WHAT’S OPENING, PLAYING & CLOSING WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2016

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Can the virtual world be policed? Should it be? SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE  Kicks off 2016 with controversial questions in  The Bay Area Premiere of “THE NETHER” Written by Jennifer Haley Directed by Bill English  January 19th to March 5th  Preview Performances January 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Press Opening: Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8pm— San Francisco Playhouse will kick off 2016 with Jennifer Haley’s mind-blowing play The Nether, which challenges audience to confront an explosive and controversial conversation that resonates with disturbing current events of the day. The Nether asks the question “How can the virtual world be policed—and should it be?” The San Francisco Playhouse cast for this Bay Area premiere will include Matilda Holtz, Warren David Keith*, Louis Parnell*, Ruibo Qian*, Carmen Steele, and Josh Schell. Bill English will direct. WHAT:  The Future: The Internet has transformed into a virtual reality world where you can live out your every fantasy in complete anonymity. Identities are blurred, dreams real, and culpability seemingly nonexistent. This is the world of Jennifer Haley’s play The Nether, which is a crime drama and sci-fi thriller, exploring the moral and psychological implications of human relationships in an increasingly technological age. WHERE: 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 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/sfph/2015-2016-season/the-nether

 

 

August Wilson’s “ Gem of the Ocean” WHO Marin Theatre Company  Directed by Daniel Alexander JonesFeaturing Margo Hall, Omoze Idehenre, Brian Freeman, Namir Smallwood, Patrick Kelly Jones, Anthony Juney Smith, and Tyee J. Tilghman WHEN January 14 – February 14, 2016  Opening Night: Tuesday, January 19 Previews: Jan 14 – 17 Performance Days All Evening Shows at 7:30 pm: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun  Matinees: Sunday (Preview), Jan 17, 4:00pm Thursday (Perspectives), Jan 28, 1:00pm Saturday, Jan 23 & Feb 6, 2:00pm Sunday, Jan 24 & 31, 2:00pm WHEREMarin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941ABOUT THE PLAY Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, Gem of the Ocean begins August Wilson’s ten-play century cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century – an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Fences and The Piano Lesson.  Aunt Esther, a fiery 285-year-old matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama searching for a new life.  Bay Area sensation Margo Hall returns to August Wilson’s Century Cycle in the role of Aunt Esther following her TBA award-winning portrayal of Rose in MTC’s 2014’s Fences and 2011’s Seven Guitars.Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes Ticket Prices $10-$58 Discounts Discounts for seniors, youth, groups, military families and Marin County teachers are available. Contact the Box Office for more details.

 

Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight” Part 1 of our Coward Celebration*  WHEN:           Jan. 20 – 31, 2016  Limited Engagement – 12 Performances Only!The show plays Jan. 20 – 31, 2016 / Wed. – Thur. – 7:30 pm / Fri. – Sat. – 8:00 pm / Sat. Matinees – 3:00 pm / Tues., Jan. 26 – 7:00pm / Sun., Jan. 31 – 300pm Open Dress Rehearsal:    Wed. – Jan. 20 – 7:30 pm Previews:     Thurs., Jan. 21 – 7:30 pm, Fri., Jan. 22 – 8:00 pm, Sat., Jan. 23 – 3:00 pm Opening Night – Sat. Jan. 23, 2016 – 8:00 pm  Individual performance dates are: Wed. Jan. 20, 2016          7:30 pm [Open Dress Rehearsal) Thurs. Jan. 21, 2016         7:30 pm [Preview) Fri. Jan. 22, 2016               8:00 pm [Preview) Sat. Jan. 23, 2016             3:00 pm matinee (Preview) Sat. Jan. 23, 2016             8:00 pm (Opening night) Jan. 26, 27, 28, 29, 30      (Tues., – 7:00 pm/Wed., Thurs., – 7:30 pm / Fri., Sat – 8:00 pm)  Sat. Jan. 30, 2016             3:00 pm – matinee Sun. Jan 31, 2016             3:00 pm – matinee 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.) Open Dress Rehearsal-  $10. WHERE:        Z below – 470 Florida St. (at Mariposa) in SF, (Potrero Hill). (Muni Bus Lines: 9, 22, 33; BART: 16th Street) http://zspace.org/visit/directions WEB PAGE:              www.TheRhino.org https://www.facebook.com/events/983255225064134/

 

Custom Made Theatre Co. Brings Back David & Amy Sedaris’ “The Book Of Liz”.  Hit show returns for limited engagement January 20 – February 20 Everyone’s favorite Squeamish Nun is back starting January 20.  It’s the longest-running, fastest- selling show in Custom Made’s 17- year history!Custom Made brings back David and Amy Sedaris, and actress AJ Davenport (her third time playing the titular Nun), 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.   Artistic Director Brian Katz helms the runaway hit for the first time.Elizabeth Donderstock makes delicious cheeseballs. Both original and smoky, mind you. Everyone loves the cheeseballs, in fact they are all that the religious community of Clusterhaven has left. But when Liz isn’t appreciated anymore, she decides to try the outside world. There she’ll find Ukrainians with cockney accents, restaurants run by recovering alcoholics, a certain peanut, and her own self worth. But will the cheeseballs ever taste the same again?This hilarious comedy could only from the devilish minds of both David (Me Talk Pretty One Day) and Amy (Strangers with Candy) Sedaris! With: AJ Davenport, Amanda Farbstein, Shaun Plander and Ted Zoldan.Directed by Brian Katz. Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco.   Opens Jan. 20, 8:00 pm. Runs Wed-Thurs-Fri-Sat 7:00 pm through Feb 20. Tickets $38. (415) 798-CMTC, www.custommade.org

 

 

 

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ▪ January 21– February 7, 2016 ▪) – Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula’s premier theatre company, kicks off 2016 with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This quirky musical sensation follows an eclectic group of six young people on their hilarious journey to realize their dream to become a spelling bee champion. Fraught with the woes of puberty, these youngsters struggle to become the best, but ultimately learn that winning is not everything and that losing does not necessarily make them a loser. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and nominated for many others, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will run January 21 – February 7, 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.  Press night for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be Friday, January 22, 2016. Single tickets range in price from $25 – $48 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.

 

Altarena Playhouse presents “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical”, a tribute to the music of The Man in Black, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr. Directed by Matthew McCoy. WHEN: January 15-February 21, Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm Special Thursday performance February 18 WHERE: Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, convenient to public transit TICKET PRICES: $26 / $23 for students and seniors. Tickets available at www.altarena.org, (510) 523-1553

 

PLACAS: THE MOST DANGEROUS TATTOO a play by Paul Flores  Starring Ricardo Salinas, with Zilah Mendoza, Xavi Moreno, Sarita Ocón,  Eric Aviles, Edgar Barboza WHEN:        7:30PM Thursday-Sunday January 21-24, 2016 WHERE:      East Bay Center f/t Performing Arts, 339 11th St, Richmond, CA 94801 TICKETS:    $15 General Admission ($5 discount for students and groups). INFO:          510-234-5624, 415-399-955

 

“The Gamester” opens January 22 at Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond. “The Gamester” is a glittering farce set in a Baroque Paris riddled with too much wealth, too much leisure time, too many casinos, too few women with any sort of real power, and too many ways of avoiding reality. Valère, a compulsive gambler, hilariously struggles between his affection for the woman he loves and his passion for the game. Directed by Steve Hill. featuring Jason Berner, Richard Friedlander, Katina Letheule, Bethany Matthis-Montgomery, Dan Morgan, Kit Turner, David Weiner, Loralee Windsor, Rick Wood and Judy Zimola Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm on January 31, February 7 and February 14. The show plays through February 20. Tickets are $25 and all seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.masquers.org or by calling (510) 232-4031. The playhouse is located off of Highway 580 (Richmond Parkway exit) at 105 Park Place, Point Richmond across from the Hotel Mac.

 

 

Lucky Penny Productions is proud to present two new shows opening in January.   First up is “Gidion’s Knot” for one week only January 20—24. Written by Johnna Adams and featuring Taylor Bartolucci and Dyan McBride.* Directed by Barry Martin, this is a heart-wrenching drama that will keep you riveted and spur heated debate. The story begins after Gidion is suspended from his 5th grade class. It becomes a taut mystery when a parent/teacher conference reveals more than anyone anticipated. Caught up in fear and protocols, the teacher tries to hold tight to secrets Gidion’s mother doesn’t know. What results is a dramatic clash of views on the bullying, the challenge teachers face, the nature of art, freedom of expression, and personal responsibility. Each Gidion’s Knot performance will be followed by a post-show talkback with the actors and director.  Rated R for subject matter.*McBride appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association  On January 29, Lucky Penny presents its fourth annual 8 X 10 Play Festival running through February 13. This festival of 10-minute plays will feature eight new works written around the theme of “love.” As always, the plays were chosen by a “blind” reading committee which has selected the eight best from all 108 entries submitted from authors across the country. All eight plays will be presented each night and the audience may vote on their favorite. At the end of the run, the playwright with the most votes will win a cash prize.   Tickets for Lucky Penny Productions may be found by going to www.luckypennynapa.com

 

 

Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1776-1836  Schedule: Part I: 1776 – 1806 Thursday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. Part II: 1806-1836 Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. Marathon Performance: Parts I & II Saturday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets:Tickets are $50 (marathon performance $75) and are available via Eventbrite by visiting SFCURRAN.COM. Location: Curran Theatre 445 Geary St. SFCURRAN.COM

 

Aggressively adapted from Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name, “Peer Gynt” follows the life of PEER GYNT – fearsome troll conqueror, notorious casanova, andfuture emperor – at least that’s what he would say he is! 30 characters are brought to life by 5 actors in this contemporary adaptation where Ibsen’s classic adventure story is given heartwrenching (and hilarious) immediacy. SHOWS: January 22th to February 6th, 2016 Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm PRESS OPENING: Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00pmWHERE: The EXIT Stage Left156 Eddy Street (between Taylor St. and Mason St.) San Francisco, CA 94102TICKETS: For tickets (starting at $15 online and $20 at the door) or more information, please direct thepublic to www.ArtistsRepSF.org.

 

PINOLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS  present GODSPELL Conceived and Originally Directed by JOHN-MICHAEL TEBELAK MUSIC AND NEW LYRICS BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Originally Produced on the New York Stage by EDGAR LANSBURY  / SSTUART DUNCAN  / JOSEPH BERUH GODSPELL is a pop-rock re-imagining of the gospel according to St.Matthew. GODSPELL was the first production ever presented by Pinole Community Players back in 1986. That production was directed by David Clark, with musical direction by Nancy Gill, technical direction by Gary Gill, and was produced by Patti Clark. These four individuals are in fact the founders of Pinole Community Players. A 10th Anniversary production was presented in 1996, directed by original cast member Mark Patino, with Nancy Gill returning as musical director, Patti Clark as producer, and David Clark and Gary Gill as Production Consultants. This latest production (which is based on the hit 2012 Broadway revival) is a celebration of 30 years of community theater in Pinole. It’s director, G.A. Klein was a member of the 10th Anniversary cast and is thrilled to carry on with the tradition of quality live, family-friendly theater in the city of Pinole. Featuring:  Perry ALIADO, Bobbie BARLOW, Ted V. BIGORNIA, Abigail COLYER NANCE, Isaac DAYLEY, Pam DRUMMER-WILLIAMS, Jessica GERSON, Robin MURRAY, Fernando OCHOA, Billy RAPHAEL, Jim SCHMIEDL, Vicki ZABARTEDirector:  G.A. Klein Musical Director: Matt Smart Choreographer: Anjee Norgaard-Gallia Performance dates are: Fridays & Saturdays:  January 22 – February 13- 8 p.m. curtain Matinees: Sundays:  January 31 and February 7  – 2 p.m. curtain Located at the Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave., Pinole, CA  94564 How to buy tickets:  Visit www.pinoleplayers.org.  or call our Box Office:  510-724-9844  $23 General, $20 Students/Seniors (62+).   Accept Visa and Mastercard ($3 handling fee).  Phone 212-541-4684  Fax: 212-397-4684  www.MTIShows.com

 

 

Occurring monthly, September-March, the popular Monday Night PlayGround series presents staged readings of thematically-connected short works by the Bay Area’s best new playwrights each month at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, staged by leading local professional actors and directors.  For the January 18 Monday Night PlayGround, PlayGround will present six original short plays inspired by the topic: THE 1960S: NEW FRONTIERS! WHERE:    Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2015 Addison St Berkeley, CA WHEN:   Monday, January 18, 2016 at 8pm   Additional Season Dates: February 15, 2016 – S.T.E.M. Night  March 21, 2016 – Women Arts Night TICKETS:   Tickets are $15 general admission ($20, priority seating) online in advance and $20 general admission at the door, subject to availability. 5-admission Flex Passes are just $75 (25% off priority seating).  For more information about the Monday Night PlayGround series, call (415) 992-6677 or visit www.PlayGround-sf.org/monday

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“Sagittarius Ponderosa” by MJ Kaufman Directed by Ben Randle Featuring SK Kerstas, Andy Collins, Janis DeLucia, Michaela Greeley, and Matthew Hannon. Scenic design by Christian V. Mejia Costume Design by Miriam Lewis Lighting Design by Anthony Powers Sound Design by James ArdPuppet Design by Dave Haaz-BoroqueProp Design by Adeline Smith WHAT: The world premiere of Sagittarius Ponderosa WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center Walker Theater, 25 Van Ness Ave @ Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: January 22 – February 28, 2016 Wednesday – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pmOpening Night: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8pm COST: $25-45 TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org

 

 

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“Of Serpents and Sea Spray”.  World premiere of Rachel Bublitz’s fantastical tale of Iro, the orphan girl whose quest for Pegasus leads her through many adventures to discover the truth about her parents. DirCast: Andrew Calabrese, Sabrina DeMio, Laura Domingo, Maria Leigh, Maria Marquis, and Heren Patel.Creative Team: Sophia Craven, Nikki Eggett, Brooke Jennings*, Erik LaDue, Stewart Lyle*, Florence McCafferty, Kitty Torres, Ryan Lee Short*Member, Custom Made Theatre Cected by Ariel Craft. Previews Jan.7-8 at 8:00 pm. Opens Jan. 9 at 8:00pm. Runs TO  Jan. -30. Thurs. – Sat. at 8:00 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. ; Sat. Jan 23 2pm. Tickets $20-25. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St. (at Powell), San Francisco 94102.  (415) 798-CMTC (2682), www.custommade.org  RUNS THRU JANUARY 30TH

 

<i>Star Trek Live!: Mudd’s Women</i>  WHEN  It runs thru: Jan.  – 23, 2016 (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm) Limited Engagement – Only 12 Performances!  Performance dates for Star Trek Live!: “Mudd’s Women”:  Jan. 6 – 23, 2016 — (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm). Jan. 6, 2016 (Thurs.) (opening night) – 7:00 pm Jan. 7, 8, 9 / 13, 14, 15, 16 / 20, 21, 22, 23, 2016 Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com/event.cfm?id=156444&cart  (21 & over)  $25      for general admission, $35 for premium seating, $200 – Vulcan Champagne Table – includes front row table (4 people), a bottle of Moet Chandon with 4 champagne flutes, $500 –  Captain’s Champagne Table –  includes front row center table (4 people), a bottle ofVueve Clicquot champagne (4 champagne flutes) & a meet & greet with the cast post-show. VENUE:         Oasis, 298 Eleventh Street (at Folsom) SF, CA 94103 IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 23RD

 

SF City Theatre Company Plunges into Mysterious Time-Warp with J. B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner,” January 8-24 1930’s Psychodrama Now Considered Ahead of Its Time.  Imagine a story that combines the surrealism of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – all dinner jackets and cocktail dresses – with the clash of family members on daytime TV reality shows.  What you’d have is J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, staged by SF City Theatre Company at Royce Gallery in San Francisco, To January – 24, 2016. David Acevedo directs a cast of seven, which includes Adrienne Dolan, Lukas Hoag, Deborah Joves, David Richardson, CJ Smith, Anastasia Durbala, and Mary Waterfield .Dangerous Corner begins as Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner is an intriguing piece of theatre that was first produced in 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre in London. It was the author’s first work for the stage, appearing three years after his hugely-successful book The Good Companions and written, according to Priestley himself, within the space of a week. It has received numerous productions over the years, one of the latest at London’s Theatre Royal in 2014. Cast and Creative Team CJ Smith as Robert Caplan Deborah Joves as Frieda Caplan David Richardson as Gordon Whitehouse Adrienne Dolan as Betty Whitehouse Lukas Hoag as Charles Trevor Stanton Anastasia Durbala as Maud Mockridge Mary Waterfield as Olwen Peel Director – David Acevedo Producer – Marte Mejstrik Set Designer – Henry Sellenthin Lighting Design – Carson Duper Costume Design – Maria Graham Choreographer – Raul Avina Show Times and Tickets Place:  Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St. (bet. Alabama & Harrison) San Francisco, 94110  Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm. Sundays, 2:00 pm    Tickets: Adults $25.00, Seniors and Students $23.00, Groups of 10 or more $23.00 each. Learn more & buy tickets at (650)-784-5303 or BrownPaperTickets.com DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE PERFORMANCE   CLOSES JANUARY 24TH

 

 

 

<i>Avenue Q</i> Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx       Directed by Dennis Lickteig Musical Direction by Ben Prince Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus Choreography by Rory DavisRe-created by Stephanie Temple Starring Erin Ashe, Teresa Attridge, Will Giammona, Sam Jackson, Christopher Morrell, Pam Sevilla, and Gary Walker Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao LoCostume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Christian Mejia Technical Direction by Devin Kasper Puppet Design by Travis Howse WHAT: Avenue Q Returns to NCTC WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center  Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @Market, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: It runs thru– January 17, 2016  Wednesday – Sat at 8pm  Sundays at 2pm COST: $30-$50  RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AVENUE Q: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7pm. COST: $50, includes complimentary champagne toast TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org Special Engagements:   CLOSES TOMORROW

 

 

 

**NEW OPENING NIGHT DATE FOR  ODYSSEO** THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION WILL NOW MAKE ITS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 19 “ #Odysseo “  The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia has announced it will arrive in San Francisco one week earlier than originally announced with its latest production “ Odysseo,” that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. With the addition of five performances to the show calendar, the 30 million dollar theatrical extravaganza will make its Bay Area debut under the White Big Top at AT&T Park  Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Matinee and evening performances for Odysseo are scheduled through December 13 and are now on sale online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.Following Cavalia, the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production which enjoyed extended sold-out engagements in San Francisco and San Jose, Odysseo transports spectators to a whole new level of beauty, grace, and magic this time featuring 75 magnificent horses and 45 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians. Odysseois a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the largest touring tent on Earth (the surface covered by the White Big Top is 68,000 square feet, equal to an NFL football field, the biggest stage (17,500 square feet), the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty.TICKETS – Tickets are priced from $44.50 to $154.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $229.50 to $264.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).  IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 20TH   TO LINK THE REVIEW http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1513.html                  CLOSES WEDNESDAY.

 

 

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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Ubuntu theater project, opens inaugural season with “the gospel of lovingkindness”by oakland native playwright marcus gardley IT RUNS THRU – january 31  The Gospel of Lovingkindness is a testament to the power of compassion in the midst of the worst loss imaginable—a mother’s loss of her child. This play is an intimate rendering of how gun violence occurs in our country and how it simultaneously takes the life of both the victim and the assailant.Through The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Gardley exemplifies an outcry for the fallen black body that is pervasive throughout our country and is a salient issue of our time. Co-Artistic Director Michael Socrates Moran directs this production. Actors featured include company members Dawn Troupe, Halili Knox as well as Ubuntu Theater Project Ensemble Members William Hartfield (most recently seen in The Brothers Size, garnering a TBA Award nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role) and Rolanda Bell. Dorian Lockett rounds out our cast. Lighting design by company member Stephanie Anne Johnson.  IT RUNS THRU- January 31, 2016 at Oakland City Church, 2735 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94612. For tickets ($15-35 online; pay-what-you-can at the door) and information the public can call (510) 646-1126 or visit www.ubuntutheaterproject.com. Season subscriptions & season flex passes are also available on the Ubuntu Theater Project website  IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 31ST

 

 

 

6th Street Playhouse  presents “ One Man, Two Guvnors” WHEN: It runs thru – February 7th  WHERE: 6 th Street Playhouse 52 West 6 th Street, Santa Rosa One Man, Two Guvnors, a Smash Hit on the London and Broadway Stages, Makes its North Bay Premiere at 6thStreet Playhouse. 6th Street Playhouse is kicking off the New Year with Richard Bean’s extraordinarily popular and tremendously hysterical One Man, Two Guvnors, based on Carlo Goldoni’s cherished commedia piece, Servant of Two Masters. One Man, Two Guvnors is directed by Carl Jordan, who won Best Director at the 2015 Theatre Bay Area Awards for his 6th Street Playhouse production of Clybourne Park, which also wonBest Play and Best Ensemble. Also featuring a phenomenal cast, including audience favorites such as Larry Williams, Alan KAlso featuring a phenomenal cast, including audience favorites such as Alan Kaplan, and Jeff Cote, One Man, Two Guvnors runs through Sunday, February 7 th in the 6th Street Playhouse G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $32 and are available online or at the box office at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 523-4185 x1 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com for tickets and more  IT RUNS THRU FEB 7TH

 

Pear Theatre continues its 2015/2016 season with the two-person, Olivier Award-winning play from Katori Hall, THE MOUNTAINTOP. Deeply moving, THE MOUNTAINTOP imagines the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, set in Memphis in April, 1968. King meets the attractive, spunky motel maid Camae, who arrives to provide room service — but we soon discover she is no ordinary chambermaid. The production features Michael Wayne Rice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nathalie Autumn Bennett as Camae. WHEN:  Closes: Sunday, January 31, 2016 Previews: 8:00 PMThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM Sundays: 2:00 PM WHERE: Pear Theatre (the new space) 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View TICKETS: $10 (Previews) – $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information, or to order tickets, visit www.thepear.org orcall (650) 254-1148 CLOSES JANUARY 31ST.

 

.The Marsh San Francisco announces that Echo Brown’s debut solo show, BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS, will return in the New Year after an overwhelmingly successful world premiere run. Bursting with energy, comedy and politics, the show is both a love story and a startling snapshot of 21st-century American culture. BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS is written and performed by Brown, directed by Scott Plate, and developed with David Ford. WHEN:          It runs thru-March 5, 2016 SHOWS:        Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm  Special 5pm performance on March 5 will benefit The Marsh WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Mainstage Theater 1062 Valencia Street at 22nd St Parking: New Mission Bartlett Garage, 21st St between Mission & Valencia.   The nearest Bart Station is 24th & Mission. TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUN THRU MARCH 5TH

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces that Wayne Harris’ new solo show, MOTHER’S MILK: A BLUES AND GOSPEL RIFF IN THREE ACTS, will return in the New Year. Written by Wayne Harris, composed by Randy Craig with assistance from John McArdle, and directed by David Ford, MOTHER’S MILK is a music-infused coming-of-age tale based on Harris’ personal connections to love, loss, and the blues.  SHOWS:        5pm Saturdays and Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley TICKETS:     $20 – $35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved seating For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUN THRU JANUARY 31ST.

 

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HAWKMOON is a live art event created through the collaboration of over 20 Bay Area artists. With outlandish costumes, flamboyant makeup, sound art, photography, drawings, collage, and a live performance by Bobb Saggeth (the infamous Black Sabbath cover band) HAWKMOON offers magical realism through a glam rock lens. The performance installation spans three rooms with character-driven environments exploring gender, misogyny, PTSD, and schizophrenia – a healthy dose of modern American culture! WHEN:  Saturday January 16 & Sunday January 17 at 7PM (Band at 8:30PM) WHERE: The Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA TICKET PRICES:  $12 Advance. $15 at the door. Advance Tickets available at: www.shotgunplayers.org, 510.841.6500.

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“The Secret of Life” is a world premiere play by Bruce Coughran, a production of <i>Indra’s Net Theater.</i>WHEN: Show opens to public:  , Jan. 8 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 9 at 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 10 at 5pm Thurs., Jan. 14 at 8pm; Fri., Jan. 15 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 16 at 8pm; and Sun., Jan. 17 at 5pm TICKETS $28 General Seating and $23 Seniors & Students To buy tickets online go to our website www.Indrasnettheater.com Or call (415) 613-9210 WHERE: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley    IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 17TH

 

<i>Avenue Q</i> Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx       Directed by Dennis Lickteig Musical Direction by Ben Prince Orchestrations and Arrangements by Stephen Oremus Choreography by Rory DavisRe-created by Stephanie Temple Starring Erin Ashe, Teresa Attridge, Will Giammona, Sam Jackson, Christopher Morrell, Pam Sevilla, and Gary Walker Scenic Design by Kuo-Hao LoCostume Design by Wes Crain Lighting Design by Christian Mejia Technical Direction by Devin Kasper Puppet Design by Travis Howse WHAT: Avenue Q Returns to NCTC WHERE: New Conservatory Theatre Center  Decker Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave @Market, San Francisco, CA 94102 WHEN: It runs thru– January 17, 2016  Wednesday – Sat at 8pm  Sundays at 2pm COST: $30-$50  RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AVENUE Q: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7pm. COST: $50, includes complimentary champagne toast TICKETS AND BOX OFFICE: 415-861-8972, boxoffice@nctcsf.org Special Engagements: Onstage Insight..……………………….……….12/20 Low-Cost   REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL ARCHIEVES IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 17TH

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**NEW OPENING NIGHT DATE FOR  ODYSSEO** THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION WILL NOW MAKE ITS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 19 “ #Odysseo “  The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia has announced it will arrive in San Francisco one week earlier than originally announced with its latest production “ Odysseo,” that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. With the addition of five performances to the show calendar, the 30 million dollar theatrical extravaganza will make its Bay Area debut under the White Big Top at AT&T Park  Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Matinee and evening performances for Odysseo are scheduled through December 13 and are now on sale online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.Following Cavalia, the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production which enjoyed extended sold-out engagements in San Francisco and San Jose, Odysseo transports spectators to a whole new level of beauty, grace, and magic this time featuring 75 magnificent horses and 45 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians. Odysseois a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the largest touring tent on Earth (the surface covered by the White Big Top is 68,000 square feet, equal to an NFL football field, the biggest stage (17,500 square feet), the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty.TICKETS – Tickets are priced from $44.50 to $154.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $229.50 to $264.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).  IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 20TH   TO LINK THE REVIEW http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/sanfran/s1513.html

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<i>Star Trek Live!: Mudd’s Women</i>  WHEN  It runs thru: Jan.  – 23, 2016 (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm) Limited Engagement – Only 12 Performances!  Performance dates for Star Trek Live!: “Mudd’s Women”:  Jan. 6 – 23, 2016 — (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. – 7:00 pm). Jan. 6, 2016 (Thurs.) (opening night) – 7:00 pm Jan. 7, 8, 9 / 13, 14, 15, 16 / 20, 21, 22, 23, 2016 Tickets available at http://sfoasis.com/event.cfm?id=156444&cart  (21 & over)  $25      for general admission, $35 for premium seating, $200 – Vulcan Champagne Table – includes front row table (4 people), a bottle of Moet Chandon with 4 champagne flutes, $500 –  Captain’s Champagne Table –  includes front row center table (4 people), a bottle ofVueve Clicquot champagne (4 champagne flutes) & a meet & greet with the cast post-show. VENUE:         Oasis, 298 Eleventh Street (at Folsom) SF, CA 94103 IT RUNS THRU JANUARY 23RD

 

The Marsh Berkeley announces due to popular demand, Lisa Rothman’s new solo show DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY will extend with performances through January 23. Ever since having a second baby, Lisa and Kevin have been fighting over sippy cups, fruit salad, and impenetrable origami instructions. Now Kevin is storming around the emergency pet clinic ranting about vet bills and wondering how a dog can possibly overdose on antibiotics. Lisa doesn’t know what to do – but does know this is the worst date night ever. Directed by David Ford, DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY was originally scheduled to run through December 5, but will now extend through January 23.  WHEN:                 Extended through January 23, 2016  SHOWS:               5:00pm Saturdays WHERE:               The Marsh Berkeley  2120 Allston Way, Berkeley TICKETS:               $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating     For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT BEEN EXTENED THRU JANUARY 23RD

 

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SF City Theatre Company Plunges into Mysterious Time-Warp with J. B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner,” January 8-24 1930’s Psychodrama Now Considered Ahead of Its Time.  Imagine a story that combines the surrealism of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – all dinner jackets and cocktail dresses – with the clash of family members on daytime TV reality shows.  What you’d have is J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, staged by SF City Theatre Company at Royce Gallery in San Francisco, To January – 24, 2016. David Acevedo directs a cast of seven, which includes Adrienne Dolan, Lukas Hoag, Deborah Joves, David Richardson, CJ Smith, Anastasia Durbala, and Mary Waterfield .Dangerous Corner begins as Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner is an intriguing piece of theatre that was first produced in 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre in London. It was the author’s first work for the stage, appearing three years after his hugely-successful book The Good Companions and written, according to Priestley himself, within the space of a week. It has received numerous productions over the years, one of the latest at London’s Theatre Royal in 2014. Cast and Creative Team CJ Smith as Robert Caplan Deborah Joves as Frieda Caplan David Richardson as Gordon Whitehouse Adrienne Dolan as Betty Whitehouse Lukas Hoag as Charles Trevor Stanton Anastasia Durbala as Maud Mockridge Mary Waterfield as Olwen Peel Director – David Acevedo Producer – Marte Mejstrik Set Designer – Henry Sellenthin Lighting Design – Carson Duper Costume Design – Maria Graham Choreographer – Raul Avina Show Times and Tickets Place:  Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St. (bet. Alabama & Harrison) San Francisco, 94110  Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm. Sundays, 2:00 pm    Tickets: Adults $25.00, Seniors and Students $23.00, Groups of 10 or more $23.00 each. Learn more & buy tickets at (650)-784-5303 or BrownPaperTickets.com DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE PERFORMANCE   CLOSES JANUARY 24TH

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO CABARET OPENINGS

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO

 

Alexander Jean featuring Mark Ballas

Friday, Jan 22, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors)

Saturday, Jan 23  7:00

 

Emmy nominated Mark Ballas is a multifaceted performer and singer songwriter. Known for his dynamic energy and bold choreography, Mark has been captivating over 20 million viewers per week on the ABC megahit “Dancing with the Stars” for the past seven years, winning the coveted mirror ball trophy twice and advancing to the finals two more times.

 

In May 2014, Ballas released his debut single Get My Name which landed at #24 on the iTunes pop chart. Ballas is currently working on his first full studio production solo album while co-writing with BC Jean.  BC Jean became an in-demand artist and songwriter when Beyonce recorded her hit “If I Were A Boy” which became one of the most played songs of 2009, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

Alexander Jean is the duo’s soulful rock collaboration. Their new single Roses and Violets just reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. They have been performing select dates around Los Angeles so Feinstein’s at the Nikko is pleased to welcome them for their San Francisco debut.

 

Marilyn Maye

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors)    and   Friday Jan 29 at 8 pm (6:30 doors )

 

 

Award winning cabaret legend Marilyn Maye returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko to pay tribute to reknown lyricist Johhny Mercer (“Moon River,” “One for My Baby and One More for the Road,”That Old Black Magic”) with her all new show Marilyn Maye Sings Mercer & More following her triumphant Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut last spring.

 

After being “discovered” by Steve Allen during her eleven year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, Ms. Maye received a RCA contract and became a constant presence on “The Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Dick Cavett Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and others.

 

Her seven albums and 34 singles have been hailed at “timeless”  and her RCA recording of “Too Late Now” was included on the Smithsonian Institution list of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century, securing her place in musical history.

 

Tiffany Austin

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 7:00 PM PST (5:30 PM Doors)

 

Join the Tiffany Austin Quintet in celebrating Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with Bessie, Billie and Nina: Celebrating the Queens of Swing. Vocalist Tiffany Austin is one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Her refreshingly original style, described as precise, intelligent and soulful, with arrangements varying from classic swing to contemporary R&B has attracted the attention of innovative Bay Area bandleaders including bassist Marcus Shelby and tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley.

 

Austin performed regularly in her native Los Angeles before spending a year in England and five and a half years in Tokyo before earning a law degree at UC Berkeley. In June of 2015, Tiffany released her debut recording Nothing But Soul in which she re-imagines compositions by the great american songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. In October, 2015 Ms. Austin began a year long Friends of Chamber Music residency at the Presidio during which she will continue the development of her Creole Music Project inspired by recordings from the 1920s and 30s by Louisiana Creole accordionist Amede Ardoin whose innovative style had a profound impact on the Cajun and Zydeco musical styles.

 

Pamela Joy

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 7:00 PM PST (5:30 PM Doors)

 

For her Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut, Pamela will present a pre-Valentine’s Day tribute to love gone wrong.  A whole evening of delightful songs about obsession, infidelity, accusations, excuses, revenge…you know, love songs. She’ll be joined onstage by her longtime accompanist, beloved Bay Area pianist, arranger, musical director and radio personality Mike Greensill, and together they’ll mine the Great American Songbook for the best songs ever written about love on the rocks.

 

Paula West

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 8:00 PM PST (6:30 PM Doors) thru Feb 21. 2016

Saturday Feb 20 at 7:00,    Sunday  Feb 21 at 3:00

 

.Following two previous month long engagements, Paula West returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for her third annual winter residency. A Bay Area favorite known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, Paula will present an all new show backed by a four piece band and an eclectic set list with her unique interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Waters and more!

 

West has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Maison de la Musique and the White House. She has released four CDs and has won three New york Nightlife Awards for “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist.”

 

There is a $20.00 per person minimum in the showroom and an 18% gratuity is added to all checksDoors open 90 minutes prior to the performance and seating is first come, first served within the section purchasedWhile our intention is to offer seating choices whenever possible, large and odd numbered parties may be asked to share tables or accept pre-selected seating by the Maître D’Feinstein’s is suitable for any mature person, however, parental guidance is recommended for some performances.Please consult www.feinsteinssf.com for more information on club policies.

 

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SOCIETY  CABARET  AT THE HOTEL REX.

 

January at Society Cabaret

Saturday, January 16th at 6pm Jubilee

Jackie DeMuro

Jacqueline sings a wonderfully eclectic mix of her own songs,and shares the moments and music that inspired them. With Barry Lloyd at the piano.

 

Wesla Whitfield vocalist  Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd – One show at 8 p.m.

 

Acclaimed vocalist Wesla Whitfield, accompanied by Mike Greensill on piano and John Wiitala on bass will appear at  “Society Cabaret” in the Hotel Rex in San Francisco – Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd one show at 8 p.m.

All My Tomorrows – Songs for the new year. A show featuring Wesla’s unparalleled interpretations of the the best of the Great American Songbook.

“Wesla Whitfield is an indoor landmark. Every great city deserves a signature chanteuse, and San Francisco is fortunate to have Whitfield as its resident voice. Much like the city itself, Whitfield keeps an amused and affectionate eye on the glories of the past, while living entirely in the present”. — David Weigand – San Francisco Chronicle

 

Friday, January 29th at 8pm  Shakin’ Up the Blues Carol Peters

 

Some voices are made for the blues. Carol Peters has such a voice — one full of character and life experience .That’s why her new show, featuring bluesy standards, comedic original tunes and engaging stories provide a perfect vehicle for this one-of-a-kind chanteuse.

 

Saturday, January 30th at 8pm  A Blonde & A Redhead Walk Into A Bar Manda Krusee and Kim Long

 

With divey duets and loungey ballads, these ladies delight with an evening of classic and lesser-known Broadway and jazz masterpieces. Don’t miss this colorful duo as they deliver sweet and sour chansons for the ages, served straight up, and often with a twist.

 

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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