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

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THE ROOMMATE—WHAT:  Sharon is practical, from Iowa. Robyn is a Bronx-born vegan. Both are “badass” women in their 50s dealing with isolation, aging and identity. They remind us that second chances are possible and transformation can grow beneath peals of uproarious laughter. SHOWS:May 23 through July 1, 2017Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: May 23, 24, 25, 26 at 8pmNo matinees 5/27 or 5/28 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 http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/the-roommate/.

 

Mother Night.  Brian Katz’s adaptation of the celebrated Kurt Vonnegut novel.  An ironic and metafictional tale of an American spy who is on trial for war crimes, but is he really guilty?  Directed by Brian Katz. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  Previews May 24-26, 8:00 pm. Opens May 28 at 7:00 pm. Runs through June 24. Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm; Saturday matinees June 3 & 7 – 2:00pm; Wed. June 17 & 21 -7:30 pm.   See custommade.org/mother-night for details. Tickets $20-$42. (415) 798-2682, www.custommade.org

 

California Shakespeare Theater’s production of As You Like It  by William Shakespeare directed by Desdemona Chiang Designed by Nina Ball (scenic designer), Melissa Torchia (costume designer), Masha Tsimring (lighting designer), and Sharath Patel (sound designer). Featuring: James Carpenter, Patty Gallagher, Lisa Hori-Garcia, William Hodgson, Warren David Keith, Craig Marker, Patrick Russell, Jomar Tagatac, and Jessika D. Williams. WHEN May 24–June 18, 2017 Previews May 24, 25, and 26 at 8pmPress Opening May 27 at 8pm Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays at 8pmSaturday Matinee June 17 at 2pm Sunday Matinees at 4pmGrounds open two hours prior to show time for picnicking. Café and full bar are available onsite. WHERE Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563 (just off Highway 24 at the California Shakespeare Theater Way/Wilder Rd. exit, one mile east of the Caldecott Tunnel.) Complimentary shuttle from Orinda BART beginning 2 hours before curtain. Complimentary parking onsite.TICKETS Single tickets range from $20 to $92, with discounts available for seniors, students, persons age 30 and under, and groups. Cal Shakes makes twenty tickets available for $20 on a first-come, first-served basis for every performance throughout the season. Call Cal Shakes’ Box Office at 510.548.9666 between noon and 2pm to purchase. Prices subject to change. All tickets are available through the California Shakespeare Theater Box Office, 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley CA, 510.548.9666, online at www.calshakes.org, or at the Bruns box office on the day of the performance (pending availability). GROUPS Groups of 10 or more save $10 off the adult single ticket price; complimentary ticket available for groups of 15+. For more information, call 510.809.3290.

 

 

:TheatreFIRST presents” HeLa” By Lauren Gunderson and Geetha Reddy Dramaturgy by Lisa Marie Rollins Directed by Evren Odcikin Live Oak Theater 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA 94709 Previews: May 18th and 20th @ 8pm, May 21st @ 7pm Opening/Press Night: Monday, May 22nd @ 8pm Closing: June 17th Runs Thursday – Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm Each performance will be followed by a community discussion moderated by artists and activists from around the bay area to continue the conversation presented by the story. Tickets: Opening Night: $35 general, $25 student/senior Run: $25 general, $20 student/senior Tickets available through website: www.theatrefirst.com and at the door.

 

Broadway Love-Letter Comes  to Los Altos Stage Company  Hot on the heels of the TBA Recommended One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Los Altos Stage Company brings the 2016-2017 season to a close with a celebration of artistic collaboration when it presents the Tony-nominated musical, [title of show]. [title of show] open May 25 and runs through June 24, 2017. With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell, [title of show] is a truly unique musical whose story follows its own creation. Alongside friends Susan and Heidi, the characters of “Hunter” and “Jeff” shepherd their creation through the New York Musical Theatre Festival, to the Vineyard Theatre, and finally the bright lights of Broadway. [title of show] earned Obie Awards for both Bell and Bowen, and Hunter Bell was nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the 2009 Tony Awards. Los Altos Stage Company’s production of [title of show] is directed by Doug Brook, who makes his LASC directorial debut. Mr. Brook has directed with many South Bay theater companies, including South Bay Music Theatre (Finian’s Rainbow), Sunnyvale Community Players (Fiddler on the Roof) and West Valley Civic Light Opera (Damn Yankees). [title of show] features Caroline Clark, Derek DeMarco, Jocelyn Pickett, and Nick Rodrigues, all newcomers to the Bus Barn stage. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday through Saturday evening performances start at 8pm. Sunday matinee performances start at 3pm. Ticket prices range from $18 (student) to $36, including 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. Los Altos Stage Company is a quintessential American neighborhood playhouse, serving Los Altos and the greater South Bay area, and paying tribute to the full canon of American musicals, comedies, anddramas. This 22-year-old theater company strives to bring together a diversity of theater enthusiasts, practitioners, and supporters to create, explore, and celebrate the rich tapestry of American culture and experience through live theater. Los Altos Stage Company produces five to six shows annually at its intimate 99-seat theater located on the Los Altos Civic Center campus.

 

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Word for Word’s First Production of the 2017 Season SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)   By Alan Bennett Directed by Amy Kossow   Thru  – Jun 11 )  At: Z Below, Z Space’s second venue, at 470 Florida St.Performances; Wednesday-Thursday 7 pm, Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pmOn-stage Seating: For this production there is a special on-stage seating opportunity. Four patrons at each performance will have an intimate experience of the show, sitting amongst the actors as they perform. Ticket prices: Previews $20, $40-$60. with no additional fees. Tickets: 415-626-0453 or at www.zspace.org reviews and Thursdays are pay-what-you-can at the door. Tickets:  510.558.1381 or centralworks.org IT CLOSES JUNE 11

 

 

WHAT  “Guards at the Taj” By Rajiv Joseph Directed by Jasson Minadakis WHEN  It runs thru- May 21, 2017 PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT:  Evenings Tue – Sun 7:30pm Matinees Sun (Preview) April 30, 4:00pm Thu (Perspectives) May 11, 2:00pm Sat May 6 & 20, 2:00pmSun May 7, 14 & 21, 2:00pm WHEREMarin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941 ABOUTAt morning’s first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world. TICKETS $22 – $60 Discounts for seniors, teens, military families, Bay Area teachers and groups of 7 or more are available. Contact the Box Office for more details. marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org  IT CLOSES TOMORROW

 

Cutting Ball Theater presents Jean Racine’s PHÈDRE in a new translation by Rob Melrose, directed by Ariel Craft and featuring Courtney Walsh in the title role. Translator: Rob Melrose Director: Ariel Craft Cast: Ed Berkeley, Kenneth Heaton, Karen Offereins, Brennan Pickman-Thoon, Emily Radosevich, Neiry Rojo, Cecily Bednar Schmidt, Courtney Walsh Creative Team: Nina Ball (scenic design), Brian Hickey (sound design), Brooke Jennings (costumes), Nick Kumamoto (lighting design), Liz Stanely (props)  WHEN: to – May 21, 2017  @ 8pm Opening Night: Saturday, April 22 @ 8 p.m. Press Opening Night: Monday, April 24 @ 7 p.m.Following dates:  April 29 – 30; May 4 – 7, 11 – 14, 18 – 21 Thursdays @ 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. Sundays @ 5 p.m. WHERE: The EXIT on Taylor 277 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102 TICKETS: $15 – $45Tickets may be purchased online at cuttingball.com/productions/phedre or by phone at 415-525-1205.FOR MORE INFORMATION: cuttingball.com  IT CLOSES TOMORROW

 

Shelton Theater presents Arthur Millers timeless masterpiece set in the 1950s on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, ‘A View from the Bridge’, (based on a true story), follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and orphan niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice’s cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie’s envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences. Directed by Will Marchetti. Shows:            Runs thru through 5/20 Thursday – Saturday 7pm Where:             Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St, between Powell and Mason, San Francisco  Tickets: For tickets ($26-$50) or more information, the public may contact the Shelton Theater   Box office at 415-882-9100, or www.sheltontheater.org.   IT CLOSES TONIGHT

 

 

.Hilarity Ensues Onstage and Behind the Scenes in NOISES OFF By Michael FraynDirected by Susi Damilano Called the “funniest play written in my lifetime” by former New York Times critic Frank Rich, Noises Off is a dexterously-realized comedy about putting on a comedy. A rollicking backstage farce about a second-rate theatrical troupe, the play combines slapstick, a British sex comedy, and non-stop hilarity from a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing On”. Doors slamming, on- and off-stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this uproarious and classically-comic play. SHOWS: through May 13, 2017 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: March 21, 22, 23, 24 at 8pm No matinees 3/25 or 3/26. 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://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/noises-off/   IT CLOSES TOMORROW

 

<i>HAMILTON THE MUSICAL</i>  at the  Orpheum Theatre, Market Street, San Francisco for a 6 run .  Enough said.  IT RUNS THRU AUGUST

 

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New Conservatory Theatre Center presents  SF premiere of Del Shores’  “Sordid Lives” Play that spawned the cult film phenomenon to be directed by Dennis Lickteig “, Sordid Lives” by Del Shores makes its San Francisco debut as New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the play that spawned the huge cult comedy phenomenon. Three generations of a dysfunctional small-town Texas family gather after their elderly matriarch dies during a tryst in a seedy motel room with her much younger, much married neighbor. Fireworks are set off and bizarre truths exposed as the town prepares for what could be an embarrassing funeral. Sordid Lives runs May 12 – June 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $25–50 and available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.After a hugely successful and award-winning long run in Los Angeles in 1996, Sordid Lives became a cult film classic in 2000, written and directed by Shores, and starring Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton-John. Later, Shores followed the success of the film with a television series on Logo. Sordid Lives marks the third collaboration between Del Shores and NCTC, after lauded productions of his plays Southern Baptist Sissies and Yellow. .    Opening Night will take place Saturday, May 20 at 8pm

 

 

PianoFight presents the world-premiere of Stuart Bousel’s TWINS, a darkly comic docudrama – PianoFight productions presents the world premiere of Stuart Bousel’s TWINS, a darkly comic docudrama sourced from Greek mythology but more relevant than ever in a world where violence often targets youth. TWINS and plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm through June 10th, at PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco.  Through a series of interviews and flashbacks we get the story of the birth and life of Artemis and Apollo, beautiful young gods who begin their existence as promising forces for light and evolve into terrifying powers of devestation, ultimately killing all the children of the mortal queen, Niobe, after she insults their mother, the goddess Leto. Ostrasized from an early age by the other gods, unable to form lasting connections with others, the sibilings see themselves as against the world, but in their alienation form a deep and lasting bond with one another that could prove to be their redemption- or our destruction. Directed by the author, the show features Kyle Goldman and Kathleen McHatton in the title roles, with supporting work by Andrew Chung, Laura Domingo, Kyle McReddie, Tonya Narvaez, Kim Saunders and Ron Talbot. The design team include William Campbell on lights, Ryan Lee Short on sound, Cody Rishell on artwork, and Lindsey Eifert on costumes. It  plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM till June 10th, at PianoFight in San Francisco.  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 10TH

 

BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE EXTENDS MONSOON WEDDING By popular demand, eight performances added – now playing through Sunday, July 2- Following an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences, and two weeks of sold-out previews, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on June 25, the beloved musical will now run through Sunday, July 2.Starting today, tickets for the added eight performances can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org and by phone at 510 647-2949.Monsoon Wedding is the perfect storm that starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an Indian-American guy she’s never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father’s financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.Cast members include Monsoon Bissell (Shashi Chawla), Meetu Chilana (Grandmother), Emielyn D. Das (Aliya Chawla), Namit Das (PK Dubey), Sharvari Deshpande (Ria Verma), Palomi Ghosh (Vijaya/Naani), Rohan Gupta (Varun Verma), Jaaved Jaaferi (Lalit Verma), Dani Jazzar (Swing), Mahira Kakkar (Pimmi Verma), Namita Kapoor (Swing), Krystal Kiran (Saroj Rai), Michael Maliakel (Hemant Rai), Ali Momen (Vikram/Congress), Anisha Nagarajan (Alice), Andrew Prashad (Mohan Rai/Tameesudin), Alok Tewari (Tej), Levin Valayil (Lottery), Kuhoo Verma (Aditi Verma), and Sorab Wadia (CL Chawla).Monsoon Wedding features a book by Sabrina Dhawan, music by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, scenic design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, costume design by Arjun Bhasin, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer, projection design by Peter Nigrini, music supervision by Carmel Dean, music direction by Greg Kenna, and choreography by Lorin Latarro.  IT RUNS THRU JULY 2ND

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Edward King written by Gary Graves May 13–Jun 11) A new comedy, based on a very old story At: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Performances: Thurs., Fri.& Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 5 pm Ticket prices: $30 online at centralworks.org, $30–$15 sliding scale at the door. .Tickets:  510.558.1381 or centralworks.org (more)50) 254-1148. Central Works 2017 Season The Spring World Premiere of a Central Works Method Comedy Edward King by Gary Graves it runs thru–Jun 11  at  Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley Central Works spring production, Edward King by Gary Graves, is a new comedy based on a very old story. The production opens with a press night May 13th (previews May 11th &12th), running through Jun 11 at the historic Berkeley City Club. A new comedy about finding your roots, in Edward King a hard working couple hilariously confronts the hapless enmity of fate. Central Works World Premiere #55, Edward King was developed as a Central Works Method Play and is directed by Gary Graves with a cast that features John Patrick Moore (member AEA), Michelle Talgarow and Jan Zvaifler. Visit us at http://centralworks.org/season/  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 11

 

August: Osage County.  Tracy Letts’ Tony Award-winning drama about a family gathering after the patriarch’s strange disappearance.  Obvious truths and long held secrets shape a reunion that would make Tennessee Williams cringe. Produced by Novato Theater Co.   Directed by Terry McGovern and Nan Ayres .  NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. It runs thru -June 14.  Fri-Sat 7:30 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm.  One preview, May 18 at 7:00 pm. Tickets $12-27 at www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 for information only.  Performance Time Change Please Note New Curtain Times for August : Osage County Due to the length of the show (3 hours with two intermissions) it will start earlier: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm Sundays remain the same at 2:00 pm Preview May 18 at 7:00 pm Opening Friday May 19 at 7:30 pm Runs Fridays (7:30)-Saturdays (7:30)-Sundays (2:00)  It through June 14th

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco brings Adam Strauss’ Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure to San Francisco for its West Coast Premiere. Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. A true tale of his hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, The Mushroom Cure played to sold-out houses in its extended New York City run. WHEN:          to – June 3, 2017 Press Opening: SHOWS:        8:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 3

 

 

THE EVENTS   After a horrific event, we always ask “why?” In the aftermath of a tragedy, one survivor searches herself and the world for unfathomable rationales. If we are able to understand, can we move forward and even prevent future tragedies? With a delicate balance of humor, pathos and the power of a live choir, The Events explores the strength of our humanity when confronted by cruelty.  Features a different choir every night! WHEN: Wednesday – it runs thru – June 4, 2017.WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews. Regular tickets $25 – $40. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 4

 

Smuin concludes its 23rd season with Dance Series 02, featuring a world premiere by internationally acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre entitled Be Here Now. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers working today,” McIntyre returns to Smuin to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in an energetic exploration of dance and the creative process. The program also includes an exciting new addition by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins. Rounding out the bill is Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert’s critically lauded Broken Open. SHOWS: * SAN FRANCISCO: May 19-28, 2017 8:00 pm Thursday 8:00 pm Fridays 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm Saturdays 2:00 pm Sundays Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYBCA Theater 700 Howard Street (at Third) (415) 912-1899 or www.smuinballet.org Tickets ($32-$75)* CARMEL: June 2-3, 2017 8:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm Saturday Sunset Center San Carlos Street (between 8th and 10th), Carmel (831) 620-2048 or www.smuinballet.org Tickets ($57-$73)* *All prices are listed without fees – box office and order fees may apply. **No additional fees in San Francisco Discounts are available for students and groups of 10 or more.

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces the return of Ann Randolph’s hit production Inappropriate in All the Right Ways. This wickedly funny show chronicles her wild ride from the Buckeye state to working and living in mental institutions and homeless shelters, teaming up with Mel Brooks for an Off-Broadway run of her solo show, discovering the beauty of the present, and the desire to no longer chase the next best thing. WHEN:          It runs thru – June 18, 2017 SHOWS:        2:00pm Sundays  WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:     For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 18TH

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces the return of Ann Randolph’s critically acclaimed Loveland. Randolph brings humanity to the role of Frannie Potts, an irreverent oddball trapped on a plane as she travels from California to Ohio to attend a family member’s funeral. Accompanied by a cast of hilarious characters – all portrayed by Randolph – audiences witness the tragedy, beauty, and humor that unites everyone in grief. WHEN:          it runs thru– June 17, 2017 The Marsh San Francisco Studio Theater – April 22-May 13 The Marsh Mainstage – May 20-June 17 SHOWS:        5:00pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reservedINFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.orgIT RUNS THRU JUNE 17

 

The Marsh announces, due to popular demand, the 2016 Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Award winner for “Outstanding Presentation of a Solo Production,” East 14th by comedian Don Reed will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley with performances  It run thru  June 4. Reed’s acclaimed autobiographical hit East 14th invites audiences to 1970s Oakland when Reed tried to resist the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather. All Reed wanted was to be just like dear old Dad, not knowing Dad was a pimp. East 14th is the first installment in Reed’s hilarious coming-of-age trilogy and includes elements of the unforgettable story “I Miss Toni” that was featured on National Public Radio podcast Snap Judgment. WHEN:          It runs thru – June 4, 2017 SHOWS:        5:00pm Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley  Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUNS THRU JUNE 4TH

 

The Marsh announces that due to popular demand, the acclaimed solo show by National Public Radio host Al Letson, Summer in Sanctuary will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley.  Summer in Sanctuary, named a Theatre Bay Area recommended production, chronicles Letson’s summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Letson – who presently hosts Reveal, one of the top 10 podcasts in the country (heard locally on KQED FM) – challenges perceptions about race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children in his care. With Letson’s natural gift for storytelling, Summer in Sanctuary opens the dialogue on America’s dropout epidemic, while sharing the intimate story of his attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. WHEN:        It runs thru– May 29, 2017 SHOWS:        8pm Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkele  Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck  The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH MAY 29

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6th Street Playhouse to present Robert Caisley’ s farce,                “A Masterpieceof Comic…Timing”, directed by Craig A. Miller. New York producer Jerry Cobb has invested all his money commissioning Nebraska Jones’ next play.Banking on Jones’ critical reputation and momentum for having written a “Masterpiece of Comic Timing”with his recent Broadway debut, Cobb is disheartened to find his playwright suffering from a severe caseof depression. What happens when you’ve paid for the next hit comedy, but what’s coming out of the typewriter is               tragedy?              In this “vintage” screwball comedy skewering an artistic life in the theatre, theline between comedy and drama comes under hilarious scrutiny and is found to be much narrower-and sillier-than you’d think. A Masterpiece of Comic…          timing   opens in the Studio Theatre at 6         th   Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa  iT runs through May 28th . Tickets are available on 6th  Street Playhouse’s website or by calling the box office at (707) 523-4185.  IT RUNS THRU MAY 28

 

Pear Theatre continues its season with its annual showcase of original short plays by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. From Anasazi to Aboriginals, private detectives to proposals, this year’s crop of plays promises to engage, delight, and inspire. All eight plays will be performed in the same evening, with a cast of seven actors performing all the roles. WHENCloses: Sunday, May 28, 2017 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM; Sundays: 2:00 PM WHERE: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View – $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information or tickets, visit www.thepear.org CLOSES MAY 28

 

CABARET   As the 1920’s are drawing to a close in the Kit Kat Klub nightclub, the Master of Ceremonies assures the audience that they will be able to leave their troubles outside.  But as ife in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the infamous Sally Bowles and the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through these dangerous times? WIth music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb,       DATES:  It runs thru   May -28, 2017 SHOWS:       Friday – Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM WHERE:   Pacifica Spindrift Players, 1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica. TICKETS:        $25-30 For more information, the public may contact the Pacifica Spindrift Players box office at (650) 359-8002 or by visiting                  www.pacificaspindriftplayers.org IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

The Marsh announces that due to popular demand, the acclaimed solo show by National Public Radio host Al Letson, Summer in Sanctuary will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley.  Summer in Sanctuary, named a Theatre Bay Area recommended production, chronicles Letson’s summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Letson – who presently hosts Reveal, one of the top 10 podcasts in the country (heard locally on KQED FM) – challenges perceptions about race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children in his care. With Letson’s natural gift for storytelling, Summer in Sanctuary opens the dialogue on America’s dropout epidemic, while sharing the intimate story of his attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. WHEN:        It runs thru– May 29, 2017 SHOWS:        8pm Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkele  Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck  The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH MAY 29

 

HILLBARN THEATRE CLOSES OUT ITS 2016-17 SEASON WITH THE PENINSULA PREMIERE OFTHE FIVE-TIME TONY AWARD-NOMINATED MUSICAL SMASH, SISTER ACT ▪ MAY –28, 2017 ▪ – Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula’s premier theatre company, closes out its 2016–17 season with the Peninsula premiere of the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical smash, Sister Act. Based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, this feel-good musical comedy centers around wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier who, after witnessing a crime, is put into witness protection in the least likely of places—a convent.  Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Featuring original music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock, Love Never Dies), this uplifting musical is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story about the universal power of friendship. Sister Act will run May 4 – 28, 2017 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 Sister Act will be Friday, May 5, 2017. Single tickets range in price from $28–$48 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.   Led by Dawn Troupe*, as Deloris Van Cartier, Sister Act features an ensemble cast including (in alphabetical order) Rachelle Abbey, Kyle Arrouzet, Darlene Batchelder, Olivia Chavez, Melissa Costa, Nick Dale, Nicholas Garland, Lindsay Kelliher, Minie Pullon, Jessica Maxey, Susan Melanson, Sara Murphy, Sam Nachison, Alexandra Nemchik, Ray Ross, Mary Scotts, Arielle Rothman, Robert Sholty, Gary Stanford, Jr., Jay Thulien, Katie Tupper, Beth Anne Wells and Sheraj Ragoobeer. *Member of Actors’ Equity AssociationDirected by Bill Star, the creative team for Sister Act includes Amanda Roccuzzo (Stage Manager), Rick Reynolds (Music Director), Jim Ambler (Choreographer), Fred Eiras (Master Builder), Aya Matsutomo (Master Electrician), Val Emmi (Costume Designer), Dee Morrissey (Hair & Make-Up), Will Springhorn (Lighting Designer), Rosie Issel (Prop Designer), Alan Chang (Sound Designer) and Dutch Fritz (Scenic Designer). IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead will run Thursdays through Saturdays (with some Wednesdays and Sundays) at the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, Closes     May 20, 2017. All shows at 8pm (                except Sundays at 6pm Full information can  be found at:   Brown Paper Tickets: http://lctcdog.brownpapertickets.com/ LCTC Website: www.LCTC           SF.org  LCTC Twitter: https://twitter.com/LCTCSF LCTC Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LeftCoastTheatreCompany For tickets:lctcdog.brownpapertickets.com  CLOSES MAY 20TH

 

Spreckels Theatre Company presents North Bay Premiere of “Disneys Musical Tarzan” WHO:   Spreckels Theatre Company presents Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins / Book by David Henry Hwang Adapted from “Tarzan of the Apes,” by Edgar Rice Burroughs Co-directed by Gene Abravaya and David L. Yen The award-winning Spreckels Theatre Company presents a main stage production of “Disneys Musical Tarzan.”  The legendary story by Edgar Rice Burroughs comes to life in this exciting, memorable theater experience for all ages with music, choreography and high-flying aerial acrobatics. Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is changed when he encounters creatures like himself when a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory. Tarzan struggles to understand his emotions when his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. WHEN:  May 5 to May 21, 2017This family show is presented at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 p.m. matinees.                                             7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays; 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 13 and May 20; and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18 WHERE:  Spreckels Performing Arts Center Main Stage / Codding Theatre, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, Calif. TICKETS:  $16 to $30 $16 children 12 and under; $22 students; $28 seniors/youth; $30 general. Student Rush: Spreckels welcomes SSU and SRJC students to take advantage of its student rush price.Present student ID at the Spreckels box office 10 minutes before curtain for special admission of $16. Reservations recommended. PHONE:   707-588-3400 For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and one hour before showtime. WEBSITE:  www.spreckelsonline.com

 

 

The Marsh announces award-winning performer Brian Copeland is continuing his second year of free performances of his acclaimed solo piece, The Waiting Period, an unflinching examination of depression. These performances are particularly directed at those struggling with depression who would be otherwise unable to attend due to the cost of admission. Featuring humorous, poignant, and riveting insights, The Waiting Period is written by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford. WHEN:         – May 21, 2017 5:30pm Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage  1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets)Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.) Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street TICKETS:     General admission is free, although reservations are recommended. For patrons interested opportunities to support The Marsh’s ongoing endeavor make this groundbreaking piece accessible to all, a limited number of reserved seats are available for $55 and $100.INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org    IT CLOSES MAY 21

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Cutting Ball Theater presents Jean Racine’s PHÈDRE in a new translation by Rob Melrose, directed by Ariel Craft and featuring Courtney Walsh in the title role. Translator: Rob Melrose Director: Ariel Craft Cast: Ed Berkeley, Kenneth Heaton, Karen Offereins, Brennan Pickman-Thoon, Emily Radosevich, Neiry Rojo, Cecily Bednar Schmidt, Courtney Walsh Creative Team: Nina Ball (scenic design), Brian Hickey (sound design), Brooke Jennings (costumes), Nick Kumamoto (lighting design), Liz Stanely (props)  WHEN: to – May 21, 2017  @ 8pm Opening Night: Saturday, April 22 @ 8 p.m. Press Opening Night: Monday, April 24 @ 7 p.m.Following dates:  April 29 – 30; May 4 – 7, 11 – 14, 18 – 21 Thursdays @ 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. Sundays @ 5 p.m. WHERE: The EXIT on Taylor 277 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102 TICKETS: $15 – $45Tickets may be purchased online at cuttingball.com/productions/phedre or by phone at 415-525-1205.FOR MORE INFORMATION: cuttingball.com  IT WAS CLOSE ON MAY 21

 

 

TEXAS WIT EQUALS STAGE HIT!” ANN “ STARRING HOLLYWOOD                STAR   LIBBY VILLARI – OPENS MAY 17 Sonoma, CA 2017, Sonoma CA…Sonoma Arts Live just added a             second Broadway hit to its           Women Who Dare           season – first         ANN,  written by Holland Taylor and starring  Hollywood actress Libby Villari.      ANN   will run on the Rotary Stage in Andrews  Hall, Sonoma Community Center as a benefit for Sonoma Arts Live May , 20 and 21. This hit one-woman show brings bold, daring, fiercely irreverent Governor of  Texas Ann Richards back to life and tells how a wife and mother can  unexpectedly end up in politics, having the run of her life.  “Ann was passionate  bout politics, but she never expected to be the horse in the race,” Show times are May, 20 and 21 – evenings at 7:30 pm, Sunday  matinee at 2 pm.   Tickets   and more information about Opening Night are available at www.sonomaartslive.org             or by calling the Vendini ticketing system at 866-710-8942, M –      F 6 am   – 5 pm. A fundraiser for Sonoma Arts Live,

 

.Hilarity Ensues Onstage and Behind the Scenes in NOISES OFF By Michael FraynDirected by Susi Damilano Called the “funniest play written in my lifetime” by former New York Times critic Frank Rich, Noises Off is a dexterously-realized comedy about putting on a comedy. A rollicking backstage farce about a second-rate theatrical troupe, the play combines slapstick, a British sex comedy, and non-stop hilarity from a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing On”. Doors slamming, on- and off-stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this uproarious and classically-comic play. SHOWS: through May 13, 2017 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: March 21, 22, 23, 24 at 8pm No matinees 3/25 or 3/26. 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://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/noises-off/   IT RUNS THRU MAY 21

 

WHAT  “Guards at the Taj” By Rajiv Joseph Directed by Jasson Minadakis WHEN  It runs thru- May 21, 2017 PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT:  Evenings Tue – Sun 7:30pm Matinees Sun (Preview) April 30, 4:00pm Thu (Perspectives) May 11, 2:00pm Sat May 6 & 20, 2:00pmSun May 7, 14 & 21, 2:00pm WHEREMarin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941 ABOUTAt morning’s first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world. TICKETS $22 – $60 Discounts for seniors, teens, military families, Bay Area teachers and groups of 7 or more are available. Contact the Box Office for more details. marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org  IT RUNS THRU MAY 21

 

CLOS Pittsburg Community Theatre is set to present the Broadway musical “Hairspray” as its final show of the season – May -21 at the California Theatre. With direction by Keala Freitas and  Tiana Paulding’s choreography; music direction by Josie Esposito & G.A. Klein with Karren Bascomb conducting the orchestra, this young energetic team doesn’t miss a beat with a highly talented diverse cast. Other cast members include:Lena Timrott (Prudy Pingleton), Pete Rapolas (Mr. Pinky/Mr. Spritzer), an ensemble of Council and Record Shop Kids and the explosive Dynamites!When: It runs thru – 21 (Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm with special Swingin’ Sixties matinee on May 20 @ 2 pm)Where: California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., PittsburgContact: 925-427-1611 or www.PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com Tickets: $10-

 

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Society Cabaret, San Francisco

at the Hotel Rex  562 Sutter Street   415-857-1896

 

Tickets available at Society Cabaret(No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling 415-857-1896.Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats.All seats assigned based on date of purchase  Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase. • You may purchase a reserved seat for $15 prior to the show.   • You may purchase a reserved seat with a reserved singing slot for $25 prior to the show. • You may purchase a seat at the door for $20.

 

Society Cabaret San Jose at the Hotel De Anza in the Hedley Club Lounge 233 West Santa Clara StreetSan Jose, CA 95113 Tickets available at  Society Cabaret (No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling  408-676-6471Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase.

 

 

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND   CLOSED

JUNE SCHEDULE

 

Ryan Engstrom in Songs of a Reluctant Sphinx

When:  June 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Ryan Engstrom, vocals

Russell Deason, piano

 

Through the Broadway, jazz, classical, and pop cannon, Ryan will share his quirky 24 year life story thus far, revealing just how on earth he ended up in this beautiful, foggy sand dune of a city. Add a dash of Mel Brooks and Truman Capote to the tales of roller coaster kisses, zombie 
bees, and cowardly Egyptian lions. With the fabulous Russell Deason on the keys, it will be one for the memoir shelf!

Tickets.   415-857-1896   Monday thru Friday 1 pm to 5 pm   Saturday   1 pm to 3 pm. or ww.socieitycabareet.com

 

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