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

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The Richmond / Ermet Aid Foundation presents…  HELP IS ON THE WAY 23 – Puttin’ On The Glitz Celebrating Music, Legends & Icons 23rd Annual Gala – Northern California’s Largest Annual, Star-studded Concert & Gala  A Benefit for:  Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, & Positive Resource Center WHEN:    Sun., Aug. 20, 2017  WHERE:         Herbst Theatre – 401 Van Ness Ave. SF 94102 WHO:             Including (scheduled to appear as of 6-5-17)… LEVI KRESS, TRENT HARMON, JESSICA SANCHEZ, MAUREEN McGOVERN, DAVID BURNHAM, CAROLE COOK, LISA VROMAN, GARRETT CLAYTON, MADDIE BARILLIO, PAULA WEST, JASON BROCK, LISA VIGGIANO, EILEEN & LEAH BOURGADE, SALASMANIA and cast members from SOMETHING ROTTEN. SHOW TIMES: VIP Gala Reception:                             5:00 pm (Green Room) Silent Auction:                                      5:00 pm (Main Lobby – Street Level) Gala Reception:                                    6:00 pm (Green Room) Performance:                                       7:30 – 9:45 pm (Herbst Theatre)Club REAF After Party with cast:      9:45 – 11:45 pm (music by GoBANG) TICKETS:     For VIP & Underwriter Tickets         https://www.reaf-sf.org or call 415- 273 -1620 – VIP Reception, Show & After Party                             $350 – Gala Pre-show Reception, Show & after Party        $175 –  Performance Only Tickets –                                        $65 (Dress Circle & Balcony)Performance Only Tickets available from City Box Office – 415-392-4400 or  www.Cityboxoffice.comFor tickets or additional info, please visit our website  https://www.reaf-sf.org  or call 415/ 273-1620 Web Site:     https://www.reaf-sf.org     Phone:         415-273-1620 Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1326709557449933/ The Herbst Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

 

 

ZENITH  at A.C.T.’s Costume Shop By Kirsten Greenidge Directed by Lauren English  Opening: Thursday, August 24th, 2017, 7 pm  August 16 through September 10, 2017Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Preview Performances: August 16 to 19 at 8pm, August 23 at 7pm ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT A.C.T.’S COSTUME SHOP, 1117 MARKET STREET ) – San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) concludes its 2016-2017 Sandbox Series for new works with the World Premiere of Zenith, written by Kirsten Greenidge. Lauren English directs. Performances will be held at A.C.T.’s Costume Shop. It seems that hardly a day goes by when the media doesn’t confront us with yet another unspeakable act, leaving us searching in vain to make sense of the perpetrators’ motivations. Kirsten Greenidge’s Zenith humanizes one such shocking incident, and explores the complex reasons why we do what we do.Angela is a loving aunt who strives to be perfect. But beneath her “in-charge” persona and perfect façade, something is wrong. Daring in structure and rich in detail, Zenith teases out the complex and interwoven threads of a mysterious and shattering event that makes us question whether we can ever truly fathom another human being. The cast features Sally Dana*, Nia Fairweather*, Khary Moye, Adrian Roberts*, Atim Udoffia*, and Indiia Wilmot. San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Zenith is made possible by Associate Producers Nancy Austin & Bill Cawley, Sandra Hess, and RHE Charitable Foundation.. Preview Performances: August 16 to 19 at 8pm, August 23 at 7pm WHERE : A.C.T.’s Costume Shop Theater, 1119 Market Street.TICKETS : For tickets ($20 and up) 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

THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY PRESENTS THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF A TIME-BENDING ROMANTIC DRAMA Constellations By Nick Payne Directed by Robert Kelley August 23 – September 17, 2017Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View WHAT:          TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2017/2018 season with the regional premiere of the London and Broadway hit, Constellations. This unconventional Broadway and West End sensation explores the infinite possibilities of “boy meets girl” with intelligence, heart, and humor. A charming beekeeper and a Cambridge cosmologist are nerds in love, for better and for worse, their relationship an ever changing mystery of “what ifs.” Constellations opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2012 and then transferred to the West End, where it was greeted as “Truly stellar” (Evening Standard), “Beautiful and brilliant. Seldom has a play felt so exhilarating” (Mail on Sunday). At 29 years old, Nick Payne became the youngest-ever recipient to win the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. The play made its US premiere on Broadway in January 2015, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, and was hailed by The New York Times as “The most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen. Supremely articulate. Gorgeous.” Constellations will be directed by TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley. WHEN:          Previews: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – Friday, August 25, 2017 Press Opening: Saturday, August 26, 2017Closes: Sunday, September 17, 2017 SHOWS:        Previews: 8:00pm Tuesdays: 7:30pm Wednesdays: 2:00pm, 7:30pm Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00pm Saturdays: 2:00pm, 8:00pm Sundays: 2:00pm, 7:00pm WHERE:       Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro Street, Mountain View 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

 

HILLBARN THEATRE KICKS OFF ITS 2017–18 SEASON WITH THE PENINSULA PREMIERE OF THE EPIC NEW MUSICAL, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. ▪ AUGUST 24–SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 ▪– Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula’s premier theatre company, kicks off its 2017–18 season with the Peninsula premiere of the epic new musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (August 24—September 10, 2017). Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins as the bells of Notre Dame resound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies—and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. With a book by Peter Parnell and new songs by Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), audiences will be swept away by the magic of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Hunchback of Notre Dame will perform at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). Performances are Thursdays—Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Press night for The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be Friday, August 25, 2017. Single tickets range in price from $35–$50 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.   Led by Randy Ohara as Quasimodo and Amandina Altomare* as Esmerelda, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features an ensemble cast including (in alphabetical order) Christine Baker, Ryan Doyle, Luke Hamilton*, Daniel Joseph Harper, Angela Harrington, Sammi Hildebrandt, Joshua Lau, Jasmine Lew, Jack O’Reilly, Brian Palac, Nicole Roca, and Catherine Traceski. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association Directed by Riley Costello, the creative team for The Hunchback of Notre Dame includes Sarah Terman (Stage Manager), Matthew Bourne (Music Director), Jeanne Batacan-Harper (Choreographer), Sharon Peng (Costumes, Hair & Make-Up Designer), Pam Gray (Lighting Designer), Ting Na Wang (Prop Designer), Alan Chang (Sound Designer) and Bo Golden (Scenic Designer).

 

COOKING WITH THE CALAMARI SISTERS Comes to San Jose August 19 – September 17th (JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK INTO THE KITCHEN…) . Mangia Italiano! Hilarity, delicious dishesand two over-the-top plus-size Italian sisters from Brooklyn, stars of theirvery own fictional cable television show, take you on a tour-de-force of pop, show tunes, Italian songs and cuisine as they sing (Volare, Botcha – Meand much more), dance, joke and laugh through a very special cooking lesson n Cooking With the Calamari Sisters. The sisters will serve up their scrumptious comedy offerings at the Montgomery Theater, 271 South Market Street in San Jose. August 17 – September 17, 2017. Straight from sold-out engagements across the country, be prepared to eat your heart out and laugh until your sides hurt as Delphine & Carmela perform outrageous musical numbers while designing their latest culinary offerings. Performances are Thursdays at 2 and 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm; and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $45-$65 (other fees may apply)and are available at www.PlayhouseInfo.com or by calling 1-855-HitShow (1-855-448-7469)

 

Rashomon Adapted by Philip Kan Gotanda directed by Michael Socrates Moran August 25 – Preview August 26 – Opening Night Thu –  Sun performances through September 17 Ubuntu Theater / Brooklyn Preserve 1433 12th Ave.  Oakland, CA 94606  Tickets: $15 – 45 online , pay – what – you – can *  at the door*Ubuntu reserves pay- what – you – can tickets for every  performance,  so that no one will be turned away for a lack of funds.  For tickets & more information, visit ubun tutheaterproject.com/rashomon

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Landmark Musical Theatre’s “HAiR: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” at the Great Star Theatre in San Francisco, It run  thru  August -26, 2017.! We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, through HAiR, one of the first rock musicals ever to reachBroadway. (The original Broadway cast album of HAiR was the last such album to reach #1 on the Billboard Album charts, staying in that position for 13 weeks, a feat not matched even by the recent megahit Hamilton.) This regional production of HAiR is directed by Jon Rosen, who also directed HAiR in 2007 for the 40th Anniversary in San Jos . The Pre-showEach performance of HAiR will start an hour before curtain (7 PM on nights with an 8 PM curtain and 2 PM on matinees with a 3 PM curtain) with a 40-50 minute series by a variety of performers (different every show) including local street buskersand musicians, aerialists and gymnasts, comedians, special guest artists and members of the San Francisco ‘Uli tribe themselves.Seating will continue throughout the pre-show and refreshments (including beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and a selection of snacks) may be purchased at the concession stands. www.landmarkmusicals.com has all the information about the show, and The Great Star Theater is located on Jackson St on the border of Chinatown and North Beach (636 Jackson, SF)  IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 26

 

Z Space Presents” The Making of a Great Moment”    Playwright-in-Residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s follows up his enormously successful House Tour in 2016 with a new work that arrives in San Francisco as part of a “rolling world premiere” for a month-long run; the play tells the story of two actors and their ostensible quest to make and take a work of what they think of as “magnificent theater” that tells a story of notable human achievements on a national tour, which in reality gives way to an investigation into why we do what we do, what are we willing to sacrifice for the things we love, and what are the tradeoffs for pursuing one’s passion  r runs through August 26 at Z Below; tickets $20-$50 available at www.zspace.org or 415-626-0453  – Z Space is pleased to present the rolling world premiere of The Making of a Great Moment, Playwright in Residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s follow up to 2016’s enormously successful House Tour. The 90-minute exuberant comedy is directed by Sean Daniels, and stars noted comedic actors Danny Scheie and Aysan Celik. Written specifically for their particular (and peculiar) talents, Danny and Aysan play Terry Dean and Mona Barnes, two Canadian actors on an extensive tour of their play, “Great Moments in Human Achievement,” across the United States … by bicycle. As they pedal themselves (and all of their gear) across the nation, reenacting humanity’s high points for small, semi-engaged audiences, the two face an ever-growing series of challenges ranging from breaking stage lights to blowing tires. IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 26

 

Left Coast Theatre Co. Presents                 “Twisted Hitchcock” Twisted Hitchcock   will   run  Thursdays  through  Saturdays  at  run  Thursdays  through  Saturdays  at the  Shelton Theater,  533  Sutter  Street, San Francisco, CA, It runs to August 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm with an additional performance on Sunday, August 13, at 6:00 pm.   Tickets are on sale for Left Coast Theatre Co.’s production of ●  Brown Paper Tickets: http://lctccock.brownpapertickets.com/http://lctccock.brownpapertickets.com/ a world- premiere collection of  three one-act plays by Bay Area playwrights The title says it all Left Coast Theatree Co. presents an evening of parodies of three of Hitchcock’s masterpieces, all with an  The evening includes: ‘ Master Bates’ -by   Richard S. Sargent , directed by Alexia Staniotes  Gay detective Milton stumbles upon the Bates Motel in his search for a missing woman. Due to  car troubles, he is forced to stay at the motel overnight. But something doesn’t feel right. Why are  there no other guests? Why is that owner dude so damn creepy?  And why do the eyes on that  painting in the bathroom keep moving?  “The Trouble with Mary “by James A. Martin, directed by Debi Durst  Death comes to a small New England town on a beautiful autumn afternoon. Was it a murder, an  accident or something else? What does the letter in the red envelope say?         And perhaps most  mportantly, where did Mary buy those fabulous shoes?  ‘Birdsploitation’               – by   Terry Maloney Haley  directed by Richard Ryan  As five movie extras get ready for their close up, they realize their kind will once again be portrayed by Hollywood as psychotic, suicidal menaces to humanity. But these birds are about the queer the system by going off script and winging it. Whether your idea of fun is a cozy nest and  breakfast or a hardcore feather bar,  “Birdsploitation” is for everyone.  The cast members are:  Ryan Engstrom, Ellen Dunphy (she played Van’s sister in our production of “Dog Sees God”), Matt Weimer, Tim Garcia, Dene Larson, Marc Berman, AJ Davenport, Erica Andracchio, and me.  “Master Bates” Norman – Tim Garcia Detective Arbogast – Dene Larson  “The Trouble with Mary”Arnie – Tim Garcia Mary – Matt Weimer Jennifer – Ellen Dunphy Sam – Ryan Engstrom Calvin Wiggs – Marc Berman  “Birdsploitation” Aryn Sparrow – Ryan Engstrom George Seagull – Matt Weimer Cameron Crow – Chris Maltby Darlene Lovebird – AJ Davenport Jennifer Lovebird-Hewitt – Erica Andracchio IT RUN TO AUGUST 26

 

Marin Shakespeare Company continues its 2017 summer festival season with  Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” WHO:  Marin Shakespeare Company presents… WHAT: “The Three Musketeers” Directed by Robert Currier By Ken Ludwig / Adapted from the novel by Alexander Dumas Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin County’s professional and award-winning outdoor summer Shakespeare festival, continues its 28th season with “The Three Musketeers.” Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic novel by Alexander Dumas is a comic, swashbuckling adventure for all ages. This new version introduces Sabine, D’Artagnan’s sister. Posing as a man, Sabine is entangled in the adventures of D’Artagnan and his misfit Musketeers as they fight foes and defend the honor of their Queen. Robert Currier directs this production starring Jonah Robinson as D’Artagnan and Elena Wright as Milady and featuring fight direction by Richard Pallaziol. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free. Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar are presented on select performance dates. Shakespeare Dinners are presented at 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for an additional $35 for a gourmet picnic and intimate pre-show talk. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least two hours in advance. WHEN:  July 28 to Aug. 27, 2017Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; and 8 p.m. Sundays Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.Senior Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 (Half price tickets for seniors $17) Family Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 (Youth 18 and under admitted free) COST:  $10 to $37 Admission at the door is $37 general; $34 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under).Preview performances are $15 general and seniors; $10 youth. “Pay Your Age” is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under admitted free at Family Matinee performances. WHERE: Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 PHONE:    415-499-4488 WEBSITE:  www.marinshakespeare.org VIDEO:     Playwright Ken Ludwig talks about his stage adaptation of the classic novel, “The Three Musketeers.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYaB-l9sWuk   IT RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 27

 

 

San Francisco Playhouse presents  LA CAGE AUX FOLLES  Book by Harvey Fierstein Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman based on the play by Jean Poiret Directed by Bill English Music Director: Dave Dobrusky Choreography: Kimberly Richards  through September 16, 2017 San Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) complete their fourteenth season of transformation with the rollicking musical La Cage aux Folles, featuring the bawdy humor of Harvey Fierstein and the melodic genius of Jerry Herman. It appeals to audiences of all ages.. Directed by Artistic Director Bill English, music directed by Dave Dobrusky, and Choreographed by Kimberly Richards, the cast will feature Nikita Burshteyn, Samantha Rose Cardenas, Brian Conway, Morgan Dayley, Ryan Drummond*, John Treacy Egan*, Robert Faltisco, Josiah Frampton, John Paul Gonzalez, Adrienne Herro, Alex Hsu*, Noelani Neal, Lee Ann Payne*, Chris Reber*, Brian Yates Sharber* and Nicholas Yenson. Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm  WHERE : 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel.TICKETS : For tickets ($30-$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/la-cage-aux-folles/  IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 16

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst’s new solo show, Durst Case Scenario. Specializing in political humor for folks who don’t like politics, Durst’s rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America is changing in the Trump era. WHEN:         It runs through  – September 19, 2017 SHOWS:        8pm, Tuesdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia St, San FranciscoTICKETS:     $20 – $35 sliding scale, $55 – $100 reserved For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 19

 

< WHO: Affinity Artists presents : “Keith Moon: The Real Me” WHEN: It run thru  – September 10 :   Saturday, Aug 12 at 8:00pm (Previews presented at discounted price)Opening Performance: Sunday, August 13 at 2:00pm REGULAR WEEKLY SCHEDULE:  (Beginning Sunday, Aug 13) Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm Sundays at 2:00pmWHERE: Marin Theatre Company (Lieberman Theatre) 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941WHY: Experience the force, beauty and destructive power of an exploding volcano when Mick Berry stars in the one-man biographical show, “Keith Moon: The Real Me”. TICKETS: $35.00Previews on Aug 11th and 12th: Discounted price of $20 (800) 838-3006 or online at www.keithmoontherealme.com Student discounts available for some performances subject to availability. ickets available at the door one-hour prior to curtain. Please Note: This show includes explicit language and mature themes of drug use and sexuality. Parental discretion is advised. Children under 12 are welcome under parental supervision. ($15) Written and Performed by Mick Berry Songs by Pete Townshend Directed by Nancy Carlin Music Directed by Frank Simes Links:Website: http://www.keithmoontherealme.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keithmoontherealme/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keithmoontherealme/ or @Keithmoontherealme Twitter: @KeithMoonTRM         IT RUNS TO SEPTEMBER 19

 

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August Wilson’s ‘RADIO GOLF”  AT  PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. It is Pittsburgh, 1997, where would-be redevelopers are planning to gentrify a section of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the center of the local African-American community. Destruction of the community is a common themein Wilson’s plays, but this time, it is a trio of wealthy African-Americans themselves. Radio Golf is directed by Gloria Weinstock and produced by LewisCampbell, founder and artistic director of Multi Ethnic Theater, inassociation with SF Recovery Theatre. Cast of the Multi Ethnic Theater Production of Radio Golf Harmond – Geoffrey Grier Roosevelt – Gift Harris Sterling – Vernon Medaris Old Joe – Kevin Johnson Mame – Nicole Harley Byrd Show Times and Tickets Previews: Aug 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7:00 pm. Press Opening  AUGUST 16 (s): Thurs-Sat, Aug. 10-12 at 7:00 pm Wed, Aug 23 at 7:00 pm. Runs: Wednesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 9 (No performance Sept. 8.)All performances at 7:00 pm. Tickets: VIP Admission (reserved seat) $30 General Admission $25 Students/Seniors/TBA members $20 Special Opening Week Admission – $20 All Seats IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 9TH

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California Shakespeare Theater’s production of black odyssey by Marcus Gardley directed by Eric Ting vocal composition by Linda Tillery and Molly Holm designed by Michael Locher (scenic designer), Dede M. Ayite (costume designer), Xavier Pierce (lighting designer), and T. Carlis Roberts (sound designer). Featuring: Aldo Billingslea (Paw Sidin), Michael Curry (Malachai, Poly’famous), Margo Hall (Great Aunt Tina), Lamont Thompson (Great Grand Daddy Deus), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Ulysses Lincoln), Omozé Idehnre (Nella Pell), Michael Gene Sullivan (Artez Sabine), Dawn L.Troupe (Alsendra Sabine), Safiya Fredricks (Benevolence Nausicca Sabine) WHEN         it runs thru -September 3, 2017     Previews August 9, 10, 11 at 8pm Press Opening August 12 at 8pm Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Saturday Matinee June 18 at 2pm Sunday Matinees at 4pm Grounds open two hours prior to show time for picnicking. Café and full bar are available on site. WHERE            Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563 (just off Highway 24 at the California Shakespeare Theater Way/Wilder Rd. exit, one mile east of the Caldecott Tunnel.)Complimentary shuttle from Orinda BART beginning 2 hours before curtain. Complimentary parking onsite. TICKETS          Single tickets start at $20, with discounts available for seniors, students, persons age 30 and under, and groups. Cal Shakes makes twenty tickets available for $20 on a first-come, first-served basis for every performance throughout the season. Call Cal Shakes’ Box Office at 510.548.9666 between noon and 2pm to purchase. Prices subject to change. All tickets are available through the California Shakespeare Theater Box Office, 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley CA, 510.548.9666, online at www.calshakes.org, or at the Bruns box office on the day of the performance (pending availability). GROUPS          Groups of 10 or more save $10 off the adult single ticket price; complimentary ticket available for groups of 15+. For more information, call 510.809.3290. INFO                www.calshakes.org   IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 3.

 

SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENTS  “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Written by Madeleine George Directed by Nancy Carlin What is more perilous than intimacy? With every technological innovation, our lives become both easier and more complicated. Madeleine George explores four different eras of innovation with inventions ranging from the telephone to artificial intelligence, all with characters striving for connection. The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence explores the thrilling, ambitious quest for technology against the ever-combustible minefield of human emotions. The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence0, runs through September 10, 2017, at The Ashby Stage. The cast of The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence features Sara Mitchell, Mick Mize, and Brady Morales Woolery*.The creative team features Set Design by Nina Ball, Prop Design by Mia Baxter, Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers, Costume Design by Valera Coble, Light Design by Ray Oppenheimer, Assistant Direction by LeeAnn Dowd.  (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.) WHEN: Wednesday – Sunday, August 3 – September 10, 2017WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 10

 

D’Arcy Drollinger presents: Bitch Slap! TO– September 9, 2017 Every Thursday at 8:00 pm, Friday, Saturday at 7:00 pm Oasis – 298 Eleventh Street @ Folsom Adultery, blackmail, confessions, amnesia, nervous breakdowns, bigamy, adoptions, divorce, evil twins, seduction, catfights & shoulder pads! And that’s just in the first scene.  D’Arcy Drollinger’s stage send-up of the 80’s television soap-opera and telenovela opens August 10th and runs Thursdays-Saturdays at Oasis, 298 11th Street at the corner of Folsom. Bitch Slap! centers around Diana Midnight and her fashion empire, as she struggles to maintain power and desperately keep control of her prize possession…the patent for shoulder pads.  With nods to Dynasty, Days of Our Lives, María la del Barrio, Jackie Collins and more, this high-camp melodrama features a star-studded cast of San Francisco Drag Luminaries: D’Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Nancy French, Steven LeMay, Jef Valentine & Chrissy Fields; along with the hilarious Leigh Crow, Adam Roy, Manuel Caneri and Sergio Lobito as the smoldering leading men. WHAT:       Bitch Slap!  WHEN:           August 10 – September 9, 2017 Thurs at 8:00 pm, Fri, Sat at 7:00 pm TIX Tickets are $25-$35  Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com VENUE:  Oasis, 298 Eleventh St. @Folsom St., SF CA 94103 WEB PAGE:            http://www.sfoasis.com IT RUNS THRU SEPTEMBER 9

 

 

Continuing its commitment to transformation, possibilities, and the community, The Marsh Berkeley announces monthly Open Mic Nights with Ellen Hoffman. Bay Area pianist, composer, and music arranger Ellen Hoffman will host a two-hour set offering five-minute slots to a variety of performers. Experienced singers, instrumentalists, poets, comics, actors, as well as novices will join Hoffman in an evening that presents eclectic entertainment for the adventurous. Those interested in performing will sign up at the door, and are welcome to provide sheet music, chords or their own accompaniment, for this celebration of the artistic community in the East Bay. WHEN:          It runs thru-November 21, 2017 SHOWS:        7:30pm, Third Tuesdays of every month WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $8-$15 pre-sale, $10-$15 at the door; for tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUN THRU NOVEMBER 21

 

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Landmark Musical Theatre’s “HAiR: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” at the Great Star Theatre in San Francisco, It run  thru  August -26, 2017.! We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, through HAiR, one of the first rock musicals ever to reachBroadway. (The original Broadway cast album of HAiR was the last such album to reach #1 on the Billboard Album charts, staying in that position for 13 weeks, a feat not matched even by the recent megahit Hamilton.) This regional production of HAiR is directed by Jon Rosen, who also directed HAiR in 2007 for the 40th Anniversary in San Jos . The Pre-showEach performance of HAiR will start an hour before curtain (7 PM on nights with an 8 PM curtain and 2 PM on matinees with a 3 PM curtain) with a 40-50 minute series by a variety of performers (different every show) including local street buskersand musicians, aerialists and gymnasts, comedians, special guest artists and members of the San Francisco ‘Uli tribe themselves.Seating will continue throughout the pre-show and refreshments (including beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and a selection of snacks) may be purchased at the concession stands. www.landmarkmusicals.com has all the information about the show, and The Great Star Theater is located on Jackson St on the border of Chinatown and North Beach (636 Jackson, SF)  IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 26

 

With a focus on how the media and the digital experience resonates in the Trump era, Dan Hoyle’s wildly popular solo show Each and Every Thing will return to The Marsh San Francisco for the summer. From a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California to the intellectual temple of Calcutta’s famed coffeehouse, Each and Every Thing finds Hoyle in his search for true community and connection in this fractured world. Hoyle’s acclaimed production was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike, earning the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Each and Every Thing stars Dan Hoyle, was developed with Charlie Varon and Maureen Towey, and is directed by Charlie Varon. WHEN:          It closes – August 26, 2017  SHOWS:        8pm, Thursdays and Fridays   8:30pm, Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia St, San FranciscoTICKETS:     $25-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved       For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT CLOSES AUGUST 26

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Marin Shakespeare Company continues its 2017 summer festival season with  Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” WHO:  Marin Shakespeare Company presents… WHAT: “The Three Musketeers” Directed by Robert Currier By Ken Ludwig / Adapted from the novel by Alexander Dumas Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin County’s professional and award-winning outdoor summer Shakespeare festival, continues its 28th season with “The Three Musketeers.” Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic novel by Alexander Dumas is a comic, swashbuckling adventure for all ages. This new version introduces Sabine, D’Artagnan’s sister. Posing as a man, Sabine is entangled in the adventures of D’Artagnan and his misfit Musketeers as they fight foes and defend the honor of their Queen. Robert Currier directs this production starring Jonah Robinson as D’Artagnan and Elena Wright as Milady and featuring fight direction by Richard Pallaziol. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free. Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar are presented on select performance dates. Shakespeare Dinners are presented at 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for an additional $35 for a gourmet picnic and intimate pre-show talk. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least two hours in advance. WHEN:  July 28 to Aug. 27, 2017Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; and 8 p.m. Sundays Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.Senior Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 (Half price tickets for seniors $17) Family Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 (Youth 18 and under admitted free) COST:  $10 to $37 Admission at the door is $37 general; $34 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under).Preview performances are $15 general and seniors; $10 youth. “Pay Your Age” is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under admitted free at Family Matinee performances. WHERE: Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 PHONE:    415-499-4488 WEBSITE:  www.marinshakespeare.org VIDEO:     Playwright Ken Ludwig talks about his stage adaptation of the classic novel, “The Three Musketeers.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYaB-l9sWuk   IT RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 27

 

Center Stage of Modesto is presenting DOG SEES GOD.  Your favorite comic strip characters are all grown up and stuck in high school where drugs, sex and identity are now the topic of conversation.  CB’s dog has died, his best friend Van is strung-out on something, the little red-headed girl pushes Van’s sister to destructive acts of violence and Beethoven has a crush on CB.  Not so good grief all around.  But new kinds of lessons are learned — torn from today’s headlines — sometimes in the hardest, cruelest way, in this contemporary comedy Center Stage Conservatory’s Artistic Director Traci Sky Sprague is back in the directors seat with an incredible gang of actors including CSYSC alumni, CSC fan favorites, as well as local talent new to the Lower Level’s stage. The creative team includes Jennifer Golden on Costumes, and River Sprague on music composition.  ‘Dog Sees God’ begins on Friday, August 11 and runs through Sunday, August 27.  Actors CB – Salvador Vasquez CB’s Sister – Lorelei Sprague Van- Daniel Snell Matt- Noah Thompson Beethoven- Daniel DaRosa Medina Tricia- Juniper Sprague Marcy- Sarah Wilson Van’s Sister – Cheyenne Keathley-CimoliTO OUR AUDIENCE: Parental Guidance Suggested. This play explores issues that today’s teens are dealing with, but due to the nature of these topics, parental guidance is encouraged. VENUE : On the lower level of the City Center at 948 Eleventh Street. Entrance located on J Street (209) 846-0179   For tickets :http://cheerslove.wixsite.com/csclowerlevel/copy-of-tickets48 Eleventh Street Inside the City Center on the Lower LevelEnter on J Street (209) 846-0179 www.centerstagemodesto.com  IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 27

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces the return of Don Reed’s acclaimed autobiographical hit The Kipling Hotel: True Misadventures of the Electric Pink ‘80s. This hit show invites audiences to 1980s Los Angeles, when Reed recounts the awkward adventures of the son of an Oakland pimp struggling through UCLA. The under-funded Reed scrambles to stay afloat with a variety of schemes, from serial party-hopping to stripping, even trying on the role of gigolo, before finally earning room and board by serving breakfast at an unforgettable retirement home on the rough side of town. The Kipling Hotel follows Reed’s hair-raising misadventures, and brings to vivid life the hotel’s exotic elderly denizens who impart their own brand of wisdom, as well as the earnest students, aspiring actors, and drug dealers, who are recruited to wait on them. WHEN:       It run thru   August -27: 8:30pm Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays     September 2-10: 5:00pm Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays 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 reservedINFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 27

 

The Regional Premiere of “Airswimming Takes Flight” in Downtown Redwood City This August This poignant drama by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy, Dragon 2007) takes place in England in the 1920s. It is the somewhat true story of two women who were locked up in a hospital for the “criminally insane” because they had children out of wedlock. Forgotten by their families, they stayed imprisoned for more than forty years. To pass the time, Dora and Persephone create alter-egos, Dorph and Porph, and act out fantastical stories under the watchful eye of St. Dymphna, patron saint of the mentally ill. A tribute to both Doris Day and the forgotten women of this generation in Ireland and England, Airswimming is ultimately a tribute to the resilience of the female spirit. Featuring the talents of: Katie Anderson (Persephone/Porph) and Annamarie MacLeod (Dora/Dorph) Designers & Production Team: Katherine Forrest (Stage Manager), R. Dutch Fritz (Scenic Design), Meredith Hagedorn (Director), Lance Huntley (Sound Design), Brooke Jennings (Costume Design), Patrick Mahoney (Lighting Design), Charles McKeithan (Technical Director), Richard Newton (Dialect Coach), Erika Overstreet (Properties Design), Erika Zinsmeister (Dramaturg), Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Design). WHEN: It runs thru – August 27, 2017 Thursdays – Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.  at 8p  Post-show discussion with the cast and director Sun., August 13th The show has a run time of approximately 95 minutes and will be performed without an intermission.  WHERE: The Dragon Theatre in downtown Redwood City, 2120 Broadway Street at the intersection of Broadway and Theatre Way HOW MUCH: $35 for general admission seats; $27 for student/senior tickets.$15 rush tickets on Thursdays and Fridays starting 2nd week. Limited availability and cash only at the door.Pay what you will preview on Thursday June 22nd – no reservation necessary, just walk up and pay cash at the door.  Doors open at 7:30p; show starts at 8p. $175 for the VIP box (seats 4 people and includes champagne and chocolates.) CONTACTING THE BOX OFFICE: Leave a voicemail at 650-493-2006 x 2 and your call will be returned within 2 business days. If you’d rather email, contact Josiah at tickets@dragonproductions.net. The Dragon Box Office is not staffed 7 days a week so there might be a delay in response. Buying tickets online at http://www.dragonproductions.net is the very best way to reserve a ticket in advance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.TIX & MORE INFO: http://dragonproductions.net/  IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 27

 

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THE  Breadbox presents the World Premiere of MACBITCH, written and assembled by Oren Stevens and conceptualized by The Breadbox Artistic Director Ariel Craft. Ariel Craft (The Awakening, The Pillowman, Blood Wedding, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore) directs this wildly creative hybrid of new work, adaptation, and classical text, featuring an all female cast of 10. DATES:           TO – August 19, Thurs – Sat 8pm Preview: F  Press opening: Saturday, July 29 WHERE:         EXIT Theatre 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco TICKETS:       For more information and tickets ($15 preview, $20 general seating) the public can visit breadboxtheatre.org   IT RUNS THRU AUGUST 19

 

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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.

Link onl  www.societycabaraet.com

 

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

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Seasonal small plates and cocktails available for purchase at your table. (No Minimums)(Doors open at 7pm) Enjoy the fineHotel Rex food and drinks; maybe a Societini or two!

Society Cabaret in the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco Tickets available online. No fees. No minimums. SocietyCabaretTickets.com or 415-857-1896 Monday thru Friday 1 pm to 5 pm   Saturday   1 pm to 3 pm. or ww.socieitycabareet.com

There is a $20.00 per person food and beverage minimum and an 18% gratuity is added to all checks Doors open 90 minutes prior to the performance for food and beverage service.

 

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