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America's favorite orphan is back! Annie, one of the world's most beloved musicals, returns in a new production directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin. It's a classic incarnation of the beloved original, which ran for nearly six years on Broadway and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The story of a plucky young orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, Annie features all the iconic characters that are known and loved from both the original musical and its big-screen adaptation, including the adorable orphan Annie herself with her red dress and curls, the lovable Daddy Warbucks and his faithful assistant Grace, and the wicked Miss Hannigan. Annie features one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including unforgettable songs like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow." See it in San Francisco at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre.
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."
Morris Bobrow, the award-winning creator of Shopping! The Musical, the longest-running original show in San Francisco history, is serving up yet another tasty musical revue. This one's all about food, glorious food -- with a mix of songs and sketches about eating habits and hang-ups, trendy restaurants and food trucks, cooking quirks, menu mania and much, much more. Winner of multiple San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards for outstanding music and lyrics, Bobrow also created the recent Party of 2 -- The Mating Musical.
Are you ready to be thrilled, mystified, shocked and delighted? The Illusionists -- seven of the most incredible magic-wielders on the planet -- have banded together for an evening of hilarious tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. They're set to amaze audiences of all ages and make a believer out of you with acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind reading, disappearance and even a full-view water torture escape. The critically acclaimed production The Illusionists -- Witness the Impossible has shattered box office records across the globe and stunned thousands with some of the most outrageous and miraculous acts ever seen on stage. Don't miss the show hailed by The Daily Telegraph as "brain-bendingly spectacular -- genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed."
The year is 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is having its annual quiche breakfast. Daily life is calm and quiet, and excitement is kept to a minimum. However, there's an unexpected item on the agenda this year: the very real threat of atom bombs being dropped on their idyllic town. As the meeting adjourns to the bomb shelter, things take a turn for the worse. Cramped in a small space with the last quiche on Earth and the future uncertain, scandalous secrets come out and tensions -- sexual and otherwise -- rise among the women in this Tides Theatre production of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.
Lest you think the furor over the hilarious '90s and '00s boozy BBC sitcom known as Ab Fab has abated, the Royal British Comedy Theatre returns with a raucous follow-up to its live staged version of the show's first season. Absolutely Fabulous followed the outrageous exploits of BFFs Edina and Patsy, two booze- and fad-loving London fashionistas, and Edina's ever-perturbed daughter Saffron. Now you'll get to see season two episodes "Hospital" and "Death" in live re-enactments at the Exit Theatre, performed by a cast of fabulous Bay Area performers and drag queens, led by ZsaZsa Lufthansa.
The most scandalous, most salacious and most mysterious red light district that ever seduced a wayward soul was San Francisco's own Barbary Coast. Back for season three, The Barbary Coast Revue is a musical that tells the story of the wildest niche in the Wild West. Your host is none other than Mark Twain, who guides you into the dark heart of this dangerous and bygone world. Meet fresh young fortune seeker Jerry Thomas as he battles saloon keeper Shanghai Kelly for the attention of aspiring showgirl Alma de Bretteville. Many of San Francisco's most colorful characters and cutthroats, including Emperor Norton and Lillian Coit, make cameo appearances. Plus, Connie Champagne stars as new addition, Ah Toy. Sing along to parodies of hit songs by Bay Area bands -- from the Grateful Dead to Green Day -- that tie the past and the present together in The Barbary Coast Revue, a success for the past two years, now back with a surprise signature cocktail added at Balançoire.
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed in Beach Blanket's latest incarnation: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, the cast of Glee, Kate Middleton and Adele. Even after nearly 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment.
Get your dramatic ducks in a row with a 3-show subscription (for first-time subscribers only) to the upcoming season at the Tony-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, one of the most innovative companies in the country. Your package begins with An Audience With Meow Meow, a bravura performance by groundbreaking singer-comedienne Meow Meow, who offers electrifying songs, a blowtorch wit and divine mayhem in equal measures. Next on your subscription bill, X's and O's (A Gridiron Love Story) is an intriguing docudrama that exposes the passion and the pain behind football's pervasive traumatic brain injuries. Based on actual interviews with football players and their families and fans, this world premiere will make you see America's favorite game in a whole new light. Finally, you'll thrill to the beat of One Man, Two Guvnors, a swingin' English farce inspired by A Servant of Two Masters wherein a modern-day British dolt with two jobs struggles to juggle his dual bosses. Backed by a live band that swerves between rockabilly and Beatles-esque pop, this topsy-turvy ride through loony love triangles and mistaken identities caps your subscription off with a delectable mish-mash of splendid comedy, pantomime and music-hall-style revue.
Don't miss your chance to see the latest and greatest new work from the Bay Area's hottest up-and-coming playwrights at Best of PlayGround 19. Each performance of the show features six short plays, directed by and starring top local talent. In all, 36 plays were developed as part of the Monday night staged reading series at Berkeley Rep, and these six were specially selected to be part of the Best of PlayGround 19 festival. Priority tickets include reserved seats in the best section of the house and a complimentary glass of wine before the show.
Petey, Meg and their long-time tenant Stanley, a retired pianist, lead a quiet life at a seaside boarding house. Then two strangers roll into town. What was supposed to be a surprise birthday celebration for Stanley quickly turns into a nightmare after a few glasses of whiskey, a high-stakes game of blindman's bluff with these unexpected guests and a mysterious blackout. This darkly comic modern-day masterpiece that peels back the thin veneer of civility on everyday life was written by Nobel Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Harold Pinter, and is presented by Off Broadway West, under the direction of Richard Harder.
Echo is about to lose her virginity to a good-looking white hipster that she met on Craigslist. This will happen in 10 minutes. That gives Echo just enough time to do exactly what you shouldn't do right before you lose your virginity: contemplate America's racial problems. In Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters, you'll see playwright and star Echo Brown pray to all of the gods, call her best friend over 20 times, talk to her cat about the meaning of life, and ask some tough questions about love and race in "post-racial" America. Brown brings her fierce, funny and thought-provoking one-woman production to San Francisco's Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater.
Tarell Alvin McCraney's acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose gospel-singing prowess is woven throughout the story. Pharus, the undisputed tenor superstar of the choir, is struggling to be accepted as a leader while facing varying degrees of discrimination from classmates for his homosexuality. McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays, In the Red & Brown Water) has been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). After moving audiences with its stirring spirituals in New York and L.A., Choir Boy now prepares to raise the roof at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.
The Clean House is a wry romantic comedy that centers around Mathilde, a Brazilian-born live-in maid who'd rather be telling jokes than cleaning houses. Her employer, Lane, seems to have it all: a successful surgeon husband and her own busy career as a doctor. But things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface. The New York Times has called playwright Sara Ruhl "a provocative new theatrical voice" and The Clean House "visionary." An entertaining tale about love, loss and the power of a good joke, this show sheds insightful light on characters searching for ever-elusive perfection.
This clever series of comic vignettes by the legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) finds the still-single Bobby celebrating his 35th birthday in the company of his best friends, all of whom want to help him settle down and finally commit to a meaningful relationship. Over the course of dinner, drinks and even a wedding, they reflect on connections and commitments, shedding an insightful light on modern love, while singing hits like "Being Alive," as well as "Side By Side," "Another Hundred People" and "The Ladies Who Lunch." With a score by Sondheim and book by George Furth, the original 1970 Broadway production of Company received 14 Tony Award nominations, winning six of them -- including Best Musical. This latest revival comes courtesy of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Back in 1661, when only men were allowed to act on the English stage, Edward Kynaston was the undisputed leading lady of the London theater. The famous diarist Samuel Pepys went so far as to proclaim him "the loveliest lady that ever I saw in my life." But when King Charles II permits actual females to take the stage, Kynaston's career founders as his former dresser Maria rockets to stardom. Inspired by the real-life Kynaston, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has written Compleat Female Stage Beauty, a hilarious, poignant play about the craft of acting, the confusion of love and the shifting "realities" of identity. Adapted into an acclaimed film starring Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, Compleat Female Stage Beauty returns to the stage in a lively production from New Conservatory Theatre Center.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Do helicopter parents -- moms and dads who hover over their children's every move -- ever come down to earth? This is the question that haunts The Empty Nesters, the new play from Garret Jon Groenveld. When Greg and Frances drop their youngest child off at college in Arizona, they take a little vacation to the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon West on their way back to Los Angeles. But upon returning home, they face an empty house and an existential crisis: What do they want to be, now that their children have grown up? A 2013 PlayGround Festival selection, The Empty Nesters is the latest from Groenveld, seven-time winner of the Emerging Playwrights Award. Amy Glazer directs at Thick House.
Though women have ruled as role models for generations of queens, drag is still known as the ultimate boys club. That's where performance artist and dancer Monique Jenkinson comes into the equation. She'll appear as her drag queen alter-ego Fauxnique in the latest incarnation of her ever-evolving one-woman show Faux Real. She'll take the stage at San Francisco's Oasis and examine what it actually takes to be a real drag queen. Not only will Fauxnique "lip-synch for her life," but you'll also see her dance, hear her sing and get an earful of her philosophical musings on artifice and authenticity.
Meet mother-daughter duo "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, the aunt and first cousin of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Based on the 1975 documentary about the pair of aging aristocrats in their dilapidated East Hampton mansion, this Tony-winning musical re-creates the women's early years as stylish socialites and then captures them 32 years later as they continue to live in a time capsule of finery despite the fact that their mansion crumbles to pieces around them. Their majestic 42-room home, Grey Gardens, is overrun by cats, lacks running water and has been cited for repeated health code violations that threaten to have it condemned. This otherworldly musical captures all the turmoil and nostalgia of their lives in a script that aligns closely with the acclaimed documentary, as well as songs that earned the Broadway show album a Grammy nomination. Catch the San Francisco premiere of Grey Gardens at Gough Street Playhouse -- and you can even meet the real Jerry Torre aka "The Marble Faun" (from the original documentary) on May 30.
Before there was Mean Girls, there was Heathers, the deliciously dark '80s comedy starring Winona Ryder as a high school girl who joins forces with a hot rebel (Christian Slater) to take on a trio of popular divas -- all named Heather. Now the cult classic film hits the Victoria Theatre stage in San Francisco as a live musical from Ray of Light Theatre, featuring all your favorite lines from the movie, plus music and lyrics by the composers behind Legally Blonde and Reefer Madness. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio of Heathers -- the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the sexy stranger J.D., who has his own plan for the Heathers. Journey back to high school with Heathers: The Musical and delight in youthful romance, shameless laughter and the surprising satisfaction of outrageous revenge.
Spoken word poetry and the street-dancing form known as "turfing" merge with traditional theater to fuel Hella Love Oakland, an impassioned one-act play exploring the lives of three women in its eponymous town. Dealing with issues of educational inequity and gentrification in Oakland urban public schools, this 90-minute world premiere by Robin Lynn Rodriguez is part of the annual Playground Festival of New Works, bringing to San Francisco's Thick House a fresh and thoughtful perspective on the city across the Bay.
Freshman year at college sucks for Lexi, a West Coast girl at an East Coast university, who's homesick, hates her roommate and whose best friend from high school was recently murdered by a hook-handed serial killer. This clever contemporary comedy explores what it's like these days to be a young female in a dangerous world, while also dealing with the loss of a BFF. Hookman comes from the pen of San Francisco's own hot young playwright Lauren Yee, who's been racking up the awards with quirky works like Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker's Wife, Crevice and others. Encore Theater stages the world premiere of her newest "quasi horror/comedy" at Z Below.
It's business-as-usual when great tragedians -- Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellan, Paul Scofield -- try their hand at King Lear, but it's unheard of for a great clown to tackle Shakespeare's masterpiece ... until now. With a career spanning decades, Geoff Hoyle is one of the nation's most cherished and inventive masters of clowning. He trained under the "Father of French Mime" Etienne Decroux in Paris, originated the role of "Zazu" in Lion King on Broadway, and has appeared in Cirque Du Soleil, The Pickle Family Circus and Teatro Zinzanni. But all that training was a prelude to Lear's Shadow. Experience King Lear like you never have before as the Jester, recently unemployed, tells his side to Shakespeare's most tragic, cosmic and human of stories in this moving solo performance.
Broadway's Patrick Cassidy, Dana Ivey, Emily Skinner and Tony winner Karen Ziemba star in an all-new A.C.T. production of A Little Night Music, the sparkling Sondheim show famed for the stunning ballad "Send in the Clowns." Filled with the keen wit and complex melodies of legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd), the musical follows the romantic goings-on among the guests at a summer home in 1900s Sweden as it shines its sharp gaze on the search for true meaning and fulfillment in a relationship. The New York Times calls the show, coming to The Geary Theater, "sophisticated and enchanting," and the same could be said of this particular cast, whose Broadway, TV and film credits include Boardwalk Empire, The Help, Assassins, Sideshow, Bullets Over Broadway, Billy Elliot: The Musical and many more.
Fast-paced is something of an understatement when describing Love and Information, which presents the lives of 140 characters -- played by a handful of actors -- in 57 brief and memorable scenes. Some of the scenes focus on the debilitating nature of depression while others are laugh-out-loud funny, but they all show different perspectives on the ways we try to make sense of the avalanche of information we receive every day. Written by renowned playwright Caryl Churchill (Top Girls, Cloud Nine), this witty and kaleidoscopic play -- filled with moments of joy, sorrow and beauty -- from American Conservatory Theater marks the very first production at San Francisco's brand-new Strand Theater.
When it comes to sleek, smart and modern magic, look no further than magician David Gerard, who performs his theatrical magic and mind reading show to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area. Join Gerard for his first show at PianoFight in San Francisco, where you'll witness near-impossible mental and physical feats just inches away from your seat. Through a mix of psychology, misdirection, magic and showmanship, Gerard will create an experience you'll remember long after the show is over.
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and a flying nanny who's practically perfect in every way. You and your kids will be swept away by such favorite tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and of course "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as young Jane and Michael learn many valuable life lessons from their unconventional new nanny. Mary Poppins was co-created by acclaimed British producer Cameron Mackintosh (Oliver!) and features music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). So be sure not to miss the magic of Mary Poppins -- because "anything can happen if you let it."
"Practically perfect in every way" well describes the classic hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Adapted from the Disney film and the stories of P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins lands at Oakland's Woodminster Amphitheater with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and a flying nanny. You and your family will be swept away by such favorite tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and, of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as young Jane and Michael learn valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Mary Poppins was co-created by acclaimed British producer Cameron Mackintosh ( Oliver!) and features music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). Be sure not to miss the magic of Mary Poppins, who teaches us that "anything can happen if you let it."
The first time was so much fun -- how 'bout we do it again? Matthew Martin returns to Oasis in San Francisco to recapture the magic of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Bette, Judy, Peggy, Katharine -- the stars of the silver screen stalk the stage once more in Matthew Martin Goes To Hollywood! With just a glance or a gesture, Martin can transform himself into Hepburn or Garland or even the tap-dancing goddess Ann Miller. Audiences loved his sold-out show All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead at the Rrazz Room, so now he presents a return trip to old-school Tinseltown. Be prepared to be moved and amazed by this "one man -- many women" show.
Calling Sara Felder a juggler is a little like referring to Michelangelo as "that guy who painted ceilings." Felder is a playwright, circus artist and solo theater veteran who is known for addressing important social issues with humor, grace and, yes, juggling. Her latest work, Melancholy, A Comedy, is a comedy about love, war and coloring outside the lines that will lead you from the Civil War to an Abraham Lincoln look-alike convention to the top of UC Berkeley's Campanile. What happens when the woman you just fell in love with leads you to the edge? What happens when the soon-to-be President of the United States is so mired in melancholy that he can't get out of bed? Clearly, this is terrain that can only be navigated by a woman who the S.F. Weekly once said has "chutzpah up the wazoo."
Make the 2014-2015 theater season full of discovery, danger and delight by seeing any three of New Conservatory Theatre Center's eight exciting upcoming shows. Selections include Cock, wunderkind playwright Mike Bartlett's elegant modern love triangle that looks at the aftermath when one half of a gay couple falls in love with a woman. Or you might try the over-the-top hybrid of Hollywood glamour and Greek tragedy in Die, Mommie, Die!, Charles Busch's hilarious mixture of whodunits, double-crossings and suspenseful twists. Dead Poets Society meets Romeo & Juliet in Shakespeare's R&J, a play-within-a-play written by Joe Calarco about what happens when four school boys secretly reenact the timeless story of forbidden love. The Tony-winning musical Avenue Q is back by popular demand to prove once again that puppets can have a very adult side, and in Harbor, all hell breaks loose when 15-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother drop in unannounced at the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Kevin and his young husband, Ted. Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights in a story that was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer. Timely, touching and empathetic, the 2013 GLAAD Media Award-winning From White Plains explores the far-reaching fallout of bullying and questions if forgiveness is possible. And wrapping up the season, Compleat Female Stage Beauty is a bawdy historical comedy-drama that brings the battle of the sexes to the stage. Hey, we didn't say choosing three from this lineup was going to be easy.
Set in the 1960s, the British slapstick gangster comedy One Man, Two Guvnors follows the easily confused Francis Henshall, who's become entangled with two local criminals and is desperately trying to keep them from finding out that he's working for both. Throw in some cross-dressing, several romantic complications and a cavalcade of biting one-liners and the scene is set for a laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and well-timed zingers. Adapted from Goldoni's classic 18th-century commedia Servant of Two Masters, this nonstop parade of fools, lovers, clowns, parents and pompous asses makes its West Coast premiere at Roda Theater at Berkeley Rep.
With its flirtations, trickery and midnight trysts, Cole Porter's exuberant Out of This World is a saucy musical comedy about devilish deities co-mingling with Hollywood bigwigs. Roman gods Jupiter and Mercury are in search of some entertainment away from Mt. Olympus and focus their attention on young bride Helen and her husband Art. While Jupiter is busy chasing Helen, the goddess Juno --Jupiter's wife -- decides to play some games of her own. Throw a snooping gossip columnist and an enticing ingenue into the mix and the results are pure farcical fun. The celestial party kicks off at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre.
Step right up and prepare to be amazed -- Ringling Bros. is coming to town again, bringing with it all the extraordinary things that make up the circus experience, and taking them to the XTREME. You'll be astonished by circus spectacles like high-wire walkers, a woman shot from a cannon, contortionists, strongmen, a menagerie of magnificent animals and hilarious clowns. It all ends in a truly extreme grand finale featuring trampolines, towers and BMX and freestyle bikers. There are some familiar and beloved circus acts and some you've never seen before and likely won't see anywhere else but at "The Greatest Show On Earth."
Take the normal play production process, put it on extra-fast-forward and you have Shotz, a theatrical pressure cooker that puts talented theater groups to the test. Six groups are given two weeks to write, two weeks to rehearse, two hours to get their tech in gear and one chance to perform an all-new short play. Each month has a different theme, and with each group offering their unique take on the month's theme, each performance is full of surprises. This is the latest in a long line of PianoFight's one-of-a-kind twists on improvisational theater. These improv impresarios are known for putting on ingeniously interactive entertainments that leave even the hardest-to-please San Francisco crowds entertained.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour. This innovative show is one of Chicago's biggest theatrical success stories. Created by Greg Allen, and written and performed by the Neo-Futurists, the original production in Chicago has been continuously running since the Reagan administration, and now San Francisco has its own sibling company performing at Stage Werx. The "menu" of plays is strung up on a clothesline, and the audience determines the order by yelling out which piece they want to see next. Every performance is a unique experience, and the Neo-Futurists are masters of creating funny, personal, abstract, political and poignant plays.
Deadlines, a wise man once said, are the ultimate form of inspiration. So consider the unfolding events of Trouble Cometh, the new play from acclaimed playwright Richard Dresser, inspired ... as well as exciting, funny and totally unpredictable. For Trouble Cometh is a comic thriller about two executives locked in an existential struggle against an impossible deadline. Truth blurs for the characters in this contemporary drama set in the self-referential world of Facebook, selfies and subliminal narcissism. One of New York's leading directors, May Adrales, heads west to direct this world premiere production at San Francisco Playhouse.
From improvised Star Trek episodes that never were to silent movie-style sketches dreamed up on the spot to the classic improv form called the Harold, the San Francisco Improv Collective brings you Your Thursday Night Improv Experience. Every show at San Francisco's Shelton Theater features two of the Bay Area's most creative improv troupes, each presenting a unique story made up on the spot from your suggestions. It might be in the style of a Tennessee Williams drama or a Broadway musical. Whatever the genre, you're in for tons of laughs.