Richard Connema

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WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING & CLOSING IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY THEATRES–WEEK OF JANUARY 24TH

 

OPENINGS

 

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“Sagittarius Ponderosa” by MJ Kaufman Directed by Ben Randle Featuring SK Kerstas, Andy Collins, Janis DeLucia, Michaela Greeley, and Matthew Hannon. Scenic design by Christian V. Mejia Costume Design by Miriam Lewis Lighting Design by Anthony Powers Sound Design by James ArdPuppet Design by Dave Haaz-BoroqueProp Design by Adeline Smith WHAT: The world premiere of Sagittarius Ponderosa WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Walker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: January 22 – February 28, 2016 Wednesday – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pmOpening Night: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8pm COST: $25-45 TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org

 

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre presents Disney musical “The Little Mermaid” at the Firehouse Arts Center Book by Doug Wright Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater Pleasanton, CA, December 23, 2015 — Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is proud to present Disney’s “The LittleMermaid” with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Alan Menken, and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. The show will run from January 30, 2016 through February 14, 2016: Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. There will be additional matinee performances on Saturdays, February 6 and February 13, 2016 at 2pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, February 7, 2016. All performances will take place at Firehouse Arts Center, located at 4444 Railroad Avenue located in Pleasanton, CA. Tickets are $18-$39 each, and are available at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or online at www.pcrtproductions.org or www.firehousearts.org

 

“Middletown” January 28 – February 21, 2016 Los Altos Stage Company Bus Barn Theater BAY AREA PREMIERE Inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Middletown begins with Mary Swanson, who has just moved to a small town, eager to start a family and enjoy neighborly bonds. But when Mary befriends resident John Dodge, she is quick to discover that below Middletown’s unflinchingly honest exterior lies something much more complex. Winner of the The Horton Foote Prize for excellence in American Theater, it is a powerful and poignant meditation on birth, death and points between. Tickets: $18-$36 On the Web: http://www.losaltosstage.org Contact: Box Office: 650-941-0551

 

 

CENTER REP PRESENTS “Born Yesterday” By Garson Kanin Directed by Timothy Near Starring: Michael Abts, Jesse Caldwell*, Monica Cappuccini, Jackson Davis*, Val Garrahan, Justin Gillman, Adrienne Krug, Jason Kuykendall*, Dominic Lessa, Sharon Rietkerk*, Will Springhorn*, Colin Thomson* *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association DESCRIPTION: America’s favorite romantic comedy proves that it’s as timely today as it was when it first burst onto the scene as a Broadway triumph and Oscar-nominated film in the 1940s. Unscrupulous millionaire Harry Brock comes to Washington to influence an ethically challenged senator and realizes that his brassy chorus girl moll Billie Dawn needs to be “culturefied” to fit his new image. After hiring a journalist to give her a crash course in the finer points, he learns that a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing. WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek. DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO: Performances begin Friday, January 29th at 8PM. Press opening is Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM. Closes Saturday, February 27th at 8:00PM. TICKET PRICE RANGE: $33 – $53 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 Timothy Near Set Design by Erik Flatmo Costume Design by Victoria Livingston-Hall Lighting Design by Kurt Landisman Sound Design by Hannah Birch Carl

 

 

The San Francisco Arts Education Project  proudly presents the SFArtsED Players  in the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Abe Burrows Choreography by Danny Duncan, Erin Gentry, Emily Keeler & Sydney Lozier Musical Direction by G. Scott Lacy & Alex Stein Directed by Danny Duncan Where:  Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco When: January 29-February 14, 2016Friday, January 29 @ 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30 @ 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31 @ 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6 @ 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 7 @ 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13 @ 2:00 p.m.Sunday, February 14 @ 1:00 p.m. Players Family Benefit Reception & Closing Day Party* Tickets: $25 general admission • $15 students & seniors All ticket sales through City Box Officewww.cityboxoffice.com • 415.392.4400 *Players Family Benefit Reception & Closing Day Party on Feb. 14 $40 general admission • $20 students & seniors includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres & dessert  For information visit www.sfartsed.org or call 415.551.7990

 

 

FaultLine Theater presents TINDERELLA. The year is 2016 and Meg is just another young woman looking for love. With a little help from her fairy god­roommate, Meg builds up the courage to download Tinder. She swipes right on her ultimate prince charming, and it’s a match! But will Meg’s fairytale dream pan out? Will she be able to leave the party by midnight to catch BART? Will she lose a shoe or two? Come see Tinderella, an original musical, to find out if modern dreams really do come true. Directed by Rose Oser with music direction by Matt Grandy. An original musical: book by Rose Oser, music by Christian B. Schmidt, and lyrics by Weston Scott. Tinderellais a cross between Cinderella (the wonderful fairytale) and Tinder (the debatably wonderful dating app) with a bit of a feminist twist. FaultLine Theater presented a workshop production of Tinderella in August 2015 with three sold­out performances, and now it’s back for a full run with more songs, more magic, and way more grinding. Tinderella opens January 29th and closes February 27th, shows Thursday through Saturday. Featuring: Alex Bonte, Audrey Baker, Kevin Singer, Marisa Conroy, and Weston Scott. Set Design by Noah Kramer.Lighting Design by Maxx Kurzunski. Sound Design by Evan Wardell. Costume Design by Ramzi Jneid. Dance Coach: Alex Randall. Vocal Coach: Sarah Armstrong. Performances are:January 29th­February 27th with a preview on January 28th. Thursdays @7:30pm, Fridays @7:30pm, Saturdays @4:30pm & 7:30pm. Performances will take place at PianoFight at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $20 general admission. Special discount available if you bring a Tinder date. For information or ticket purchases visit www.faultlinetheater.com

 

 

“Good People”     by David Lindsay-Abaire    Margie Walsh is barely getting by on her Dollar Store salary. When she loses her job and faces eviction, she takes a chance on rekindling things with an old flame (well, more of a spark), hoping for a fresh start. Quirky, unpredictable and grounded in a genuine humor that comes from hitting rock bottom, Good People will have you laughing one moment and crying the next as it explores the nature of our loyalties and our hopes• Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes •Jan. 29 – Feb. 14, 2016  Fri, Sat, 8pm; Sun. 2pm •              Village Theatre, 233 Front Street, Danville  94526 •                Tickets: $20-28; online at www.RolePlayersEnsemble.com; at Danville Community Center, 420 Front St, Danville; or call (925) 314-3400

 

 

Novato Theater Company Brings the Bard to the Bayou with “A Cajun Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Jan 29-Feb 21 Novato Theatre Company is puckishly mischievous in transporting Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Louisiana bayou country with its production of A Cajun Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The chief mischief-maker is Adapter/Director Clay David who most recently worked his magic on the NTC production of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s The Bat.  Janelle Ponte is the Producer.  A Cajun Midsummer Night’s Dream plays January 29 through February 21, 2016 at the NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Dr., Novato 94949.A Cajun Midsummer Night’s Dream is a hilarious adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy that adds Cajun-French expressiveness, music, storytelling, voodoo, spiced with a love of good cooking and festivity, set amidst the wild semitropical bayou that suffuses all essential ingredients of this unique gumbo. NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Dr., Novato Preview: Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 pm Opens: Friday, January 29 at 8:00 pm Runs: Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 pm; Sundays: 2:00 pm, through February 21, 2016 Running Time: One hour 45 minutes with intermissionTickets: $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

 

 

“Forever Plaid” When: January 30th to February 21st, 2016 Venue: Saratoga Civic Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tickets: $24-$39, with discounts for Seniors, Students, and Thursday performanceTimes: Friday and Saturday—8:00PM, Sunday—2:30PM; Thursday—8:00PM (February 18th only). No performance on Sunday, February 7th. Box Office: (408) 266-4734Internet: www.SouthBayMT.com

 

Start the New Year with an American classic, the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy “You Can’t Take It With You”, by Moss Hart and George s. Kaufman, directed by Helen Means. WHEN:           Jan. 29 – Feb. 14, 2016 Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.   Sundays, Feb. and 14 at 2:30 p.m.  (No show Superbowl Sunday) WHERE:        Martinez Campbell Theatre 636 Ward Street, Martinez, CA TICKETS:     General admission $17, Seniors $12, Students $10 Thursdays, Bargain Price, All tickets     $10 RESERVATIONS    Call:   (925) 518-3277 ONSTAGE  WEBSITE                             Onstagetheatre.homestead.com MARTINEZ CAMPBELL WEBSITE        Campbelltheater.org     FEATURING ACTORS:     Randy Anger, Dean Engle  (Pleasant Hill),   Tim Biglow, Peggy Scalise  (Brentwood)     Kathryn G. McCarty,  Babette Bilger (Concord) , Bill Dietz,  John Harris,  Jack Karasch,    Bill Oakley,  Melissa Myers (Walnut Creek), Randall Nott (Pacheco),   Gretchen Salter (Moraga), Linda Sciacque (San Ramon),  Melissa Vargas (Vallejo),  and  Ryan Terry and Michael Wedgley (Martinez).

 

 

Lucky Penny Productions is proud to present  on January 29, Lucky Penny presents its fourth annual 8 X 10 Play Festival running through February 13. This festival of 10-minute plays will feature eight new works written around the theme of “love.” As always, the plays were chosen by a “blind” reading committee which has selected the eight best from all 108 entries submitted from authors across the country. All eight plays will be presented each night and the audience may vote on their favorite. At the end of the run, the playwright with the most votes will win a cash prize.   Tickets for Lucky Penny Productions may be found by going to www.luckypennynapa.com

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IN PREVIEWS

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Aurora Theatre Company continues its 24th season with the World Premiere of LITTLE ERIK, written and directed by award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson (The Letters, The Arsonists, Salomania). Joie brings in the big bucks from the tech industry. Her husband, Freddie, wants to write a great novel about human responsibility. On a weekend getaway to the new home they have built in the mountains north of San Francisco, their crippled son, Erik, drowns and their world turns upside down. This new play, developed at Aurora, grapples with the unsolvable mysterious forces that bind marriage, family, nature, and technology to our deepest hopes and dreams. Featuring Marilee Talkington, Joe Estlack, Wilma Bonet, Greg Ayers, Mariah Castle, and Jack Wittmayer.LITLE ERIK is the mainstage production in this season’s Global Age Project 2.0, an Aurora Theatre Company new works initiative whose purpose is to create theatrical work for Aurora’s stages. DATES:           Previews: January 29, 20, February 3 at 8pm; January 31 at 2pm; February 2 at 7pm Opens: February 4, 2016Post-show Talkbacks: February 5, 9, 17, 25 Closes: February 28 SHOWS:        Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm WHERE:         Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA TICKETS:       For pro-rated subscriptions and single tickets (Previews $35; Regular Performances $32-50; Limited Opening Night Seating $60) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35, student, and group discounts available.

 

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“Of Serpents and Sea Spray”.  World premiere of Rachel Bublitz’s fantastical tale of Iro, the orphan girl whose quest for Pegasus leads her through many adventures to discover the truth about her parents. DirCast: Andrew Calabrese, Sabrina DeMio, Laura Domingo, Maria Leigh, Maria Marquis, and Heren Patel.Creative Team: Sophia Craven, Nikki Eggett, Brooke Jennings*, Erik LaDue, Stewart Lyle*, Florence McCafferty, Kitty Torres, Ryan Lee Short*Member, Custom Made Theatre Cected by Ariel Craft. Previews Jan.7-8 at 8:00 pm. Opens Jan. 9 at 8:00pm. Runs TO  Jan. -30. Thurs. – Sat. at 8:00 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. ; Sat. Jan 23 2pm. Tickets $20-25. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St. (at Powell), San Francisco 94102.  (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org  RUNS THRU JANUARY 30TH

 

 

<i>Star Trek Live!: Mudd’s Women</i>  WHEN  It runs thru: Jan.  – 23, 2016 (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm) Limited Engagement – Only 12 Performances!  Performance dates for Star Trek Live!: “Mudd’s Women”:   TO  Jan. – 23, 2016 –  Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com/event.cfm?id=156444&cart  (21 & over)  $25      for general admission, $35 for premium seating, $200 – Vulcan Champagne Table – includes front row table (4 people), a bottle of Moet Chandon with 4 champagne flutes, $500 –  Captain’s Champagne Table –  includes front row center table (4 people), a bottle ofVueve Clicquot champagne (4 champagne flutes) & a meet & greet with the cast post-show. VENUE:         Oasis, 298 Eleventh Street (at Folsom) SF, CA 94103 IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 23RD

 

 

SF City Theatre Company Plunges into Mysterious Time-Warp with J. B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner,” January 8-24 1930’s Psychodrama Now Considered Ahead of Its Time.  Imagine a story that combines the surrealism of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – all dinner jackets and cocktail dresses – with the clash of family members on daytime TV reality shows.  What you’d have is J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, staged by SF City Theatre Company at Royce Gallery in San Francisco, To January – 24, 2016. David Acevedo directs a cast of seven, which includes Adrienne Dolan, Lukas Hoag, Deborah Joves, David Richardson, CJ Smith, Anastasia Durbala, and Mary Waterfield .Dangerous Corner begins as Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner is an intriguing piece of theatre that was first produced in 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre in London. It was the author’s first work for the stage, appearing three years after his hugely-successful book The Good Companions and written, according to Priestley himself, within the space of a week. It has received numerous productions over the years, one of the latest at London’s Theatre Royal in 2014. Cast and Creative Team CJ Smith as Robert Caplan Deborah Joves as Frieda Caplan David Richardson as Gordon Whitehouse Adrienne Dolan as Betty Whitehouse Lukas Hoag as Charles Trevor Stanton Anastasia Durbala as Maud Mockridge Mary Waterfield as Olwen Peel Director – David Acevedo Producer – Marte Mejstrik Set Designer – Henry Sellenthin Lighting Design – Carson Duper Costume Design – Maria Graham Choreographer – Raul Avina Show Times and Tickets Place:  Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St. (bet. Alabama & Harrison) San Francisco, 94110  Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm. Sundays, 2:00 pm    Tickets: Adults $25.00, Seniors and Students $23.00, Groups of 10 or more $23.00 each. Learn more & buy tickets at (650)-784-5303 or BrownPaperTickets.com DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE PERFORMANCE   CLOSES JANUARY 24TH

 

 

FOODIES THE MUSICAL The Show for Everyone Who Eats, Written and Directed by Morris Bobrow playing an opening end run at the Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco. (800-838-3006) REVIEW IS UP ON REGIONAL.

 

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AMERICAN  CONSERVATORY  THEATER RINGS    IN THE   NEW  YEAR  WITH TERRY TEACHOUT’S ACCLAIMED           ONE-MAN                SHOW,  “SATCHMO        AT           THE        WALDORF” Starring         OBIE Award        winner  John      Douglas                Thompson,         “Satchmo at the Waldorf”  is a    raw,      uncensored look              at  Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s meteoric rise         to fame                and his fateful  relationships with his manager, Joe Glaser, and Miles    Davis.  Following a sold-out engagement at the         Wallis    Annenber  Center           for the Performing Arts in Southern California,   “Satchmo at the Waldorf” will make its Northern California premiere        at           A.C.T.’s Geary    Theater January               13–February      7, 2016 Performances         of  “Satchmo at the Waldorf “ will take place at  A.C.T.’s Geary    Theater                (415       Geary St., San         Francisco).          . Single tickets (ranging from $20–$105) are available at the         A.C.T.   Box Office           at 415.749.2228 or online   at www.act-sf.org.          Ticket    prices    are         subject to change            without                notice.  IT PLAYS THROUGH  FEB 7TH

 

JERSEY BOYS running through February 14 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market Street, San Francisco   A  the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. The musical features such Four Seasons’ hits as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Oh, What A Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” JERSEY BOYS is directed by two-time Tony Award®-winner Des McAnuff, with book by Academy Award®-winner Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio (founding member of The Four Seasons), lyrics by Bob Crewe (writer/producer for The Four Seasons) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Age Recommendation:   Contains strong language. Recommended for ages 12 and up. No children under 5 allowed.  For tickets call 888-746-1799 or on line at www.shnsf.com

 

Can the virtual world be policed? Should it be? SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE  Kicks off 2016 with controversial questions in  The Bay Area Premiere of “THE NETHER” Written by Jennifer Haley Directed by Bill English It plays thru to March 5th  Press Opening: Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8pm— San Francisco Playhouse will kick off 2016 with Jennifer Haley’s mind-blowing play The Nether, which challenges audience to confront an explosive and controversial conversation that resonates with disturbing current events of the day. The Nether asks the question “How can the virtual world be policed—and should it be?” The San Francisco Playhouse cast for this Bay Area premiere will include Matilda Holtz, Warren David Keith*, Louis Parnell*, Ruibo Qian*, Carmen Steele, and Josh Schell. Bill English will direct. WHAT:  The Future: The Internet has transformed into a virtual reality world where you can live out your every fantasy in complete anonymity. Identities are blurred, dreams real, and culpability seemingly nonexistent. This is the world of Jennifer Haley’s play The Nether, which is a crime drama and sci-fi thriller, exploring the moral and psychological implications of human relationships in an increasingly technological age. WHERE: 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS: For tickets ($20-$120) or more information, the public may contact The San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/the-nether IT PLAYS THRU MARCH 5TH

 

 

August Wilson’s “ Gem of the Ocean” WHO Marin Theatre Company  Directed by Daniel Alexander JonesFeaturing Margo Hall, Omoze Idehenre, Brian Freeman, Namir Smallwood, Patrick Kelly Jones, Anthony Juney Smith, and Tyee J. Tilghman WHEN It plays thru – February 14, 2016   Performance Days All Evening Shows at 7:30 pm: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun  Matinees:   Thursday (Perspectives), Jan 28, 1:00pm Saturday, Jan 23 & Feb 6, 2:00pm Sunday, Jan 24 & 31, 2:00pm WHEREMarin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941ABOUT THE PLAY Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, Gem of the Ocean begins August Wilson’s ten-play century cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century – an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Fences and The Piano Lesson.  Aunt Esther, a fiery 285-year-old matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama searching for a new life.  Bay Area sensation Margo Hall returns to August Wilson’s Century Cycle in the role of Aunt Esther following her TBA award-winning portrayal of Rose in MTC’s 2014’s Fences and 2011’s Seven Guitars.Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes Ticket Prices $10-$58 Discounts Discounts for seniors, youth, groups, military families and Marin County teachers are available. Contact the Box Office for more details. IT PLAYS THRU FEB 14TH

 

Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight” Part 1 of our Coward Celebration*  WHEN:           Jan. 20 – 31, 2016  Limited Engagement – 12 Performances Only!The show plays Jan. 20 – 31, 2016 / Wed. – Thur. – 7:30 pm / Fri. – Sat. – 8:00 pm / Sat. Matinees – 3:00 pm / Tues., Jan. 26 – 7:00pm / Sun., Jan. 31 – 300pm Open Dress Rehearsal:    Wed. – Jan. 20 – 7:30 pm Previews:     Thurs., Jan. 21 – 7:30 pm, Fri., Jan. 22 – 8:00 pm, Sat., Jan. 23 – 3:00 pm Opening Night – Sat. Jan. 23, 2016 – 8:00 pm   Sat. Jan. 23, 2016             8:00 pm (Opening night) Jan. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30      (Tues., – 7:00 pm/Wed., Thurs., – 7:30 pm / Fri., Sat – 8:00 pm)  Sat. Jan. 30, 2016             3:00 pm – matinee Sun. Jan 31, 2016             3:00 pm – matinee TIX:                Tickets are $15 – $35 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.) Open Dress Rehearsal-  $10. WHERE:        Z below – 470 Florida St. (at Mariposa) in SF, (Potrero Hill). (Muni Bus Lines: 9, 22, 33; BART: 16th Street) http://zspace.org/visit/directions WEB PAGE:              www.TheRhino.org https://www.facebook.com/events/983255225064134/  IT CLOSES JANUARY 31ST

 

Custom Made Theatre Co. Brings Back David & Amy Sedaris’ “The Book Of Liz”.  Hit show returns for limited engagement  It run thru  – February 20 Everyone’s favorite Squeamish Nun is back starting January 20.  It’s the longest-running, fastest- selling show in Custom Made’s 17- year history!Custom Made brings back David and Amy Sedaris, and actress AJ Davenport (her third time playing the titular Nun), for another soon-to-be sold-out run.  Audiences from all over the Bay Area come back time and time again for this hilarious and heart-warming tale of finding one’s worth when the world around us keeps changing.   Artistic Director Brian Katz helms the runaway hit for the first time.Elizabeth Donderstock makes delicious cheeseballs. Both original and smoky, mind you. Everyone loves the cheeseballs, in fact they are all that the religious community of Clusterhaven has left. But when Liz isn’t appreciated anymore, she decides to try the outside world. There she’ll find Ukrainians with cockney accents, restaurants run by recovering alcoholics, a certain peanut, and her own self worth. But will the cheeseballs ever taste the same again?This hilarious comedy could only from the devilish minds of both David (Me Talk Pretty One Day) and Amy (Strangers with Candy) Sedaris! With: AJ Davenport, Amanda Farbstein, Shaun Plander and Ted Zoldan.Directed by Brian Katz. Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  . Runs Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat 7:00 pm through Feb 20. Tickets $38. (415) 798-CMTC, www.custommade.org    IT RUNS THRU FEB 20TH

 

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“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ▪ It run thru– February 7, 2016 ▪) – Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula’s premier theatre company, kicks off 2016 with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This quirky musical sensation follows an eclectic group of six young people on their hilarious journey to realize their dream to become a spelling bee champion. Fraught with the woes of puberty, these youngsters struggle to become the best, but ultimately learn that winning is not everything and that losing does not necessarily make them a loser. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and nominated for many others, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will run through – February 7, 2016 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). Performances are Thursdays—Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  Press night for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be Friday, January 22, 2016. Single tickets range in price from $25 – $48 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.    IT RUNS THRU FEB 7, 2016

 

Altarena Playhouse presents “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical”, a tribute to the music of The Man in Black, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr. Directed by Matthew McCoy. WHEN: It runs thru -February 21, Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm Special Thursday performance February 18 WHERE: Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, convenient to public transit TICKET PRICES: $26 / $23 for students and seniors. Tickets available at www.altarena.org, (510) 523-1553 IT RUNS THRU FEB 21ST.

 

“The Gamester” at Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond. “The Gamester” is a glittering farce set in a Baroque Paris riddled with too much wealth, too much leisure time, too many casinos, too few women with any sort of real power, and too many ways of avoiding reality. Valère, a compulsive gambler, hilariously struggles between his affection for the woman he loves and his passion for the game. Directed by Steve Hill. featuring Jason Berner, Richard Friedlander, Katina Letheule, Bethany Matthis-Montgomery, Dan Morgan, Kit Turner, David Weiner, Loralee Windsor, Rick Wood and Judy Zimola Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm on January 31, February 7 and February 14. The show plays through February 20. Tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.masquers.org or by calling (510) 232-4031. The playhouse is located off of Highway 580 (Richmond Parkway exit) at 105 Park Place, Point Richmond across from the Hotel Mac. IT RUNS THRU FEB 20TH

 

 

Aggressively adapted from Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name, “Peer Gynt” follows the life of PEER GYNT – fearsome troll conqueror, notorious casanova, andfuture emperor – at least that’s what he would say he is! 30 characters are brought to life by 5 actors in this contemporary adaptation where Ibsen’s classic adventure story is given heartwrenching (and hilarious) immediacy. SHOW to February 6th, 2016 Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm PRESS OPENING: Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00pmWHERE: The EXIT Stage Left156 Eddy Street (between Taylor St. and Mason St.) San Francisco, CA 94102TICKETS: For tickets (starting at $15 online and $20 at the door) or more information, please direct thepublic to www.ArtistsRepSF.org.  IT CLOSES FEB 6TH

 

PINOLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS  present GODSPELL Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally Produced on the New York Stage by EDGAR LANSBURY  / SSTUART DUNCAN  / JOSEPH BERUH GODSPELL is a pop-rock re-imagining of the gospel according to St.Matthew. GODSPELL was the first production ever presented by Pinole Community Players back in 1986. That production was directed by David Clark, with musical direction by Nancy Gill, technical direction by Gary Gill, and was produced by Patti Clark. These four individuals are in fact the founders of Pinole Community Players. A 10th Anniversary production was presented in 1996, directed by original cast member Mark Patino, with Nancy Gill returning as musical director, Patti Clark as producer, and David Clark and Gary Gill as Production Consultants. This latest production (which is based on the hit 2012 Broadway revival) is a celebration of 30 years of community theater in Pinole. It’s director, G.A. Klein was a member of the 10th Anniversary cast and is thrilled to carry on with the tradition of quality live, family-friendly theater in the city of Pinole. Featuring:  Perry ALIADO, Bobbie BARLOW, Ted V. BIGORNIA, Abigail COLYER NANCE, Isaac DAYLEY, Pam DRUMMER-WILLIAMS, Jessica GERSON, Robin MURRAY, Fernando OCHOA, Billy RAPHAEL, Jim SCHMIEDL, Vicki ZABARTEDirector:  G.A. Klein Musical Director: Matt Smart Choreographer: Anjee Norgaard-Gallia Performance dates are: Fridays & Saturdays:  It closes– February 13- 8 p.m. curtain Matinees: Sundays:  January 31 and February 7  – 2 p.m. curtain Located at the Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave., Pinole, CA  94564 How to buy tickets:  Visit www.pinoleplayers.org.  or call our Box Office:  510-724-9844  $23 General, $20 Students/Seniors (62+).   Accept Visa and Mastercard ($3 handling fee).  Phone 212-541-4684  Fax: 212-397-4684  www.MTIShows.com IT CLOSES FEB 13TH

 

.The Marsh San Francisco announces that Echo Brown’s debut solo show, BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS, will return in the New Year after an overwhelmingly successful world premiere run. Bursting with energy, comedy and politics, the show is both a love story and a startling snapshot of 21st-century American culture. BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS is written and performed by Brown, directed by Scott Plate, and developed with David Ford. WHEN:          It runs thru-March 5, 2016 SHOWS:        Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm  Special 5pm performance on March 5 will benefit The Marsh WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Mainstage Theater 1062 Valencia Street at 22nd St Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage, 21st St between Mission & Valencia.   The nearest Bart Station is 24th & Mission. TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUN THRU MARCH 5TH

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces due to popular demand, Lisa Rothman’s new solo show DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY will extend with performances through January 23. Ever since having a second baby, Lisa and Kevin have been fighting over sippy cups, fruit salad, and impenetrable origami instructions. Now Kevin is storming around the emergency pet clinic ranting about vet bills and wondering how a dog can possibly overdose on antibiotics. Lisa doesn’t know what to do – but does know this is the worst date night ever. Directed by David Ford, DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY was originally scheduled to run through December 5, but will now extend through January 23.  WHEN:                 Extended through January 23, 2016  SHOWS:               5:00pm Saturdays WHERE:               The Marsh Berkeley  2120 Allston Way, Berkeley TICKETS:               $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating     For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT BEEN EXTENED THRU MARCH 26

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Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1776-1836  Schedule: Part I:. Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. Part II: 1806-1836 Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. Marathon Performance: Parts I & II Saturday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets:Tickets are $50 (marathon performance $75) and are available via Eventbrite by visiting SFCURRAN.COM. Location: Curran Theatre 445 Geary St. SFCURRAN.COM

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“Of Serpents and Sea Spray”.  World premiere of Rachel Bublitz’s fantastical tale of Iro, the orphan girl whose quest for Pegasus leads her through many adventures to discover the truth about her parents. DirCast: Andrew Calabrese, Sabrina DeMio, Laura Domingo, Maria Leigh, Maria Marquis, and Heren Patel.Creative Team: Sophia Craven, Nikki Eggett, Brooke Jennings*, Erik LaDue, Stewart Lyle*, Florence McCafferty, Kitty Torres, Ryan Lee Short*Member, Custom Made Theatre Cected by Ariel Craft. Previews Jan.7-8 at 8:00 pm. Opens Jan. 9 at 8:00pm. Runs TO  Jan. -30. Thurs. – Sat. at 8:00 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. ; Sat. Jan 23 2pm. Tickets $20-25. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St. (at Powell), San Francisco 94102.  (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org  RUNS THRU JANUARY 30TH

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Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight” Part 1 of our Coward Celebration*  WHEN:           It closes Jan – 31, 2016  Limited Engagement – 12 Performances Only!The show plays Jan. 20 – 31, 2016 / Wed. – Thur. – 7:30 pm / Fri. – Sat. – 8:00 pm / Sat. Matinees – 3:00 pm / Tues., Jan. 26 – 7:00pm / Sun., Jan. 31 – 300pm Open Dress Rehearsal:    Wed. –  – , Sat., Jan. 23 – 3:00 pm Opening Night – Sat. Jan. 23, 2016 – 8:00 pm  Individual performance dates are: Wed. Jan. 20, 2016          7:30 pm [Open Dress Rehearsal) Thurs. Jan. 21, 2016         7:30 pm [Preview) Fri. Jan. 22, 2016               8:00 pm [Preview) Sat. Jan. 23, 2016             3:00 pm matinee (Preview) Sat. Jan. 23, 2016             8:00 pm (Opening night) Jan. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30      (Tues., – 7:00 pm/Wed., Thurs., – 7:30 pm / Fri., Sat – 8:00 pm)  Sat. Jan. 30, 2016             3:00 pm – matinee Sun. Jan 31, 2016             3:00 pm – matinee TIX:                Tickets are $15 – $35 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.) Open Dress Rehearsal-  $10. WHERE:        Z below – 470 Florida St. (at Mariposa) in SF, (Potrero Hill). (Muni Bus Lines: 9, 22, 33; BART: 16th Street) http://zspace.org/visit/directions WEB PAGE:              www.TheRhino.org https://www.facebook.com/events/983255225064134/

 

Ubuntu theater project, opens inaugural season with “the gospel of lovingkindness”by oakland native playwright marcus gardley IT RUNS THRU – january 31  The Gospel of Lovingkindness is a testament to the power of compassion in the midst of the worst loss imaginable—a mother’s loss of her child. This play is an intimate rendering of how gun violence occurs in our country and how it simultaneously takes the life of both the victim and the assailant.Through The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Gardley exemplifies an outcry for the fallen black body that is pervasive throughout our country and is a salient issue of our time. Co-Artistic Director Michael Socrates Moran directs this production. Actors featured include company members Dawn Troupe, Halili Knox as well as Ubuntu Theater Project Ensemble Members William Hartfield (most recently seen in The Brothers Size, garnering a TBA Award nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role) and Rolanda Bell. Dorian Lockett rounds out our cast. Lighting design by company member Stephanie Anne Johnson.  IT RUNS THRU- January 31, 2016 at Oakland City Church, 2735 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94612. 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. Season subscriptions & season flex passes are also available on the Ubuntu Theater Project website  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 31ST

 

Pear Theatre continues its 2015/2016 season with the two-person, Olivier Award-winning play from Katori Hall, THE MOUNTAINTOP. Deeply moving, THE MOUNTAINTOP imagines the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, set in Memphis in April, 1968. King meets the attractive, spunky motel maid Camae, who arrives to provide room service — but we soon discover she is no ordinary chambermaid. The production features Michael Wayne Rice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nathalie Autumn Bennett as Camae. WHEN:  Closes: Sunday, January 31, 2016 Previews: 8:00 PMThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM Sundays: 2:00 PM WHERE: Pear Theatre (the new space) 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View TICKETS: $10 (Previews) – $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information, or to order tickets, visit www.thepear.org orcall (650) 254-1148 CLOSES JANUARY 31ST.

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces that Wayne Harris’ new solo show, MOTHER’S MILK: A BLUES AND GOSPEL RIFF IN THREE ACTS, will return in the New Year. Written by Wayne Harris, composed by Randy Craig with assistance from John McArdle, and directed by David Ford, MOTHER’S MILK is a music-infused coming-of-age tale based on Harris’ personal connections to love, loss, and the blues.  SHOWS:        5pm Saturdays and Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley TICKETS:     $20 – $35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved seating For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUN THRU JANUARY 31ST.

 

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<i>Star Trek Live!: Mudd’s Women</i>  WHEN  It runs thru: Jan.  – 23, 2016 (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm) Limited Engagement – Only 12 Performances!  Performance dates for Star Trek Live!: “Mudd’s Women”:  Jan. 6 – 23, 2016 — (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm). Jan. 6, 2016 (Thurs.) (opening night) – 7:00 pm Jan. 7, 8, 9 / 13, 14, 15, 16 / 20, 21, 22, 23, 2016 Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com/event.cfm?id=156444&cart  (21 & over)  $25      for general admission, $35 for premium seating, $200 – Vulcan Champagne Table – includes front row table (4 people), a bottle of Moet Chandon with 4 champagne flutes, $500 –  Captain’s Champagne Table –  includes front row center table (4 people), a bottle ofVueve Clicquot champagne (4 champagne flutes) & a meet & greet with the cast post-show. VENUE:         Oasis, 298 Eleventh Street (at Folsom) SF, CA 94103 IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 23RD

 

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SF City Theatre Company Plunges into Mysterious Time-Warp with J. B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner,” January 8-24 1930’s Psychodrama Now Considered Ahead of Its Time.  Imagine a story that combines the surrealism of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – all dinner jackets and cocktail dresses – with the clash of family members on daytime TV reality shows.  What you’d have is J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, staged by SF City Theatre Company at Royce Gallery in San Francisco, To January – 24, 2016. David Acevedo directs a cast of seven, which includes Adrienne Dolan, Lukas Hoag, Deborah Joves, David Richardson, CJ Smith, Anastasia Durbala, and Mary Waterfield .Dangerous Corner begins as Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner is an intriguing piece of theatre that was first produced in 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre in London. It was the author’s first work for the stage, appearing three years after his hugely-successful book The Good Companions and written, according to Priestley himself, within the space of a week. It has received numerous productions over the years, one of the latest at London’s Theatre Royal in 2014. Cast and Creative Team CJ Smith as Robert Caplan Deborah Joves as Frieda Caplan David Richardson as Gordon Whitehouse Adrienne Dolan as Betty Whitehouse Lukas Hoag as Charles Trevor Stanton Anastasia Durbala as Maud Mockridge Mary Waterfield as Olwen Peel Director – David Acevedo Producer – Marte Mejstrik Set Designer – Henry Sellenthin Lighting Design – Carson Duper Costume Design – Maria Graham Choreographer – Raul Avina Show Times and Tickets Place:  Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St. (bet. Alabama & Harrison) San Francisco, 94110  Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm. Sundays, 2:00 pm    Tickets: Adults $25.00, Seniors and Students $23.00, Groups of 10 or more $23.00 each. Learn more & buy tickets at (650)-784-5303 or BrownPaperTickets.com DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE PERFORMANCE   CLOSES JANUARY 24TH

 

 

PLACAS: THE MOST DANGEROUS TATTOO a play by Paul Flores  Starring Ricardo Salinas, with Zilah Mendoza, Xavi Moreno, Sarita Ocón,  Eric Aviles, Edgar Barboza WHEN:        7:30PM Thursday-Sunday January 21-24, 2016 WHERE:      East Bay Center f/t Performing Arts, 339 11th St, Richmond, CA 94801 TICKETS:    $15 General Admission ($5 discount for students and groups). INFO:          510-234-5624, 415-399-955

 

Lucky Penny Productions is proud to present two new shows opening in January.   First up is “Gidion’s Knot” for one week only January 20—24. Written by Johnna Adams and featuring Taylor Bartolucci and Dyan McBride.* Directed by Barry Martin, this is a heart-wrenching drama that will keep you riveted and spur heated debate. The story begins after Gidion is suspended from his 5th grade class. It becomes a taut mystery when a parent/teacher conference reveals more than anyone anticipated. Caught up in fear and protocols, the teacher tries to hold tight to secrets Gidion’s mother doesn’t know. What results is a dramatic clash of views on the bullying, the challenge teachers face, the nature of art, freedom of expression, and personal responsibility. Each Gidion’s Knot performance will be followed by a post-show talkback with the actors and director.  Rated R for subject matter.*McBride appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

 

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SAN FRANCISCO CABARET OPENINGS

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO

 

Alexander Jean featuring Mark Ballas

Saturday, Jan 23  7:00

 

Emmy nominated Mark Ballas is a multifaceted performer and singer songwriter. Known for his dynamic energy and bold choreography, Mark has been captivating over 20 million viewers per week on the ABC megahit “Dancing with the Stars” for the past seven years, winning the coveted mirror ball trophy twice and advancing to the finals two more times.

 

In May 2014, Ballas released his debut single Get My Name which landed at #24 on the iTunes pop chart. Ballas is currently working on his first full studio production solo album while co-writing with BC Jean.  BC Jean became an in-demand artist and songwriter when Beyonce recorded her hit “If I Were A Boy” which became one of the most played songs of 2009, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

Alexander Jean is the duo’s soulful rock collaboration. Their new single Roses and Violets just reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. They have been performing select dates around Los Angeles so Feinstein’s at the Nikko is pleased to welcome them for their San Francisco debut.

 

Marilyn Maye

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors)    and   Friday Jan 29 at 8 pm (6:30 doors )

 

 

Award winning cabaret legend Marilyn Maye returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko to pay tribute to reknown lyricist Johhny Mercer (“Moon River,” “One for My Baby and One More for the Road,”That Old Black Magic”) with her all new show Marilyn Maye Sings Mercer & More following her triumphant Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut last spring.

 

After being “discovered” by Steve Allen during her eleven year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, Ms. Maye received a RCA contract and became a constant presence on “The Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Dick Cavett Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and others.

 

Her seven albums and 34 singles have been hailed at “timeless”  and her RCA recording of “Too Late Now” was included on the Smithsonian Institution list of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century, securing her place in musical history.

 

Tiffany Austin

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 7:00 PM PST (5:30 PM Doors)

 

Join the Tiffany Austin Quintet in celebrating Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with Bessie, Billie and Nina: Celebrating the Queens of Swing. Vocalist Tiffany Austin is one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Her refreshingly original style, described as precise, intelligent and soulful, with arrangements varying from classic swing to contemporary R&B has attracted the attention of innovative Bay Area bandleaders including bassist Marcus Shelby and tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley.

 

Austin performed regularly in her native Los Angeles before spending a year in England and five and a half years in Tokyo before earning a law degree at UC Berkeley. In June of 2015, Tiffany released her debut recording Nothing But Soul in which she re-imagines compositions by the great american songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. In October, 2015 Ms. Austin began a year long Friends of Chamber Music residency at the Presidio during which she will continue the development of her Creole Music Project inspired by recordings from the 1920s and 30s by Louisiana Creole accordionist Amede Ardoin whose innovative style had a profound impact on the Cajun and Zydeco musical styles.

 

Pamela Joy

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 7:00 PM PST (5:30 PM Doors)

 

 

For her Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut, Pamela will present a pre-Valentine’s Day tribute to love gone wrong.  A whole evening of delightful songs about obsession, infidelity, accusations, excuses, revenge…you know, love songs. She’ll be joined onstage by her longtime accompanist, beloved Bay Area pianist, arranger, musical director and radio personality Mike Greensill, and together they’ll mine the Great American Songbook for the best songs ever written about love on the rocks.

 

 

Paula West

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors) thru Feb 21. 2016

Saturday Feb 20 at 7:00,    Sunday  Feb 21 at 3:00

 

.Following two previous month long engagements, Paula West returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for her third annual winter residency. A Bay Area favorite known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, Paula will present an all new show backed by a four piece band and an eclectic set list with her unique interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Waters and more!

 

West has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Maison de la Musique and the White House. She has released four CDs and has won three New york Nightlife Awards for “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist.”

 

 

There is a $20.00 per person minimum in the showroom and an 18% gratuity is added to all checksDoors open 90 minutes prior to the performance and seating is first come, first served within the section purchasedWhile our intention is to offer seating choices whenever possible, large and odd numbered parties may be asked to share tables or accept pre-selected seating by the Maître D’Feinstein’s is suitable for any mature person, however, parental guidance is recommended for some performances.Please consult www.feinsteinssf.com for more information on club policies.

 

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SOCIETY  CABARET  AT THE HOTEL REX.

 

January at Society Cabaret

 

Wesla Whitfield vocalist  Saturday January 23rd – One show at 8 p.m.

 

Acclaimed vocalist Wesla Whitfield, accompanied by Mike Greensill on piano and John Wiitala on bass will appear at  “Society Cabaret” in the Hotel Rex in San Francisco – Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd one show at 8 p.m.

All My Tomorrows – Songs for the new year. A show featuring Wesla’s unparalleled interpretations of the the best of the Great American Songbook.

“Wesla Whitfield is an indoor landmark. Every great city deserves a signature chanteuse, and San Francisco is fortunate to have Whitfield as its resident voice. Much like the city itself, Whitfield keeps an amused and affectionate eye on the glories of the past, while living entirely in the present”. — David Weigand – San Francisco Chronicle

 

Friday, January 29th at 8pm  Shakin’ Up the Blues Carol Peters

Some voices are made for the blues. Carol Peters has such a voice — one full of character and life experience .That’s why her new show, featuring bluesy standards, comedic original tunes and engaging stories provide a perfect vehicle for this one-of-a-kind chanteuse.

Saturday, January 30th at 8pm  A Blonde & A Redhead Walk Into A Bar Manda Krusee and Kim Long

With divey duets and loungey ballads, these ladies delight with an evening of classic and lesser-known Broadway and jazz masterpieces. Don’t miss this colorful duo as they deliver sweet and sour chansons for the ages, served straight up, and often with a twist.

Tickets available at Society Cabaret(No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling 415-857-1896.

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

Seasonal small plates and cocktails available for purchase at your table. (No Minimums)(Doors open at 7pm)

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

 

Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street

Tickets available at Society Cabaret(No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling 415-857-1896.Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats.All seats assigned based on date of purchase.

 

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LIVIN NIKITA LOCA: AN EVENING CABARET AT MARTUNI’S!  NIKITA BERNSTEIN – AND FRIENDS CABARET – OSCAR NIGHT   SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 7PM

 

WHAT: Local Actor – Singer Nikita Burshteyn in his first Solo performance at San Francisco’s legendary MARTUNI’S Piano Bar. Bernstein. just off his sell out performance as Frederic in Pirates of Penance at Tri – Valley Rep, announces his debut solo Cabaret. It will be an evening of show tunes and Nikita’s favorite Pop mix. He has some surprise guests and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Music Director Ben Prince on the Piano. Martuni’s is the last real piano bar in San Francisco. A place where the drinks are plenty and the piano plays seven nights a week to a crowd of lush musical professionals.  WHEN: Sunday – February 28th , 7pm – 8:30 pm   WHERE: MARTUNI’S , 4 Valencia St at Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103  TICKET PRICES: $15.00 with a drink minimum + 21 and over – Tickets will available soon

 

Nikita Burshteyn, recent recipient of the TBA Best Male performer in a Musical for his role as Judas for Stage 1 Production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has worked amazing theater companies such as Diablo Theatre Company, Bay Area Children’s Theatre in the World Premiere of “LadyBug Girl and Bumblebee Boy: The Musical”, Ray of Light Theatre, 42nd St. Moon, Woodminster Summer Musicals where played the title role, Frank Abagnale Jr, in the West Coast Premiere of “Catch Me If You Can”, Tony in West Side Story, Marius in Les Miserables Fector in Dogfight, Tommy Ross in Carrie the musical and many more. The Bay Area has such a rich theatrical community of talent, and Burshteyn plans to bring not only his favorite show numbers to his performance but current pop songs. http://www.nikitaburshteyn.com

 

Joining him as his Music Director and on piano, is local favorite Ben Prince.  He is a pianist, singer, and music director based in San Francisco. Nikita has worked with him on a couple of projects, and they make the perfect team,. Prince is a busy musician in Bay Area Theatre and is particularly proud of his work as music director and member of the board of directors of San Francisco’s premiere community musical theatre company, Ray of Light Theatre. Since 2005, he has music-directed many of their productions such as Bat Boy:The Musical, Songs for a New World, The Rocky Horror Show, The Full Monty, and The Who’s Tommy, for which he received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Music Director.

 

 

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