Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2017’

WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING & CLOSING IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY THEATRES —-week of January 1, 2017

 

OPENINGS

 

CABARET the Musical theTRIBE is bring their production of Cabaret (it SOLD OUT in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2014) back to the city! Experience the joy, fear, romance, and heartbreak of 1929/1930 Berlin in this hauntingly addictive production that sucks you in from start to finish. Directed with the show’s real-life source material (“Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood) in mind, this is the CABARET you know and love from a fresh perspective you didn’t know existed. Don’t miss this intense 11 day nightly (and sometimes daily) opportunity to experience theTRIBE Productions’ CABARET!  Bindlestiff Studio  Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:00 PM Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:00 PM Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:00 PM Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:00 PM Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:00 PM Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:00 PM Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:00 PM Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:00 PM Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:00 PM Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:00 PM Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:00 PM Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:00 PM   VENUE:  Bindlestiff Studios,185 Sixth Street, San Francisco    tickets can be obtain at www.sfcabaretbrownpapertickets.com

 

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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

 

 

San Francisco Playhouse presents SHE LOVES ME. A treat for the holidays, set at Christmas time, the musical She Loves Me—based on the same romantic story as the popular film You’ve Got Mail—follows Amalia and George, two perfume shop clerks who don’t quite see eye to eye. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. After they each respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they start to fall for their anonymous pen pals—but will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? “She Loves Me” will be directed by Susi Damilano and feature Playhouse favorites Jeffrey Brian Adams*, Joseph Estlack*, Monique Hafen*, Rodney Jackson*, Michael Gene Sullivan* and Nanci Zoppi*.SHOWS:  NO SHOW: 12.25, 1.1ADDED SHOWS: Saturday 12.24 at 2pm, Monday 12.26 at 7pm WHERE:450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS:For tickets ($30-$125) or more information, the public may contact the San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/she-loves-me/  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 14TH

 

 

 

“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 JANUARY 29TH AND REOPENI IN SAN JOSE FROM FEB 9 TO MARCH 9TH

 

REVIEWS IN THE ARCHIEVES OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

 

“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.

 

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SHOTGUN IN REPERTORY

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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 22, 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 JANUARY 17TH

 

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 JANUARY 31

 

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

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COMING UP ON WWW.TALKINBROADWAY.COM

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Theatre Rhinoceros presents… GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION by Win Wells “They were regular in being gay…they were gay the same length of time every day, they were gay, they were quite regularly gay.” directed by Kathryn L. Wood and John Fisher GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION won first prize at both the Edinburgh Festival and the Theatre Festival in Sydney, Australia, as well as the Vita Award in South Africa as Best Play. The love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas takes the stage in this witty and romantic account of their life together. WHEN:   Dec. 28, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017Limited Engagement – Only 8 Performances  Opening Night:        to – Jan. 8, 2017  Opening Night:   TIX:Tickets are $15 – $40 and are available at http://www.therhino.org/buy.htm  or 1-800- 838-3006. (All Previews are pay-what-you-wish at the door.)  WHERE:                Eureka Theatre – 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111  WEB PAGE: www.TheRhino.org FACEBOOK:                                https://www.facebook.com/events/263335970750098/http://forallevents.info/reviews/theater-cabaret-news/

 

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CURRENLY PLAYING

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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 6 & 7 – 8:00 pm   January 8 – 2:00 pm  January 13 & 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

 

 

THE MARSH

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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

 

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 2017

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CLOSES NEXT SUNDAY: JANUARY 8TH

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Theatre Rhinoceros presents… GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION by Win Wells “They were regular in being gay…they were gay the same length of time every day, they were gay, they were quite regularly gay.” directed by Kathryn L. Wood and John Fisher GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION won first prize at both the Edinburgh Festival and the Theatre Festival in Sydney, Australia, as well as the Vita Award in South Africa as Best Play. The love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas takes the stage in this witty and romantic account of their life together. WHEN:   Dec. 28, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017Limited Engagement – Only 8 Performances  Opening Night:        to – Jan. 8, 2017  Opening Night:   TIX:Tickets are $15 – $40 and are available at http://www.therhino.org/buy.htm  or 1-800- 838-3006. (All Previews are pay-what-you-wish at the door.)  WHERE:                Eureka Theatre – 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111  WEB PAGE: www.TheRhino.org FACEBOOK:                                https://www.facebook.com/events/263335970750098/http://forallevents.info/reviews/theater-cabaret-news/

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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!

 

Curtain Call Friday, January 6 at 7pm   Bill Cooper, master of ceremony  Barry Lloyd, piano

 

Singers are invited to drop by, take a turn at the mic and join in the celebration! A freewheeling party, the coolest of San Francisco’s evenings to enjoy indoors. The fun begins at 7 pm and continues to 10 pm – come when you can.

He Said/She Said: Great Gentlemen (and Ladies) of the Musical Theatre! Saturday, January 7 at 8pm John Rinaldi, vocals Daniel Lockert, piano Juliet Heller, guest vocals J. Scott Stewart, guest vocals Annmarie Martin, guest vocals

An irreverent look at my life and loves through the eyes of some of my favorite musical theatre characters, both male and female. They’re all here: from crazy film directors and long-suffering wives, to down-on-their-luck drag queens, simple River City librarians and at least one controversial First Lady.

 

The Best is Yet to Come! Friday, January 13 at 8pm Saturday, January 14 at 8pm Wesla Whitfield, vocals Mike Greensill, piano and vocals

A positive outlook for the New Year – it’s gonna be even better than 2016. New songs, beloved tunes all from the American songbook. Performed with the extraordinary talent, humor and jazz touch only Greensill and Whitfield can deliver. Help us discover and enjoy inspiration and possibilities of the New Year before us.

 

Me & Mr. V Friday, January 20 at 8pm Vanessa Bousay, vocals Erik Chalfant, vocals Tom Shaw, piano

 

Erik Chalfant and his pygmalion, Vanessa Bousay, each appear in a witty musical commentary on narcissism, gender stereotype and the fine art of duplicity. Song titles to include “Me & Mr. V (Mrs. Jones)”, “Pure Imagination”, “I Enjoy Being A Girl”, “The Man I Love”, “Ordinary Man”, “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face”, “And I Love Her”, “My Way” and many more.

Saturday, January 21 We will be dark in support of the   Million Woman March on Washington

 

Retro Nouveau! Friday, January 27 at 8pm Benn Bacot, vocals  Dave Austin, piano

Standards withstand the test of time. The artist job is to take the old and give it new life making it new again. Join the bass of the bay for an evening of song, old and not so old (Retro) dusted off and polished up with arrangements of today (Nouveau). With Special Guest LeAnn

 

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)

(Doors open at 7pm) Curtain Call  Friday, January 20 at 7pm Bill Cooper, master of ceremony Barry Lloyd, piano

Singers are invited to drop by, take a turn at the mic and join in the celebration! A freewheeling party, the coolest of San Jose evenings to enjoy indoors. The fun begins at 7 pm and continues to 9:30 pm – come when you can.

 

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

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