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New Conservatory Theatre Center presents world premiere of JC Lee’s “warplay” radical reimagining of The Iliad’s Achilles and Patroclus to be directed by NCTC Artistic Associate Ben Randle– In June, New Conservatory Theatre Center closes its 35th Anniversary celebration and 2016-17 Season with the world premiere of warplay by JC Lee (Luce at Lincoln Center Theater, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder), directed by NCTC Artistic Associate Ben Randle. Inspired by Homer’s The Iliad and the epic tale of Achilles and Patroclus, warplay is a shockingly funny, poetic and radical reimagining of one of the oldest love stories in all of Western literature. Two young men. A battle rages in the distance. Game on. “warplay “was commissioned and developed as part of NCTC’s New Play Development Lab.warplay runs It closes– July 2, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $25–50 and available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972 The cast of warplay features Ed Berkeley and JD ScalzoThe warplay creative team includes scenic design by Devin Kasper, costume design by Miriam Lewis, lighting design by Christian V. Mejia, sound and projection design by Theodore J.H. Hulsker, prop design by Adeline Smith, fight direction by Will Springhorn, Jr. and stage management by Kaitlin Rosen.                     Directed by Ben Randle WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Walker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: June 2 – July 2, 2017 Opening Night: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8pm COST: $25-50 TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org  It closes July

 

“”The Roaring Girl” Directed by Gaby Schneider Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium 220 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco Moll Cutpurse was “the Rock Star of 17th Century London,” notorious as a carouser, cross-dresser, pickpocket, street brawler, and the equal of any man. She also had a strong sense of social justice. Theater of Others continues its fearless foray into the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries with Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s 1611 comedy, The Roaring Girl, or Moll Cutpurse.  Moll is a dramatization of the life of Mary Frith, a carouser, cross-dresser, pickpocket, and street brawler in the lower depths of 17th century London.  Gaby Schneider directs a cast of fourteen at the Theater of Others’ home, the Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium, 220 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. The Roaring Girl, or Moll Cutpurse runs Thursdays through Sundays, June 16-July 2.  As with all Theater of Others productions, admission is Pay-What-You-Will.In the 17th century, “roaring boy” was slang for a young man who caroused publicly, brawled, and committed petty crimes. Middleton and Dekker mischievously applied the term to their heroine.As a feminist who is naturally dawn to activities traditionally reserved for men, Moll defies the gender and sexual norms of her time. But neither does she neatly fit any of today’s categories. Is Moll trans? Genderfluid? Agender? Asexual? Director Gaby Schneider, who has studied the play over the past six years, concludes that the only sexual identity Moll definitively claims is “not being treated like a whore.” Her fascination lies in her defiance of all assumptions.  As she says, “I please myself and care not else who loves me.”CASTNick Chapman (Goshawk), Jody Christian (Mrs. Prudence Gallipot, Yeoman Hanger), Sheila Cress (Dame Davina Dapper, Dame Gwen Fitzallard), Arcady Darter (Moll Cutpurse), Irina Dianova (Mrs. Openwork, Sgt. Curtleax), Greg Gutting (Sir Alexander Wengrave), Glenn Havlan (Mr. Openwork, musician), Polina Litvak (Gull), Nick Moore (Sebastian Wengrave), Ryan Nielsen (Jack Dapper),  Emma Nadine Onasch (Mary Fitzallard / Sir Beauteous Ganymede), Heren Patel (Laxton), Gaby Schneider (fellow with a long rapier), Laurel Scotland-Stewart (Lord Noland), Ian Wilcox (Neatfoot, Trapdoor) WHEN: June 16-July 2. Opens June 16. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm NO PERFORMANCE ON SUNDAY JUNE 25 WHERE: Kelly Cullen Community Auditorium, 220 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours TICKETS: Pay-What-You-Will.  For reservations, click on http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2706436

 

Custom Made Theatre Co. Brings Back David & Amy Sedaris’ “The Book Of Liz”. Hit show returns for limited engagement June 11 – July 3 Everyone’s favorite Squeamish Nun is back.  It’s the longest-running, fastest- selling show in Custom Made’s 18- year history!.   Custom Made brings back David and Amy Sedaris for another soon-to-be sold-out run.  Audiences from all over the Bay Area come back time and time again for this hilarious and heart-warming tale of finding one’s worth when the world around us keeps changing.   Executive Director Leah S. Abrams helms the runaway hit for the first time. With Company Members: Gabriel A. Ross, Jessica Rudholm, Teri Whipple, and Ted ZoldanStage Manager:  Cat Knight; Design / Tech Director:  Maxx Kurzunski; original LIZ poster art:  Simon MillerDirected by Leah S. Abrams.  Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco.   Opens June 11 at 7:00 pm.  Runs Mondays & Tuesdays at 7:30 pm through July 3.  Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm; Sundays, June 25 & July 2 at 3:00 & 7:00 pm. Tickets $25. (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org/box-office.

 

, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, announced the summer concert for Season 39: Community, featuring three performances of The Gay Kitchen Sink, running June 16-17 at the Nourse Theater (275 Hayes Street, San Francisco 94102). Performances are Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25-65 and are available now on www.SFGMC.org or by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

 

ABOUT HOW TO BE A WHITE MAN: One woman is on a mission to rewrite the recipe for white male privilege so that everybody can get a piece of that pie. With lessons such as “The key to a great non-apology” and “Did youknow you’re an expert?”              How to Be a White Man  gives you a generous helping of satire with adash of cold, hard truth. Based on comedian Luna Malbroux’s experience as a queer Blackwoman combined with real interviews with folks all over the country, this all-new comedy takes abold look at race, sexuality, and gender Written by Luna Malbroux and Jennifer Lewis. Directed by Nikki Meñez. Stage Managed by Beth Hall. Dramaturgy by Stephanie Wilborn. Featuring Luna Malbroux with Akaina Ghosh; Ashley Gennarelli; Derek Jones; Derricka Smith; Jennifer Greene; Jessica Jones; Kevin Glass; Linda   Girón. Lighting Design by Sophia Craven. Costumes by Kitty Torres. Sound Design by Sara Witsch. TICKETS: Performances are June 16th- July 1st. Thursdays @7:30pm, Fridays @7:30pm, Saturdays @7:30pm with one Wednesday performance June 28th @7:30pm. Performances will take place at PianoFight     t 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $20 general admission. For information or ticket purchases visit  www.faultlinetheater.com

 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley completes its 2016/2017 season with the regional premiere of a newly revised work by acclaimed performer/playwright Hershey Felder. Following his triumph as Irving Berlin at TheatreWorks, the brilliant Hershey Felder will bring a compelling Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side in Hershey Felder, Beethoven. Featuring some of the composer’s greatest works, from “Moonlight Sonata” to the “Ninth Symphony” and the “Emperor Concerto,” this intense, illuminating, unforgettable journey through time will immerse audiences in the astounding life of the Maestro and the genius that transcended it all. WHEN:         Previews: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Friday, June 9, 2017  Press Opening: Saturday, June 10, 2017 Closes: Sunday, July 9, 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 Art  500 Castro Street, Mountain View TICKETS:     $45-$105; savings available for educators, seniors, and patrons 35 and under. A $6 convenience fee will be assessed for online and telephone orders. Pricing subject to change. INFO:             For information or to order tickets visit theatreworks.org or call(650) 463-1960

 

The World Premiere of You Mean to Do Me Harm begins when an innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear. SHOWS: June 6 through July 2nd Wednesday & Thursday at 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pmPreview Performances: Preview Performances: June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 8pm, June 14th at 7pm WHERE:   The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 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/you-mean-to-do-me-harm/BERKELEY REP PRESENTS “AN OCTOROON” West Coast premiere of Obie Award-winning play by MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins closes the season- Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of An Octoroon written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Eric Ting will close out its season. The Obie Award- winning play begins previews on Friday, June 23, and the show runs through Sunday, July 23. Individual tickets begin at $29 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949. Press night will be Friday, June 30.

 

THE TOXIC AVENGER 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award- Outstanding Musical Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro Music and Lyrics by David Bry Directed by Jonathan Williams SHOWS:   Opening:       June 10 @ 8:00 pm  Run Dates:    June 7 – July 17 Wednesday & Thursday @ 7:30 pm  Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 pm Sunday @ 2:00 pm WHERE:        490 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113 TICKETS:      For tickets ($30-$65) or more information, the public may contact San Jose Stage Company box office at 408-283-7142, or www.thestage.org

 

The Marsh announces award-winning performer Brian Copeland is continuing the second year of free performances of his acclaimed solo piece, The Waiting Period, an unflinching examination of depression. These performances are particularly directed at those struggling with depression and those otherwise unable to attend due to the cost of admission. Featuring humorous, poignant, and riveting insights, The Waiting Period is written and performed by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford. WHEN:         June 11 & July 9-23, 2017 5:30pm Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets) Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.)  Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street TICKETS:     General admission is free, although reservations are recommended. For patrons interested in opportunities to support The Marsh’s ongoing endeavor to make this groundbreaking piece accessible to all, a limited number of reserved seats are available for $55 and $100. INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

Our 2016-17 season is coming close to the end, but we’re not done just yet! We are excited to present the final production of the season, a Shakespeare play we have not produced in the company’s 23 years of existence, The Winter’s Tale! William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale explores the unsteady, unsettling, poisonous realm of jealousy and distrust as a childhood friendship is irrevocably torn apart by a grievous misunderstanding. Directed by the award-winning L. Peter Callender, this re-imagined adaptation will focus on telling the story through the eyes of young Prince Mamillius with contemporary costumes, lighting and sound propelling the bard’s narrative of clashing desires, hidden motives and love.The Winter’s Tale will be staged at the Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco from June 10-18 on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 3pm. This is a limited run with only 7 shows (including the preview). Buy tickets now at TheWintersTale.BrownPaperTickets.com / 1-800-838-3006! VENUE Taube Atrium Theater 401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 TICKETS $30, General SeatingBrown Paper TicketsTheWintersTale.bpt.me 1-800-838-3006 Customer Service avail. 24

 

Shotgun Players presentBrownsville song (b-side for tray) You define your life by living it. Written by Kimber Lee Directed by Margo Hall                   June 15 – July 9Moving fluidly between past and present, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a story about loss and renewal, grief and healing. When tragedy strikes, how do we come together? brownsville song is a raw, visceral tale of the ties that bind. Every record has a b-side, and so do the stories of our lives. While not every person is a hit single, every life is a rich, beautiful song that deserves to be heard.  Share link: shotgunplayers.org/Online/Brownsville  Get tickets on line www.shotgunplayers.com

 

The Marsh Discovery Series brings Sharon Eberhardt’s Crazy Famous to Berkeley. Returning after a successful debut as a Marsh Rising, this journey to fame follows a young musician who goes to extremes in search of a great song. From a close encounter with death, to ridiculous and embarrassing interactions, a heroine faces the challenge of making a meaningful melody against all odds. WHEN:          June 16 – July 14, 2017 SHOWS:        8:00pm Fridays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

Due to popular demand, The Marsh announces the transfer of New York comedian Adam Strauss’ riotous adventure Adam Strauss’ 90-Minute Psychedelic Comedy Hour (Time Is An Illusion) to San Francisco. Audiences in San Francisco have the chance to see his Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure, and now they can experience Strauss’ comedy chops in action too; joining him on stage will be some of Bay Area’s top comedians, and also the occasional musician or philosopher. WHEN:          June 14 – June 28, 2017  SHOWS:        8:00pm Wednesdays  WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco   Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.) TICKETS:     $10-$15 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

 

Due to popular demand, The Marsh announces the transfer of New York comedian Adam Strauss’ riotous adventure Adam Strauss’ 90-Minute Psychedelic Comedy Hour (Time Is An Illusion) to San Francisco. Audiences in San Francisco have the chance to see his Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure, and now they can experience Strauss’ comedy chops in action too; joining him on stage will be some of Bay Area’s top comedians, and also the occasional musician or philosopher. WHEN:          June 14 – June 28, 2017  SHOWS:        8:00pm Wednesdays  WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco   Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.) TICKETS:     $10-$15 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

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

 

Theatre Rhinoceros presents… Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Directed by   John Fisher Musical Direction by    Dan Feyer Choreography by         AeJay Mitchell May 27 – July 1, 2017 Limited Engagement – 5 Weeks! – 30 Performances. Opening Night: Thurs., June 1 2017- 8:00 pm (Reception to follow) Eureka Theatre – 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111 www.TheRhino.org  Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical has a book by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott’s 1994 Oscar-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes, extraordinary headdresses and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS.  The Musical follows two drag queens and a transsexual (Tick, Adam, and Bernadette), who buy a run-down old bus (they call it Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback when one of them, Tick, is invited by his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her far-away resort. However, Tick is hesitant to tell his friends, Bernadette (a former performing icon who’s best days are behind her) and Adam (a rambunctious young troublemaker), his own personal reasons for taking the trip. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren’t receptive to their lifestyle, including incidents of homo and transphobia, while widening comfort zones, finding new horizons, and strengthening their own friendship. Tickets are $15 – $40 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2915342 or 1-800-838-3006. (All Previews are pay-what-you-wish at the door.)  Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical features Bay Area Actors: Patrick Brewer (Boy 1; Tad; Farrah Fawcett; Lars 2; Frank); Rudy Guerrero * (Tick/Mitzi); Darryl V. Jones * (Bernadette); Mary Kalita (Solo Diva; Marion); Stephen Kanaski (Miss Understanding; Boy 3; Lars 3); Kim Larsen (Ensemble; Pastor; Errol; Jimmy; Barman; Dingo); Crystal Liu (GIRL 1; Japanese Tourist; Cynthia; Tasmanian Devil); Derek Miller (Boy 2; Lars 1; Scottish Tourist); Charles Peoples III (Adam); Nicole Thordsen (Diva; Shirley; Kangeroo); Cameron Weston (Boy 3; Brian; Bob); Diogo Zavadzki (Boy 4; Lars 3; Jules; Kangeroo)  * The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Tech Credits:  John Fisher (Director/Producer); Dave Gardner (Set Construction); James Goode (Sound Designer); Lawrence Helman (Publicist); Robert Horek (Costume Designer); Gilbert Johnson (Set Designer); Sean Keehan (Lighting Designer); AeJay Mitchell (Choreographer)  –  Perf. Dates & Times:         Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. – 8:00 pm Sat. Matinees – 3:00 pm Tues. Perfs. – 7:00 pm (June 20 & June 27)   IT RUNS THRU JULY 1

 

THE ROOMMATE—WHAT: Sharon is practical, from Iowa. Robyn is a Bronx-born vegan. Both are “badass” women in their 50s dealing with isolation, aging and identity. They remind us that second chances are possible and transformation can grow beneath peals of uproarious laughter. SHOWS:May 23 through July 1, 2017Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: May 23, 24, 25, 26 at 8pmNo matinees 5/27 or 5/28 WHERE:450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS:For tickets ($20-$125) or more information, the public may contact the San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/the-roommate/.  CLOSES ON JULY 1

 

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents SF premiere of Del Shores’  “Sordid Lives” Play that spawned the cult film phenomenon to be directed by Dennis Lickteig “, Sordid Lives” by Del Shores makes its San Francisco debut as New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the play that spawned the huge cult comedy phenomenon. Three generations of a dysfunctional small-town Texas family gather after their elderly matriarch dies during a tryst in a seedy motel room with her much younger, much married neighbor. Fireworks are set off and bizarre truths exposed as the town prepares for what could be an embarrassing funeral. Sordid Lives runs May 12 – June 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $25–50 and available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.After a hugely successful and award-winning long run in Los Angeles in 1996, Sordid Lives became a cult film classic in 2000, written and directed by Shores, and starring Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton-John. Later, Shores followed the success of the film with a television series on Logo. Sordid Lives marks the third collaboration between Del Shores and NCTC, after lauded productions of his plays Southern Baptist Sissies and Yellow. .  EXTENDED TO JUNE 24

 

BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE EXTENDS MONSOON WEDDING By popular demand, eight performances added – now playing through Sunday, July 2- Following an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences, and two weeks of sold-out previews, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on June 25, the beloved musical will now run through Sunday, July 2.Starting today, tickets for the added eight performances can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org and by phone at 510 647-2949.Monsoon Wedding is the perfect storm that starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an Indian-American guy she’s never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father’s financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.Cast members include Monsoon Bissell (Shashi Chawla), Meetu Chilana (Grandmother), Emielyn D. Das (Aliya Chawla), Namit Das (PK Dubey), Sharvari Deshpande (Ria Verma), Palomi Ghosh (Vijaya/Naani), Rohan Gupta (Varun Verma), Jaaved Jaaferi (Lalit Verma), Dani Jazzar (Swing), Mahira Kakkar (Pimmi Verma), Namita Kapoor (Swing), Krystal Kiran (Saroj Rai), Michael Maliakel (Hemant Rai), Ali Momen (Vikram/Congress), Anisha Nagarajan (Alice), Andrew Prashad (Mohan Rai/Tameesudin), Alok Tewari (Tej), Levin Valayil (Lottery), Kuhoo Verma (Aditi Verma), and Sorab Wadia (CL Chawla).Monsoon Wedding features a book by Sabrina Dhawan, music by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, scenic design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, costume design by Arjun Bhasin, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer, projection design by Peter Nigrini, music supervision by Carmel Dean, music direction by Greg Kenna, and choreography by Lorin Latarro. IT RUNS THRU JULY 9

 

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

 

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

 

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.MAGIC THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST OF HAN ONG’S WORLD PREMIERE PLAY GRANDEUR FEATURING CARL LUMBLY (ABC’S ALIAS, CBS’ CAGNEY & LACEY); PREVIEWS BEGIN MAY 31, OPENS ON JUNE 7. – Magic Theatre (Loretta Greco, Artistic Director and Jaimie Mayer, Managing Director) announced today the complete cast of Han Ong’s World Premiere GRANDEUR., at Magic Theatre’s Fort Mason location, The production is helmed by Magic’s Artistic Director Loretta Greco. Tickets are on-sale now. The Company is led by Carl Lumbly (ABC’s Alias, CBS’ Cagney & Lacey) as “Gil Scott-Heron,” and features Safiya Fredericks as “Julie Toussaint” and Rafael Jordan as “Steve Barron.” GRANDEUR imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the shape-shifting music legend, Gil Scott-Heron. Questions of legacy, art, hope, and redemption drive this funny and gut-wrenching exchange.   In addition to Mr. Ong and Ms. Greco, the creative team includes Hana S. Kim (Scenic / Video Design), Alex Jaeger (Costume Design), Raymond Oppenheimer (Lighting Design), Sara Huddleston (Sound Design) and Jackie Scott (Props Design). Magic Theatre is located in the Marina District of San Francisco, at the historic Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123). The entrance to Fort Mason is at the intersection of Marina Blvd and Buchanan Street. , Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.and there will be two additional 2:30 p.m. performances (on Saturday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 14). There will be a Salon with the Director and Playwright following the 2:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 4, and Friday post-show Talkbacks with the actors following the 8:00 p.m. performances on June 9, June 16 and June 23. Tickets, priced from $35.00 to $75.00, are available online at MagicTheatre.org; by calling Magic Theatre at (415) 441-8822; or visiting Magic Theatre’s Box Office, Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday one hour prior to the show. For more information, visit MagicTheatre.org. IT CLOSES  JUNE 24

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Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) Concludes Its 2016-17 Season with In the Heights It runs to-July 16—Before there was Hamilton, there was In the Heights–Lin-Manuel Miranda’s exuberant celebration of family and community set to the infectious rhythms of a Washington Heights neighborhood. Directed by Ryan Weible in his company directorial debut, with music direction by Armando Fox and choreography by Allison Paraiso, In the Heights lights up CCCT’s Main Stage beginning June 9 and playing through July 16. For tickets and information visit the theatre’s website at www.ccct.org or call 510.524.9012.Winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Musical and the 2009 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, In the Heights was also a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times wrote, “when this musical erupts in one of its expressions of collective joy, the energy it gives off could light up the George Washington Bridge for a year or two.” CCCT’s production of In the Heights features Rajiv Vijayakumar as Usnavi, Anita Viramontes as Abuela Claudia, Dave Abrams as Benny, India Kawar as Vanessa, Zinah Abraha as Nina, Rockey Basco as Carla, Emily Alvarado as Daniela, Mark Enea as Kevin, Krista Avila as Camila, Jave Hernandez as Sonny, Billy Raphael as Piragua Guy, and Lucas Kiehn-Thilman as Graffiti Pete. Members of the ensemble include Bianca Contreras, Alyssa Fredzess, Ronald James, Jeremiah Poti, Jessica Rager, Chanel Tilghman, Kris Anthony Williams, and Gwendolyn Woodhead.The design team includes scenic designer Stewart Lyle, costume designer Lisa Danz, lighting designer Courtney Johnson, sound designer Michael Kelly, and props designer Devon LaBelle.Single tickets for In the Heights are $29 for adults in advance, or $35 at the door; youth tickets for ages 16 and under are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. All performances take place at CCCT’s intimate and fully accessible theatre in the Flynn building located at 951 Pomona Avenue (cross street Moeser) in El Cerrito. Free parking is available in the adjoining lot. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ccct.org or by phone at 510.524.9012 IT RUNS THRU JULY 16

 

6th Street Playhouse Presents   “George M!”  It runs thru – July 9, 2017 The story of the genius behind“Yankee Doodle Dandy” and other  memorable songs in American musical theater6th Street Playhouse to present the musical  George M!                by George M. Cohan, Michael Stewart and Francine Pascal.        Directed by Patrick Nims, co-choreographed by Marilyn and Melinda   Murray,   and   with   music   direction   by   Daniel   Savio,   the   show   stars   Joseph   Favalora,   a   6th  Streetveteran with Broadway credits. George M!             tells the life story of George M. Cohan, the giant of American musical theatre who gave us such songs as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “Over There”, “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “Give My Regards toBroadway”. He transformed the Broadway variety show into a book-driven musical, where song and dance actually advance the plot. We follow him over a 60-year period from the vaudeville circuit to New York, where he starts his 25-year absolute reign of the Broadway stage.The musical will star Joseph Favalora* as George M. Cohan. Joseph’s professional Broadway credits span 15years and include:              Beauty and the Beast     Cathy Rigby’s   Peter Pan                National Tour of Cats(Mr. Mistoffelees),and Baby John in the international tour of West Side Story          George M!                   is   an   exciting   look   at   an   almost   forgotten   genius   of   the   American   stage,”   says   Director Patrick Nims. “The entire cast has found Cohan’s         rousing, turn of the century songs like “Yankee Doodle will not disappoint.” George M!          opens in the G.K. Hardt Theatre at 6th   Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa on June 9th  and runs through  July  9th  There   will  be  a  complimentary champagne  reception  after  the  performance  opening night.   Ticket  prices are $33 – $38, with lower prices for Thursday evenings, Saturday matinees, seniors, under 21 and kids. Tickets are available on 6th  Street Playhouse’s website or by calling the box office at(707) 523-4185.*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association,  IT RUNS THRU JULY 9

 

CENTER REP PRESENTS “Altar Boyz” Book by Kevin Del Aguila Music & Lyrics by Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker Directed & Choreographed by Keith Pinto Music Directed by Ben Prince Starring: Josh Ditto, William Hoshida*, Sean Okuniewicz, Justin Sabino, and Tyce* *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association DESCRIPTION: Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences and critics alike. With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original new musical is 90 minutes of pure delight. Suitable for all ages, the whole family will be laughing and singing along. WHERE: Center REPertory Company 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek. DATES / TIMES / TICKET INFO: . Closes Saturday, July 1st at 8:00PM. TICKET PRICE RANGE: $37 – $72 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) PRODUCTION TEAM:  Directed & Choreographed by Keith Pinto Music Directed by Ben Prince Scenic Design by Kate Boyd Costume Design by Victoria Livingston-Hall Lighting Design by Kurt Landisman+ Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers+ Stage Managed by Kathleen J. Parsons*+Member of United Scenic Artists*Member of Actors Equity Association   CLOSES JULY 1

 

“Sex and the City” LIVE! WHEN:         It run thru – July 1st, 2017 Thurs at 8:00 pm, Fri, Sat at 7:00 pmTIX:                 Tickets are $25-$35 Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com Advance tickets recommended, as seating is very limited. VENUE:         Oasis, 298 Eleventh St. @Folsom St.), SF CA 94103 WEB PAGE:  http://www.sfoasis.com OASIS is wheelchair accessible.  IT RUNS THRU JULY 1

TOWN HALL THEATRE COMPANY presents :   AN IDEAL HUSBAND, Oscar Wilde’s witty comedy, directed by Susan Hovey.  CAST:  John Blytt, Jennie Brick, Alan Coyne, Adrian Deane, Emily Garcia, Heather Kellogg, Amanda Leigh, Dana Lewenthal, Dennis Markam, DC Scarpelli, and Nathaniel Rothrock DATES:            Thursday, June 1, 2017, Preview @ 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, Preview @ 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017: OPENING RECEPTION THROUGH June 24, 2017 SHOWTIMES: Closes- June 24, 2017 Thurs) @ 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00 PM Sunday, June 11 and 18 @ 2:00 PM  CLOSES: June 24            WHERE:  Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA  94549   SPECIAL EVENTS: June 3, 2017: A Wilde Opening Night June 9, 2017: Theatre Club 8:00pm Post-Show Talk-Back June 11, 2017:  A Wilde Tea Party; 2:00pm matinee; Post-Show. Costumes encouraged. June 17, 2017:  A Wilde Night at Town Hall; 8:00pm; Pre-show. Costumes encouraged. June 23, 2017: Theatre Club 8:00pm Post-Show Talk-Back TICKETS:         $20 Previews  $29-32 Thurs. eve., Fri. eve. Sat. eve      $25-29 Sun. matinee Discounts available for Seniors and youth                       BOX OFFICE: (925) 283-1557; www.townhalltheatre.com  CLOSES JUNE 24

 

The Marsh announces, due to popular demand, radio host/standup comic Maureen Langan’s comedic and moving tale Daughter of a Garbageman will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley. This one-woman solo show takes audiences through Langan’s 1970s upbringing, raised by her Irish mother and New York City sanitation worker father who always told her and her five siblings to work hard, get educated, and in return, life would reward them. In Daughter of a Garbageman, Langan taps into the frustrations of hardworking people everywhere who wonder if they, too, were raised wrong. WHEN:          TO-July 15, 2017 ) SHOWS:        8pm Thursdays 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley  2120 Allston Way, Berkeley Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved NFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT RUN TO JULY 15

 

Broadway Love-Letter Comes to Los Altos Stage Company  Hot on the heels of the TBA Recommended One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Los Altos Stage Company brings the 2016-2017 season to a close with a celebration of artistic collaboration when it presents the Tony-nominated musical, [title of show]. [title of show]and runs through June 24, 2017. With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell, [title of show] is a truly unique musical whose story follows its own creation. Alongside friends Susan and Heidi, the characters of “Hunter” and “Jeff” shepherd their creation through the New York Musical Theatre Festival, to the Vineyard Theatre, and finally the bright lights of Broadway. [title of show] earned Obie Awards for both Bell and Bowen, and Hunter Bell was nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the 2009 Tony Awards. Los Altos Stage Company’s production of [title of show] is directed by Doug Brook, who makes his LASC directorial debut. Mr. Brook has directed with many South Bay theater companies, including South Bay Music Theatre (Finian’s Rainbow), Sunnyvale Community Players (Fiddler on the Roof) and West Valley Civic Light Opera (Damn Yankees). [title of show] features Caroline Clark, Derek DeMarco, Jocelyn Pickett, and Nick Rodrigues, all newcomers to the Bus Barn stage. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday through Saturday evening performances start at 8pm. Sunday matinee performances start at 3pm. Ticket prices range from $18 (student) to $36, including opening night tickets with an artists’ reception following the performance. Tickets can be purchased online at www.losaltosstage.org or by calling the Box Office at 650-941-0551. Los Altos Stage Company is a quintessential American neighborhood playhouse, serving Los Altos and the greater South Bay area, and paying tribute to the full canon of American musicals, comedies, anddramas. This 22-year-old theater company strives to bring together a diversity of theater enthusiasts, practitioners, and supporters to create, explore, and celebrate the rich tapestry of American culture and experience through live theater. Los Altos Stage Company produces five to six shows annually at its intimate 99-seat theater located on the Los Altos Civic Center campus. IT RUNS THRU JUNE 24

 

The Marsh San Francisco brings Adam Strauss’ Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure to San Francisco for its West Coast Premiere. Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. A true tale of his hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, The Mushroom Cure played to sold-out houses in its extended New York City run. WHEN:         to – June 3, 2017 Press Opening: SHOWS:        8:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT RUNS THRU JULY 1

 

The Marsh announces, due to popular demand, the 2016 Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Award winner for “Outstanding Presentation of a Solo Production,” East 14th by comedian Don Reed will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley with performances It run thru  June 4. Reed’s acclaimed autobiographical hit East 14th invites audiences to 1970s Oakland when Reed tried to resist the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather. All Reed wanted was to be just like dear old Dad, not knowing Dad was a pimp. East 14th is the first installment in Reed’s hilarious coming-of-age trilogy and includes elements of the unforgettable story “I Miss Toni” that was featured on National Public Radio podcast Snap Judgment. WHEN:          It runs thru – June 4, 2017 SHOWS:        5:00pm Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley  Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUNS THRU JULY 1

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Shelton Theater presents the United States premiere of Family Play by UK west end playwright Matt Fox and directed by Madison Worthington. Family Play follows the lives of three disaffected youths and one young daughter as they struggle with parenting, joblessness, drug addiction, and sexual exploitation. This is a modern tale on the crisis of poverty and unconventional parenting in the decay of Western Civilization. A black comedy that is funny and poignant as seen through the eyes of a child. Shows:            It runss till June 17th, Thursday-Saturday at 8PM Thursday – Saturday 8PM Where:             Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St, between Powell and Mason, San FranciscoTickets:                    For tickets ($26-$50) or more information, the public may contact the Shelton Theater            Box office at 415-882-9100, or www.sheltontheater.org.

 

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

 

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

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

 

Broadway By the Bay presents SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, the Songs of Lieber and Stoller Broadway By the Bay continues its 2017 Season with SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, the Songs of Lieber and Stoller.  SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE runs   through June 18th   at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City (2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA Performance Schedule at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE features Chris Aceves (Michael), Jessica Coker (BJ), Anthone Jackson (Adrian), Janelle LaSalle (Brenda), Cadarious Mayberry (Victor), Montel Nord (Ken), Anthony Rollins-Mullens (Fred), Majesty Scott (Pattie), Cheyenne Wells (DeLee)            with Sean Kana (Conductor/Piano), Danny Min (Bass), Steve Cassinelli (Guitar) Ken Bergmann (Drums), and Larry DeLaCruz (Saxophone).  Tickets range from $44 to $66, and may be purchased by phone at 650-FOX-7770, online at broadwaybythebay.org, or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office located at 2219 Broadway Street in downtown Redwood City.  The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10AM-1:30PM, 3:00PM-6:00PM. On performance days, the box office is open 60 minutes prior to the start of each show, and remains open for 30 minutes following the start of the performance. IT RUNS THRU JUNE 18

 

THE MOUNTAIN PLAY ASSOCIATION WILL PRESENT Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FOR ITS 104TH SEASON Plus a special June 10, 2017 ONE DAY ONLY Musical Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival featuring Jefferson Starship & HAIR In ConcertMAY , 28, June 4, 10, 11, 18– The Mountain Play Association, the San Francisco Bay Area’s most magical outdoor theater experience, will present the timeless classic Disney’s Beauty and the Beast directed by Jay Manley for their 104th season. Based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells the story of a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will take place every Sunday from May 21 to June 18, 2017.And for the first time in modern Mountain Play history, a special second production featuring Jefferson Starship and the musical HAIR In Concert will be presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the first ever outdoor rock festival – the Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival.    DATES: One day only Magic Mountain Play Music Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Performances will be on Sundays only  June 4, June 11 & June 18.TIMES: Magic Mountain Play Music Festival starts at 11am. All performances of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at least one hour prior to show time.COST: Tickets range from $25-$40 General Admission.  Children 3 and under are always FREE. Ticket sales and information for group discounts and reserved seating are available at the Mountain Play website – www.MountainPlay.org  RESERVED SEATING AVAILABLE: Cushioned reserved seating is available in both the shade and the sun sections of the amphitheatre with prices starting at $60 for adults.  More information can be found at the Mountain Play website – www.MountainPlay.org   HOW TO GET THERE: The Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre is located in the Mount Tamalpais State Park on scenic Highway 1 in Marin County, CA. Patrons are encouraged to carpool, hike, or bike to the venue as parking is limited. FREE parking is available in Mill Valley with FREE shuttle buses to the theatre. For more information, schedules, directions, tips and details visit the Mountain Play Experience section of the website.CONTACT: Visit www.MountainPlay.org or call (415) 383-1100  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 18

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“Suddenly It’s Springtime” at the Belrose Theatre in San Rafael One-Acts with Heart Suddenly It’s Springtime is an inspiration. Putting two very different one act plays together into one evening captures some of the different aspects of love.  Both our playwrights worked in 1960’s, when one act plays were not shunned, but accepted as valid to present different stories and ideas to audiences in one evening,.”The Public Eye” was written by Peter Shaffer in 1962 as part of a double bill with another play (The Private Ear).  Set in London in the 1960s, “The Public Eye” is a funny, bittersweet short play about a pompous, middle-aged accountant Charles (played by Mitchell Field of San Rafael) who suspects his younger, free-spirited wife Belinda (played by Emily Ludlow of San Francisco) is having an affair. Charles hires an eccentric private-eye (played by Ellen Brooks of San Rafael) to follow his wife. The truth is revealed, but it’s not what Charles expects.The play, which launched Dame Maggie Smith’s rising star when it opened in London in 1962, keenly foreshadowed 1960s changing attitudes regarding marriage, sex and the influence and power of the younger generation. “Ludlow Fair” was written by Lanford Wilson in 1965 and opened in New York’s Caffe Cino and then Off-Broadway.  Set in Brooklyn in the 1960s, this is a bedtime story involving two girl roommates. Rachael (played by Keara Reardon of San Rafael) is exciting and fairly fast-living, and tends to over dramatize her life.  Agnes (played by Hande Gokbas of San Rafael) is more reserved but has a kooky personality.  Before the play opens, Rachel has turned her latest boyfriend in to the police when he stole money from her and others.  She is now remorseful and decides she is in love with him. Agnes tries to cheer her up with wisecracks, but when Rachel falls asleep, Agnes becomes the realist and the true romantic.  The play is simple and moving, with surprising insights along the way. Our two directors are definitely not new to our stage.  Billie Cox is directing “The Public Eye.”  She has directed many plays for the Novato Theatre Company and Ross Valley Players.  Renee Mandel-Sher is directing “Ludlow Fair.”  She started her directing career in Los Angeles, and has directed many plays for the Novato Theatre Company. It runs through June 10, 2017, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, with Saturday matinees on June 3 and 10 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $24 for General Admission, $21 for Seniors and Students, $12 for Children.  The Belrose Theatre is located at 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA  94901.  Order tickets online at www.MarinOnstage.org, or through the box office at 415-448-6152. IT RUNS THRU JUNE 10

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

 

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

 

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Society Cabaret, San Francisco

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

 

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

 

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

 

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JUNE SCHEDULE

 

Thursday Craig Jessup: This Funny World with Ken Muir (music director/accompanist) & Daniel Fabricant, June 15 Thursday, July 20 Thursday, August 17 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

 

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Who Needs a Tenor?

Saturday, June 10 at 8pm

Larry Cruz, vocals Lee Bloom, piano Ken Miller, bass Bob Blankenship, drums

 

Tony Bennet, Mel Torme and Louie Armstrong all have one thing in common–they’re all Tenors!! The bright, crisp, high tones of a tenor are dominant in pop, musical theater, and opera. But, to many, the richness, warmth and velvet tones of a baritone are a rare but delightful treat. As a baritone, I’ve been inspired by Johnny Hartman, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Mark Murphy and other baritones who hold a special place in the pantheon of great singers. This is my story as a baritone in a world of tenors. Come and listen to some great jazz standards in a different key!

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Songs of a Reluctant Sphinx

Friday, June 16 at 8pm Ryan Engstrom, vocals Russell Deason, piano

Through the Broadway, jazz, classical, and pop cannon, Ryan will share his quirky 24 year life story thus far, revealing just how on earth he ended up in this beautiful, foggy sand dune of a city.

 

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Under Paris Skies Saturday, June 17 at 8pm Maria Diamond, vocals Barry Lloyd, piano

 

Come, join Maria Diamond in a stroll from Cafe to Bistro to Café and listen to the poetry of the French songs. Songs that have become part of the repertoire of American entertainers like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and many others.

 

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Is This Thing Still On?

Friday, June 23 at 8pm Jill MacLean, vocals Jessica Igarashi, piano

After a 10-year hiatus from the public stage, Jill MacLean is returning for one night only to sing her heart out. It will be a night of songs from musical theater, pop, rock, folk and bluegrass, peppered with special guest vocalists and musicians from Jill’s past and present.  It’s on, folks.  It’s on.

 

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Taking a Chance   Saturday, June 24 at 8pm Carol Luckenbach, vocals Ken Muir, piano Dean Reilly Bob Blankenship

 

“Here I go again”…taking a chance on life through music.   Music has carried me ups and downs, the losses and always, always, the gifts and blessings.  Come join me in re-visiting many of my favorite songs; some old, some new, some tried and true (and some with fresh new faces).

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Ken Muir, my collaborative arrangement guru on piano, Chuck Bennett, bass and Bob Blankenship, drums.

Of Thee I Sing Friday, June 30 at 8pm Katie Nix, vocalsPaul Dab, piano

It’s not an easy time to be an American. Was it ever? For many, the past year has redefined what this country and its promises are about. Join Katie on a sprint through the political and patriotic songs of our history – songs that were written to unify, to protest, to win elections, to elevate causes (and to mock them!) and to celebrate this utterly unique nation

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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.

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!

 

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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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