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Ninjaz of Drama Present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” December 14-30 at Phoenix Theatre in S.F. The Ninjaz stage a unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s comic tale where the bewitched lovers are in middle-age and the potions slipped to them may well be Wellbutrin and Viagra. The Ninjaz Of Drama’s presentation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers a unique spin on the famous Four Lovers and the “Rude Mechanicals” who stumble upon them in Shakespeare’s forest of the mind. Instead of the traditional four young, impetuous people, the two pairs of lovers will be shown as characters in middle age. As they enter the Faerie forest they are beset with passions not felt in years, thanks to the interference of faerie King Oberon and the mischievous Puck. In another twist, most of the low-life Mechanicals are played by Women. All the cast will be in modern dress.The Ninjaz’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs for nine performances, December 14-30 at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, Suite 601. In San Francisco 94102. The Phoenix Theatre is Located in the historic Theatre District next to Union Square and close to the Powell St BART Station and SF Muni.Ninjaz of Drama is a San Francisco performing group that brings both classical and original works of theatre to the smaller stage.WHEN: Dec 14-30, 2017. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm; Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3:00 pmWHERE: Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, Suite 601, San Francisco 94102. HANDICAP ACCESS: Due to construction, there will be no ADA handicap access at 414 Mason St. for the run of this show. Also, and there will be no elevator service on December 30. RUNNING TIME: 2 hours with one intermission. TICKETS: $20-25. (415) 509-8656; https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3176776
CENTER REP PRESENTS A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted by Cynthia Caywood & Richard L. James Directed by Scott Denison Choreographed by Jennifer Perry Michael Ray Wisely* as Ebenezer Scrooge Also featuring: Jenny Angell, Kayla Berghoff, Chris Contreras, Michael Doppe*, Jeffrey Draper, Ella Marie Dunderdale, Edison Gould, Heather Kellogg, Jerry Lee*, Amanda Leigh, Scott Maraj, Michael McCarty, Jennifer Mitchell, Alex Moore, Thomas Moore, Marty Newton, Josselyn O’Neill, Jeanine Perasso, Grace Perry, Vince Perry, Luke Phillips, Xander Raymond, Barbara Reynolds, Nick Rodriguez, Kerri Shawn, Keelyn Snoderly, Teddy Spencer*, Jenna Stich, Molly Thornton, Larry Tom, Brayden Toy, Tiare Vasconcellos, Michael Patrick Wiles*, Olivia DelRay Wisely, Wendy Wisely, Diella Wottrich *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association DESCRIPTION: Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it’s no wonder the critics have called it “THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.” Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions. WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek. DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO:Performances begin Thursday, December 7th at 8:00PM. Press opening is Saturday, December 9th at 7:30PM. Closes Sunday, December 17th at 2:00PM. TICKET PRICE RANGE: $28 – $50 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.
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. Bay Area Premiere “Shakespeare in Love” Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard | Adapted for the stage by Lee HallDirected by Jasson Minadakis “An absolute joy from beginning to end!” Daily Express TO – Dec 17 Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay features live musicians and 13 of the Bay Area’s favorite actors!Lee Hall wrote the screenplay to the film Billy Elliot (1999), directed by Stephen Daldry for Tiger/BBC Films/WT2, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, Pride and Prejudice, in 2005, and adapted The Wind in the Willows for television in 2006With Sir Tom Stoppard, Marc Norman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in the 1998 Academy Awards for the script of Shakespeare in Love; he also shared in the Best Picture Oscar for the film as co-producer. IIT PLAY TO DECEMBER 17
“Deal with the Dragon” Written and Performed by Kevin Rolston Developed with and Directed by M. Graham Smith WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre CenterTheater 3, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: TO– December 3, 2017 Friday & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2 PM COST: $15-25 TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, firstname.lastname@example.org CLOSES SUNDAY
James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter” WHERE: Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco 94102.a WHEN Runs Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm through December 22pm matinees on Nov 18 & 25No show Thursday Nov 23 TICKETS:$25-$45Discounts available for Seniors, Students and Theatre Bay Area members. Previews $25-$30 Learn more & buy tickets at (415) 798-CMTC (2682), http://www.custommade.org RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, 1 Intermission “The Lion in Winter”. Custom Made Theatre presents James Goldman’s modern tale of family intrigue in the house of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Directed by Stuart Bousel. . Runs Thurs – Sat 8:00 pm through Dec. 2. Matinees Sat 2pm Nov 18 & 25.Tickets $25-45. (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org, Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco 94102. IT TONIGHT
42ND STREET “We’re in the money!” 4 TONY awards including BEST MUSICAL AND BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! It runs to- December 10, 2017 Music by Harry Warren Lyrics by Al DubinBook by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble Direction by Daren A.C. Carollo Choreography by Matthew McCoy Musical Direction by Jon Gallo ALCAZAR Theatre 650 GEARY Street San Francisco, CA 94102Bay Area Musicals is pleased to open our third season with one of Broadways’ greatest hits; 42nd Street. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by Bay Area Favorite Daren A.C. Carollo and Artistic Director, Matthew McCoy, re-staging Gower Champion’s original TONY-winning choreography. TICKETS www.bamsf.org IT CLOSES TOMORRW
“Le Switch” by Phillip Dawkins EXTENDED TO DEC 10, 2017 Regional Premiere David is a self-possessed New York librarian with a need for classification, a love for collecting rare books he never opens and a strong ambivalence about marriage. What happens when his best friend’s bachelor party takes him to Montreal, and he is swept off his feet by a charming young florist? A witty and whimsical romantic comedy tied in knots Directed by Tom Bruett Reviews “guaranteed to produce lots of laughs and a few, heartfelt sighs.” – Theatre Eddy’s “What a joy! … funny, sweet, witty, and smart … will warm the coolest heart.” – Theatrius “a strongly acted production” – Bay Area Reporter “a smart, literate modern fairy tale grounded in the shifting social politics of our times” – For All Events “Tom Bruett has directed Le Switch with a knowing ear for gay vernacular” – Huffington Post VENUE New Conservatory Theater Center, 25 Van Ness off Market Street, San Francisco. TICKETS www.nctcsf.org IT CLOSES TOMORROW
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl Directed by Rachel Chavkin An Ars Nova Production October 11–A.C.T.’s Strand Theater 1601 Market Street, San Francisco 2016 Critics’ Pick!The New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Magazine“Wit, compassion, and sparkle . . . the sound of silence onstage has rarely made such sweet music!” The New York TimesOn a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace. An acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award–winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry.Under the eye of an unseen guru, six people have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader’s ruminations (and struggle to meditate while clumsily fighting their most primal of urges), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive. Small Mouth Sounds won over audiences and critics alike off Broadway, and its intimate and imaginative storytelling is perfect for The Strand Theater.Please note: This production contains male nudity of a non-sexual nature. Tickets at @act-sf.org or call 415.439.2424. IT CLOSES TOMORROW
THE HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL BASED ON THE ANIMATED CLASSIC “ALADDIN”From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots), and Natasha Katz (An American in Paris).SHN Orpheum Theatre 1192 Market St.San Francisco, CA 94102 to January 7, 2018Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute intermissionAge Recommendation: Disney on Broadway performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up. No children under 5 allowed. TICKETS www.shnsf.com IT CLOSES JANUARY 7. 2018
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THE SECRET GARDEN runs to December 24 Based on the classic English children’s novel, a beautiful and haunting story comes to life in this 1991 musical, featuring a Tony-winning score and book by an all-female creative team. In the late 19th century, 11-year-old Mary Lennox is orphaned in India and comes to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle and invalid cousin. There she discovers a mysterious and seemingly enchanted garden, and all three come to know forgiveness, renewal and hope. The Secret Garden is a wonderful show for the whole family to enjoy at the holiday season! Added performance Saturday, December 23 at 1:00 pm! VENUE Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco TICKETS http://42ndstmoon.org/ RUNS TO DECEMBER 24
“Three Sisters” By Anton Chekhov; Directed by Liam Blaney. WHEN: December 8, 9, 15, & 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. WHERE: EXIT Stage Left 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco TICKETS: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased onlineatwww.troupesisters.brownpapertickets.com. SYNOPSIS: Love, loss, want, and life are abound in Anton Chekhov’s famous masterpiece Three Sisters. In what should be an idyllic countryside, three sisters wish for the chance to live their dreams in Moscow. As they hope, and wait, and work, surrounded by friends and soldiers, life finds a way to keep moving. Troupe Theatre brings you a piece looking to find what we still adore in Chekhov today. CAST: Rosemary Anderson, Lyndsee Bell, Devon DeGroot, Evan Favela, Sam Heft-Luthy, Rebecca Hodges, Regina Leon, Carl Lyons, Hunter Ridenour, Casey Robbins, and Andrew Tinsman CREATIVE TEAM: Adeline Smith (Set Design), Emily Powell (Costume Design), Sophia Craven (Light Design), James Ard (Sound Design), Nicole Maimon and Kassidy Friend (Choreography), Natasha Koroleva (Dramaturgy) and Caitlin McFann (Stage Manager). IT RUNS TO DECEMBER 16
HOLIDAY ‘LOCAL TRADITION’ AVENUE Q RETURNS TO NCTCFAVORITE FURRY MUSICAL CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY AT NCTC This December, New Conservatory Theatre Center delivers the ultimate holiday present with the 5th anniversary of its award-winning production of “Avenue Q. “Proclaimed “a local tradition” by San Francisco Travel, this “perennial hit … even when seeing it for the second, third, or whatever time” (Theatre Eddys) won over critics and audiences alike in its previous engagements in NCTC’s intimate Decker Theatre. Declares the San Francisco Examiner, “only the Grinch could prevent the laughter-filled show from selling out night after night.” Avenue Q runs December 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018 in NCTC’s Decker Theatre. Opening Night is Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $35 – $60 and are available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.Due to popularity, NCTC has added Tuesday evening Avenue Q performances. Performances are Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Ring-in the New Year with Avenue Q, a special New Year’s Eve performance, will be presented Sunday, December 31, 2017, complete with complimentary champagne toast and festive early start time of 7:30pm. Tickets are $55-60 are available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972. NCTC’s 5th anniversary production is directed by Stephanie Temple, with musical direction by Ben Prince and orchestrations and arrangements by Stephen Oremus. The Purple Cast of Avenue Q will play Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances and features Audrey Baker (Kate Monster/Lucy), Chelsea Carruesco (Bad Idea Bear, Mrs T), Scott DiLorenzo (Brian), Maita Ponce (Christmas Eve), Nick Rodrigues (Princeton/Rod), Daniel Sherman (Nicky/Trekkie), Phaedra Tiller (Gary Coleman).The Orange Cast of Avenue Q will play Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday performances and stars Janelle LaSalle (Gary Coleman), Juliana Lustenader (Bad Idea Bear, Mrs T), Kamren Mahaney (Princeton/Rod), Brendon North (Nicky/Trekkie), Isabel To (Christmas Eve), Scott Taylor-Cole (Brian). The creative team of Avenue Q also includes Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao Lo, Costume Design by Wes Crain, Lighting Design by Maxx Kruzunski IT RUNS JANUARY 17
Carmen Cusack Stars In “Bright Star” Written by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Runs thru — December 17A gorgeous anthem to optimism!” — VarietyFrom Grammy® winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell comes BRIGHT STAR, the new musical that “brings a fresh breeze to the theater.” Charles Isherwood, The New York TimesSteve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical BRIGHT STAR won the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score and the Drama Desk Award for Best Music; and its original Broadway cast recording was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award.Now, to usher in the Holiday Season, this moving tribute to the enduring strength of family bonds and the unyielding resilience of the human spirit will have its Bay Area premiere at the Curran starring Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack, who originated the lead role of ‘Alice Murphy’, giving one of the most buzzed about and acclaimed debuts in recent Broadway history. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the entire show is framed around Carmen Cusack’s Alice Murphy, who is “nuanced and forceful and effortlessly eloquent.” (The Guardian) Literary editor Alice develops a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II, awakening her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their liveshttps://sfcurran.com/get-tickets/?page=event&eventId=6202&spektrix_bounce=true VENUE CURRAN THEATRE, 551 GEARY BLVD, SAN FRANCISCO . CLOSES DECEMBER 17
San Francisco Playhouse presents ‘”A CHRISTMAS STORY” : A perennial holiday family favorite entertainment, this beloved story is based on the popular film of the same name. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, A Christmas Story is a classic and heartfelt holiday tale backed by a magnificent score.Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants nothing more for Christmas than an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. But first, he’ll have to navigate past a maniacal department store Santa, an infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, and much more. SHOWS : November 22, 2017 through January 13, 2018Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: November 22 & 24 at 8pm, November 25 at 3pm and 8pm, November 26 at 2pm, November 28 at 7pmAdded Performances: Dec. 22 at 3pm, Dec. 27 at 2pm,No Performance Nov. 23 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 https://www.sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2017-2018-season/christmas-story-musical CLOSES JANUARY 13
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley breaks new ground in 2017 by adding a second holiday show to its season, The Santaland Diaries at the intimate 180-seat Lohman Theatre. Written by David Sedaris, this rollicking one-man cure for an overdose of holiday hype will have a limited three-week run in Los Altos Hills. Sedaris’ international career as a memoirist took off when he recounted his short tenure at Macy’s as Crumpet the Elf in an essay he first read on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992. Adapted by Joe Mantello, this unique yuletide hit shares the experience of an ill-equipped elf forced to confront child meltdowns, overbearing parents, and complacent Santas. The Santaland Diaries will star Max Tachis as David/Crumpet the Elf and is directed by Jeffrey Lo.WHEN: 7Opening nights: 8pm Thursday, Dec. 7; 7:30pm & 10pm Friday, Dec. 8 )Closes: Saturday, December 23, 2017 SHOWS: Tuesdays: 8pm Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8pm Fridays: 7:30pm, 10pm Saturdays: 4pm, 8pm Sundays: 4pm WHERE: Lohman Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills TICKETS: $20-$45; Pricing subject to change. INFO: For information or to order tickets visit theatreworks.org or call (650) 463-1960 IT CLOSES DECEMBER 23
–6th Street Playhouse to Present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas “A heartwarming holiday musical for everyone! 6th Street Playhouse to present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas by David Ives and Paul Blake, with music & lyrics by Irving Berlin. It is directed by Michael Fontaine, music directed by Ginger Beavers and choreographed by Joseph Favalora. The musical will CLOSE December -23 in the G.K. Hardt Theatre. The Playhouse is excited to present this classic holiday musical on the big stage. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical tells the story of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” On opening night, December 1st, there will be a complimentary reception following the performance where patrons can meet the cast and enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles. The Playhouse is offering free tickets to patrons who lost their home to the fire and can call the box office at (707) 523-4185 to reserve their tickets. “White Christmas” opens in the G.K. Hardt Theatre December 1st and runs through December 23rd every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00, with select performances on Thursday evenings. Tickets are $15 – $38 CLOSES DECEMBER 23
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley celebrates the holiday season with a riotous escapade,” Around the World in 80 Days. “Taking place in an 1870s alive with danger, romance, and comic surprises, fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet circle the globe in an unheard of 80 days. In the hilariously theatrical style of The 39 Steps, five actors portray dozens of characters in a thrilling race against time and treachery, recreating one of the greatest adventures of all time. Full of stampeding elephants, raging typhoons, and runaway trains, Around the World in 80 Days, adapted by the award-winning playwright Mark Brown, offers an imaginative and ingenious expedition for the whole family that will be directed by TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley. Closes: Sunday, December 31, 2017 WHERE: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto TICKETS: $40-$100; savings available for educators, seniors, and patrons 35 and under. Single tickets are now available. Pricing subject to change. INFO: For information or to order tickets visit theatreworks.org or call (650) 463-1960 CLOSES DECEMBER 31
TheatreFIRST presents PARTICIPANTS By Star Finch, Christopher Chen, Anthony Clarvoe, Dipika Guha, Aaron Loeb, Carl Lumbly, Rohina Malik, Linda McLean, Geetha Reddy, Octavio Solis, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko and Torange Yeghiazarian Directed by Brit Frazier, May Liang, Erin Gilley, Susannah Martin, Lisa Marie Rollins, Josh Costello, Bridgette Loriaux, John Patrick Moore, Jessa Brie Moreno, Ellen Sebastian Chang, Ashley Smiley and Mary Guzmán Live Oak Theater1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA 94709 Previews: December 2nd at 8pm Closing: December 23rd at 8pmRuns Thursday – Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm (after 12/3) IT CLOSES DECEMBER 23
Theatre/Performing Arts “A Noh Christmas Carol” By Yuriko Doi *founder of Theatre of Yugen Directed by Nick Ishimaru *director of The Red Demon FEATURING Shannon Davis (Ebezo Sukurooji), Adrian Deane (The Christmas Ghosts), Mikah Kavita (The Women), Eric Rich (The Men), and Jacob Ritts (Mashima and stage hand) WHEN December 1 – 24, 2017 PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT PLUS RECEPTION: Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:00 PM Evenings Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm Matinees Sundays June 11, 4:00pm WHERE Theatre of Yugen: 2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco CA 94110 ABOUT Ebezo Sukurooji is a miserly old man who only sees the world in terms of profits and losses. He receives a ghostly visit from his former business partner Jakube Mashima, warning him to change his ways or wander the world forever as a hungry ghost. Sukurooji is taken on a magical journey by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come to remind him of the value of life beyond money and figures. GA Tickets – $40 / VIP Tickets – $50 (includes drinks) Discounts for students with valid ID. Contact the Box Office for more details. Theatreofyugen.org | (415) 621-0507 | email@example.com CLOSES DECEMBER 24
Anton’s Well Theater Company presents the Bay Area Premiere of THIS WIDE NIGHT by Chloë Moss. The cast is composed of Miia Ashley as MARIE and Mary Jo Price as LORRAINE. The director is Robert Estes. The assistant director is Wm. Diedrick Razo. The stage manager is Vanessa Ramos. Anton’s Well Theater Company is an East Bay company dedicated to creating opportunities for local actors and designers while producing challenging, language-driven work (often previously unseen in the Bay Area). In this production, AWTC is proud to introduce Bay Area audiences to the English playwright Chloë Moss. The New York Times says THIS WIDE NIGHT is “shaped with compassion” for its two female ex-con characters and the play “feels more packed with complex, compressed life than a season of television crime dramas.” The play won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2009. Tickets are $17-$20 at www.antonswell.org. For phone reservations: 510.368.0090. Presented Fridays and Saturdays, 8PM, Sundays 2PM, December 1-17, 2017, at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, 94704 CLOSES DECEMBER 17
The Marsh San Francisco presents the return of the family-friendly Bay Area holiday favorite The Jewelry Box in December. This solo show directed by David Ford and is performed and written by award-winning performer Brian Copeland. This hilariously heartwarming story follows a young Brian as he heads to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. When he finds the perfect gift – a jewelry box in the White Front Department store – six-year-old Brian sets out to earn the required $11.97 by Christmas. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, The Jewelry Box recounts Brian’s adventures as he scours the “help wanted” ads, applies for jobs, and collects bottles, inching his way toward the perfect Christmas gift. In light of the recent North Bay fires, Copeland’s first The Jewelry Box performance on December 8 of will be a benefit for KGO’s Bay Area Fire Relief Fund. WHEN: December 8-23, 2017 8pm Fridays, 5pm Saturdays WHERE: The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets)Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valenci Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th StreetTICKETS: $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO: For information or to order tickets, the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
–EVERYONE’S FAVORITE MUSICAL, ANNIE, TO PERFORM AT HILLBARN THEATRE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON ▪ TO– DECEMBER 17, 2017 ▪ – Leapin’ Lizards! This holiday season, ANNIE (November 30–December 17, 2017)—everyone’s favorite musical—will perform at Hillbarn Theatre as part of its 2017–18 season. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, ANNIE has become a worldwide phenomenon. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything but You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” ANNIE will perform at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). Performances are Thursdays—Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Press night for ANNIE will be Friday, December 1, 2017. Single tickets range in price from $27- $52 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org. IT CLOSES DECEMBER 17
Los Altos Stage Company brings holiday nostalgia to life with Walton Jones’ heartwarming The 1940s Radio Hour – Coming off the success of its attendance record-setting production of The Crucible, Los Altos Stage Company is ringing in the holidays with a beloved blast from the past in The 1940s Radio Hour.Radio Station WOV in New York is getting ready for its final holiday broadcast to the troops overseas. The audience takes a trip back through time as a collection of colorful characters bring to life classic American songs such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” “Blue Moon” and “Stormy Weather.” Harkening back to the greatest generation’s greatest contribution, The 1940s Radio Hour is an evening of hilarious and heartwarming nostalgia.Los Altos Stage Company’s production of The 1940s Radio Hour is directed by Lee Ann Payne, who returns to LASC after directing last season’s smash-hit Assassins. Ms. Payne is a Bay Area actor, director, and choreographer who has also provided choreography for LASC’s production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and will be directing Palo Alto Player’s upcoming production of The Laramie Project in 2018. Ms. Payne is also a finalist for Best Director at the Theatre Bay Area awards for her work on Assassins.The 1940s Radio Hour features Ken Boswell, Katie Coleman, Nique Eagen, Aaron Hurley, Jacob Jackman, John Stephen King, Gary Landis, Elizabeth Claire Lawrence, Brigitte Losey, Michael Rhone, Nathaniel Rothrock, Michelle Skinner, and Anthony Stephens. Scenic design by Andrew Breithaupt, costume design by Sharon Peng, and lighting design by Miranda Waldron.The 1940s Radio Hour plays at the Bus Barn Theater It runs through December 23. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday-Saturday performances start at 8pm. Sunday performances start at 3pm.Ticket prices range from $18 (student) to $36, 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 DECEMEMBER 23
Sonoma, California….Sonoma Arts Live kicks off Sonoma’s holiday season with the hilarious farce “Inspecting Carol” , written by Daniel J. Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Company. Show runs for 11 performances, opening Wednesday November 29 with a special VIP evening complete with Dickens-era desserts, The Victorian Choir “Comfort and Joy” at 6:00 pm, and the play at 7:30pm on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street. Run continues for 10 performancesNovember 30, Dec 1,2,3,7,8,9,10, evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. IT CLOSES TOMORROW
– Berkeley Playhouse continues their tenth anniversary season with everyone’s favorite redheaded optimist, Annie. One of the most popular musicals in Berkeley Playhouse’s history, this all new production for the holidays is going to “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building!” In 1930s depression era New York, young orphaned Annie is determined to find the parents that left her on the doorstep of the New York City Orphanage, run by the soused and sour Miss Hannigan. When Annie is chosen by billionaire Oliver Warbucks to spend the holidays at his mansion, she leaves behind the only community she’s ever known, and her daily life of “hard knocks” and “maybe’s” turns into one of cinemas and Roll’s Royce’s . . . and an opportunity to discover the truth about her parents. Based on the popular Harold Gray comics of the 1920s, Annie is filled with adventure, mayhem, and the discovery of what family truly means. Performances run Friday througthrough December 23, with an added Wednesday performance December 20, and Thursday evenings November 30, December 7 and 21. 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. IT CLOSES DECEMBER 23
The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays Presented by Ross Valley Players WHEN:November 16 – December 10, 2017Performances are Thursdays (7:30pm), Fridays (8:00pm), Saturdays (8:00pm,) & Sundays (2:00pm)Saturday, November 18th – Buzz At The Barn – 7:00 pmpre-show cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine.Talkbacks: Sunday, November 26th and December 10th – Discuss the show with the director and actors immediately following the matinee performance.Sunday, December 10 h – Closing Matinee WHERE:Ross Valley Players: Barn Theatre – 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957. (415) 456-9555 ext. 1TICKETS:Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: $27 GA ($15 for under the age of 25).Thursdays: $22 GA ($12 for under the age of 25).To order tickets, call 415-456-9555, ext. 1 or visitwww.RossValleyPlayers.com IT CLOSES DECEMBER 17
Shotgun Players presents “Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,” directed by Mark Jackson, musical direction by David Möschler,original direction by Robert Wilson, music and lyrics by Tom Waits, text by William S. Burroughs, original musical arrangements by Greg Cohen and Tom Waits, dramaturgy by Wolfgang Wiens “Black Rider”, the musical theater masterpiece by Tom Waits, Robert Wilson, and William S. Burroughs, lures Bay Area audiences into a deal with the devil. Wilhelm, a lowly clerk, and Käthchen, the daughter of a well to do forester, wish to get married. But Wilhelm must first prove to Käthchen’s father that he has the brawny skills of a huntsman. What to do? Along comes Pegleg with an offer he cannot refuse. With music by Tom Waits this adaptation by William S. Burroughs will be a wild ride through a dark and magical forest. Director Mark Jackson comments: “Black Rider is a fairytale for adults about how fear and self-doubt can lead us to sell out our integrity for a shortcut to our hopes and dreams.” Black Rider begins previews on Thursday, November 9; opens on Friday, November 17; and runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017, at The Ashby Stage.The cast of Black Rider features El Beh, Noelle Viñas, Rotimi Agbabiaka*, Kevin Clarke*, Elizabeth Carter*, Grace Ng, Steven Hess, Carolyn Walter, Jacy Burroughs, Travis Kindred, and Joshua Pollock. The creative team features set design by Sean Riley, lighting design by Allen Willner, costume design by Christine Crook, stage management by Nikita Kadam*, props design by Devon LaBelle, sound design by Matt Stines, and production assistance by Heather Kelly-Laws.*Member of the Actors’ Equity Association WHEN it closes Sunday, December 31, 2017 WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley IT CLOSED DECEMBER 31
Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira returns to The Marsh Berkeley this November with his hard-hitting solo show Cops and Robbers: Hunter Poetry, in a revised production that includes musician WolfHawkJaguar and his band, live on stage. A piercing look into the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the black community, Cops and Robbers: Hunter Poetry explores an officer-involved shooting and its devastating effects. Writer/performer Ferreira takes the viewer on an emotionally-charged ride with unexpected twists and turns, as he seamlessly travels through 17 characters, each with his or her own convictions, logic, and prejudices. Piper’s driving performance is now scored with traditional African spiritual music, to fill out the emotional journey for audiences who often leave the theatre overwhelmed by this unflinching look deep into the workings of modern law enforcement. WHEN: It closed-December 9, 2017 SHOWS: 8pm Friday 8:30pm 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 CLOSES DECEMBER 9
————————————————SOCIETY CABARET IN THE HOTEL REX
Saturday, January 6 at 8pm
- Scott Lacy, piano Join G. Scott Lacy, as he present some of the Bay Area’s premiere Cabaret talent.
Laughter from the Hip Friday, January 12 at 8pm Saturday, January 13 at 8pm
Mike Greensill, piano and vocals
Jazz musicians are known for their acerbic wit and twisted sense of humor. In “Laughter from the Hip” Mike will share anecdotes and stories from jazz musicians, ancient and modern, famous and not so famous, along with their signatures tunes. He’ll also be singing funny and cynical songs by the likes of Dave Frishberg, Tom Lehrer and Bob Dorough.January 19 & 20
STEP UP Catching at Dreams Friday, Janaury 26 at 8pm
Torey Bookstein, vocals Tim Lynch, vocals David Navarro, vocals Maggie Tenenbaum, vocals Alan Choy, piano
Life is long and rich and full of dreams! Dreams of family. Of love. Of finding our place in the universe. Join these four talented performers as they explore what makes a life. Can what we dream of ever match what we get? Can it sometimes be even better? Come find out in a lively and heartwarming night of simply marvelous singing, great stories, and wonderful little moments.
Political Snarkasm! Saturday, January 27 at 8pm Sandy Riccardi, vocals Richard Riccardi, piano & vocals
With over 35 million views on Social Media, Sandy and Richard Riccardi are skewering the current presidential administration with laughter, one parody at a time. Their most popular contributions to national sanity include “Boy From Mar-A-Lago”, “Tiki Torch Nazis”, “Kiss My Rump, Donald Trump” and dozens more. New York Magazine calls them “Musical Genius”. Rosie O’Donnell calls them “MY NEW FAVORITE SINGING SONGWRITING TEAM”. Richard Riccardi has played for such greats as Joel Grey, Diahann Carroll, Martha Raye, Tom Jones, Wesla Whitfield and Mel Torme, as well as numerous Broadway tours. Sandy Riccardi spent 11 years on the NYC musical theater circuit, performing with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and Westchester Broadway Theater, to name a fe
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Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street