THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA week of December 10

THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY

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JOHN CLEESE LIVE ON STAGE FOR CONVERSATION AND Q&A AFTER A SCREENING OF MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL COMING TO THE SHN ORPHEUM THEATRE MARCH 29, 2018 at 8PM Tickets on sale Friday, December 8 at 10am PT

 

— Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading to San Francisco for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. Absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available which include a photo opportunity with John.

Tickets are $75, $125 and $200 and go on sale to the public on Friday, December 8 at 10am PT at shnsf.com or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799.

John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will get to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.

Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a lifetime evening. Produced by The Backlot Project.

***Coconuts NOT included in the ticket price.

 

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THE MARSH BERKELEY PRESENTS WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT LOVE Written and performed by Steve Budd Directed by Mark Kenward Developed with David Ford  February 2-March 3, 2018

 

– The Marsh welcomes a new solo show to the Berkeley stage, What They Said About Love by Steve Budd, which was awarded the “Best of Fringe” at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. In this absorbing solo show, Steve wonders why other people can—and why he can’t—tie the knot. Budd sheds light on how people meet and make it to the altar, the push and pull of relationships, singles who can’t seem to settle down, and more. The Oakland-based actor captures the physical and vocal nuances of more than a dozen Bay Area characters, using their own words taken from hours of interviews, and weaves in his relentless search for “the one.” What They Said About Love, directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford, will be presented 8:00pm Fridays and 8:30pm Saturdays February 2-March 3, 2018 (press opening: February 9) at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. For tickets ($20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call The Marsh box office at 415-282-3055 (open 1pm-4pm, Monday through Friday).In What They Said About Love, audiences meet a cast of characters including a New Age couple who could swear they met before they met, an Oakland artist who can’t resist homeless guys, and a pair of metal heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-6 (June 6, 2006), as well as others. Previous versions of this funny and touching documentary theater piece appeared in the September 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival, as a Marsh Rising in November 2016, and in the June 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Talkin’ Broadway hailed What They Said About Love as “theater at its best. Funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love.” This solo show was also developed with assistance from David Ford, John Coppola, and Slater Penney; Skye Pelicrow served as script consultant.

 

Steve Budd is an actor, writer, storyteller, standup comic, and solo performer living in Oakland. He has acted with many local theater companies, including San Francisco Playhouse, Custom Made Theatre Co., New Conservatory Theatre Center, Impact Theatre, and Marin Shakespeare Company. Budd has also been seen at numerous Bay Area venues, including The Marsh, The San Francisco Fringe Festival, Tell It On Tuesday, T.M.I., Busting Out, The Shout, The Vent, and Stage Werx’s Solo Sundays.

 

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HOLIDAY ‘LOCAL TRADITION’ AVENUE Q AT NCTC EXTENDED TO JAN 21STFAVORITE FURRY MUSICAL EXTENDED BY TWO WEEKS

) – For the first time in NCTC history, we are extending a production before it has even opened.  Avenue Q will now run the 5th anniversary of its award-winning production through January 21, 2018 (extended by two weeks) at New Conservatory Theatre Center. Proclaimed “a local tradition” by San Francisco Travel, this “perennial hit … even when seeing it for the second, third, or whatever time” (Theatre Eddy’s) won over critics and audiences alike in its previous engagements in NCTC’s intimate Decker Theatre. Declares the San Francisco Examiner, “only the Grinch could prevent the laughter-filled show from selling out night after night.”

Avenue Q extended to January 21, 2018 in NCTC’s Decker Theatre.  Opening Night will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 8pm.  Tickets are $35 – $60 and are available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.

Due to popularity, NCTC has added Tuesday evening Avenue Q performances. Performances are Tuesdays –Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm.

Ring-in the New Year with Avenue Q, a special New Year’s Eve performance, will be presented Sunday, December 31, 2017, complete with complimentary champagne toast and festive early start time of 7:30pm. Tickets are $55-60 are available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.

 

Avenue Q is the laugh-out-loud, Tony Award-winning musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Once there, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy the Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.

NCTC’s 5th anniversary production is directed by Stephanie Temple, with musical direction by Ben Prince and orchestrations and arrangements by Stephen Oremus.

Special Engagements:

During the run of the show, theatre lovers can enjoy many special events:

Onstage Insight, Post-Show Discussion after the following performance:

Sunday, December 17 at 2pm– Panel discussion featuring the cast, moderated by the play’s director.

Learn how to puppet pre-show on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:15pm – Learn how to work the Avenue Q puppets from the director Stephanie Temple

Opening Night will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 8pm. The performance will be followed by a reception with the cast, designers and director, catered by 17-18 Season Restaurant Sponsor, Mina’s Brazilian.

Ring in the New Year with Avenue Q – special New Year’s Eve performance Sunday, December 31, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $55-60 and include a complimentary champagne toast.