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

OPENINGS, PLAYING AND CLOSING IN THEATRES FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

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OPENINGS

 

Thomas and Sally   By Thomas Bradshaw Directed by Jasson Minadakis FEATURING Mark Anderson Phillips*: THOMAS JEFFERSON  Tara Pacheco*: SALLY HEMINGS Ella Dershowitz: SIMONE / MARTHA / POLLY Charlette Speigner*: ELIZABETH (BETTY) HEMINGS / RENEE Rosie Hallett*: KAREN / ABIGAIL ADAMS / PATSY L. Peter Callender*: JUPITER EVANS / FRENCH SERVANT Cameron Matthews: ROBERT HEMINGS / HUGO William Hodgson*: JAMES HEMINGS Robert Sicular*: JOHN WAYLES / BEN FRANKLIN / FRENCH COOK / FRENCH TAILOR / MAN Scott K. Coopwood*: CAPTAIN HEMINGS / JOHN ADAMS / OVERSEER / LAFAYETTE / JACQUE * Denotes member of Actors Equity Association WHEN September 28 – October 22, 2017 PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30pm Evenings Tue Sun 7:30pm Matinees Sun (Preview) October 1, 4:00pm Thu (Perspectives) October 12, 2:00pmSat October 7 & October 21, 2:00pm Sun October 8, October 15, and October 22, 2:00pm WHERE Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941 ABOUTAn explosive world premiere by the 2017 PEN Award-winner, Thomas and Sally gets up close and personal with founding father Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who mothered six of his children. Thomas Bradshaw takes us behind the scenes—and into the beds—of American history with the Hemings-Jeffersons and the rock stars of the Revolution: Ben Franklin, John & Abigail Adams & the Marquis de Lafayette. Tickets starting at $22.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

 

 

Cutting Ball Theater presents Paula Vogel’s THE MINEOLA TWINS, a satire about the women’s movement and the rise of conservatism.    Director: Ariel Craft    Cast: Elissa Beth Stebbins, Sango Tajima, Steve Thomas  Creative Team: Michael Locher (scenic design), Morgan Louie (costume design), Jax Steager (lighting design), Sara Witsch (sound design) WHEN: September 28 – October 29, 2017Previews: Thursday, September 28 @ 7 p.m.; Friday, September 29 @ 8pm Opening Night: Saturday, September 30 @ 8 p.m. Press Opening Night: Monday, October 2 @ 7 p.m. Following dates: October 5 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22, 26 – 29 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 – $45Tickets may be purchased online at cuttingball.com/productions/the-mineola-twins or by phone at 415-525-1205. FOR MORE INFORMATION: cuttingball.com

 

This Bitter Earth By Harrison David Rivers Directed by Ed Decker Casting and creative team for This Bitter Earth to be announced at a later date. WHAT: World Premiere of This Bitter Earth  WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Decker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: September 22 – October 22, 2017 Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Opening Night: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8pm Special Engagements: During the run of the show, audiences can enjoy many special events: Onstage Insight, Post-Show Discussion after the following performance: o   Sunday, October 8 at 2pm– Panel discussion featuring the cast, moderated by the play’s director.     Opening Night will take place on Saturday, September 30 at 8pm. The performance will be followed by a reception catered by 17-18 Season Restaurant Sponsor, Mina’s Brazilian.   More events to be announced! COST: $25-50TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org

 

Linda Ayres-Frederick’s gripping drama “The Unveiling” receives its premierestaging at the Phoenix Theatre, October 6-28When Herschel Rabinovitz’s nephew arrives in America, long-buried secretsare exhumed.. Like feathers in a pillow that explodewhen ripped open, some secrets are better left buried. Or are they? Hauntedby his past, World War II survivor Herschel Rabinovitz witnesses theconsequences of his revelation in The Unveiling, a world premiere Equity Julie Dimas-Lockfeld directs the world premiere of this gripping drama byaward-winning playwright Linda Ayres-Frederick at the Phoenix Theatre. Castincludes local actors Richard Aiello, Juliet Tanner*, Valerie Weak*, EvanSokol, Michael Shipley*, and the playwright Linda Ayres-Frederick*. *MemberAEA.This new play tells a story that runs the full experience of one family; I’mure the essence has flooded many since that horrible war ended. I’mhonored to be a small part of it. – Gary Gonser, set designer for TheUnveiling. Production Dates & Times: Preview: Fri Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m. Opening Night: Sat Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Continuing performances: Thursdays, Oct. 12, 26 at 8:00 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 13, 20, 27 at 8:00 p.m.Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28 at 8:00 p.m.Sunday – one matinee only, Oct. 22 at 3:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: Preview – $15Thursdays, and Sunday – $20Opening Night with Reception – $40Fri, Sat – $30, Students, Seniors & TBA Members – $15Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086129 1-800-838-3006 Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes with one intermission Phoenix Theatre: 414 Mason Street Suite 601, SF, 94102www.phoenixtheatresf.org

 

Returning with newly-added post-election material, The Marsh San Francisco presents Dan Hoyle’s wildly popular The Real Americans. In this acclaimed production, award-winning actor/playwright Hoyle gives a riveting recounting of his 100-day van trip through small-town and rural America, where he found himself at ground zero of the country’s economic inequality and political division. The updated ending will bring heightened relevancy in 2017 as the 45th president, championed by Middle America, continues his first year in office. The Real Americans is directed by Charlie Varon. WHEN:          October 6-28, 2017 WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco,1062 Valencia St, San FranciscoTICKETS:     $25-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved       For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055

 

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces Colette Uncensored, the first solo show by acclaimed actress Lorri Holt, will return to the East Bay for the fall with a revised script. Colette Uncensored, which received its World Premiere in April 2016 at The Marsh San Francisco, 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 enjoyed an extended run in San Francisco, and additional performances at The Marsh Berkeley in 2016. WHEN:          October 6–November 4, 201 Press opening: 5pm, Saturday, October 7SHOWS:        8:00pm, Fridays  5:00pm, Saturdays  WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley   2120 Allston Way, Berkeley TICKETS:     $20–$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved

The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst’s new solo show, Durst Case Scenario has been extended due to popular demand. Specializing in political humor for folks who don’t like politics, Durst’s rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America is changing in the Trump era  Will return October 3-November 21 SHOWS:        8pm, Tuesdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco   1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20 – $35 sliding scale, $55 – $100 reserved For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055

 

:          Smuin kicks off its 24th season with Dance Series 01, a program that includes the West Coast premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s critically lauded and transcendent piece Requiem for a Rose, set to what many consider to be Schubert’s most romantic string adagio, from the Quintet in C. Also on the program is Michael Smuin’s joyful tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, Fly Me to the Moon. This blend of ballet and popular dance is the embodiment of the smooth and stylish melodies that have inspired generations, including Sinatra’s renditions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Rounding out the bill is the return of Garrett Ammon’s bold Serenade for Strings. Set to Tchaikovsky’s score of the same name, this work is a vibrant new interpretation of a piece inexorably tied to the iconic 1934 Balanchine ballet. This program will also be presented in February and March 2018 in Mountain View and Carmel. SHOWS: SAN FRANCISCO: September 30-October 7, 2017 8:00 pm Thursday 8:00 pm Friday 2:00 & 8:00 pm Saturday September 30 8:00 pm Saturday October 7 2:00 pm Sunday Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon Street (at Bay Street) 415-912-1899 or www.smuinballet.org Subscriptions: $147-$194* Single tickets $25-$79* available August 1

 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Set in a magical version of ancient Athens,ruled by Queen Theseus and her lover Queen of the Amazons, where anyone canfall in love with everyone, and love spells dissolve the world’s strife. In this new take on a classic play, three young ladies and one young manfind themselves intoxicated by the powers of the forest and are changedforever. Shakespeare’s “rude mechanicals” become highly experiencedperformers in grand theatrical traditions. Down on their luck, they aretransformed into magical beings and realize their dream of performingspectacularly once again for royalty. Dwelling in the forest are creaturesled by a shadowy sprite, a spectral queen, and a fairy king whose dulcetharmonies set the world aright.Directed by Alison Sacha Ross. October 6-22. Preview October 6. Opens October 7. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm. Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium, 220 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. Allperformances are pay what you will.http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3083585

 

Shotgun Players presents Blasted, written by Sarah Kane, directed by Jon Tracy Blasted probes our relationship to violence as participants, spectators, and artists and asks “How do we engage with brutality that happens every day?” Blasted is 90 minutes long with no intermission and heavy use of graphic language, sexual violence, loud noises, strobing lights, and disturbing imagery. Audience members must be 18 or older to attend. Shotgun Players box office and patron services manager Amy Audiences can take part in this conversation during post-show talkbacks and through a weekly podcast series of conversations among the Blasted production team that will happen over the course of the production. The cast of Blasted features Adrienne Walters, Robert Parsons, and Joe Estlack. The creative team features set design by Nina Ball, scenic design assistance by Justine Law, lighting design by Heather Basarab, costume design by Miyuki Bierlein, stage management by Christina Larson and Nikita Kadam, props design by Devon LaBelle, sound design by Matt Stines, production assistance by Josh Van Eyken, fight direction by Elena Wright, and theatrical violence consultation by Dave Maier. WHEN: Thursday, September 21–Sunday, October 22, 2017 WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, BerkeleyTICKET PRICES: Pay-what-you-can previews: September 21–28. Regular tickets: $25–$40. Advance reservations strongly advised. Shows will sell out! For more information, go to shotgunplayers.org, email boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org, or call 510.841.6500.

 

THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE: A MUSICAL FAIRY TALE, a new pop musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, with book, music & lyrics by Min Kahng; directed and choreographed by Michael Mohammed with music direction by Margaret Halbig. CAST:  Pauli Amornkul, Ted V. Bigornia, Kenneth Greenwell, Christopher Juan, Ji-Yun Kim, Benjamin Nguyen, Matt Ono, Miyoko Sakatani, DC Scarpelli, Isabel To, Chelsea Wellott, Lisa Woo, and MinSeob Yeom. DATES:         . Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017: OPENING RECEPTION THROUGH October 21, 2017 SHOWTIMES: Sept 28 – Oct 21, 2017 Thursday Sept 28 (preview) and Friday Sept. 29 (preview) @ 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PM Sunday, Oct 8 and Oct 15 @ 2:00 PM  CLOSES: October 21             WHERE:  Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549

 

“The Addams Family,” a New Musical Comedy opens with Chanticleers’ traditional complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverage gala on October 6 and runs through November 5. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday evening shows is 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 pm (no show on October 8). General admission is $25; admission for Seniors (60+)/Students/Military is $20. On Bargain Night, October 7, all tickets are $18. The Chanticleers Theatre FlexPass (gives you four tickets to use anytime during the season) is $85 general and $68 seniors/students/military. Chanticleers Theatre is located within the Castro Valley Community Park at 3683 Quail Avenue, Castro Valley. Call 510-SEE-LIVE (733-5483) or go to chanticleers.org for reservations/tickets.

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest running solo show in San Francisco theater history by award-winning actor, playwright, and talk show host Brian Copeland, will extend to The Marsh due to popular demand. This funny, honest, and harrowing piece recounts the struggles Copeland faced growing up in what was declared one of the most racist suburbs in America. In 1972 The National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro a “racist bastion of white supremacy,” becoming the subject of features on CBS News and Newsweek among other national outlets. As the US Commission on Civil Rights conducted hearings, Copeland’s family moved to town – where they faced astonishing and humiliating harassment and isolation. WHEN:          October 7-21, 2017 SHOWS:        8:30pm 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

 

FoolsFURY Theater Company presents ROLE CALL, a world premiere double bill about self-discovery and claiming hard truths featuring Sheryl, Hamlet and Me, written and performed by Michelle Haner, and (dis)Place[d], written and performed by Debórah Eliezer. Directed by Ben Yalom. WHEN: October 5 – 22, 2017 Previews: Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6 @ 8pm Opening Night: Saturday, October 7 @ 8 p.m. Press Opening Night: Monday, October 9 @ 7 p.m. Following dates: October 12 – 15, 19 – 22 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. Sundays @ 7 p.m. WHERE: NOHspace 2840 Mariposa StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110 TICKETS: 15 – $30 Tickets may be purchased online at foolsfury.org/fury/rolecall, or by phone at 800-838-3006. FOR MORE INFORMATION: foolsfury.org

 

Pittsburg Community Theatre Presents “The Wizard of Oz!”Click your heels together three times and be transported back in time for this heartwarming tale of magic and fantasy, good and evil, and family and friendship. Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel and the 1939 film, this musical adaption of The Wizard of Oz is full of tunes from the timeless film such as “We’re Off To See the Wizard”, If I Only Had A Brain”, “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, and – of course – “Over The Rainbow” all presented with a special twist as only director Steven W. Mergogey-Conti can envision with the help of musical director Keala Freitas and choreographer Chelsea Bardellini. The PCT production of Oz, features a cast of more than 30 local performers led by Kate Henderson as Dorothy, the charming young girl from Kansas. The supporting cast includes Anna Holler as Glinda the Good Witch and Chelsea Bardellini as the Wicked Witch. The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion are aptly played by Conor Clancy, Pete Rapolas and Louis Esposito II respectively.   The Wizard of Oz opens PCT’s 2017-2018 season on October 6 and runs two weekends concluding October 15, 2017. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm. A special “No Place Like Home” matinee on Saturday, October 14 is planned where kids of all ages can come dressed in costume. Special drawings and opportunities for kids to meet the cast on stage are planned.Individual tickets, priced at $20 to $25, can be ordered by phone at 925-427-1611 or online at www.PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com. Season subscriptions are also available. Reasonably priced – 4 shows for the price of 3 – $75 for Adults and $60 for Senior/Students. PCT’s theatrical season includes: “The Wizard of Oz,” “Shrek Jr, The Musical,” Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” and the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Next to Normal.”

 

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—         TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its mission of developing new works in the Bay Area with the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt, a soaring celebration of the human spirit and one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. The musical score and lyrics come from Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), with book by Philip LaZebnik (Pocahontas, Mulan), who will both be in residence at TheatreWorks continuing to develop this stage adaptation of the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film. Featuring the Oscar-winning Best Song “When You Believe,” this vibrant new stage musical will be directed by multi-award-winning Broadway director Scott Schwartz (Golda’s Balcony; Jane Eyre; Bat Boy; Tick, Tick… Boom!), and features a dazzling, multi-ethnic cast led by Diluckshan Jeyaratnam, an acclaimed Danish actor/singer making his US debut as Moses, and Broadway’s Jason Gotay (Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), as Ramses. This Co-World premiere will be presented in collaboration with Fredericia Teater in Denmark, where it will be staged in 2018. WHEN:          Previews: Friday, October 6, 2017 – Friday, October 13, 2017 Closes: Sunday, November 5, 2017 SHOWS:        Previews: 8:00pm  Tuesdays: 7:30pm Wednesdays: 2:00pm, 7:30pm Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00pm Saturdays: 2:00pm, 8:00pm Sundays: 2:00pm, 7:00pm WHERE:       Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro St., Mountain View TICKETS:     $40-$100; savings available for educators, seniors, and patrons 35 and under. Pricing subject to change.INFO:             For information or to order tickets visit theatreworks.org or call (650) 463-1960

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, A NEW MUSICAL  at the Orpheum Theatre  about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in San Francisco on its first national tour!LEARN: Visit anamericaninparisbroadway.com SHN Orpheum Theatre1192 Market St.San Francisco, CA 94102 Start Date:  September 12, 2017 End Date: October 8, 2017 Running Time:  2 hours and 40  Tminutes, including a 20-minute intermission Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 10 and up. No children under 5 allowed. TICKETS on line www.shnsf-com  IT PLAYS THRU OCTOBER 8

 

“Reefer Madness” Book and lyrics by Kevin MurphyBook and music by Dan Studney September 15 through October 7 Victoria Theatre, San Francisco Inspired by the 1936 propaganda film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like ‘Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime’ and the Vegas-style ‘Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,’ featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! IT PLAYS THRU OCTOBER 7

 

BACK FROM IRAQ Musical Southside Theater  Through Oct 1stCelebrate the men and women of the U.S. military forces in a new, cool, creative way with the BACK FROM IRAQ musical at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. BACK FROM IRAQ is a high-voltage musical tribute to the “boots on the ground” lives of young women and men coming to terms with their first war experiences during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”Drawing on impressions from her younger brother, a U.S. Air Force Special Ops navigator, Zoe Conner has created a fast-paced, visually striking performance propelled by lively music ranging from Broadway tunes to hip hop styles. Discover thrilling rhythms, sounds, moves, and characters in a production that honors the young soldiers continually being put in harm’s way in the Middle East(415) 345-7575 BoxOffice@FortMason.org Tickets $22-$30  IT CLOSES TOMORROW

 

How I Learned to Drive.” Paula Vogel’s wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the relationship between ayoung girl and an older man. Directed by Katja Rivera. Custom Made Theatre,533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. . Runs through thru  Oct. 7. Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm; Sat Sept 23 & 30 2pmSee custommade.org/single-tickets for details. Tickets $20-$42. (415)798-2682, www.custommade.org Where: Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco 94102. Cast and Creative StaffStarring: Gianna DiGregorio Rivera, Valerie Fachman, Amanda Farbstein*, Eric Reid and David Schiller.Creative Staff: Cat Knight*, Stephanie Dittbern*, Maxx Kurzunski*, Tom O’Brien, Kathleen Qiu, Katja Rivera, and Ryan Lee Short*  IT PLAYS THRU OCTOBER 7

 

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BARBECUE  by Robert O’Hara Directed by Margo Hall : The hard-partying, foul-mouthed O’Mallery family is staging an intervention for their drug-addicted sister, Barbara. With a plan inspired by reality TV, they have disguised their meeting as a family barbecue in the park—but soon it’s the whole family’s problems that are in the spotlight. Barbecue overturns our presumptions about race, poverty, and the American family in hilarious and incisive fashion.SHOWS : September 26 through November 11, 2017Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pmPreview Performances: September 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 8pm 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 www.sfplayhouse.org

 

 

HAMLET by William ShakespeareDirected by Carey PerloffStarring John Douglas Thompson September 20–October 15, 2017 A.C.T.’s Geary TheaterTony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson returns to A.C.T. to take on one of theater’s most iconic roles: Hamlet. Two seasons ago, Thompson dazzled Geary audiences in the virtuoso one-man show Satchmo at the Waldorf. Now, to kick off the 2017–18 season, Thompson comes back to San Francisco to take on for the first time one of Shakespeare’s most complex and heartbreaking characters. In the story of a man who wakes up to find his world upended and his closest friends unworthy of trust, Shakespeare shows us how quickly change can happen—how an orderly kingdom ruled by a loving king can, in one stroke, become unrecognizable. A.C.T.’s first Shakespeare production since The Tempest reopened the Geary in 1996, Hamlet is a fitting part of A.C.T.’s celebration of 50 years.  VENUE  Geary Theatre, 405 Geary Ave, San Francisco   TICKETS” 415-749-2228 OR www.act.sf.org

 

Africian American Shakepeare Company presents  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream I”s staged at the Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco from September 16th through October 1st with only 5 performances! Buy tickets now at AMND.BrownPaperTickets.com / 1.800.838.3006 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Saturday, September 16 at 8pm —OPENING!Sunday, September 17 at 3pm Saturday, September 23 at 3pmSaturday, September 30 at 8pmSunday, October 1 at 3pm VENUE Taube Atrium Theater401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA, 94102 Nearest BART Station: Civic CenterTaube Atrium Theater TICKETS$30, general seatingBrown Paper TicketsAMND.BrownPaperTickets.com1.800.838.3006 IT CLOSES OCTOBER 1

 

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WHAT:  Altarena Playhouse presents  “Oklahoma!”,  the Tony award-winning musical by  Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers. Directed by Megan McKin ley Beaudreau with  musical direction by Mark Dietrich.  WHEN:  September 29 – November 5, Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm. Special Thursday performance November 2.  ASL-Interpreted performance Friday, October 27.    WHERE: Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, convenient to public transit TICKET  PRICES:   $30  /  $27  for  students  and  seniors.  Tickets  available  at www.altarena.org, (510) 523-1553 IT CLOSES OCTOBER 27

 

BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE TO OPEN 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON WITH EAST BAY PREMIERE OF THE HEAVENLY MUSICAL COMEDY “SISTER ACT”Performances to play historic Julia Morgan Theater in limited one-month engagement, beginning Sept 22, 2017Company announces plans to double its popular “Pay What You Can” performances ) – Berkeley Playhouse opens their tenth season of professional theater for family audiences with the East Bay premiere of Alan Menken’s heavenly musical comedy, Sister Act. Based on the hit 1992 film, audiences will be praising the toe-tapping, gospel infused score from Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid). When downtown disco diva Dolores Van Cartier witnesses a crime, she’s placed into protective custody in the one place she’s sure not to be found – a convent! Forced to trade in her nighttime habit of nightclubbing and disco dancing for a nun’s habit, Dolores finds newfound self-worth, confidence, and a community she never expected to be a part of, as she leads her fellow Sisters to heavenly new heights, and transforms their church into a revitalized home of celebration, song, and community spirit. Filled with powerful music, outrageous choreography, and a moving story of unlikely friendships, Sister Act will raise the roof of the historic Julia Morgan theater, which itself was originally built in 1910 as a community church. Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday  Tickets (ranging from $22-$40) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at www.berkeleyplayhouse.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Previews: Friday, September 22 at 7pm, and Saturday, September 23 at 1pm.  closess: October 22 at 2pm Performances: Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704. TICKETS: For tickets ($22 for previews, $22-$40 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org. Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.  PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be two “Pay What You Can” performances, Thursday October 5 and 12 at 7pm. The promotion is CASH ONLY at the door one-hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.  IT CLOSES OCTOBER 22

 

 

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) Announces Casting for CABARET Kander and Ebb classic to open 58th season; tickets on sale September 5—Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) today announced the cast and design team for its season-opening production of the Kander and Ebb classic, Cabaret, playing from through October 22.Directed by CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn, with music direction by Tania Johnson and choreography by Allison Paraiso, Cabaret features Cameron La Brie as the Emcee, Annika Bergman as Sally Bowles, Brian Kamps as Cliff Bradshaw, Scarlett Hepworth as Fräulein Schneider, Aaron Malberg as Herr Schultz, Alexis Lane Jensen as Fraulein Kost, and Tim Holt Jones as Ernst Ludwig. The production also features Bianca Contreras, Danya El-Kurd, Rebecca Euchler, Ronald James, Megan McGrath, Katy Mlodzik, and Chris Totah as the Kit Kat ensemble. The design team is Randy Wong-Westbrooke (set design), Lisa Danz (costume design), Courtney Johnson (lighting design), and Devon LaBelle (props design). Single tickets for Cabaret range from $15 to $36 and go on sale beginning September 5. Subscriptions for CCCT’s 2017-18 5-play season are available online at www.ccct.org or by phone at 510.524.9012. All performances take place at CCCT’s intimate and fully accessible theatre in the Flynn building located at 951 Pomona Avenue in El Cerrito. Free parking is provided in the adjoining lot. For more information, visit www.ccct.org IT RUNS THRU OCTOBER 22

 

Continuing its commitment to transformation, possibilities, and the community, The Marsh Berkeley announces monthly Open Mic Nights with Ellen Hoffman. Bay Area pianist, composer, and music arranger Ellen Hoffman will host a two-hour set offering five-minute slots to a variety of performers. Experienced singers, instrumentalists, poets, comics, actors, as well as novices will join Hoffman in an evening that presents eclectic entertainment for the adventurous. Those interested in performing will sign up at the door, and are welcome to provide sheet music, chords or their own accompaniment, for this celebration of the artistic community in the East Bay. WHEN:          It runs thru-November 21, 2017 SHOWS:        7:30pm, Third Tuesdays of every month 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:     $8-$15 pre-sale, $10-$15 at the door; for tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUN THRU NOVEMBER 21

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Reefer Madness” Book and lyrics by Kevin MurphyBook and music by Dan Studney September 15 through October 7 Victoria Theatre, San Francisco Inspired by the 1936 propaganda film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like ‘Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime’ and the Vegas-style ‘Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,’ featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! IT PLAYS THRU OCTOBER 7

 

How I Learned to Drive.” Paula Vogel’s wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the relationship between ayoung girl and an older man. Directed by Katja Rivera. Custom Made Theatre,533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. . Runs through thru  Oct. 7. Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm; Sat Sept 23 & 30 2pmSee custommade.org/single-tickets for details. Tickets $20-$42. (415)798-2682, www.custommade.org Where: Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco 94102. Cast and Creative StaffStarring: Gianna DiGregorio Rivera, Valerie Fachman, Amanda Farbstein*, Eric Reid and David Schiller.Creative Staff: Cat Knight*, Stephanie Dittbern*, Maxx Kurzunski*, Tom O’Brien, Kathleen Qiu, Katja Rivera, and Ryan Lee Short*  IT PLAYS THRU OCTOBER 7

 

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, A NEW MUSICAL  at the Orpheum Theatre  about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in San Francisco on its first national tour!LEARN: Visit anamericaninparisbroadway.com SHN Orpheum Theatre1192 Market St.San Francisco, CA 94102 Start Date:  September 12, 2017 End Date: October 8, 2017 Running Time:  2 hours and 40  Tminutes, including a 20-minute intermission Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 10 and up. No children under 5 allowed. TICKETS on line www.shnsf-com  IT PLAYS THRU OCTOBER 8

 

California Shakespeare Theater’s and Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s co-production of Measure for Measuby William Shakespeare directed by Tyne Rafaeli designed by Annie Smart (scenic designer), Montana Levi Blanco (costume designer), Kent Dorsey (lighting designer), and Brandon Wolcott (sound designerFeaturing: Lindsay Rico (Isabella), Rowan Vickers (Duke Vincentio), David Graham Jones (Angelo), Kevin Matthew Reyes (Claudio), Adam Schroeder (Lucio), Tristan Cunningham (Escalus, Juliet), Annie Worden (Mariana, Elbow), Patty Gallagher (Provost, Mistress Overdone) WHEN           IT PLAYS THRU  – October 8, 2017       Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Saturday Matinee September 23 at 2pmSunday 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 start at $20, 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 RUNS THRU OCTOBER 8

 

Who: The Tabard Theatre Company presents: Peter and the StarcatcherWritten by Rick Elice. Music by Wayne Barker. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearsonthrough Sunday October 8, 2017 (See schedule below)Where: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110.  (Parking is validated for most performances at the San Pedro Square Garage directly across the street from the theater.)Why: Winner of five Tony Awards (including Best Play) and based on the best-selling novel, this magical musical provides the backstory of how a miserable orphan becomes the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s legendary Peter Pan. Box Office: 408.679.2330 or www.tabardtheatre.org/tickets Tickets: $35 – $47Cabaret Seating: $45 – $47   Tiered Seating: $35 – $37 (Some discounts available for seniors and full-time students)  IT CLOSES OCTOBER 8

 

CENTER REP PRESENTS  “Million Dollar Quartet” Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Original Concept society Directed by Hunter Foster^ Starring: Ken Bergmann, Brittany Danielle*, Sean McGibbon, John Michael Presney*, Michael Price, Trent Rowland*, Sky Seals*, and Michael Ray Wisely* *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association ^member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society DESCRIPTION:Memphis. 1956. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash got together at Sun Records for the greatest jam session. Ever. Here is the hit Broadway Musical of that incredible night.WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek. DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO:. Closes Friday, October 6th at 8:00PM. ICKET PRICE RANGE: $37 – $72 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) FRIDAY – S 8:00PM SATURDAY –  – OPENING September 5, 7:30PM FRIDAY – CLOSING October 6, 8:00PM PRODUCTION TEAM: Directed by Hunter Foster^Music Directed by John Michael Presney* Scenic Design by Josh Smith+ Costume Design by Lauren Roark+ Lighting Design by Kirk Bookman+ Sound Design by Brendan Aanes+ Stage Managed by Leslie M. Radin*+Member of United Scenic Artists *Member of Actors Equity Association^Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers  I  IT RUNS THRU OCTOBER 6

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The Marsh Berkeley announces a new musical solo performance musical in development, Breed & Rescue, written, composed, and performed by Hannah Taylor and directed by Marc Monsterrat-Drukker. Taylor, through song and performance, intertwines her story of breeding, rescuing, adopting and adapting, into a joyful, sometimes comic, sometimes poignant journey, shedding light on the realities and of “breeding and rescuing.” WHEN:         It runs thru-September 23, 2017 Note: This developmental production is not yet open for review. SHOWS:        8:00pm Thursdays & Fridays 8:30pm SaturdaysWHERE:       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 Seating      For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 31

 

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BACK FROM IRAQ Musical Southside Theater  Through Oct 1stCelebrate the men and women of the U.S. military forces in a new, cool, creative way with the BACK FROM IRAQ musical at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. BACK FROM IRAQ is a high-voltage musical tribute to the “boots on the ground” lives of young women and men coming to terms with their first war experiences during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”Drawing on impressions from her younger brother, a U.S. Air Force Special Ops navigator, Zoe Conner has created a fast-paced, visually striking performance propelled by lively music ranging from Broadway tunes to hip hop styles. Discover thrilling rhythms, sounds, moves, and characters in a production that honors the young soldiers continually being put in harm’s way in the Middle East(415) 345-7575 BoxOffice@FortMason.org Tickets $22-$30  IT CLOSES OCTOBER 1

 

Featuring onstage orgasms and clinical applications of electric vibrators, Sarah Ruhl’s” In the Next Room, or, the Vibrator Play” opens Pear Theatre’s next season. Directed by Caroline Clark, this fascinating and often funny play examines a slice of American history in which physicians treated various female (and male) ailments by use of an electric vibrator; in a world where women’s concerns are regularly dismissed or misdiagnosed by men, as well as by the women themselves, because their society has not given them the words or concepts to articulate their various griefs and grievances. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, In the Next Room was called “a fascinating, funny and evocative play … (an) enticing blend of irreverent humor and skewed realism” by the San Francisco Chronicle. WHEN: 2017Closes: Sunday, October 1, 2017 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM; Sundays: 2:00 PM WHERE: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View TICKETS: $10 (Previews) – $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information or tickets, visit www.thepear.org or call (650) 254-1148 CLOSES OCTOBER 1

 

Los Altos Stage Company embraces its role as the quintessential American playhouse by bringing a central work of the American canon to life: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Los Altos Stage Company’s production of The Crucible is directed by Jeffrey Lo, who returns to LASC following his critically-acclaimed productions of Dead Man’s Cellphone and Yellow Face. Mr. Lo has quickly become one of the most sought-after directors in the Bay Area, having directed recently at the Pear, the Dragon, and Palo Alto Players. He is the winner of the 2014 Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the 2012 Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley, and the TBA Director’s TITAN Award. Los Altos Stage Company is delighted to welcome Mr. Lo back to the LASC family.The Crucible features a talented cast of Bus Barn stage veterans, as well as several new faces, including Joe Antonicelli, Nicole Apostol Bruno, Michael Champlin, Jeff Clarke, Carolyn Compton, Mat Espinosa, Marjorie Hazeltine, Alexandra Ho, Leslie Ivy, Gary Landis, Maria G. Marquis, Shareen Merriam, Brittany Pisoni, Roneet Aliza Rahamim, Neiry Rojo, Ellie Schwartz, Max Tachis, Damian Vega, and Cameron Wells. The Crucible plays at the Bus Barn Theater  through October 1st. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday-Saturday performances start at 8pm. Sunday performances start at 3pm.Ticket prices range from $18 (student) to $38, including gala opening night tickets with an artists’ reception following the performance. Tickets can be purchased online at www.losaltosstage.org or by calling the Box Office at 650-941-0551. IT RUNS THRU OCTOBER 1

 

Aurora Theatre Company opens its 26th season with the Bay Area Premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s (Blue Surge, Spinning Into Butter, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball) powerful and arresting LUNA GALE. The challenges facing foster youth are real. Veteran social worker Caroline thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets two teenaged drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. She will do whatever it takes to protect baby Luna Gale, but when she moves the child out of one dangerous situation, she fears she may have placed her in another. Unraveling a tangle of buried secrets, hidden motives, and mistakes, LUNA GALE questions who decides what’s best for a child when there are no good choices, only good intentions. Called “smart and absorbing… an engrossing exploration of the tough choices welfare workers contend with daily” by The New York Times, one of the “most valuable additions to American drama” by the Los Angeles Times, and “brilliant…not to be missed” by The Hollywood Reporter, LUNA GALE asks whether the end justifies the means in a human drama about how we fail our children when right and wrong are not always self-evident.Aurora Artistic Director Tom Ross directs. Featuring Jamie Jones (Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, Mud Blue Sky, Gideon’s Knot), Laura Jane Bailey (Mud Blue Sky), Devin S. O’Brien (Mud Blue Sky), Joshua Marx (TheatreWorks), Alix Cuadra (Theatre of Yugen), Kevin Kemp (Shotgun Players), and Jennifer Vega.  DATES:           it runs thru October 1   SHOWS:        Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2, 7pm WHERE:         Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA TICKETS:        For single tickets ($33-$65) or subscriptions ($99-$360), the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35; student, and group discounts available IT RUNS THRU OCTOBER 1

 

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Rumors. Neil Simon’s hilarious farce about four couples trying to cover up a botched shooting. Produced by Novato Theater Co. Directed by TrevorScott Floyd. NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. It runs thru the 24 Fri-Sat8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm. One preview, Sept. 7 at 7:00 pm. Opens Sept. 8,8:00 pm.Tickets $12-27 at www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 forinformation only.  IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 24

 

Marin Shakespeare Company presents… : “Love’s Labour’s Lost” By William Shakespeare / Directed by Rob ClareMarin Shakespeare Company, Marin County’s professional and award-winning outdoor summer Shakespeare festival, concludes its 28th season with Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”Noted British Shakespeare scholar Rob Clare directs Marin Shakespeare’s first production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Set at Oxford, turn the turn of the century, Shakespeare’s masterpiece of wordplay follows the follies of Ferdinand, King of Navarre and his three chums when they pledge to forsake women in pursuit of their studies.Starring Livia DiMarchi as the Princess of France; Dean Linnard as Ferdinand, King of Navarre; Patrick Russell as Biron; and Kathryn Smith-McGlynn as Rosaline. The cast also features Amy Lizardo as Costard, Christopher Kelly as Boyet; Shadi Moeini Nejad as Jaquenetta; and Braedyn Youngberg as Don Adriano de Armado.Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free.Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar are presented on select performance dates. Shakespeare Dinners are presented at 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for an additional $35 for a gourmet picnic and intimate pre-show talk. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least two hours in advance. WHEN:  It runs thru Sept. 24, 2017Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; and 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.Senior Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 (Half price tickets for seniors $17)Family Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 (Youth 18 and under admitted free)COST: $10 to $37Admission at the door is $37 general; $34 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under). Preview performances are $15 general and seniors; $10 youth. “Pay Your Age” is offered to audience members ages 26 to 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under admitted free at Family Matinee performances.WHERE: Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901PHONE:    415-499-4488WEBSITE:  www.marinshakespeare.org  IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 24

 

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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.

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09/30/17 – Sandy & Richard Riccardi Unpresidented Parodies! Saturday , September 30, 2017 — 8pm Performance/Doors 7pm  –  at The Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco

Sandy Ricarrdi, vocals Richard Riccardi, piano & vocals

 

With over 30 million views on social media and climbing, Sandy and Richard Riccardi’s most recent parodies have been featured and headlined by online sources such as The Washington Post, New York Magazine, ATTN:, NowThis Politics, AJ+, and the London Evening Standard. Their songs have been tweeted and retweeted by J.K. Rowling, Rosie O’Donnell, and Qasim Rashid. Fresh from their Metropolitan Room gig in New York City, they are rarin’ to go as the political temperature heats up.

New York Magazine says: “Perfect Alt-Right Resistance Parody… If you also (a) know Nazis are bad and (b) enjoy hyper-specific musical-theater gags, you will…love it.

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Curtain Call Friday, October 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.

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There’s No Place Like Home Saturday, October 7 at 8pm

Heather Paton-Watson, vocals Thaddeus Pinkston, piano J Montenegro, guitar

In her fifth cabaret show adventure, Heather looks back on some of the very first music she fell in love as a young girl from the comfort of her couch! Movie musicals and movie soundtracks opened up a new world of possibilities and helped shape her passion for singing and the stage. From Rodgers and Hammerstein classics to tracks that underscored John Hughes films, from Disney to Dirty Dancing, this show is bound to be a walk down memory lane for anyone!

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A Demented Mind and the Villain’s Lament Friday, October 13 at 8pm

Shane Kroll, vocals Stephanie Lynne Smith, piano Stephanie Lundin, Scott Turco and Tom McElroy, guest singers

Stephanie Smith and Shane Kroll met in San Francisco in 2001. Forced to abandon the city they love for work and romance, the SAG actor and concert pianist meet on the stage of Society Cabaret to share some stories from their new homes in Portland and Hollywood. Appropriately placed on Friday the 13th, horror and mayhem rule the night with songs from the composers of South Park, originals by Paul James Frantz, and selections from Jack Curtis Dubowsky’s “Halloween in the Castro: A Horror Opera.”Brassy, Sassy and Loud

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Saturday, October 14 at 8pm

Jacqueline DeMuro, vocals Stephanie Lynne Smith, piano

Portland-based pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith and Award-Winning performer Jacqueline DeMuro team up for a night of awesome! These two gutsy gals will bring some Bernstein, some basics, and some brand new works to Society Cabaret in this outlandish display of attitude.

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Barry Lloyd sings the Landesman/Lloyd Songbook Friday, October 20 at 8pm Saturday, October 21 at 8pm Barry Lloyd, vocals and piano

San Francisco’s Crown Prince of Cabaret returns to Society Cabaret with an evening of original songs composed by Mr. Lloyd with lyrics by Lyricist/poet/performer Fran Landesman (1927-2011). Described by New York Times critic Stephen Holden as “A cranky, jazz-steeped beat generation Dorothy Parker”, Ms. Landesman wrote the lyrics to over a thousand songs in her lifetime working with such composers as Tommy Wolf, Steve Allen, Dudley Moore, Alec Wilder,

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October 27 & 28

Bob Dorough and many others.

Mr. Lloyd has set a selection of his favorite Landesman poems/lyrics to music and sings them from the piano in an evening of song that runs the gamut from salacious to silly – from sensual to serene.

No Shows.  Happy Halloween

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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 fineHotel Rex food and drinks; maybe a Societini or two! Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex  562 Sutter Street

 

 

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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  408-676-6471Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase.

 

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