaos of love and trust, or lack thereof, and the passions that often blur our perceptions. Timothy Near (“Master Harold”…and the boys) returns to Aurora to helm this Tony Award-winner for Best Play (1984) and Best Revival of a Play (2000), which The New York Times called “Stoppard’s most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years,” and The Independent (UK) declared “Stoppard at his most relatable.” Featuring Elijah Alexander, Liz Sklar, Carrie Paff (This Is How It Goes, A Delicate Balance, Collapse), Tommy Gorrebeeck (The Monster-Builder, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale), Seann Gallagher, and Emily Radosevich. DATES:           Previews: January 27, 28, and February 1 at 8pm; January 29 at 2pm; January 31 at 7pm Opens: February 2, 2017  Closes: February 26  SHOWS:         Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm  WHERE:         Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA  TICKETS:        For subscriptions and single tickets, the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35, student, and group discounts available.

 

CENTER REP PRESENTS “Women in Jeopardy!”  By Wendy MacLeod Directed by Michael Butler Starring: Sarah Brazier, Eric Carlson, Lynda DiVito*, Jamie Jones*, Jason Kuykendall*, Elisabeth Nunziato* *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association  DESCRIPTION: Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo – he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth to save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.  DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO: . Press opening is Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30PM. Closes Saturday, February 25th at 8:00PM.  TICKET PRICE RANGE: $33 – $55  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. PRODUCTION TEAM: Directed by Michael Butler  Choreographed by Jennifer Perry Scenic Design by Richard Olmsted+  Costume Design by Bethany Deal  Lighting Design by David Leonard+  Sound Design by Jeff Mockus+ Stage Managed by Fredric H. Orner*  +Member of United Scenic Artists  *Member of Actors Equity Association

 

The Marsh Berkeley presents award-winning comedian Alicia Dattner in her hilarious solo show Eat, Pray, Laugh!, the journey of a Jewish princess seeking an Indian guru for a one-life stand. Dattner quits her life as a San Francisco comedian to embark on a solo adventure through India in search of herself, only to realize that home is, well, at home. From seductive French yoga teachers to mysterious Indian toilets, she pokes fun at her Western monkey-mind irritations, including the Italian fashion exporter with a Krishna fetish, mosquitoes the size of small ponies, and Chabad Jews on the Ganges. Will Alicia find salvation, or merely a lasting love for mustaches and masala chai?   WHEN:          February 2 – March 11, 2017  Press Opening: February 11 SHOWS:        8:00pm Thursday 8:30pm Saturdays  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  TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

“Anything Goes “ Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman Artistic Director: David Judson Directed by David Judson Music Direction by Brett Strader Choreography by Suzanne BrandtStaring Joy Sherratt* as “Reno Sweeney”, Christopher Vettel* as “Sir Evelyn Oakleigh”, Amy Franklin Leonards* as “Hope Harcourt”, Michael Patrick Gaffney* as “Elisha Whitney”, and Tim Wagner as “Billy Crocker”, along with a talented cast and ensemble of professional and regional actors. [*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers] WHAT: Anything Goes presented by Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre WHERE: Firehouse Arts Center 4444 Railroad Avenue located in Pleasanton, CA 94566 WHEN: January 28, 2017 – February 12, 2017Fridays, 2/3 & 2/10 at 8pm Saturdays, 1/28 & 2/4 & 2/11 at 8pm Saturday matinees, 2/4 & 2/11 at 2pmSunday matinees 1/29 & 2/12 at 2pmSPECIAL EVENTS: Inside the Show: Following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, January 29, 2017. COST: $19-$40 Season Subscription also availableDiscounts: 10% discount is available to groups of 10 or more, contact the box office directly TICKETS: (925) 931-4848 or online at www.pcrtproductions.org

 

Lettice and Lovage.   Peter Shaffer’s comedy about a flamboyant tour guide prone to outrageous embellishment of the history of the English country house where she works.  Produced by Novato Theater Co.   Directed by Rene Mandel-Sher.  NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. Feb. 3-19. Fri-Sat 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm.  One preview, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $12-27 at www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 for information only.

 

: NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Dr., Novato 94949 Preview: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm Opens: Friday, Feb. 3 at 8:00 pm Runs: Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 pm; Sundays: 2:00 pm, through Feb. 19 Running Time:  2 hours 15 minutes, with two intermissions. Tickets: $27 Adults, $21 NTC Members and Subscribers, $24 Seniors/Students, $12 Children 12 and under, $15 Preview. Online ticketing at www.novatotheatercompany.org; call (415) 883-4498 for questions/information only. No credit cards accepted at the theater box office for walk ups, cash or checks only. Open Seating • Free Parking • ADA Compliant  “Lettice and Lovage.”   Peter Shaffer’s comedy about a flamboyant tour guide prone to outrageous embellishment of the history of the English country house where she works.  Produced by Novato Theater Co.   Directed by Rene Mandel-Sher.  NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. Feb. 3-19. Fri-Sat 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm.  One preview, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $12-27 at www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 for information only.

 

6th Street Playhouse Presents the North Bay Premiere of Buyer & Cellar!  6th Street Playhouse to present the North Bay Premiere of Jonathan Tolins’ hit comedy, Buyer & Cellar. Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of beloved megastar, Barbara Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous, one-man comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs  Buyer & Cellar opens in the Studio Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa on February 3rd and runs through February 19th. Tickets are available on 6th Street Playhouse’s website or by calling the box office at (707) 523-4185.

 

“ By Chardonnay”  Directed by Ellery Schaar Featuring Cooper Carlson, Kate Jones, Giorgia Luisa, Jessica Mele, Kaeli Quick, Rachel Rockwood, Sharon Shao, Leah Shesky, Meredith Terry, Kitty Torres Set design by Devin Kasper Costume and Prop Design by Hannah Bernard-Henke Lighting and Sound Design by Clint Winder Animation by Kendra Juul WHAT: World Premiere of Musical Comedy The Revolution Will Not Be Harmonized   WHERE: PianoFight at 144 Taylor St., San Francisco  WHEN: February 2-25, 2017 Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:00pm Opening Night: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:00pm COST: $25-40  TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: pianofight.com

 

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“FINDING NEVERLAND”      THE STORY OF HOW PETER BECAME PAN    The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.  Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.  The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).   Venue SHN Orpheum Theatre   1192 Market St.  San Francisco, CA 94102 Dates:     January 18–February 12, 2017   Tickets  www.shnsf.com    IT CLOSES FEB 12TH

 

“Native Son” By Nambi E. Kelley  Adapted from the novel by Richard Wright Directed by Seret Scott FEATURING  Jerod Haynes, Rosie Hallet, Adam Magill, C. Kelly Wright, Dane Troy, Ryan Nicole Austin, Courtney Walsh, and Patrick Kelly Jones  WHEN  to- February 12, 2017  PERFORMANCES   Evenings  Tue – Sun 7:30pm  Matinees  February 2, 2:00pm Sat January 28 & February 11, 2:00pm Sun January 29, February 5 & 12, 2:00pm WHERE  Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941 ABOUT Bigger Thomas dares to want more out of life. Things start looking up when he lands a plum job with the well-to-do Dalton family, but their daughter Mary proves to be as dangerous as she is alluring. A fateful decision sends Bigger down a violent and inescapable path. Misrepresented and underestimated by everyone around him, Bigger has no one to turn to except himself. Using W.E.B. DuBois’ theory of double consciousness as a guiding principle, this fresh, 90-minute adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel focuses on the landscape inside the mind of Bigger Thomas, bringing the power of the original story to life for a whole new generation. MTC is proud to bring Ms. Kelley’s heart-stopping, urgent and expressionistic play to the West Coast, following its sold-out World Premiere at Chicago’s Court Theatre in 2014.  TICKETS   $22 – $60 Discounts   Discounts for seniors, teens, military families, Bay Area teachers and groups of 7 or more are available. Contact the Box Office for more details.  marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org ACCESS Marin Theatre Company is proud to partner with the Theatre Development Fund’s Open Captioning Initiative to provide open captioned performances of each of the plays in our mainstage series on the Thursday matinee. The open captioned performance for Native Son will be Thursday, February 2, at 1:00pm. For visually impaired patrons, Large Print playbills are available with one week’s advance notice. To request a Large Print playbill, call MTC’s Box Office, (415) 388-5208, or use the California Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing “711.” For hearing impaired patrons, amplified sound  Assistive Listening Devices are available.  CONTACT  marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org   IT RUNS THRU FEBRUARY 12

 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with Beth Henley’s brilliantly imaginative tale of relationships, Crimes of the Heart. Three hard-luck sisters reunite in their small, pitiless Mississippi hometown, each nursing her own grudge. In a hurricane of hilarity and hurt, Lenny is turning 30, Meg is fresh from rehab, and Babe is out on bail. The boundaries of sisterhood are put to the test as each sister comes to terms with her dreams gone awry. The New York Times said Crimes of the Heart, “overflows with infectious high spirits.” This Pulitzer Prize and NY Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli. WHEN:       Closes: Sunday, February 5, 2017 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, Mountain View TICKETS:     $31-$80; savings available for educators, seniors, and patrons 35 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, FEB 5TH

 

ARE WE ALMOST THERE? THE TRAVEL MUSICAL “ AT PHOENIX THEATER NOVEMBER 18 Producer: AWAT Productions Description: An original musical revue of comedy songs about travel – the anxieties, annoyances . . . and occasional joys.  Show dates: Performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM (except December 24 and 31)   Opens It Closes January 28, 2017 Ticket prices:      General admission: $34; Seniors and students: $32 Low-priced previews: $30; Seniors and students: $28 Purchase tickets: (800) 838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com Website: www.arewealmostthere.org WHO’S WHO: Writer, director: Morris Bobrow (Foodies! The Musical, Shopping! The Musical, Party of One, Party of 2) Cast: David Goodwin, Kim Larsen, Deborah Russo, Deborah Shaw Accompanist: Ben Keim Calendar listing information: Are We Almost There? The Travel Musical, Phoenix Theater, 414 Mason Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco- Performances start November 18, plays Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM (except December 24 and 31) through January 28  IT CLOSES TONIGHT

 

“CIQUE DE SOLIE LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality.LUZIA has a cast of 44 artists from 15 different countries and is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th production since 1984. Prestige VIP Packages  Various Prestige VIP Packages giving access to the best seats and a delectable culinary pre-show experience are available for selected Montreal performances of LUZIA. The exclusive VIP tent extends the show’s experience in a unique, surprising and playfully inventive setting evoking the colors, the flavours and the effervescence of Mexico. For more information about individual packages and corporate hospitality opportunities, visit http://cirk.me/LuziaVIPpackages “LUZIA” plays at A.T. & T Park off 3rd Street Bridge thru January 29, 2017 and will move to San Jose t the Taylor Street Bridge E Lot from February 9th to March 9th   For tickets and information about the tour visit hppps://www.ciquedusoleit. com/luzia   IT CLOSES IN SAN FRANCISCO TOMORROW AND REOPENI IN SAN JOSE FROM FEB 9 TO MARCH 9TH

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“Avenue Q” 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 Matthew Lee Cannon Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus Choreography by Rory Davis Choreography recreated by Stephanie Temple Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao Lo Costume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Virginia Herbert Puppet Direction by William Giammona and Chris Morrell Puppet Design by Travis Howse The Purple Cast of Avenue Q (Tues, Wed, & Sun) features Audrey Baker, Morgan Jade Booker, Scott DiLorenzo, Monica Ho, Juliana Lustenader, Brendon North, and Kyle Stoner. The Orange Cast of Avenue Q (Thurs, Fri & Sat) features William Giammona, Chris Morrell, AeJay Mitchell, Zac Schuman, Pam Sevilla, Stephanie Temple and Erin Yvette. WHAT: Avenue Q Returns to NCTC WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @Market, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: TO  – January 22, 2017 Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 2pm COST: $35-$60 RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AVENUE Q: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7pm. COST: $60, includes complimentary champagne toast TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org  REVIEW IS UP IN ARCHEIVES    IT CLOSE TONIGHT    REVIEW IS ARCHIEVES. REVIEW OF THE PURPLE CAST IN NOW UP ON THIS SITE

 

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Shotgun Players begins running all five shows of their 25th Anniversary Season a weekly repertory  for the first time! Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Village Bike, by Penelope Skinner, Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck, Caught, by Christopher Chen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. WHEN:  TO – January 29 2017. Check our calendar online for the full line-up of weekly performances at: www.shotgunplayers.org/Online/repcalendar WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley TICKETS: Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out! REP FESTIVAL TICKET PACKAGES AVAILABLE! go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500   SHOTGUN PLAYERS   PRESENTS  “Caught”  By Christopher Chen Directed by Susannah Martin Caught features Set Design by Nina Ball, Costume Design by Christine Crook, Projection Design by Wesley Cabral, Properties Design by Devon LaBelle, Light Design by Ray Oppenheimer, Sound Design by Matt Stines.  The cast of Caught features El Beh, Mick Mize, Elissa Stebbins and Jomar Tagatec. WHAT: The real line between truth and fiction is tenuous at best. Who gets to decide? In a subversive study of cultural appropriation, Caught presents Lin Bo, a legendary Chinese dissident who was jailed over a single work of art. Amidst a retrospective exhibit of his work, the artist shares the details of an ordeal that defies belief. Presented in collaboration with the Xiong Gallery, Bay Area rising star Christopher Chen weaves a labyrinth between truth and perception, authorship and authenticity, where nothing is as it first appears.  WHEN:  It runs thru – October 2 Repertory Performances: November 26, 2016 – December 17, 2016  WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  TICKET PRICES: Pay-What-You-Can Previews September 1 – 6. Regular performances $25 – $35. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500 – http://www.xionggallery.org/  IT CLOSES TOMORROW

 

SHOTGUN PLAYERS   PRESENTS  “Grand Concourse”  By Heidi Schreck  Directed by Joanie McBrien  – From our earliest age – when someone hurts us  – we are taught to turn the other cheek. Set in an inner city soup kitchen, Grand Concourse introduces us to Shelley, a basketball playing nun, who has dedicated her life to serving others. Into the mix comes Emma, a complex and mysterious young woman who wants to make a difference. With sharp humor and brutal honesty, Grand Concourse forces us to question if some actions are unforgivable. To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Shotgun Players presents the entire season in repertory with a core ensemble of 12 actors. Grand Concourse begins previews on July 13, Opens July 16, with an initial run through August 21 and onward as part of the repertory season through January 2017 at The Ashby Stage.   In the tradition of Dorothy Day and The Sisters of Social Service, Shelley has been running an underfunded soup kitchen for almost twenty years. And she’s wearing thin. It’s a rather hopeless place to be – serving an endless parade of people in need with very little support. Young and vibrant Emma, the kitchen’s newest volunteer, provides a boost of energy and renewed pride in doing good. Their quick friendship acts as a catalyst for Shelley, who puts her trust in Emma, overlooking some major red flags.   Grand Concourse 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 Grand Concourse features Caleb Cabrera, Kevin Clarke*, Nick Medina, David Sinaiko, Elissa Stebbins, Cathleen Riddley*, and Megan Trout. (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.) WHEN: Previews: July 13 – July 15 Opening Night : July 16 Initial Run: Wednesday – Sunday, July 13 – August 21 Repertory Performances: November 26, 2016 TO January 31, 2017 WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews July 13 – 15. Regular performances $23 – $35. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call  IT WILL RUN IN REP UNTIL TOMORROW

 

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  CLOSES TOMORROW

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THE CURRAN THEATRE AFTER A TWO RENOVANTION OPENS WITH THE TONY WINNING FOR 2015  “FUN HOME” Every once in a while a musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, FUN HOME is the bold new Tony Award-winning Best Musical that introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, FUN HOME is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” musical FUN HOME broke new ground and received raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way.  VENUE     Curran Theatre, 445 Geary Street, San Francisco.   Tickets can be obtain by calling 415-358-1220 or on line at www.sfcurran.com

 

“Daniel’s Husband” By Michael McKeever  Directed by Allen Sawyer Featuring Christine Macomber, Michael Monagle, Daniel Redmond, John Steele Jr., Nathan Tylutki. Scenic Design by Robert Golden Costume Design by Michelle Mulholland Lighting Design by Maxx Kurzunski Prop Design by Daniel YelenStage Management by Toni Guidry. WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Walker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: January 20 – February 26, 2017 Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Opening Night: Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8pm COST: $25-50 TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org

 

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Thrillpeddlers Need To Vacate Hypnodrome Theatre After Sale of Building by End of Feb. 2017.   Future of Company in Flux. Final Performances Announced. WHEN:     It runs thru – Feb. 14, 2017 (See schedule below for performance dates and times.) Ham Pants Productions & The Hypnodrome present “Naked Dudes Reading Lovecraft”  H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror – read by Stark Naked Performers Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 – 8:00 pm (SOLD OUT)  Just Added! Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 – 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm $25 – Gen. Admission, Shock Boxes and Turkish Lounge / $30 – Front Row Seats The Hypnodrome – 575 10th St. SF 94103 Tickets: http://www.hypnodrome.org  IT RUNS THRU FEB 14

 

Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” opens Jan 27 McBride and Sasser lead all-star cast Lucky Penny Productions opens the second half of its 2016-17 season with Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical “A Little Night Music” It runs through February 12th at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center.  “We are thrilled to be producing our first Sondheim musical, and equally thrilled with the sensational talent you will see on our intimate stage” said Artistic Director Taylor Bartolucci.  James Sasser*, seen in Lucky Penny’s production of “Funny Girl” as Nicky Arnstein, and in “The Secret Garden” as Archibald Craven, is the production’s Director and will play the role of Fredrik. Dyan McBride*, seen in “Cowgirls” and “Gideon’s Knot,” is Desiree Armfeldt. The cast also includes Katie Motter*, an audience favorite in “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical,” as Anne, and Phillip Percy Williams, who starred as Jim in “Big River,” as Count Carl Magnus. Also featured in the cast are Ellen Brooks, Jenny Veilleux, Robert Francis, Brittany Law, Charlotte Kearns, Amber Marsh, Thom Hinesley, Jessica Gerson, Charles Jaeger,  Danny Quezada, and Kathi Brotemarkle. Musical Direction is by Craig Burdette, with Choreography by Staci Arriaga.  “A Little Night Music” is live on stage  January 27 through February 12 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa. Details and online ticketing are available at www.luckypennynapa.com or by phone at 707-266-6305. IT RUNS THRU FEB 12TH

 

 

YELLOW FACE   It runs thru- February 11   Los Altos Stage Company  Bus Barn Theater  Asian-American playwright DHH is trying to navigate his way through the complex and ever-changing role that “face” plays in American life today. Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply poignant,”Yellow Face “is an inventive farcical faux-documentary that takes on the subject of race in America with even-handed treatment of all viewpoints, hope for the world that could be, and a sense of humor a mile wide. Tickets: $18-$36On the Web: http://www.losaltosstage.org  Contact: Box Office: 650-941-0551 IT RUNS THRU FEB 11TH January 27 through February 11, 2017    Thursday Friday & Saturdays at 8:00 pm;        Sundays, January 29 and February 5 at 2:30 pm          Onstage Repertory Theatre Company presents the comedy  “CATFISH MOON” written by LADDY SARTIN, Directed by Helen Means.   WHERE:           Martinez Campbell Theatre 636 Ward Street, Martinez, CA TICKETS:            General admission $18, Seniors,  $16 & Students $10      Thursday, Bargain Price $12.  RESERVATIONS    (925) 518-3277 ONSTAGE THEATRE WEBSITE            Onstagetheatre.homestead.com FEATURING ACTORS:    Featuring:  Eddie Peabody,  (Pittsburg), Michael Wedgley (Pleasant Hill),  Randall Nott (Martinez) and Siobhan O’Brien (Richmond).  ABOUT THE PLAY:     Three middle-aged men, inseparable as adolescents, reunite beneath a magical CATFISH MOON in an attempt to recapture the friendship of their youth.   While casting lines from a favorite boyhood pier, the weight of adulthood is lifted by their love of fishing .  The Onstage Repertory Theatre comedy, written by Mississippian Laddy Sartin, is helmed by Artistic Director Helen Means. CATFISH MOON performs January 27 through February 11 at the Martinez Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St. in Martinez. Tickets at the door are $18 General, $16 Seniors and $10 Students, and may be reserved by calling (925) 518-3277. Bargain Night Thursdays, all tickets $12.   For more information visit Onstagetheatre.homestead.com. IT RUNS THRU FEB 11

 

Pear Theatre greets the new year with a production of UNCANNY VALLEY by Thomas Gibbons. “Uncanny valley” is a computer industry term, referring to a sense of unease when a computer-generated figure, or humanoid robot, appears almost – but not ‘quite’ – human. UNCANNY VALLEY – which shows us a synthetic being during the slow process of becoming a human analogue – explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. The Washington Post called it “fascinating … cerebrally challenging. The questions the play raises — can, for instance, a robot’s consciousness attain a level of sophistication that qualifies as sentience? — compel one to consider whether like the Tin Man, a manufactured being might actually someday possess a heart”. Closes: Sunday, February 12, 2017 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM; Sundays: 2:00 PM WHERE: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View TICKETS: – $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information, or to order tickets, visit www.thepear.org or call (650) 254-1148. CLOSES FEB 12TH

 

Cutting Ball Theater presents Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler directed by Yury Urnov and featuring Britney Frazier in the title role. Playwright: Henrik Ibsen Translator: Paul Walsh Director: Yury Urnov Cast: Francisco Arcila, Britney Frazier, Carla Pauli, Kunal Prasad, Steve Thomas  Creative Team: Alina Bokovikova (costumes), Cliff Caruthers (sound design), Hamilton Guillén (lighting design), Jacqueline Scott (set design) It runs thru – February 26, 2017  Following dates: February 2 – 5, 9 – 12, 16 – 19, 23 – 26 Thursdays @ 7 p.m.  Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m.  Sundays @ 5 p.m. WHERE: The EXIT on Taylor  277 Taylor St.  San Francisco, CA 94102 TICKETS: $15 – $45  Tickets may be purchased online at  cuttingball.com/productions/hedda-gabler or by phone at 415-525-1205. IT RUNS THRU FEBRUARY 26TH

 

Ubuntu Theater Project and Inferno Theatre’s production of”Waiting for Godot”will be directed by Inferno’s Producing Artistic Director, Giulio Cesare Perrone and will feature Ubuntu Company Members J Jha as Vladimir, and Mohammad Shehata as Pozzo. As well as, Kevin Rebultan as Estragon and Indigo Jackson as Lucky. Waiting for Godot runs from TO – February 27, 2017 at the new residency space, Brooklyn Preserve – 1433 12th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94616. For tickets ($15-35 online; pay-what-you-can at the door) and information, the public can call (510) 646-1126 or visit www.ubuntutheaterproject.com.   IT RUNS THRU FEB 27,

 

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Due to popular demand, The Marsh San Francisco announces politician and comedian Tom Ammiano will return in the New Year with his acclaimed show, Mincing Words. The hilarious solo turn, written and performed by former California State Assemblymember Ammiano, gives an insider’s view into the world of politics in Sacramento as Tom strives to take the a** out of assembly. Verbal jousting at the state capitol with combative colleagues, officious officials, and polarized voters shed a humorous light on the inside culture of a city fueled by politics.  WHEN:          IT RUNS THRU – February 25, 2017  SHOWS:        5pm, Saturdays  WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco   1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20 – $35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org\  IT RUNS THRU FEB 25,

The Marsh announces Don Reed’s acclaimed autobiographical hit East 14th, which critics lauded as a bold and innovative peek into an extraordinary childhood, will return to San Francisco. This successful solo show, which originated at The Marsh in 2009 and ended up Off-Broadway, invites audiences to 1970s Oakland, when Reed tried to resist the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather. All Reed wanted was to be just like dear old Dad, not knowing Dad was a pimp. East 14th is the first installment in Reed’s hilarious coming-of-age trilogy and includes elements of the unforgettable story “I Miss Toni” that was featured on National Public Radio podcast Snap Judgment. WHEN:        to– December 18  SHOWS:        Saturdays at 8:30pm Sundays at 5:30pm  WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco 1062 Valencia Street TICKETS:     $20 – $35 sliding scale, $55 – $100 reserved INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org IT RUNS FEBRUARY 18TH

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The Regional Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts Kicks Off Dragon Theatre’s 2017 Season When Jack, a New York banker, suddenly shows up at his parents’ Cincinnati home in the middle of the night with a sack full of ice cream and no wife, his sister Lorna wants to know what’s going on. Where’s his socialite wife? Is he home for good? And why is he giving away so much money? Theresa Rebeck’s (Bad Dates, Dragon 2011) dark comedy examines the conflict between Main Street and Wall Street, flyover state values versus coastal state values, and the humor within a family in turmoil. Featuring the talents of: Michael Champlin (Jack), Kristen Kaye Lo (Lorna), Janine Saunders Evans (Jenny), Brian Flegel (Phil), Jackie O’Keefe (Barbara) Designers & Production Team: William Campbell (Lighting Design), Michael Champlin (Co-Director), Ashley Taylor Frampton (Production Manager), Josiah Frampton (Box Office Manager), R. Dutch Fritz (Scenic Designer), Meredith Hagedorn (Executive Artistic Director), Lance Huntley (Sound Designer), Kristen Kaye Lo (Co-Director), Charlynn Knighton (Properties Designer), Tahiya Marome (Costume Designer), Charles McKeithan (Technical Director), Linda Olbourne (Company Manager), Chrissie Schwanhausser (Stage Manager), Kimberly Wadycki (Managing Director and Press Inquiries), Kathy Yan (Assistant Stage Manager), Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Design) WHEN: January 27 – February 19, 2017 Thursdays – Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.   with a post-show reception  Post-show discussion with the cast and director Sunday, February 5th WHERE: The Dragon Theatre in downtown Redwood City
 2120 Broadway Street at the intersection of Broadway and Theatre Way  HOW MUCH: $35 for general admission seats. $27 for student/senior tickets. $15 rush tickets on Thursdays and Fridays starting 2nd week.   Doors open at 7:30p; show starts at 8p.  $175 for the VIP box (seats 4 people and includes champagne and chocolates.) CONTACTING THE BOX OFFICE: Leave a voicemail at 650-493-2006 x 2 and your call will be returned within 2 business days. If you’d rather email, contact Josiah at tickets@dragonproductions.net. The Dragon Box Office is not staffed 7 days a week so there might be a delay in response. Buying tickets online at http://www.dragonproductions.net is the very best way to reserve a ticket in advance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  TIX & MORE INFO: http://dragonproductions.net/   IT RUNS THRU FEB 5TH

 

“Sonoma Arts Live opens its season with Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, directed by Lauren Miller. This January-June 2017 season is dedicated to “Women Who Dare,” says Executive Artistic Director Jaime Love. “We are proud to kick off the season with Evita. A complicated woman, Eva Peron was certainly a woman who dared.”  The show runs TO-February 5, with 9 shows only, Friday-Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday matinee at 2:00. The theater is located at 276 East Napa Street in the historic Sonoma Community Center, celebrating its 100th birthday. Performed with special permission from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Evita tells the astonishing true story, in song, of a girl who rose from humble beginnings and dared to become the most powerful woman in Argentina. Sonoma native Ellen Toscano stars as Eva Peron. Ellen has spent the last ten years in San Francisco’s iconic hit Beach Blanket Babylon. “I’m  thrilled to be making my debut with Sonoma Arts Live in a role that holds a very special place in my heart. Fifteen years ago, I played Eva Peron working alongside dear friend and current Evita director, Lauren Miller! It’s been a dream come true taking on this powerful character once again, and extra special performing in my hometown on the same stage where I made my debut in Sonoma at the age of 4 as a Bon Bon in The Nutcracker.”    The ensemble is made up of Jorge Covarrubias, Tessa Hope Morgan, Nora Summers, and Owen Hardisty.  Fiorella Garcia plays Juan Peron’s mistress. John Partridge is Music Director. Running for nine performances only, tickets are available at www.sonomaartslive.orgor by calling  866-710-8942 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday. Tickets also available at the box office, beginning one hour prior to curtain  IT RUNS THRU FEB 5TH

 

“Stage Kiss” opens in the G.K. Hardt Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa  runs through February 5th. Tickets are available on 6th Street Playhouse’s website or by calling the box oAurora Theatre Company continues its 25th season with Tom Stoppard’s (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) timeless comedy about an all-too-witty playwright who succumbs to the emotional ravages he puts his characters through, THE REAL THING. Playwright Henry is not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When his affair with their friend, Annie, threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realizes that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband for Henry, he can’t help but wonder whether their relationship is fiction or the real thing. Delectable and deeply affecting, THE REAL THING takes a look at the absolute chaos of love and trust, or lack thereof, and the passions that often blur our perceptions. IT RUNS THRU FEB 5TH

 

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ARE WE ALMOST THERE? THE TRAVEL MUSICAL “ AT PHOENIX THEATER NOVEMBER 18 Producer: AWAT Productions Description: An original musical revue of comedy songs about travel – the anxieties, annoyances . . . and occasional joys.  Show dates: Performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM (except December 24 and 31)   Opens   It Closes January 28, 2017 Ticket prices:      General admission: $34; Seniors and students: $32 Low-priced previews: $30; Seniors and students: $28 Purchase tickets: (800) 838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com Website: www.arewealmostthere.org WHO’S WHO: Writer, director: Morris Bobrow (Foodies! The Musical, Shopping! The Musical, Party of One, Party of 2) Cast: David Goodwin, Kim Larsen, Deborah Russo, Deborah Shaw Accompanist: Ben Keim Calendar listing information: Are We Almost There? The Travel Musical, Phoenix Theater, 414 Mason Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco- Performances start November 18, plays Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM (except December 24 and 31) through January 28  IT CLOSES JANUARY 28TH

 

“Avenue Q” 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 Matthew Lee Cannon Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus Choreography by Rory Davis Choreography recreated by Stephanie Temple Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao Lo Costume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Virginia Herbert Puppet Direction by William Giammona and Chris Morrell Puppet Design by Travis Howse The Purple Cast of Avenue Q (Tues, Wed, & Sun) features Audrey Baker, Morgan Jade Booker, Scott DiLorenzo, Monica Ho, Juliana Lustenader, Brendon North, and Kyle Stoner. The Orange Cast of Avenue Q (Thurs, Fri & Sat) features William Giammona, Chris Morrell, AeJay Mitchell, Zac Schuman, Pam Sevilla, Stephanie Temple and Erin Yvette. WHAT: Avenue Q Returns to NCTC WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @Market, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: TO  – January 22, 2017 Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 2pm COST: $35-$60 RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AVENUE Q: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7pm. COST: $60, includes complimentary champagne toast TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org  REVIEW IS UP IN ARCHEIVES    IT CLOSES JANUARY 28 2017    REVIEW IS ARCHIEVES. REVIEW OF THE PURPLE CAST IN NOW UP ON THIS SITE

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces Summer in Sanctuary, an acclaimed solo show by National Public Radio host Al Letson has been extended due to popular demand. Summer in Sanctuary, which opened at The Marsh in October is an autobiographical narrative that chronicles Letson’s summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Letson challenges perceptions about race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children of the Sanctuary. With Letson’s natural gift for storytelling, Summer in Sanctuary opens the dialogue on America’s dropout epidemic, while sharing the intimate story of a man’s attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. WHEN:                 December 3 – January 28, 2017  SHOWS:     December: 8pm Fridays or 8:30pm Saturdays (for schedule see website)   January: 8pm Fridays and 8:30pm Saturday  WHERE:    The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 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 THRU JANUARY 28TH 201

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“CIQUE DE SOLIE LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality.LUZIA has a cast of 44 artists from 15 different countries and is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th production since 1984. Prestige VIP Packages  Various Prestige VIP Packages giving access to the best seats and a delectable culinary pre-show experience are available for selected Montreal performances of LUZIA. The exclusive VIP tent extends the show’s experience in a unique, surprising and playfully inventive setting evoking the colors, the flavours and the effervescence of Mexico. For more information about individual packages and corporate hospitality opportunities, visit http://cirk.me/LuziaVIPpackages “LUZIA” plays at A.T. & T Park off 3rd Street Bridge thru January 29, 2017 and will move to San Jose t the Taylor Street Bridge E Lot from February 9th to March 9th   For tickets and information about the tour visit hppps://www.ciquedusoleit. com/luzia   IT CLOSES IN SAN FRANCISCO  TOMORROW AND REOPENI IN SAN JOSE FROM FEB 9 TO MARCH 9TH

 

Shotgun Players begins running all five shows of their 25th Anniversary Season a weekly repertory for the first time! Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Village Bike, by Penelope Skinner, Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck, Caught, by Christopher Chen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. WHEN:  TO – January 29 2017. Check our calendar online for the full line-up of weekly performances at: www.shotgunplayers.org/Online/repcalendar WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley TICKETS: Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out! REP FESTIVAL TICKET PACKAGES AVAILABLE! go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500   SHOTGUN PLAYERS   PRESENTS  “Caught”  By Christopher Chen Directed by Susannah Martin Caught features Set Design by Nina Ball, Costume Design by Christine Crook, Projection Design by Wesley Cabral, Properties Design by Devon LaBelle, Light Design by Ray Oppenheimer, Sound Design by Matt Stines.  The cast of Caught features El Beh, Mick Mize, Elissa Stebbins and Jomar Tagatec. WHAT: The real line between truth and fiction is tenuous at best. Who gets to decide? In a subversive study of cultural appropriation, Caught presents Lin Bo, a legendary Chinese dissident who was jailed over a single work of art. Amidst a retrospective exhibit of his work, the artist shares the details of an ordeal that defies belief. Presented in collaboration with the Xiong Gallery, Bay Area rising star Christopher Chen weaves a labyrinth between truth and perception, authorship and authenticity, where nothing is as it first appears.  WHEN:  It runs thru – October 2 Repertory Performances: November 26, 2016 – December 17, 2016  WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  TICKET PRICES: Pay-What-You-Can Previews September 1 – 6. Regular performances $25 – $35. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500 – http://www.xionggallery.org/  IT RUNS IN REP UNTIL TOMORROW

 

SHOTGUN PLAYERS   PRESENTS  “Grand Concourse”  By Heidi Schreck  Directed by Joanie McBrien  – From our earliest age – when someone hurts us  – we are taught to turn the other cheek. Set in an inner city soup kitchen, Grand Concourse introduces us to Shelley, a basketball playing nun, who has dedicated her life to serving others. Into the mix comes Emma, a complex and mysterious young woman who wants to make a difference. With sharp humor and brutal honesty, Grand Concourse forces us to question if some actions are unforgivable. To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Shotgun Players presents the entire season in repertory with a core ensemble of 12 actors. Grand Concourse begins previews on July 13, Opens July 16, with an initial run through August 21 and onward as part of the repertory season through January 2017 at The Ashby Stage.   In the tradition of Dorothy Day and The Sisters of Social Service, Shelley has been running an underfunded soup kitchen for almost twenty years. And she’s wearing thin. It’s a rather hopeless place to be – serving an endless parade of people in need with very little support. Young and vibrant Emma, the kitchen’s newest volunteer, provides a boost of energy and renewed pride in doing good. Their quick friendship acts as a catalyst for Shelley, who puts her trust in Emma, overlooking some major red flags.   Grand Concourse 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 Grand Concourse features Caleb Cabrera, Kevin Clarke*, Nick Medina, David Sinaiko, Elissa Stebbins, Cathleen Riddley*, and Megan Trout. (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.) WHEN: Previews: July 13 – July 15 Opening Night : July 16 Initial Run: Wednesday – Sunday, July 13 – August 21 Repertory Performances: November 26, 2016 TO January 31, 2017 WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews July 13 – 15. Regular performances $23 – $35. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call  IT WILL RUN IN REP THRU TOMORROW

 

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 29 2017 in REPORTORY  CLOSES TOMORROWH .

 

Cinnabar Theater presents…   RED HOT MAMA – The Sophie Tucker Songbook  starring Sharon McNight opens New Year’s Eve – runs through Jan. 29, 2017 Cinnabar Theatre in Petaluma, CA “Without missing a beat, McNight delivers a must see show” – Chicago Sun Times Red Hot Mama – The Sophie Tucker Songbook – is the story of the first lady of show business, the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas”, whose remarkable career spanned sixty years.  It contains the music and history of burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway and Las Vegas, in a critically acclaimed One-Woman Off-Broadway musical biography of the entertainment legend, written by and starring Tony Award Nominee Sharon McNight.   The LA Times reported, “McNight gives the performance of a lifetime as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas”.   January  14 – 8:00 pm     January 15 – 2:00 pm January 20 & 21 – 8:00 pm                        January 22 – 2:00 pm January 27 & 28 – 8:00 pm                        January 29 – 2:00 pm For more information – www.cinnabartheater.org Tickets $35- General Admission/ $25- Youth   Online at http://www.cinnabartheater.org/red-hot-mama/  OR by calling 707-763 8920 Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma, CA 94952  IT CLOSES TOMORROW

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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 Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase. • You may purchase a reserved seat for $15 prior to the show.   • You may purchase a reserved seat with a reserved singing slot for $25 prior to the show. • You may purchase a seat at the door for $20.

 

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!

 

The Wrong Side of Love Saturday, January 28 at 8pm Eileen Zamora, vocals Gary Neuman, piano Karl Hartmann, bass Brett Zamora, drums

 

A musical look at women unlucky in love. Hear from jilted ingenues, angry wives and hard luck broads as Eileen Zamora shares their stories through a series of songs from Broadway to standards, and country to rock.

 

Society Cabaret San Jose at the Hotel De Anza in the Hedley Club Lounge 233 West Santa Clara StreetSan Jose, CA 95113 Tickets available at  Society Cabaret (No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling  408-676-6471 Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase.

From your seat in the Hedley Room, you can purchase and enjoy: small plates, dinner and cocktail from La Pasta before or during the show. (No Minimums)

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“Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls” WHEN:            It runs thru – Feb 18, 2017  (Thurs. at 8PM, Fri. & Sat. at 7:00 pm)   Tickets are available at www.sfoasis.com (21 & over)  $25 for general admission, $35 for premium seating  VENUE:            Oasis, 298 Eleventh Street (at Folsom) SF, CA 94103 WEB PAGE:      www.sfoasis.com

 

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FEINSTEINS AT THE HOTEL NIKKO FOR THREE MONTHS BECAUSE HOTEL IS BE RENOVATED.

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