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RED VELVET Written by Lolita Chakrabarti Directed by Margo Hall  May 10 through June 25, 2016 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm  Preview Performances: Opening May 14 at 8 pmSan Francisco Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with the West Coast premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s biographical play Red Velvet, directed by Margo Hall.Carl Lumbly* will star as Ira Aldridge, the African-American actor who, in the nineteenth century and against social mores of the day, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe. The cast of Red Velvet at San Francisco Playhouse also features Susi Damilano*, Britney Frazier*, Richard Louis James, Tim Kniffin*, and Elena Wright*. It is 1833 in London. No black man has ever starred on a British stage—not even as Othello—until tonight. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Ira Aldridge, a young black American, breaks more than the color barrier as he battles the entrenched social and theatrical norms of his day. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?  Lolita Chakrabarti’s play creates imagined experiences based on this little-known true story of Ira Aldridge, proposing experiences to illustrate the deep emotion and controversy he likely endured. No matinee May 14 & 15 WHERE: San Francisco Playhouse. 450 Post Street, San Francisco 94102. 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS: For tickets ($20-$120) or more information, the public may contact the San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or www.sfplayhouse.org.

 

 

Ray of Light Theatre Brings Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” to San Francisco’s Historic Victoria Theatre Beginning May 20 Show runs through June 11, featuring one of the most exciting scores ever written— Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, is excited to announce the upcoming run of the lurid prohibition musical favorite, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. Set the night before the stock market crash of 1929 that served as the beginning of the Great Depression, The Wild Party follows lovers Queenie and Burrs as they throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. The Wild Party runs May 20 through June 11 at the historic Victoria Theatre and features some of the Bay Area’s best talent. The Wild Party is directed by Jenn BeVard, music directed by David Aaron Brown and choreographed by Alex Rodriguez, and features Jocelyn Pickett as Queenie, Paul Grant Hovannes as Burrs, RaMond Thomas as Black and Alexandra Feifers as Kate. To purchase single tickets for The Wild Party visit www.rayoflighttheatre.com

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces Will Durst’s timely new hybrid of stand-up comedy and theater, ELECT TO LAUGH: 2016 will extend again through July 26 (press opening: May 24). Specializing in political humor for folks who don’t like politics, Durst sweeps both sides of the aisle with his patented mix of outrage and outrageous common sense. This bipartisan rabble-rouser transcends party ties in a hilarious blend of monologues, commentary, and the occasional rant. WHEN:                 Extended through July 26  SHOWS:               Tuesdays at 8pm WHERE:               The Marsh San Francisco Mainstage  1062 Valencia St, San Francisco  TICKETS:               $15 – $35 sliding scale, $100 reserved INFO:                    For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

William Shakespeare’s epic love story ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA opens Saturday, May 7th at 8pm! Jon Tracy directs this tragedy set in modern day with award winning actors L. Peter Callender and Leontyne Mbele-Mbong in the title roles of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Mark Antony has traded his power over an empire for the forbidden love of one woman, Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. Jealousy, betrayal, death, and war cannot refute their undying love for each other.Because to be in control is to be able to lay out our legacies and we, as legacy-driven creatures, need to plant the seeds of our earth’s present so that it might resemble a world where we were right and our enemies have no place. We want our myth to be defined our way…we want to write the narrative…” Buy your tickets now by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 Make this a special family, friends, or organization outing by ordering your tickets as a group! Groups of 10 or more can receive up to 20% off regular ticket prices. Visit our website for more information or call our office at 415-762-2071 ext. 6. OPENING NIGHT May 14 at 8pm Sunday, May 15 at 3pm* Saturday, May 21 at 8pm Sunday, May 22 at 3pm* Saturday, May 28 at 8pm Sunday, May 29 at 3pm * Talkback after the show! RUNNING TIME 100 minutes TICKETS $15–$34 BrownPaperTickets.com 1-800-838-3006 Customer Service 24/7 VENUE  Buriel Clay Theater 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

“Gypsy” When: May 21st-June 11th, 2016 Venue: Saratoga Civic Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tickets: $33-$39, with discounts for Seniors, Students, and Thursday performance Times: Friday and Saturday—8:00PM, Sunday—2:30PM; Thursday—8:00PM (June 9th only).  Box Office: (408) 266-4734 Internet: www.SouthBayMT.com

 

Through a shifting jazz score that combines the heartfelt 1930s with the frenetic 1960s, “Maggie’s Riff” is a timebending examination into Jack Kerouac’s memories. Provoked by nostalgia for his boyhood in small town Lowell and taunted by his first love, Maggie Cassidy, Jack tears though his past to separate the facts of his life from the fantasies of his novels. Written by John Lipsky, music directed by his son Adam Lipsky, and directed by Cole Ferraiuolo, Maggie’s Riff opens May 20th and closes June 11th, shows Thursday throughSaturday. Shadow projection by Ouroboros Shadow Pictures with shadow design by Alisa Javitz. Featuring: Paul Rodrigues, Nicole Odell, JD Scalzo, and Rich Lesnick . Assistant Directed by Noelle Viñas. Lighting Design by Maxx Kurzunski. Sound Design by Evan Wardell. Costume Design by Brooke Jennings. Prop Design by Brittany White. Technicaldirection by Noah Kramer. Vocal Coaching by Alicia Bales. TICKETS: Performances are May 20th June 11th. Thursdays @7:30pm, Fridays @7:30pm, Saturdays@7:30pm & Sundays @ 6pm. Performances will take place at PianoFight at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $15 general admission. Discounts available online. For information or ticket purchases visit www.faultlinetheater.com

 

“Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde” Written by Gary Graves – A Central Works Method Play Directed by Jan Zvaifler May 14–Jun 12 At: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Performances: Thurs., Fri.& Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 5 pm (Post-show Talk-backs on Feb 23  & Mar 13 )Ticket prices: $30 online at centralworks.org, $30–$15 sliding scale at the door Previews and Thursdays: pay-what-you-can at the door Tickets:  510.558.1381 or centralworks.org

 

 

“Dancing at Lughnasa”. Novato Theater Company presents Brien Friel’s drama set in Ireland in 1936. Five spirited sisters, recently joined by their prodigal brother, squabble and banter, facing the threat of loss and economic collapse with humor and spirit. Directed by Patricia Miller.  NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. May 15-June 12. Fri-Sat 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm.  One preview, May 19 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $12-27 at www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 for information only.

 

“Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space” Adapted by Sarah Coykendall and Mike Delaney Directed by Sarah Coykendall and PD & the Bug Film segments by PD & the Bug Previews May 19 & 20 • Opens May 21 • Runs through June 18 Thu–Sat 8pm Where: La Val’s Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709 Admission: $15–25 More info: impacttheatre.com Box Office: impacttheatre.com • 510 224-5744

 

Blue Panther in association with San Francisco Int’l. Arts Festival 2016 presents…Sara Porter in SARA DOES A SOLO Celebrated Canadian Dancer / Performance Artist and Comedienne as part of the 2016 San Francisco Int’l. Arts Festival WHEN: May 20 & 22, 2016 (Fri. 8:00 pm / Sun. 7:00 pm) 2 Performances Only!  TIX:                 http://www.sfiaf.org/dance – Gen. Admission – $20 advance / $25 Door.  VENUE:   Fort Mason Center – Southside Theater 2 Marina Blvd, Bldg. D, SF 94123 TRAILER:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm4Jtv_BeGk&feature=youtu.be WEB PAGE:  http://www.sfiaf.org/sara_porter   FACEBOOK:          https://www.facebook.com/saraporterdance

 

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL “ESPERANZA” BY GRETCHEN GIVENS AND LINDA GREGG PRODUCED BY ONSTAGE REPERTORY AT MARTINEZ CAMPBELL THEATRE WHEN:           May 20 – June 5 2016 Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.      Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  WHAT: “ESPERANZA” by Gretchen Givens and Linda Gregg, a world premiere musical, a tale of high seas adventure, romance and pirates. WHERE:  Martinez Campbell Theatre 636 Ward Street, Martinez, CA TICKETS:     General admission $22, Seniors (60+) and Students $18  Thursdays, Bargain Price $16   Adult Themes and language. RESERVATIONS    Call:   (925) 518-3277 ONSTAGE  WEBSITE     Onstagetheatre.homestead.com FEATURING ACTORS Rhonda Joy Taylor (Pleasanton),  Mitchell Munroe (Martinez), Jene’ Bombardier (Martinez), Lisa Luttinger (Pittsburg), Matthew Martin (Pleasant Hill), Sal Russo (El Sobrante), Martin Ashe  (Martinez), Linda Sciacqua (San Ramon) and Remington Stone.  (Pinole)

 

Douglas Morrisson Theatre presents :   BOOK OF DAYS by Lanford Wilson, a gripping study of a small town murder mystery, directed by Dale Albright.CAST:  Laura Espino, Matt Gunnison, Tim Holt Jones, Mylissa Malley, Nick Mandracchia, Adam Niemann, Caitlin Papp, Paul Stout, Eve McElheney Tieck, Kendall Tieck, Dan Wilson and Marianna Wolff. DATES:    Thursday, May 19, 2016  Preview @ 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016: OPENING RECEPTION THROUGH June 12, 2016 SHOWTIMES:    May 19 – June 12, 2016 Thursday May 19 (preview) and  June 9 @ 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PMSaturday, June 4  @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM Sundays @ 2:00 PM CLOSES: June 12             WHERE:               Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, CA  94546  Special Events:  PRE-SHOW TALK: 7:10 pm Friday May 27  POST-PLAY DISCUSSION: Saturday matinee June 4  TICKETS:               $10 Preview  $32 Opening Night   $29 Thurs. eve, Fri. eve, Sat. matinee, Sat. eve., Sun. matinee Discounts available for HARD residents, seniors, students, TBA, KQED members, and groups (10+)    Appropriate for ages 14 and up.   BOX OFFICE: (510) 881-6777; www.dmtonline.org

 

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<i>Rock of Ages</i> Book By Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp Directed by Dyan McBride Music Directed by Kevin Roland Choreographed by Staci Arriaga Starring: Tielle Baker, Justin Travis Buchs*, Nikita Burshteyn, Lucas Coleman*, Jesse Cortez, Elizabeth Curtis, Ariel Daly, Michael Doppe*, Mark Duncanson, Yuliya Eydelnant, Tracy Freeman, Tyce Green*, Jacob Judd, Tiiu Eva Rebane*, Erica Richardson, Will Springhorn*, Elise Youssef* *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association DESCRIPTION: Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with rock-n-roll stars in her eyes finds love on the Sunset Strip with aspiring rocker Drew. But will bad boy superstar Stacee Jaxx spoil the party? Will Eurotrash developers turn the legendary club into just another strip mall? We say “Don’t Stop Believin'” cuz you know you “Can’t Fight this Feelin'” anymore – You Wanna ROCK!!! Featuring the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others. WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.  DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO: Performances begin Friday, May 20th at 8PM. Press opening is Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30 PM. Closes Saturday, June 25th at 8:00PM. TICKET PRICE RANGE: $37 – $63 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. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: (Lesher Theatre) FRIDAY – May 20, 8:00PM SATURDAY – May 21, 8:00PM SUNDAY- May 22, 2:30PM TUESDAY – OPENING May 24, 7:30PM WEDNESDAY – May 25, 7:30PM THURSDAY – May 26, 8:00PM FRIDAY – May 27, 8:00PM SATURDAY – May 28, 8:00PM SUNDAY – May 29, 2:30PM WEDNESDAY – June 1, 7:30PM THURSDAY – June 2, 8:00PM FRIDAY – June 3, 8:00PM SATURDAY – June 4, 8:00PM SUNDAY – June 5, 2:30PM WEDNESDAY – June 8, 7:30PM THURSDAY – June 9, 8:00PM FRIDAY – June 10, 8:00PM SATURDAY – June 11, 2:30PM & 8:00PM SUNDAY – June 12, 2:30PM  WEDNESDAY – June 15, 7:30PM THURSDAY – June 16, 8:00PM FRIDAY – June 17, 8:00PM SATURDAY – June 18, 2:30PM & 8:00PM SUNDAY – June 19, 2:30PM  WEDNESDAY – June 22, 7:30PM THURSDAY – June 23, 8:00PM FRIDAY – June 24, 8:00PM SATURDAY – CLOSING June 25, 2:30PM & 8:00PM PRODUCTION TEAM: Directed by Dyan McBride Music Directed by Kevin Roland Choreographed by Staci Arriaga Set Design by John Iacovelli Costume Design by Rebecca Ann ValentinoLighting Design by Kurt Landisman Stage Managed by Michael Friedlander* First Look Program Center REPertory Company is proud to announce its new “First Look” program thanking US Military personnel and US Veterans and active College students $15 tickets to any preview performance of a Center REP show. All two year and four year College students, faculty, and staff with a school ID or any active military or veterans with appropriate ID can purchase a pair of $15 tickets to any Center REP preview performance. Present ID at the Ticket office window to receive discount. Preview performances are the first listed performances leading up to Opening night. The offer is subject to availability and is limited to two tickets.

 

 

Cutting Ball Theater closes its 17th season with August Strindberg’s A DREAMPLAY. In A DREAMPLAY, a young woman nearing the end of her life dreams of herself as Indra’s daughter, descending to earth to better understand the plight of humanity. Through this surreal journey, she meets an officer, a lawyer, and a poet, and experiences joy, excitement, pain, and suffering. Strindberg structured this play using a dream logic that was later adopted by Expressionist playwrights. Paul Walsh, who translated all five plays in Cutting Ball’s 2012 Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, provides this translation of one of Strindberg’s most admired and influential dramas. Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose, who directed all of the plays in Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, helms A DREAMPLAY. DATES:          Previews: May 20, 21 at 8pm; May 22 at 5pm Opens: May 26 (Press opening: May 26; Gala opening: May 27)      Closes: June 19, 2016All performances Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 5pm  A DREAMPLAY Special Events – for more information visit cuttingball.com May 26 – Paul Walsh, foremost translator of Strindberg and Ibsen in the U.S., and translator of A DREAMPLAY, will give an hour-long talk about Strindberg. May 28 & June 4 – Matty Bloom, lead docent at Berkeley Rep Theater, is working with Cutting Ball to begin the company’s first docent program which will debut 45 minutes before curtain.  WHERE:        The Cutting Ball Theater in residence at EXIT on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., San Francisco TICKETS:      For single tickets ($10-50) and more information the public may visit cuttingball.com or call 415-525-1205; group discounts available. Pay What You Can tickets are available to neighborhood residents for all productions. Free student rush tickets are available to students with valid student ID.

 

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at Custom Made Theatre. The play explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus, “six degrees of separation”.  Jane Kathleen Curry, an Assistant Professor of Theater at Wake Forest University commented that “Guare has attained a degree of celebrity, largely due to the success of the stage and screen versions of Six Degrees of Separation. Indeed, the phrase ‘six degrees of separation’ has circulated widely in the popular culture.”With Sam Bertken, Alisha Ehrlich, Kyle Goldman, Brian Levi, Carl Lucania, Kathleen McHatton, Kyle McReddie, Khary Moye, Genevieve Perdue, Kelly Rinehart, Richard Sargent, Karl Schackne, and Matt Weimer Creative Team : Brooke Jennings*, William Campbell, Neil Higgins, Ryan Lee Short*, Ryan Martin, Grisel Torres, Kitty Torres(*member, Custom Made Theatre Co. CURTAIN TIMES AND TICKETS Venue: Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco Previews:  May 19 -21 8:00 pm; $25-28 Opens: Sunday May 22 at 7:00 pm Runs: select Wednesdays 7:30p, Thursdays & Fridays 8:00 pm; Saturdays 2:00 (select performances) & 8:00 pm; See www.custommade.org/sixdegrees for exact showtimes. Running Time: approx. 90 minutes Tickets: $50 Opening Night; Other times $28-42 (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org

 

 

Award-winning stage actress Kathleen Chalfant (House of Cards) returns to Berkeley Rep as Ann in For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Chalfant last appeared at Berkeley Rep in Honour directed by Tony Taccone in 2005. Other cast members include David Chandler (John), Ron Crawford (George), Ellen McLaughlin (Wendy), Keith Reddin (Michael), and Charles Shaw Robinson (Jim) The creative team includes: Annie Smart (scenic designer), Kristopher Castle (costume designer), Matthew Frey (lighting designer), Bray Poor (sound designer), Drew Fracher (fight director), and ZFX Incorporated (flying effects) Low-cost previews:  Friday 5/20-Thursday 5/26 Opening night: Friday 5/27 @ 8:00 PM; includes a pre-show dinner for donors sponsored by Autumn Press, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, Folie à Deux, and Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Teen Night: Friday, 5/20 @ 8:00PM FREE docent events: Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees Post-play discussions: Thursday 6/9, Tuesday 6/14, and Friday 6/24 following the performance Open captioning: Sunday 6/26 @ 2:00pm HOW MUCH: Premium: $48–89 • Section A: $41–73 • Section B: $29–60  (subject to change) TIX & INFO: 510 647-2949 – berkeleyrep.org Discounts: Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age; $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain; Groups of 10 or more, email groups@berkeleyrep.org

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces “Lightning in the Brain”, a new music-theater piece from stage/film/television actor Corey Fischer, will be presented on the MainStage this spring. In this compelling new theater piece, Fischer shapes his recent experiences as a newly old man of 71 into a lively narrative about forgetting and remembering, young and old love, losing and finding himself on the streets of 1960s Paris, or in Hollywood, or in a rusting Chevy van looking for America. Fischer developed Lightning in the Brain with Naomi Newman, who also directs. WHEN:                 May 19 – July 9, 2016 (press opening June 2, 2016) SHOWS:    8pm, Thursdays  , 5pm, Saturdays  WHERE:               The Marsh San Francisco  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:               $20-$35 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating              For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055

 

Noël Coward’s” Present Laughter “* *Part 2 of Theatre Rhino’s Coward Celebration WHEN:   May 21 – June 18, 2016  Limited Engagement – Only 25 Performances – 5 Weeks! The show plays Wed. – Thur. –  8:00 pm / Fri. – Sat. – 8:00 pm / Sat. Matinees – 3:00 pm. 2 Tues. shows: Tues. June 7, June 14, 2016 – 7:00 Previews (5): Sat., May 21 (3:00 pm), Sat., May 21 (8:00 pm), Sun., May 22 (3:00 pm), Wed., May 25, Thurs. May 26 (8:00 pm). (No Press at Previews Please) Opening Night – Fri., May 27, 2016 – 8:00 pm  Free Martini Celebration before the show and during Intermission, Champagne Reception to follow.)  Individual performance dates are: TIX:                 Tickets are $15 – $35 and are available at http://www.therhino.org/buy.htm  or 1-800- 838-3006. (All Previews are pay-what-you-wish at the door.)  WHERE:        Eureka Theatre – 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111  WEB PAGE:              www.TheRhino.org  FACEBOOK:          https://www.facebook.com/events/608829199271296

 

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BERKELEY REP PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF MARY ZIMMERMAN’S “TREASURE ISLAND”: Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman Treasure Island will mark the return of local Bay Area favorite Steven Epp as Long John Silver. Epp performed last year in Berkeley Rep’s Tartuffe and has appeared in 12 other Berkeley Rep productions. Other cast members include John Babbo (Jim Hawkins), Matt DeCaro (Squire Trelawny), Travis Delgado (Ensemble), Christopher Donahue (Billy Bones), Kasey Foster (Mrs. Hawkins/Musician), Greg Hirte (Musician), Anthony Irons (Ensemble), Alex Moggridge (Dr. Livesey), Steve Pickering (Black Dog), L.J. Slavin (Musician), Philip R. Smith (Captain Smollett), Demetrios Troy (Israel Hands), and Matthew C. Yee (Ensemble). Creative team: Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Ana Kuzmanic (costume designer), T.J. Gerckens (lighting designer), and Andre Pluess (original music/sound designer). The stage manager is Megan McClintock. Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704 WHEN:    51 PERFORMANCES: it runs througn – Sunday, June 5, 2016   : Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees Post-play discussions: Thursday 5/12, Tuesday 5/17, and Friday 5/20 following the performanceOpen captioning: Sunday 5/29 @ 2:00pm HOW MUCH:  Premium: $57–97 • Section A: $49–81 • Section B: $29–65 (subject to change)  TIX & INFO: 510 647-2949 – berkeleyrep.org Discounts: Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age; $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain; Groups of 10 or more, email groups@berkeleyrep.org  IT CLOSES JUNE 21

 

42ND STREET MOON PRESENTS “THE MOST HAPPY FELLA” Book, Music, and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Based on Sidney Howard’s They Knew What They Wanted   It runs thru May 15, 2016 WHAT:          42nd Street Moon concludes its 23rd season with Frank Loesser’s glorious Napa Valley romance, the Tony Award-winning THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. This masterpiece by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business …, Where’s Charley?) is an unconventional and sweepingly romantic love story set in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Considered one of Loesser’s greatest works, the stunning score includes “The Most Happy Fella,” “Standing on the Corner,” “Joey, Joey, Joey,” “Rosabella,” “Big D,” “My Heart Is So Full of You” and “Song of a Summer Night.” Direction is by Cindy Goldfield, with musical direction by Dave Dobrusky. WHEN:           It runs through – May 15, 2016 SHOWS:         Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm  Fridays at 8 p Saturdays at 6 pm   Sundays at 3 pm   Special Family & Student Matinee, 1pm, May 7 WHERE:        The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 TICKETS:      $25 – $75 INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 255-8207 or visit 42ndStMoon.org.  CLOSES TOMORROW

 

“THE BOY FROM OZ “ HEADLINES LANDMARK MUSICAL THEATRE’S 2016 SEASON! in San Francisco atChinatown’s historic Great Star Theater  with the Bay area and Western regional premiere ofthe award-winning hit, The Boy From Oz, based on the life of Australian songwriter and performer Peter Allen. The show, which won Hugh Jackman a Best Actor in a Musical Tony award in 2004 for hisportrayal of the energetic Allen, showcases many of the remarkable people in Allen’s life, includingJudy Garland, who discovered Peter in a Hong Kong nightclub in the mid-1960s, and her daughter Liza Minnelli, to whom he was married for seven years. “The Boy From Oz”was originally written for the Australian stage by Nick Enright with songs written orco-written by Peter Allen. Martin Sherman adapted the show for the American stage and theproduction is made available in the United States by special permission of David Spicer Productions.The Great Star Theater, located in the heart of Chinatown at 636 Jackson Street, ½ block west ofKearny, is hosting its first full Broadway show with The Boy From Oz.  The show  runs through May 15, 2016, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 2 PM.  VENUE  The Great Star Theater 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Show and ticket information available online at http://www.landmarkmusicals.comInformation is also available by telephone at 855-LANDMRK (855-526-3675)Tickets are sold by Brown Paper Tickets at http://bit.ly/oztickets or by calling 800-838-3006 Kickstarter information is available at http://bit.ly/ozkickstarter   CLOSES TOMORROW

 

 

SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENTS  “Hamlet” By William Shakespeare Directed by Mark Jackson – To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Shotgun Players will present a season in repertory with a core ensemble of actors. We begin with a radical production of the world theatre’s most enduring classic. Hamlet is perhaps the one role in Shakespeare’s canon that every one of us can identify with. Hamlet is someone’s child, someone’s lover, a friend, foe, philosopher, artist, critic, clown, politician, hero, villain… And so (drum roll please): Every actor of the ensemble will learn every role of the play. Moments before showtime, the cast lines up before the audience to pull their roles for the night out of Yorick’s skull! They get 5 minutes to gather their wits and then the performance begins. It’s a Hamlet roulette! Hamlet begins previews on March 31st, 2016 the Ashby Stage – will run as part of the repertory season through January 2017.   . “Hamlet” features Set Design by Nina Ball, Costume Design by Christine Crook, Sound Design by Matt Stines, Light Design by Heather Basarab, & Properties Design by Devon LaBelle. The cast of Hamlet features El Beh, Kevin Clarke*, Nick Medina, Cathleen Riddley*, David Sinaiko, Megan Trout, Beth Wilmurt.  (*Member of Actors’ , the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.) WHEN: Initial Run:  Repertory Performances: June 10 – January 29, 2017. .WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley  TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 20 2017 in REPORTORY

 

 

Thrillpeddlers presents… THE UNTAMED STAGE: Weimar Berlin Kabarett A New Musical by Scrumbly Koldewyn  It runs thru– May 28, 2016 – (Thurs., Fri. & Sat. – 8:00 pm) Opening Night – Thurs., April 21, 2016 – 8:00 pm   Music & Lyrics, Concept, & Musical Direction by Scrumbly Koldewyn Add’tl. Material by Terance Bennan, Damien Chacona, Cab Covay,  Andy Wegner and Alex Kinney / Directed by Russell Blackwood Limited Engagement – 21 Performances Only! – 8:00 pm at The Hypnodrome – 575 10th St. in San Francisco 94103 http://hypnodrome.org/  IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces “Colette Uncensored”, the first solo show from acclaimed actress Lorri Holt, will receive its World Premiere on the Mainstage this March. Colette Uncensored tells the story of the famed and infamous French novelist’s passionate quest as a writer, a woman, a pioneer for social change, and as a lover. Written by Zack Rogow and Lorri Holt, in collaboration with and directed by David Ford, Colette Uncensored presents an intimate theatre piece, interwoven with excerpts from the author’s work that display Colette’s gifts for storytelling, social commentary, and humor. WHEN:                 It run thru – May 14, 2016 SHOWS:               8pm Thursdays – Fridays 5pm Saturdays WHERE:   The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia Street  Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.)   Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street between 21st & 22nd Streets TICKETS:               $20-$30 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating   For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  WHEN:     Through June 25  8pm Thursdays – Fridays, 5pm Saturdays June 3-25, 2016 8pm Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays  WHERE:The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets) IT RUN THROUGH JUNE 25TH

 

 

AURORA THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS   SARAH TREEM’S “THE HOW AND THE WHY” It runs thru-May 22 2016  West Coast Premiere – Aurora Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of Sarah Treem’s (Netflix’s House of Cards, HBO’s In Treatment) thought-provoking THE HOW AND THE WHY. Acclaimed Bay Area actress and director Joy Carlin (Talley’s Folly, After the Revolution, Body Awareness, Jack Goes Boating, Awake and Sing!) helms this intimate and keenly perceptive play, featuring Nancy Carlin (The Monster-Builder, Hysteria, Benefactors) and Martha Brigham (San Francisco Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse). The third fully staged production to be performed at the company’s second stage performance space, Harry’s UpStage, THE HOW AND THE WHY plays March 18 through May 8 at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. For tickets ($35-45) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.  IT RUNS THRU MAY 22ND

 

AURORA THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DAVID IVES’ “THE HEIR APPARENT”to-May 15, 2016  Bay Area Premiere ) – Master playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) reinvigorates Jean-François Regnard’s 1708 comedy about greed, love, and intrigue in Aurora’s Bay Area Premiere of THE HEIR APPARENT. Josh Costello (Detroit, Wittenberg) helms THE HEIR APPARENT, featuring Julian Lopez-Morillas, Kenny Toll, Patrick Kelly Jones, Elizabeth Carter, Lawrence Radecker, Khalia Davis, and Katie Rubin. THE HEIR APPARENT plays through May 15 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-50) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.  Penniless Eraste desperately wants to marry Isabelle, but first he needs to secure an inheritance from his elderly uncle, Geronte. The ailing Geronte, however, is not yet ready to be fitted for a shroud. In fact, he’s ready to be measured for bridegroom’s attire and is eager to marry Isabelle himself. The plot unravels as Eraste and his resourceful servants enact a series of increasingly absurd schemes to part the old man from his money and his life. The New York Times hailed THE HEIR APPARENT as “Boisterous, bawdy and endlessly funny… lavishly spiced with contemporary slang that springs from the prancing verse like little jack-in-the-boxes and never fails to delight,” and the Washingtonian declared, “This over-the-top farce is clever, funny, and fast…a gem of a play.” Commissioned by Shakespeare Theater Company in 2011, this comedy of avarice and errors is hell-bent on drawing laughs. Aurora Theatre Company has assembled a gifted ensemble for THE HEIR APPARENT.. DATES:      Post-show Talkbacks: April 22, 26, May 4, 12  Closes: May 15 SHOWS:        Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm WHERE:         Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA  TICKETS:       For tickets (Previews $35; Regular Performances $32-50; Limited Opening Night Seating $60) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35, student, and group discounts available.   IT CLOSE MAY 15TH

 

“My Fair Lady”, to take the GK Hardt Stage! “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves but how she is treated.” Thus is the famous line uttered by Eliza Doolittle’s all over the world since 1956 when My Fair Lady was first produced.There is a reason why this iconic musical still gets produced today: it is, after all, the musical by which all others are measured. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is triumphant. With “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”,” With a Little Bit of Luck”,” The Rain in Spain”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” it’s no wonder everyone — not just Henry Higgins — falls in love with Eliza Doolittle. Directed by 6th Street Playhouse’s artistic director, Craig Miller  this production sheds new light on this classic story.My Fair Lady features an incredible cast of audience favorites including Denise EliaYen as Eliza Doolittle, David Yen ( Santaland Diaries ), Norman Hall and Shirley NelsonHall, and many many more. “My Fair Lady” run  through Sunday, June 5th in the 6th Street Playhouse G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $37 and are available onlineor at the box office at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 5234185 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com for tickets and more information. RUN THROUGH JUNE 6TH

 

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

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KINKY BOOTS at the Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor Street, San Francisco to May 22  is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. For more information on KINKY BOOTS, visit http://kinkybootsthemusical.com .  Tickets can be obtained at www.shnsf.com  IT RUNS THRU MAY 22ND

 

Spreckels Theatre Company “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater Book by Doug WrightThe award-winning Spreckels Theatre Company takes audiences under the sea for the effervescent Broadway musical “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” This main stage production is presented with the new Paradyne projection system, developed by Spreckels Performing Arts Center, combining still images and animations to create multiple backdrop effects – creating a visual aesthetic that’s exciting and visually surprising for audiences of the 21st Century. Starring Julianne Thompson Bretan of San Rafael as Ariel, The Little Mermaid; Jacob Bronson as Prince Eric; Mary Gannon Graham as Ursula; Fernando Siu as Flounder; Sean O’Brien as Scuttle; Robert Finney as Sebastian; Steven Kent Barker as King Triton; and featuring a large ensemble cast of sea creatures, sailors and members of King Triton and Prince Eric’s courts.   Directed by Gene Abravaya Music Direction by Tina Lloyd Meals Choreography by Michella Snider Costumes by Pamela Enz WHEN:  It runs to May 22, 2016  Please note that performances for this production are at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m.  7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays;  1 p.m. Sundays and 1 p.m. Saturdays May 14 & May 21;  7 p.m. Thursday, May 19  TICKETS:  $16 to $26$16 students; $22 youth; $24 seniors; $26 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 $12. Reservations recommended. TICKETS ONLINE:  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=36249&schedule=list WHERE:  Spreckels Performing Arts Center Codding Theatre, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 PHONE:   707-588-3400 For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime. WEBSITE:  www.spreckelsonline.com VIDEO:      https://animoto.com/play/7lhoL0ctWYVC0IOxMFto9w IT RUNS THRU MAY 22ND

 

“The Diplomats”. In Martin Schwartz’s raucous comedy, we find ourselves somewhere in Central Asia as a quartet of hapless cultural attachés try and absurdly fail to put on a comic theatre festival with the collaboration of a hilariously corrupt local government. In the midst of a human rights disaster, the actors they’ve booked refuse to perform, and the diplomats take matters into their own hands…. WHEN:    Closing: (Sat) May 28  SHOWS: Regularly performed: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday at 8pm Added shows: 2pm Saturday, May 21  WHERE:         EXIT Theatre 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco  TICKETS:        ($15 – $30)INFO:    For information or to order tickets visit www.darkporchtheatre.org  IT CLOSES MAY 28TH

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces Will Durst’s timely new hybrid of stand-up comedy and theater, ELECT TO LAUGH: 2016 will extend through June 7 (press opening: May 24). Specializing in political humor for folks who don’t like politics, Durst sweeps both sides of the aisle with his patented mix of outrage and outrageous common sense. This bipartisan rabble-rouser transcends party ties in a hilarious blend of monologues, commentary, and the occasional rant. WHEN:                Extended through June 7  SHOWS:               Tuesdays at 8pm  WHERE:               The Marsh San Francisco Mainstage 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:               $15 – $35 sliding scale, $100 reserved  INFO:                    For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 7TH

 

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Robert Louis Stevenson:” Jekyll and Hyde” A new play with a Gothic twist based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of good and evil. Written by Gary Graves A Central Works Method PlayDirected by Jan Zvaifler It runs thru–Jun 12 )At: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.Performances: Thurs., Fri.& Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 5 pm (Post-show talk-backs on May 15 & Jun 5 )Ticket prices: $30 online at centralworks.org, $30–$15 sliding scale at the door Pay-what-you-can at the door Thursdays and previews Tickets:  510.558.1381 or centralworks.org  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 12TH

 

WHAT:  Helicopter parents facing the question of what they want to be when their kids grow up is the focus in the new comedy-drama “The Empty Nesters “by award-winning playwright Garret Jon Groenveld. This warm and witty look at an uber-couple who drop their youngest child off at college and then take what may be a life-changing trip to the Sky Walk at the Grand Canyon, is helmed by veteran Bay Area director Richard Seyd, and stars real-life empty nesters John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker, who reunite on stage after a 20 year hiatus.  John Walker is a film producer (The Incredibles, Tomorrowland, The Iron Giant) and actor, whose extensive theatre background includes 40 stage productions with his wife. Pamela Gaye Walker is an award-winning actress who has appeared in film, television, and on stages across the country. WHEN: Closing: June 11 SHOWS: Regularly performances: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday at 8pm Sundays at 5pm Added shows:8pm Tuesday, May 10 (preview)8pm Wednesday, May 11 (opening night) WHERE:             Z Below 470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110  TICKETS:       ($30 – $58)INFO:               For information or to order tickets visit www.zspace.org or call (866) 811-4111.  IT CLOSES JUNE 11TH

 

Pear Theatre continues its 2015/2016 season with PEAR SLICES 2016, the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. As befits the Pear’s new and larger space, PEAR SLICES 2016 will be almost twice its usual size – presented as two alternating evenings of 7 plays each. Each performance “slate” is independent, and audiences can choose to see one set of plays or all of them. A Saturday matinee has been added this year for patrons who wish to see all 14 plays within 24 hours. Directors Troy Johnson and Robyn Ginsburg Braverman return to helm a cast of seven, who will play all the roles. Saturday, May 14, 2016 Closes: Sunday, May 29, 2016 Previews: 8:00 PM Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM Special Saturday Matinee: May 21, 2:00 PM Sundays: 2:00 PM Slate A performances: May 11 (preview), 13 (opening), 15 (Sun matinee), 20, 21 (Sat matinee), 26, 28 Slate B performances: May 12 (preview), 14 (opening), 19, 21, 22, 27, 29 WHERE: Pear Theatre (the new space), 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View TICKETS:- $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information, or to order tickets, visit www.thepear.org or call (650) 254-1148. CLOSES MAY 29TH

 

Smuin Ballet concludes its 22nd Season with Dance Series Two featuring Oasis, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal. A lyrical and reverent ode to water, Pickett‘s powerful new work will be both timely and universal. The series also includes the highly anticipated return of Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land. The piece, set on six dancers, combines classical ballet and swiftly-changing geometric poses in a meditation on loss, healing, and hope, created as a tribute to Kylián’s mentor John Cranko. Also on the bill is Val Caniparoli’s spirited Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink), which marries his trademark style and physicality with the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Caniparoli’s work celebrates the versatility of the Smuin dancers, blending high-energy athleticism with wit and elegance. SAN FRANCISCO— to MAY – 15 at Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts, 700 Howard, San Francisco.   For tickets 415-912-1899 or on line at www.smiumballet.org  WALNUT CREEK  May 27 -28  at Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.  For tickets 925-943-7469 or www.smuinballet.org    SAN MATEO June 3 – 4  San Mateo Performing Arts Center ,600 N Delaware, San Mateo   For tickets 650-762-0258 or www.smuinballet.org  CARMEL June10-11—Carmel Sunset Center, San Carlos St, Carmel.  For tickets www.smuinballet.org

 

Theater MadCap presents “You’re Gonna Cry” Where: Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St, San Francisco http://www.phoenixtheatresf.org/ 415-203-2674 When: – Sat May 28, 2016 (Fri – Sun May 6-22, Thurs – Sat May 26-28) Tickets: $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youre-gonna-cry-tickets-20746492317 Info:  415-203-2674  theatermadcap.com  YOU’RE GONNA CRY Audience Discussion Schedule: Come for the play. stay for the discussion. May 6th – Benjamin Bac Sierra – Beloved Mission Activist May 7th – Edwin Lindo – District 9 Supervisor Candidate May 13th – James Tracy – Co-Founder, SF Community Land Trust May 14th – Amy Farah Weiss – Homeless advocate May 20th – pigeon palace.org May 27th -Luna Malbroux – Comedienne/Community activist  IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

 

Hillbarn Theatre closes out its 75th Anniversary Season with   Neil Simon’s hit musical, “Sweet Charity” ▪ to May–29, 2016 ▪  –  Hillbarn Theatre closes out its record breaking 75th Anniversary Season with Neil Simon’s hit musical, Sweet Charity. This poignant look at one woman’s adventures and misadventures in the ways of love showcases every sense of the word musical as the show’s leading lady sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through life in pursuit of an old-fashioned romance. Charity works at The Fan-Dango Ballroom where she has only seen the worst of bad relationships that seem to come one after the other. When she finally meets Oscar and believes her luck has changed, things turn sour, but Charity stays sweet and hopeful that someday her idea of romance will come true. “Sweet Charity” will run May 5–29, 2016 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  Single tickets range in price from $25 – $48 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.    Led by Monique Hafen* as Charity and David Blackburn as Oscar, Sweet Charity features an ensemble cast of actors including John Rinaldi, Adam Flowers, Lawrence-Michael Arias, Alicia Gangi, Caitlin O’Leary, Sara Ris, Stephanie Renee Maysonave, Rebecca Carteris, Cheryl Ringman, Paige Collazo, Christine Baker, Jessica Maxey, Brad Satterwhite, Clint Williams, Alyson Chilton, Rachel Young, Ron Lopez, Doug Greer, Nicholas Garland and Brigitte Losey. Directed by Erica Wyman-Abrahamson, the creative team for Sweet Charity includes Rick Reynolds (music director), Alex Hsu (choreographer), Danielle Santana-Combs (stage manager), Kuo-Hao Lo (scenic director), David Gotlieb (lighting designer), Valerie Emmi (costume designer), Rosie Issel (properties designer) and Tracy Chiappone (vocal director). IT RUNS TO MAY 29TH

 

 

Who: Paul Flores What: Theater MadCap presents “You’re Gonna Cry” Where: Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St, San Francisco http://www.phoenixtheatresf.org/ 415-203-2674 When: TO – Sat May 28, 2016 (Fri – Sun May 6-22, Thurs – Sat May 26-28) Tickets: $20   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youre-gonna-cry-tickets-20746492317Info:  415-203-2674  theatermadcap.com — Theater MadCap is proud to present the return of  Paul S. Flores’s, ”You’re Gonna Cry”, for a limited run, TO – Sat May 28th, at The Phoenix Theater at 414 Mason St in San Francisco.  IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

Andrew Bovell’s Generations Spanning Story “When the Rain Stops Falling “Plays Redwood City in May This compelling family saga takes us back and forth in time from one generation to another, from 1959 to 2039, and from London to Australia. With four generations of fathers and sons, and their mothers, lovers and wives, the play is epic in its scope, yet at the same time extraordinarily intimate. The American premiere of When The Rain Stops Falling was named “The Best New Play of Year” by Time Magazine, and won five 2010 Lucille Lortel Awards.The story begins in Alice Springs, Australia, in the year 2039. A fish falls from the sky and lands at the feet of Gabriel York. It still smells of the sea. It’s been raining for days and Gabriel knows something is wrong.Fifty years earlier his grandfather, Henry Law predicts that fish will fall from the sky heralding a great flood which will end life on earth as we know it.In an intricate, multi-layered story that spans four generations and two continents, When the Rain Stops Falling explores patterns of betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness and love. This powerful drama unfolds with humanity, surprising humour and hope, as the past plays out into the future. Featuring: Felix Abidor (Gabriel Law), John Baldwin (Joe Ryan), Sheila Ellam (Older Gabrielle), Lauren Hayes (Younger Elizabeth), Maria Giere Marquis (Younger Gabrielle), Judith Miller (Older Elizabeth), Evan Sokol (Gabriel York/Henry Law). Designers & Production Team: Beth Covey-Snedegar (Properties Designer), Elizabeth Coy (Costume Designer), Ashley Taylor Frampton (Production Manager), Josiah Frampton (Box Office Manager), Dan Garrett (Lighting Designer), Meredith Hagedorn (Executive Artistic Director), Kimberly Mohne Hill (Director), Charles McKeithan (Techncal Director), Linda Olbourne (Company Manager, Katie Siemans (Stage Manager), Daniel Stahlnecker (Scenic Designer), Ryan Short (Sound Designer), Kimberly Wadycki (Managing Director and Press Inquiries), Kimberlee Wittlieb (Photographer), Maggie Ziomek (Graphic Designer) When: It runs thru – May 28th, 2016  T Sunday, May 22nd Where: The Dragon Theatre in downtown Redwood City
 2120 Broadway Street at the intersection of Broadway and Theatre Way  How Much:  $30 for general admission seats. $25 for student/senior tickets. $15 rush tickets on Thursdays and Fridays starting 2nd week. Limited availability and cash only at the door. Limited discount tickets available on http://www.tixbayarea.com
.  $175 for the VIP box (seats 4 people and includes champagne and chocolates.) Tickets & More Info: http://dragonproductions.net/ IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

World Premiere “The Most Dangerous Highway in the World” by Kevin Artigue directed by Evren Odcikin A heart-warming tale of resilience inspired by the real-life “Pepsi-bottle boys” of Afghanistan WHEN:   It runs thru           May -29, 2016  Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm No performance on Sunday, May 15 WHERE:          Thick House 1695 18th Street, San Francisco TICKETS:         $10-$34 | goldenthread.org  IT RUNS THRU MAY 29TH

 

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces “Grey Matter”, a new solo show written and performed by Julie Katz, will receive its World Premiere in the Studio Theater this April. Set in “The Company” in San Francisco, Katz creates an array of hilarious and poignant characters including: the IT prodigy who’s bored out of his mind, the office manager who can’t catch a break, the dreamer in legal who longs for a creative life, and the deep thinker who started it all. When “The Company” makes a controversial decision, the employees are forced to examine their morals and what it means to show up to work every day when everything isn’t black and white. Grey Matter was developed with David Ford and is directed by Lexi Diamond. WHEN: It runs through – June 4, 2016 (press opening May 13, 2016) SHOWS:               April 22 –May 14 8pm, Thursdays & Fridays  5pm, Saturdays  May 19 – June 4 8pm, Thursdays & Fridays 8:30pm, Saturdays (Note time change) WHERE:  The Marsh San Francisco Studio Theater 1062 Valencia Street   Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.)    Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street between 21st & 22nd Streets TICKETS:  $20-$35 sliding scale; $55/$100 Reserved Seating                For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 4TH

 

The Marsh is thrilled to announce after an extended run last year at The Marsh, Geoff Hoyle’s newest solo show Lear’s Shadow will return to the Bay Area, with performances It runs through– June 18 at The Marsh Berkeley. It may be business-as-usual when great tragedians such as Laurence Olivier, Sir Ian McKellen, and Paul Scofield perform in King Lear, but this time a great clown tackles Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Audiences experience King Lear like never before as the fool (played by Hoyle), recently unemployed, tells his side to Shakespeare’s most tragic, cosmic, and human of stories in this poignant solo performance. Lear’s Shadow is written in collaboration with and directed by David Ford. WHEN: April 30 – June 18, 2016 Thursdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 5:00pm  WHERE:   The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuc  The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:   Thursdays $25-35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved,  Saturdays $30-35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved  For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH JUNE 18TH

 

The Marsh announces, due to popular demand, Echo Brown’s debut solo show, BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS, will extend one final time through June 25 at The Marsh Berkeley. Bursting with energy, comedy and politics, the show is both a love story and a startling snapshot of 21st-century American culture. WHEN Performances now through June 25, 2016  SHOWS: Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm now through April 23 Starting April 29: Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm through June 25 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  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 25TH

 

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BERKELEY REP PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF MARY ZIMMERMAN’S “TREASURE ISLAND”:  Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman Treasure Island will mark the return of local Bay Area favorite Steven Epp as Long John Silver. Epp performed last year in Berkeley Rep’s Tartuffe and has appeared in 12 other Berkeley Rep productions. Other cast members include John Babbo (Jim Hawkins), Matt DeCaro (Squire Trelawny), Travis Delgado (Ensemble), Christopher Donahue (Billy Bones), Kasey Foster (Mrs. Hawkins/Musician), Greg Hirte (Musician), Anthony Irons (Ensemble), Alex Moggridge (Dr. Livesey), Steve Pickering (Black Dog), L.J. Slavin (Musician), Philip R. Smith (Captain Smollett), Demetrios Troy (Israel Hands), and Matthew C. Yee (Ensemble). Creative team: Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Ana Kuzmanic (costume designer), T.J. Gerckens (lighting designer), and Andre Pluess (original music/sound designer). The stage manager is Megan McClintock. Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704 WHEN:    51 PERFORMANCES: it runs througn – Sunday, June 5, 2016   : Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees Post-play discussions: Thursday 5/12, Tuesday 5/17, and Friday 5/20 following the performanceOpen captioning: Sunday 5/29 @ 2:00pm HOW MUCH:  Premium: $57–97 • Section A: $49–81 • Section B: $29–65 (subject to change)  TIX & INFO: 510 647-2949 – berkeleyrep.org Discounts: Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age; $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain; Groups of 10 or more, email groups@berkeleyrep.org  IT CLOSES JUNE 19th

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BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE   PROFESSIONAL SEASON PRESENTS the modern American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” April 28-May 22, 2016 Adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the novel by Harper Lee.  – Berkeley Playhouse will produce the first non-musical in its nine-year history with Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The show will be directed by Berkeley Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director Daren A.C. Carollo The show runs  to May 22 at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave in Berkeley, CA. Tickets are now available through the box office. Please call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org.   IT RUNS THROUGH MAY 22ND

 

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Pittsburg Community Theatre Presents “The Normal Heart” Pittsburg Community Theatre’s upcoming production of The Normal Heart shows what can happen when fear and ignorance overshadow the need for action. Performances held at the California Theatre, May 13-15 and directed by Steven Mergogey-Conti, The Normal Heart is the semi-autobiographical story written by Larry Kramer which tells the story of the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic and society’s reluctant acceptance of the dangers of the disease. Ned Weeks (Nate Bogner), a writer who, along with several of his friends and a passionate doctor (Clarisse Edwards), feverishly work to make people aware of the mysterious illness and the precautions needed to stop it from spreading. Jason Best (Felix – Ned Week’s lover) said it best in that “this play is really about the importance of making your voice heard. The story is utterly human. This man is on a journey to save lives and is completely obsessed and invested, especially when the disease affects him personally (when his lover is diagnosed). It makes him all the more desperate in his search for answers. It’s a beautiful love story.” Rounding out the cast is Tim Biglow as Ned Weeks’ brother, and other allies including, Greg Lynch Giovanni Vidrio, Joseph Saam, Alex Schepers and Ian Lustre. WARNING: Very strong language and challenging subject matter, including frank discussions of sexuality. Production dates: Saturday – May 14, 2016 @ 2:00PM & 8:00 PMSunday – May 15, 2016 @ 2:00 PMPerformance Location: California Theatre – Downtown PittsburgFor tickets call 925-427-1611 or online Home | Pittsburg California Theatre

 

 

.“Ain’t it So”… World Premiere of Charles Johnson’s drama about two African American couples facing their pasts in 1980s Chicago. Produced by Off Broadway West and Multi Ethnic Theatre. Directed by Richard Harder.  It runs thru 21-May 14.Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Matinees April 23 & May 14 at 2:00 pm.Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough Street, San Francisco. Tickets $20-$40. 415-420-8000 $20-$40 www.wehavemet.org.    Tickets: VIP Seating $40 General Admission $30 Online Discount Admission $25 Students, Seniors, TBA $20 Thursdays $10 discount on all prices above Tickets and Info at www.wehavemet.org Preview: Thursday, April 21 ($5 all seats) Press Openings: Friday April 22, 8:00 pm; Saturday, April 23, 2:00 & 8:00 pm Runs Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm April 21-May 14. Two matinees April 23 & May 14 at 2:00 pm Running Time: Two Hours  IT CLOSES NEXT SATURDAY

 

 

The Marsh Discovery Series presents Eating Pasta off the Floor, a solo theater piece written and performed by Maria Grazia Affinito. Performances are Saturdays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 5pm from It run thru -May 15th. All performances take place at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco, Upstairs Theater. For Tickets visit, http://themarsh.org/uncategorized/maria-affinito/Maria hopes a trip to her mom’s hometown in Italy will shed some light on their volatile relationship.  Maybe singing arias at full voice in the supermarket and offering to sell your daughter are just quaint Old World traditions.  But even old friends in Italy are astonished when mom starts flinging pasta and bad poetry.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO CABARET OPENINGS

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO

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Jonathan Poretz    May 14

 

For fans of Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, May 14 is an important date. On that day in 1936, Bobby Darin was born and, on that date in 1998, Frank Sinatra died. To commemorate Darin’s 80th birthday and the 18th anniversary of the passing of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Bay Area favorite Jonathan Poretz returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with his acclaimed show, Sex, Swagger and Swing: Sinatra and Darin in the Concert That Never Was. Regardless of whose camp you’re in, prepare yourself for an exhilarating evening as Poretz and the Fil Lorenz Orchestra pit Sinatra and Darin classics against each other in a true clash of the titans.

 

 

Michael Feinstein   Wednesday, May 18, 2016 thru Sunday  May 22

 

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated Michael Feinstein returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a special celebration of Academy Award winning lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards, Feinstein will perform some of the Bergman’s greatest songs including “The Way We Were,” “Nice N’ Easy,” ‘A Piece of Sky,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” among others. Alan Bergman will join Feinstein onstage nightly through the engagement.

 

Michael Feinstein, Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe in addition to his appearances in iconic venues including The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House. His work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.

 

Feinstein was named Principal Pops Conductor for the Pasadena Symphony in 2012. He launched an additional Pops Series at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Florida in 2014. Feinstein is Artistic Director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN; Artistic Director for Carnegie Hall’s “Standard Time with Michael Feinstein” in conjunction with ASCAP; and Director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center. His book “The Gershwin’s and Me” from Simon and Schuster features a new CD of Gershwin Standards.

 

Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Michael’s nightclub at San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko, has presented top musical talent since 2013. His first club in New York, Feinstein’s at the Regency featured major entertainers from 1999-2012. In 2015, Michael Feinstein joined forces with 54 Below in New York to create Feinstein’s/54 Below.

 

Montclair Women’s Big Band   The Feinstein’s at the Nikko Women’s Series Montclair Women’s Big Band Thu · June 2, 2016 Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

 

Tony Award Nominee from Fun Home Judy Kuhn Fri · June 3, 2016 Sat. June 4th

 

Dynamic Duo Returns with an All New Show Ambler & Brandt  Wed · June 8, 2016  Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

 

Lee Roy Reams Songs & Stories From Ten Broadway Shows Thu · June 9, 2016 Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

 

Nick Adams   Happy Birthday Nick  Fri · June 10, 2016  Sat June 11

 

TONY AWARD PARTY HAMIL TON YS   Sun · June 12, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

 

There is a $20.00 food and beverage minimum per person and an 18% gratuity is added to all checks.

 

Doors open 90 minutes prior to the performance and seating is assigned by the Maître D’ based on purchased party size and section. Guests are offered choices whenever possible.

 

Parties that purchase separately cannot always be seated together. Please call the club in advance at 415-394-1167 with any seating questions regarding groups and multiple orders.

 

Guests may be required to check coats or bags that do not fit comfortably in the seating area.

 

Feinstein’s at the Nikko is suitable for any mature person, however, parental guidance is recommended for some performances.

 

All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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Society Cabaret, San Francisco

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

 

MAY OPENINGS

 

 

Art of the Duo

Saturday, May 14th at 8pm

Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap with Doug Miller on bass

This renowned husband/wife team has been bringing their unique take on standards, originals and other material to stages throughout the world for over 30 years, building a musical partnership that reaches every audience.

 

 

 

Nancy Wilson Tribute Show

Friday, May 20th at 8pm

Stacy Carter

 

Stacy embodies the recorded songs of Nancy Wilson and weaves a tale of love, loss and renewal.

 

 

S’Wonderfully Delovely

Saturday, May 21st at 8pm

Annemarie Ballinger

A tribute and celebration of two of the most extraordinary composers of the twentieth century, George Gershwin and Cole Porter!

 

 

Divas Through the Decades

Friday, May 27th at 8pm

Jennifer Ekman

 

Starting with 1920’s jazz and working her way to modern pop, Jenn will be singing some of your favorite songs from well known female vocalists.

 

 

 

Beyond the Rainbow

Saturday, May 28th at 8pm

Benn Bacot

 

Beginning with the Cotton Club’s “Get Happy” and including “Over the Rainbow”, rated the greatest song of all time by the American Film Institute, Harold Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the music used in film, Broadway musicals and the American Songbook.

 

 

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Society Cabaret, San Jose   at the Hotel DeAnza  233 West Santa Clara Street  San Jose  408-676-6471

She, Her and Me

Friday, May 27th at 8pm

Kristina Nakagawa

with G. Scott Lacy at the piano.

 

An evening highlighting female composers and lyricists from early on to more recent works. Including music from Georgia Stitt, Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton and more!

 

 

A Blond and a Redhead Walk Into a Bar

Saturday, May 28th at 8pm

Manda Krusee and Kim Long

 

With divey duets, loungey ballads, and intoxicating melodies, Manda and Kim’s eclectic set mixes classic and lesser-known Broadway

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street

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

 

 

 

 

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BAY AREA CABARET

 

 

ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY & LIZ CALLAWAY From West Side Story to Wicked: Broadway by the Callaways Season Finale! Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 4 p.m.

 

 

 

Bay Area Cabaret favorites and Tony nominated artists Ann and Liz Callaway, have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations across the country with this new show, featuring showstoppers from West Side Story, Chicago, Funny Girl, Cats, Carousel, Wicked and more. Ann’s dark, husky and jazz-flavored sound is the perfect complement for Liz’ clear bell tones, in an evening of wit, humor and soul-stirring favorites like “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “Perfect Year/Memory”, “Broadway Baby”, “If He Walked into My Life”, and more!

 

Platinum and gold-selling singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway has released more than 11 solo albums, has had her songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Patti LuPone, wrote and sang the theme to the classic sit-com The Nanny, and received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Swing!

 

Tony nominated Broadway star Liz Callaway has starred in Miss Saigon (with Lea Salonga), Cats (as Grizabella), Baby, and Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along (with Jason Alexander). On film, Liz has sung in many animated features including Anastasia, The Swan Princess and Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

 

Together, Ann and Liz Callaway have recorded two albums and have toured the globe with their award-winning shows Sibling Revelry, Relative Harmony and Boom! Bay Area Cabaret is proud to present the Bay Area debut of their newest show, Broadway by the Callaways!

 

Tickets for individual concerts are available at www.bayareacabaret.org or by phone at City Box Office (415) 392-4400. Subscriptions, and discounts for groups of 8 or more, are available directly from Bay Area Cabaret at (415) 927-4636. For Bay Area Cabaret 2015-2016 season subscriptions, information and video clips of performers visit www.bayareacabaret.org.

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OASIS CLUB—-298 Eleventh St at Folsom. San Francisco    www.osais.com

 

ABOVE AND BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA SHOWGIRLS

 

To – May 14, 2016  (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. at 7:00 pm) Limited Engagement – Only 12 Performances! Opening Night: Thursday April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Oasis in San Francisco www.sfoasis.com

 

After sold out runs in San Francisco and New York the cult hit drag rock musical Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls makes its long-awaited return to San Francisco for 12 nights only! Written by D’Arcy Drollinger (Shit & Champagne, Project: Lohan) along with the post-punk art band Enrique (in which Drollinger was a member) Ultra Showgirls opens April 21st at Oasis, in San Francisco with a mini-stadium rock spectacular, complete with a five piece live band.

 

Fame, sex, gratuitous nudity, drug addiction, prostitution, live go-go girls, rock-n-roll, cat fights, murder, seduction, betrayal… and that’s just in the dressing room. Imagine Russ Meyer, Liberace and Charles Manson collaborating on a rock musical starring “Jem and the Holograms” and you have an idea of what awaits you in Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls. Shamelessly inspired by “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Showgirls”, this over-the-top dark musical comedy has enough poor taste references to keep any B-movie junky erect.

 

The story follows SUPER VIXEN – a struggling all-girl rock band with big dreams, big boobs, big hair and big everything else. Chablis, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer claw their way up the underside of the music industry where they meet low life record company exec Mr. Richard Face, who promises them super-stardom. When Dick talks Gewürztraminer into leaving her band mates, she changes her name to Sherry, hooks up with even trashier back up girls and becomes an overnight sensation. Naturally, her rejected friends embark on a painful and hilarious downward spiral of sex, drugs… and revenge!

 

Starring D’Arcy Drollinger (Shit & Champagne, The Rocky Horror Show, Sex and the City Live!), John Paul Gonzalez (Pageant, Into The Woods), Nancy French (Shit & Champagne, Temple of Poon), Noah Haydon (Club Inferno), Bobby Barnaby (Barnaby’s Babes, Red Hots Burlesque), Manuel Caneri (Golden Girls, Addams Family Values), Lavale-William Davis (Absolutely Fabulous Live!) and Melinda Campero (Heather’s The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show). The show features all original songs, along with a live 5-piece band – Steve Bolinger (keyboards), Peter Fogel (guitar), Christian Matthews (drums), Tim Perdue (bass) & Julie Vlček-Burke (Trumpet).

 

Directed by D’Arcy Drollinger WHEN:            TO– May 14, 2016  (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. at 7:00 pm)WEB PAGE:    Tickets are available at www.sfoasis.com (21 & over)   $25 for general admission, $35 for premium seating  $250 – The Super Vixen Groupie Table Includes front row table for 4 people, a bottle of Champagne with 4 champagne flutes. Oasis is wheelchair accessible.

 

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