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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.
"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."
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."
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.
Agatha Christie's master detective Hercule Poirot appears in 33 novels, a slew of movies (where he's been played by Peter Ustinov, Tony Randall and Albert Finney), tons more TV (where David Suchet and Alfred Molina had the honors) but only one play. Now the Orinda Starlight Village Players bring the dapper Belgian and his "little gray cells" to the stage in Christie's thriller Black Coffee. In this suspenseful mystery, the charming and ingenious Poirot is summoned by England's most prominent physicist, Sir Claud Amory, who fears that someone in his household is attempting to steal his latest discovery, a formula critical to England's defense. Poirot and Captain Hastings rush to get there, but upon arrival they find that Amory's been murdered, his formula's missing and anyone in his country house -- full of visiting relatives and friends -- could have been responsible.
Possibly the most hysterical siblings since the Marx Brothers, Amy and David Sedaris have written The Book of Liz, a zany stage play about discovering your own self-worth. First discovered on NPR, David has since written a series of bestsellers which include Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked and When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Amy was the star of Comedy Central's Strangers With Candy and continues to be an ubiquitous (and hilarious) presence on film and TV. Together they have written The Book of Liz about the outrageous adventures of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, a devoted maker of cheeseballs who ventures out of her tiny religious community to encounter a host of colorful characters -- including Ukrainians with cockney accents, restaurants run by recovering alcoholics and a certain talking peanut.
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.
A backyard barbecue turns into a roast of the American dream in Detroit, a sizzling new comedy from Lisa D'Amour. In this Pulitzer Prize finalist, proud suburbanites Ben and Mary host a cookout to welcome their new neighbors, the slightly younger -- and much more free spirited -- Sharon and Kenny. But the casual get-together soon threatens to tear everything apart, as the party turns into a delirious bacchanal, endangering the fragile grasp Ben and Mary have on their way of life. Shocking and hilarious, Detroit offers an unsparing and sharp-eyed analysis of common assumptions about status, comfort, ambition and community. Named one of The New York Times' top plays of 2012 and a winner of a 2013 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Detroit now comes to the Bay Area, thanks to this riveting new production from the Aurora Theatre Company.
Let your spirit soar as the actors of Berkeley Playhouse sweep you away with one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Winner of nine Tony Awards, Fiddler on the Roof follows the life of Tevye, a poor dairyman in a small early-1900s Russian village. Teyve attempts to honor and maintain the Jewish religious customs of his ancestors, but times are changing and his daughters are eager to follow the new ways. When dangerous forces threaten the village's traditional way of life, Teyve's faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. This heartwarming show, performed at the beautiful Julia Morgan Theater, features such classic tunes as "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset" and "To Life."
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 Steve Martin imagines a meeting between two of history's greatest minds, the result is nothing short of genius. In this hilarious and thought-provoking play, the year is 1904 and two aspiring twenty-somethings named Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso hang out at the same gritty Parisian bistro. In Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two icons muse on the century's achievements and other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Picasso's date, his mistress, an elderly philosopher, an idiot inventor and a charismatic singer from another era inject humor and absurdity into the conversation at the Beverly Hills Playhouse San Francisco Theatre.
Everyone flips for a flop in the mixed-up, utterly hilarious world of The Producers. Mel Brooks' Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, the two hatch a plan to produce a musical that is sure to be a failure. The show'll close immediately, then they'll cut and run with the unspent production money. What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, their "big flop" ends up as a smash hit, that's what. The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering an unexpectedly heartfelt tale of true friendship. Come early and picnic on the grounds of Woodminster Amphitheater before the show for a perfect summer evening of entertainment.
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.
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.