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The Bodyguard Apr 25 - Apr 30, 2017  
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts The Bodyguard
World-famous pop superstar Rachel Marron has hired former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer to protect her from an anonymous stalker. At first, the headstrong and free-spirited Marron finds herself at odds with her disciplined and risk-averse bodyguard -- but as her stalker's threats intensify, she and Farmer begin to fall in love. The Bodyguard is a breathtaking musical adaptation of the 1992 romantic thriller, here starring Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox. Her powerful voice will fill the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts with such irresistible tracks as "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing" and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time: "I Will Always Love You."
Battlefield Apr 26 - May 21, 2017  
A.C.T. Battlefield
Thirty years after Peter Brook's legendary production of the Indian epic Mahabharata took the theater world by storm comes its breathtaking next chapter, Battlefield. The devastation of war is tearing the Bharata family apart, and the new king must unravel a mystery: How can he live with himself in the face of the devastation and massacres that he himself has caused? Hailed as a "dazzling piece of theatre" by The Guardian, Battlefield raises vital questions that are at once timeless and devastatingly current. See this vital new work, directed by multiple Tony Award-winning director Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
No, No, Nanette Apr 26 - May 14, 2017  
Eureka Theatre No, No, Nanette
A fun-loving Manhattan heiress, her na´ve but good-hearted guardian and her adoring beau get into all sorts of trouble during a summer weekend by the beach in Atlantic City. Set in the 1920s, this light-hearted musical by Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach finds carefree young Nanette giving her fiance Tom the cold shoulder, running off to (gasp!) Atlantic City. She is pursued by her guardian Jimmy Smith, Jimmy's lawyer Billy, their wives and a wise-cracking maid. The musical features the tunes "I Want to be Happy" and "Tea for Two." See it at The Eureka Theatre in San Francisco.
Guards at the Taj Apr 27 - May 21, 2017  
Marin Theatre Company Guards at the Taj
At morning's first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But in Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace will soon experience a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Exuberantly comic, shockingly brutal and deeply tragic, the play asks us to ponder the ways in which we define beauty, perfection and, as suggested by The New York Times, "the human price paid throughout history for the caprices of the mighty." Hailed as "one of the most provocatively talented American playwrights" by the Los Angeles Times, Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj is a modern theatrical must-see. It's now at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Apr 30 - May 20, 2017  
The Shelton Theater Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
Lovably morose CB and the rest of the gang become teenagers in the tragicomedy Dog Sees God, and their adolescence isn't pretty. Everyone's favorite dog has died from rabies, spurring CB to question the existence of an afterlife. Meanwhile, his best friend is a burn-out, his sister has gone goth, his ex-girlfriend has been institutionalized and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of guidance or comfort. A run-in with a bullied artistic kid offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful as Dog Sees God comes to the Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
Little Ham May 5 - May 21, 2017  
Black Repertory Group Theatre Little Ham
The Harlem Renaissance comes to brilliant life in Berkeley at Black Repertory Group's production of Langston Hughes' classic Little Ham. This romantic urban comedy set in the Jazz Age centers on a vibrant, resilient community whose residents dream of hitting it big playing the local numbers game. But then downtown's white mob moves in, convincing local smooth operator "Little Ham" to help them take over Harlem. Still, that won't keep down this neighborhood's indomitable spirit in this feel-good production.
Sordid Lives May 12 - Jun 11, 2017  
New Conservatory Theatre Center Sordid Lives
A true cult classic, Sordid Lives is a hilarious "black comedy about white trash" that was nominated for more than 30 awards during its long run in Los Angeles. Written by Del Shores, the author of Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?), Sordid Lives puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and coming out in a colorful small-town Texas family. The entire clan has converged for the funeral of Peggy, the family's matriarch and a good Christian woman ... in spite of the fact that she died during a tryst in a seedy motel room with her much younger, much married neighbor. Watch the family struggle to avoid a mortifying funeral in the San Francisco premiere of Sordid Lives at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Brilliant Lies May 19 - Jun 11, 2017  
Firescape Theatre Brilliant Lies
A timely drama exploring the hot-button issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Brilliant Lies "strikes some dangerous sparks" (The New York Times). Written by David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theater, this razor-sharp work centers on Susy, an attractive young woman who, after losing her job, accuses her boss of sexual harassment. A mediator is called in to find out the truth -- only to discover that the truth is not so easy to find. Don't miss this "serious comedy" from Firescape Theatre and The Beverly Hills Playhouse of San Francisco.
The Roommate May 23 - Jul 1, 2017  
The San Francisco Playhouse The Roommate
Though they're both in their mid-50s, Sharon and Robyn make an unlikely pair of roommates, much less friends -- Sharon's a staid Midwestern divorcee, who's happy to ante up her personal info, while her new renter Robyn's a hard-edged vegan from the Bronx, who plays her cards close to the vest. But when The Roommate finally does show her hand, revealing some shocking secrets, it spurs a surprising reaction in Sharon, proving it's never too late to take a gamble on changing your life. The San Francisco Playhouse stages the Bay Area premiere of this dark comedy by multi-award-winning playwright Jen Silverman.
Roman Holiday May 24 - Jun 18, 2017  
Golden Gate Theatre Roman Holiday
In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life - to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who almost overnight goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.
Mother Night May 25 - Jun 24, 2017  
Custom Made Theatre Mother Night
Custom Made Theatre's Brian Katz brings Kurt Vonnegut's wildly popular third novel Mother Night to San Francisco on the stage as a funny, ironic, and metafictional tale of duplicitous spies. Also a love story, the book-turned-movie-turned-play follows Howard W. Campbell, whom true Vonnegut fans might remember from Slaughterhouse Five as the American-born Nazi propagandist. This time around, however, things are a little more complicated. Campbell's past comes back to haunt him and his quiet life in New York City as we learn we was actually a double agent for the allies, and passed along secrets through his anti-Semitic radio broadcast. Thanks to a series of betrayals, Campbell now awaits his fate at a jail cell in Jerusalem. Vonnegut's classic non-linear storytelling brings audiences on a journey to piece the puzzles of Campbell's life together, most of which reflect the last century's great historical events.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert May 27 - Jul 1, 2017  
Eureka Theatre Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Fasten your seatbelts as fun-filled musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert rolls into San Francisco's Eureka Theatre. Based on the popular cult film, this high-energy musical adventure follows three disco drag queens aboard a battered old bus on a road trip through the Australian Outback. The journey becomes a touching, life-changing experience as the three companions search for and find love, friendship and acceptance. This hilarious and heartwarming production features dazzling costumes as well as a virtual hit parade of dance and sing-along favorites, including "It's Raining Men," "I Love the Nightlife" and "I Will Survive."
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Jun 27 - Jul 23, 2017  
Golden Gate Theatre The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Seussical the Musical Jul 8 - Aug 5, 2017  
Alcazar Theatre Seussical the Musical
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to grin when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and many more classics. The Cat in the Hat links the stories of a young girl who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, Horton and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this colorful family fave at San Francisco's Alcazar Theatre.
The Book Of Mormon Jul 11 - Jul 23, 2017  
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts The Book Of Mormon
From the Emmy Award winning duo who gave us TV's groundbreaking animated comedy series 'South Park' and the critically acclaimed co-creator of Broadway's Tony Award winning comedy 'Avenue Q' comes 'The Book of Mormon', a satiric comedy about two Mormon elders sent to Uganda for a mission. However, their naivete and gullibility will send their mission off the roof and have them clashing head to head with the local tribe. 'Mormon' is a comical, sensible and highly entertaining musical that has proven its worth nine times over in the 2011 Tony Awards, thanks to its talented cast, smart and vibrant employment of parody, and catchy scores that makes The Daily Show's Jon Stewart "so angry" simply because it is "so good."