Richard Connema

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WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING & CLOSING + CABARET OPENINGS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA THEATRES—WEEK OF JANUARY 10TH

 

OPENINGS

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6th Street Playhouse  presents “ One Man, Two Guvnors” WHEN: Friday, January 15 th – February 7th WHERE: 6 th Street Playhouse 52 West 6 th Street, Santa Rosa One Man, Two Guvnors​, a Smash Hit on the London and Broadway Stages, Makes its North Bay Premiere at 6​th​Street Playhouse. 6th Street Playhouse is kicking off the New Year with Richard Bean’s extraordinarily popular and tremendously hysterical One Man, Two Guvnors, based on Carlo Goldoni’s cherished commedia piece, Servant of Two Masters. One Man, Two Guvnors is directed by Carl Jordan, who won Best Director at the 2015 Theatre Bay Area Awards for his 6th Street Playhouse production of Clybourne Park, which also wonBest Play and Best Ensemble. Also featuring a phenomenal cast, including audience favorites such as Larry Williams, Alan KAlso featuring a phenomenal cast, including audience favorites such as Alan Kaplan, and Jeff Cote, One Man, Two Guvnors runs Friday, January 15th through Sunday, February 7 th in the 6th Street Playhouse G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $32 and are available online or at the box office at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 523-4185 x1 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com for tickets and more

 

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: Previews: Thursday, January 14, 2016 Press Opening: Friday, January 15, 2016 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

 

 

For one-night only, Monday, January 11, 2016, at 8 pm, DMT is presenting a staged reading of NOW CIRCA THEN by Carly Mensch, a sweet-spirited romantic comedy about two historical re-enactors. In their jobs as tour guides in a tenement museum on the Lower East Side of New York, Gideon and Margie portray a poor but enterprising Prussian Jewish immigrant couple circa 1890. Gideon is somewhat of an expert at reenactment – he’s “done” Plymouth and Salem, a few Renaissance Fairs and two Air and Space museums. Margie just needed a job. As their private lives become entwined in those of the characters they play, the two learn to find themselves as adults and navigate new beginnings. Katja Rivera directs this two-hander with Carina Lastimosa Salazar as Margie and Robyn Gray as Gideon. Tickets are just $10.  [if you can’t afford that, let me know and we’ll get you in …]Box office: (510) 881-6777. Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, CA – good directions on the website at www.dmtonline.org.

 

 

HAWKMOON is a live art event created through the collaboration of over 20 Bay Area artists. With outlandish costumes, flamboyant makeup, sound art, photography, drawings, collage, and a live performance by Bobb Saggeth (the infamous Black Sabbath cover band) HAWKMOON offers magical realism through a glam rock lens. The performance installation spans three rooms with character-driven environments exploring gender, misogyny, PTSD, and schizophrenia – a healthy dose of modern American culture! WHEN:  Saturday January 16 & Sunday January 17 at 7PM (Band at 8:30PM) WHERE: The Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA TICKET PRICES:  $12 Advance. $15 at the door. Advance Tickets available at: www.shotgunplayers.org, 510.841.6500.

 

Ubuntu theater project, opens inaugural season with “the gospel of lovingkindness”by oakland native playwright marcus gardley;january 13 – january 31The 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. The Gospel of Lovingkindness has a preview on January 13 and runs from January 14 – 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———–

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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 January 14 – February 14, 2016  Opening Night: Tuesday, January 19 Previews: Jan 14 – 17 Performance Days All Evening Shows at 7:30 pm: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun  Matinees: Sunday (Preview), Jan 17, 4:00pm 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.

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REVIEWS ARE UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY.COM

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Luis Bravo’s <i>FOREVER TANGO</i>, playing at San Francisco’s newly remodeled Herbst Theatre .Starring Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin as seen on “Dancing with the Stars” – and featuring vocals by Marcela Rios – FOREVER TANGO features 12 world-class tango dancers and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra anchored by the bandoneón – the accordion-like instrument that is the mainstay of tango music – in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. Tickets for FOREVER TANGO range in price from $25 – $85. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a meet-and-greet with Trebunskaya and Chaplin (90 minutes after the performance), preferred seating and a FOREVER TANGO CD. All tickets can be purchased online at cityboxoffice.com, by phone at (415) 392-4400 or in person at the City Box Office [180 Redwood St. Ste. 100, San Francisco

 

<i>Avenue Q</i> Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx       Directed by Dennis Lickteig Musical Direction by Ben Prince Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus Choreography by Rory DavisRe-created by Stephanie Temple Starring Erin Ashe, Teresa Attridge, Will Giammona, Sam Jackson, Christopher Morrell, Pam Sevilla, and Gary Walker Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao LoCostume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Christian Mejia Technical Direction by Devin Kasper Puppet Design by Travis Howse WHAT: Avenue Q Returns to NCTC WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center  Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @Market, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: It runs thru– January 17, 2016  Wednesday – Sat at 8pm  Sundays at 2pm COST: $30-$50  RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AVENUE Q: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7pm. COST: $50, includes complimentary champagne toast TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org Special Engagements: Onstage Insight..……………………….……….12/20 Low-Cost   REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL ARCHIEVES IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 17TH

 

 

STAGE KISS “ Written by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Susi Damilano  through January 9th, 2016 Tue, Wed, Thu 7pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 3pm, 8pm | Sun 2pm Preview Performances:   no shows 11/26, 12/25, 1/1 Added shows: 11/25, 12/23 at 2pm; 12/27, 1/3 at 7pm. – San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with the Bay Area premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s valentine to the theatre<i>, Stage Kiss,</i> directed by Susi Damilano. The show will feature Allen Darby, Millie DeBenedet, Taylor Jones, Gabriel Marin*, Carrie Paff*, Mark Anderson Phillips*, and Michael Gene Sullivan*. <i>Stage Kiss </i>is a wry romantic comedy about two former lovers who find themselves starring in a play together. As they’re required to share the stage, and stage kisses, they have to navigate their feelings for one another, and the line between art and reality starts to blur.  Art imitates Life imitates Art. This frothy farce mixing stage drama and backstage lives is a semi-romantic comedy, tripping lightly through a playground of desire and sexual fantasy. Is this kiss for real? 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 http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/stage-kiss/TICKETS:For tickets ($20-$120) or more information, the public may contact The San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/stage-kiss/ IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 9TH TO LINK THE REVIEW GO TO http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1515.html

 

 

**NEW OPENING NIGHT DATE FOR  ODYSSEO** THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION WILL NOW MAKE ITS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 19 “ #Odysseo “  The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia has announced it will arrive in San Francisco one week earlier than originally announced with its latest production “ Odysseo,” that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. With the addition of five performances to the show calendar, the 30 million dollar theatrical extravaganza will make its Bay Area debut under the White Big Top at AT&T Park  Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Matinee and evening performances for Odysseo are scheduled through December 13 and are now on sale online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.Following Cavalia, the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production which enjoyed extended sold-out engagements in San Francisco and San Jose, Odysseo transports spectators to a whole new level of beauty, grace, and magic this time featuring 75 magnificent horses and 45 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians. Odysseois a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the largest touring tent on Earth (the surface covered by the White Big Top is 68,000 square feet, equal to an NFL football field, the biggest stage (17,500 square feet), the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty.TICKETS – Tickets are priced from $44.50 to $154.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $229.50 to $264.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).  IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 20TH   TO LINK THE REVIEW http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1513.html

 

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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REVIEWS COMING UP ON REGIONAL

 

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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    NOTE: Saturday, January 16, 8:00 pm. WILL BE A BENEFIT FOR CHACHI MESTA. 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

 

“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. . 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”:  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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CURRENLY PLAYING

 

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.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

 

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.

 

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 JANUARY 23RD

 

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DYING CITY ~~ Anton’s Well Theater Company Anton’s Well Theater Company extends the Bay Area premiere of DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn.  Starring Katie Tandy as Kelly and Andrew MacIver as Peter/Craig.  Directed by Robert Estes.  Assisted by Wm. Diedrick Razo.Anton’s Well Theater Company, a new East Bay company dedicated to producing challenging work featuring local artists, presents DYING CITY, by Christopher Shinn, an intense, spare, emotionally raw account of such large social events as the Iraq war and such close intimate events as a marriage in crisis, as told through the involved story of just three people (as portrayed by two actors onstage).  In many ways, it is a modern detective story where the audience figures out the story in the moment.  We begin with Peter visiting Kelly, about a year after Craig’s death in Iraq, who was Kelly’s husband and Peter’s twin brother.  The play then alternates scenes between this mysterious return of Peter and earlier scenes in time showing the conflicted marriage of Kelly and Craig, all leading to a searching, painful examination Tickets are $18-21.  For reservations, call 510.368.0090.  Presented Tuesdays and Wednesdays, January  12, & 13, 2015 @ 8pm, The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

 

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CLOSES TONIGHT

 

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STAGE KISS “ Written by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Susi Damilano  through January 9th, 2016 Tue, Wed, Thu 7pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 3pm, 8pm | Sun 2pm Preview Performances:   no shows 11/26, 12/25, 1/1 Added shows: 11/25, 12/23 at 2pm; 12/27, 1/3 at 7pm. – San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with the Bay Area premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s valentine to the theatre<i>, Stage Kiss,</i> directed by Susi Damilano. The show will feature Allen Darby, Millie DeBenedet, Taylor Jones, Gabriel Marin*, Carrie Paff*, Mark Anderson Phillips*, and Michael Gene Sullivan*. <i>Stage Kiss </i>is a wry romantic comedy about two former lovers who find themselves starring in a play together. As they’re required to share the stage, and stage kisses, they have to navigate their feelings for one another, and the line between art and reality starts to blur.  Art imitates Life imitates Art. This frothy farce mixing stage drama and backstage lives is a semi-romantic comedy, tripping lightly through a playground of desire and sexual fantasy. Is this kiss for real? 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 http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/stage-kiss/TICKETS:For tickets ($20-$120) or more information, the public may contact The San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2015-2016-season/stage-kiss/ IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 9TH TO LINK THE REVIEW GO TO http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1515.html

 

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CLOSES TOMORROW

 

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<i>The Mousetrap</i> Written by Agatha ChristieDirected by Patrick Dooley In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, Mollie and Giles Ralston open Monkswell Manor, a remote guesthouse. While they struggle to manage their first day of business, a policeman arrives to investigate a grisly murder. Comedy and chaos ensue, and then – MURDER! Who did it?  The mysterious Mr. Paravicini? The odd Miss Casewell? The nervous Christopher Wren? See if you can figure it out! When this mystery debuted in 1952, Christie hoped it would run at least eight months.  Little did she know it would become the longest-running show in history. Featuring Adam Magill as Detective Sargeant Trotter Nick Medina as Christopher Wren Mick Mize as Giles Ralston Trish Mulholland as Mrs. Boyle Karen Offereins as Miss Casewell Alex Rodriguez as Mr. Paravicini David Sinaiko as Major Metcalf Megan Trout as Mollie Ralston  It runs  through January 10.  Ticket prices range from Pay What You Can during previews to $15-$40 during the main run.=  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 10TH

 

Luis Bravo’s <i>FOREVER TANGO</i>, playing at San Francisco’s newly remodeled Herbst Theatre .Starring Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin as seen on “Dancing with the Stars” – and featuring vocals by Marcela Rios – FOREVER TANGO features 12 world-class tango dancers and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra anchored by the bandoneón – the accordion-like instrument that is the mainstay of tango music – in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. Tickets for FOREVER TANGO range in price from $25 – $85. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a meet-and-greet with Trebunskaya and Chaplin (90 minutes after the performance), preferred seating and a FOREVER TANGO CD. All tickets can be purchased online at cityboxoffice.com, by phone at (415) 392-4400 or in person at the City Box Office [180 Redwood St. Ste. 100, San Francisco

 

 

EUGENE O’NEILL FOUNDATION SCHEDULES “THE PLAY THAT CHANGED AMERICAN DRAMA” When playwright Eugene O’Neill premiered his first successful full length play in 1920, it made an impact that has influenced the direction of American drama ever since.  “BEYOND THE HORIZON”  will be presented in a staged reading as part of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s Playwrights’ Theatre series on Saturday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Avenue, in Danville.“O’Neill’s plays signaled the way audiences looked at American drama,” says Eric Fraisher Hayes, Artistic Program Director for the Foundation. “This play greatly changed drama on the America stage from non-realistic melodrama with exaggerated physical movement and speech to a drama that showed life more realistically and naturally,” says Hayes. Reservations for Beyond the Horizon are available online at www.eugeneoneill.org, or by phone at (925) 820-1818. Tickets are $25.   Seating at the Museum is limited.

 

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“The Secret of Life” is a world premiere play by Bruce Coughran, a production of <i>Indra’s Net Theater.</i>WHEN: Show opens to public:  , Jan. 8 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 9 at 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 10 at 5pm Thurs., Jan. 14 at 8pm; Fri., Jan. 15 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 16 at 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 17 at 5pm TICKETS $28 General Seating and $23 Seniors & Students To buy tickets online go to our website www.Indrasnettheater.com Or call (415) 613-9210 WHERE: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley    IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 17TH

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO CABARET OPENINGS

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO

Shana Morrison & Caledonia

Saturday, Jan 09, 2016 7:00 PM PST (5:30 PM Doors)

Shana Morrison’s musical style has been called pop with sides of blues and rock. She has also been known to include other ingredients like country, R&B and jazz into the mix. Daughter of singer-songwriter Van Morrison, Shana grew up in Marin County and began performing with her band Caledonia around the Bay Area in 1996. They have released five CDS, shared billing with Joe Cocker, John Lee Hooker, Keb ‘Mo, Lyle Lovett, Michael MacDonald, Bonnie Raitt among others and are often on the road touring the United States, Germany, Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

 

“With a smooth, elastic voice and a style that lands between jazz chanteuse and rock chick, Morrison has won an enthusiastic following.” – Rolling Stone

 

Lena Hall

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors

Saturday, Jan 16, 7 :00 PM

 

 

After a sold-out engagement this past April, Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Kinky Boots) returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with her brand-new musical memoir, The Villa Satori, Growing Up Haight Ashbury

 

In her latest solo show, Hall guides audiences through her upbringing in the Villa Satori, her psychedelic family home in the heart of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury. Her story recounting the trials and tribulations of growing up in a legendary hippie household is brought to life through intimate storytelling, interpretive dance, and humor—all set to a dizzyingly eclectic soundtrack that features classical, soul, new wave, punk rock, and more. Consider yourself warned—this performance will contain explicit use of embarrassing home videos and incense. Lena Hall will be joined by her musical director and guitarist Watt White, keyboardist Chris LoPresto, bassist Ari Gorman and drummer Brian Fishler.

 

Most recently Lena Hall toured with multi platinum recording artist Josh Groban during his Fall 2015 “The Stages Tour.” Hall starred as Yitzhak in the hit Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for which she won the 2014 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical. Prior to Hedwig, she starred as Nicola in the Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots. Lena can also been in an upcoming guest role on HBO’S Girls.

 

Alexander Jean featuring Mark Ballas

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors)

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.

 

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

 

Saturday, January 9th at 8pm

 

  1. Scott Lacy presents a special evening of artists and songs, each one bringing their own style to their set. Jacquie McCarley, Eileen & Brett Zamora and Diane Kluft.

 

June in January Friday, January 15th at 8pm June Kamerling

 

June takes you on a journey through her life from growing up in the suburbs of NYC, her Monkees mania, High School Sit ins, travelling around the country in her Ford ClubWagon, relationships (the good, the bad and the ugly) to her life today in Richmond, CA, with songs by Joe Iconis, Ahrens and Flaherty, Ray Jessel, Heisler and Goldrich.

 

 

Saturday, January 16th at 6pm Jubilee

Jackie DeMuro

Jacqueline sings a wonderfully eclectic mix of her own songs,and shares the moments and music that inspired them. With Barry Lloyd at the piano.

Wesla Whitfield vocalist  Friday January 22nd and 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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BAY AREA CABARET AT HOTEL FAIRMONT  VENETIAN ROOM

 

JOHN PIZZARELLI & JESSICA MOLASKEY Grownup Songs  Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

 

“The ability to infuse pop and jazz with a Chekhovian wisdom about life’s ups and downs is the special gift of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, long-married musical partners whose work gets deeper each year. When these musical opposites combine forces, the whole they embody is much greater than the sum of its two equally formidable parts. And at the opening night performance of their new show, Grownup Songs at Café Carlyle, they hit a new peak… In a phrase: this was it.” (Stephen Holden, New York Times). With songs ranging from Sondheim (“Remember Darling”) to Irving Berlin “Count Your Blessings” and Bud Powell’s “Parisian Thoroughfare”), this show was named one of the year’s Ten Best Shows by Time Magazine. Don’t miss this exclusive Bay Area engagement

To purchase tickets.

http://www.bayareacabaret.org/artist-pizzarelli_15.html

 

 

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