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The Un-Scripted Theater Company takes on scripts! Working with a different guest playwright at every performance, the Un-Scripters interview the playwright on stage and then perform a cold "staged" reading of the first scene of an unfinished play. Afterward, they spend the rest of the evening finishing the play - totally improvised and working without scripts - starting from, you guessed it, Act One, Scene Two.
Having mastered impressions of Tom Brokaw, Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, comic-impressionist Colin Mahan takes on science-fiction blockbusters, '80s car crash movies and rock musicals in Ball Trap!: A Sci-Fi Space Opera! Find out if space car driver Ace Stickman can save the galaxy from an evil space warlord. You might even catch Mahan dancing in spandex! Opening for the man of many faces (George W. Bush, Michael Caine, Nicolas Cage, Jack Black) is Les Milton, who's been performing sketch comedy in the Bay Area for over 20 years.
The most scandalous, most salacious and most mysterious red light district that ever seduced a wayward soul was San Francisco's own Barbary Coast. 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, Mammy Pleasant and Lillian Coit, make cameo appearances. A libretto of hit songs by Bay Area bands -- from the Grateful Dead to Green Day -- tie the past and the present together in this musical adventure, a success when it debuted in 2013, that's now been revised with new choreography and a larger cast.
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.
In the latest version of this hilarious off-Broadway hit comedy, Tony-winner Roger Bart and funnyman Fred Willard act out vignettes from outrageous-but-true star memoirs live on stage. As seen on CNN, Bravo TV, NPR and elsewhere, the Drama Desk Award-winning Celebrity Autobiography has included such literary gems as "early poetry" by Suzanne Somers, reenactments of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson's courtship, Mr. T's acting tips and a "she said, he said, she said" account of Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor's torrid love triangle. Bart is best known as the Broadway star of The Producers, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Young Frankenstein and many more, along with appearing on Desperate Housewives, while the legendary Fred Willard has made indelible appearances in movies like This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Anchorman. He's also scored a pair of Emmy nominations for memorable guest turns on Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Whether he's playing a Westchester housewife who's preparing her cabaret tribute to Edith Piaf, Cinderella's much-maligned stepmother in the style of Mildred Pierce, or the tough but warmhearted owner of a speakeasy, Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, illusionist and camp icon. The author of several hit plays (Tale of the Allergists Wife, Red Scare on Sunset, Flipping My Wig, Times Square Angel, Our Leading Lady, The Third Story, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name a few) takes the stage for for a performance featuring outrageous stories, music, tears and even some sequins.
Julia's never bought a baby before. OK, she's adopting, but the agency makes her feel like she's buying in the new comedy Children are Forever (All Sales are Final!). Just five days after signing the (non-refundable) contract, Julia and her partner Amy are chosen by a birth mother to raise her baby daughter. That is, until it all falls apart. While this play deals with some heavy topics, writer and star Julia Jackson -- a semifinalist at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition -- keeps the laughs coming as the drama increases.
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it.
From the pen of one of Britain's most provocative playwrights, Mike Bartlett, Cock is an exploration of attraction, ambivalence and commitment -- with a contemporary twist. When John takes a break from his longtime boyfriend, he surprisingly finds love in the arms of a woman. Torn between two lovers, neither of whom is ready to give up the fight, John must navigate tricky emotional waters. Caught in a complicated, contemporary love triangle, which identity will John ultimately choose? Cock was the recipient of the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
It was a pairing so strange it could only be true. Fetch Clay, Make Man tells the story of the remarkable relationship between Cassius Clay and Stepin Fetchit. Set mostly in 1965, Clay -- the future Muhammad Ali -- is winning both bouts in the boxing ring and arguments about the ability and dignity of African Americans. Meanwhile, the faded Fetchit represents an older, uglier era. Having once made millions playing racist stereotypes on the silver screen in the '20s, '30s and '40s, the truly talented actor is now broke and half-forgotten. Yet, in the days leading up to one of Clay's most anticipated matchups, the prizefighter and the movie star form an unlikely and revealing friendship. Marin Theatre Company open its 48th season with the West Coast premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, written by award-winning hip-hop theater pioneer Will Power (Flow, The Seven), directed by Derrick Sanders (MTC's Fences) and featuring the return of Bay Area actors Eddie Ray Jackson (MTC's Fences) and Robert Sicular (MTC's The Seafarer) and the debut of Roscoe Orman (Gordon on TV's Sesame Street, Broadway's Fences).
With songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein and an updated book by Tony-winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), this new version of the 1958 Broadway musical honors the original while giving it a more modern, romantic sensibility. The glorious score features the delightful "A Hundred Million Miracles," "I Enjoy Being a Girl," "Grant Avenue," "You Are Beautiful" and "Love Look Away," and the show tells the entertaining story of young Chinese immigrants learning to live in America, as the older generation struggles to retain its classical culture. Enjoy the production outdoors under the stars at the beautiful Woodminster Amphitheater.
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.
The fine print of a Groupon, the threat of a negative Yelp review, the "resume" of a cage-free chicken -- there's a lot more to the food scene than just food. Now the gripes and glories of being a modern-day gourmand have been turned into a hilarious stage show, Foodies! The Musical. This feisty musical comedy revue takes a humorous look at restaurants, eating habits and (increasingly whimsical) culinary trends. One of the longest-running original shows in San Francisco, Foodies! now comes to Danville, having won multiple SF Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards for outstanding music and lyrics. See a fresh production of this "show for everyone who eats" from the very talented Morris Bobrow, composer of Shopping! The Musical and Party of 2: The New Mating Musical.
San Francisco's annual Bay to Breakers footrace is as famed as its host city for its fun and flamboyant party atmosphere. But writer-performer Heather Marlowe instead endured a horrific experience, as she was drugged and raped at the event. This sharp-witted autobiographical play delves into the aftermath of the assault and the absurdity of the systems set up to deal with that specific crime, even in a supposedly enlightened city like Frisco. The show's director, Berkeley Rep regular Jean-Michele Gregory calls the story "daring and astonishing -- and frequently funny, because part of Marlowe's gift is her ability to find the absurd and the beautiful in the midst of the banal and the horrible."
A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
Get ready for Shakespeare as you've never seen him performed. The Un-Scripted Theater Company is an improvisational theater troupe that combines Shakespearean-style dialogue with original music to create a new show every night. The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals features comedies, tragedies, wild adventures and epic romances turned into unscripted musicals before your eyes. A Bay Area favorite, the Un-Scripted Theater Company highlights the difference between "improv comedy" and "improv theater."
Based on the beloved 1944 Judy Garland film, this heartwarming musical was nominated for four Tony Awards -- including Best Musical and Best Original Score -- when it debuted on Broadway in 1989. The show follows the adventures of the Smith family (with particular focus on the romantic entanglements of the four Smith daughters), as they anxiously await the arrival of the 1904 World's Fair in their fair city. But their hopes may be crushed, and Christmas ruined, when Dad announces they're moving to New York. This production is filled with tender affection, genuine humor and unforgettable tunes like "The Trolley Song," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Boy Next Door."
Come see where the theater pros go to play on their night off. PlayGround, the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator, identifies a select group of the Bay Area's best emerging professional playwrights and asks them to submit original ten-page plays -- all on a pre-determined single topic. From those submissions, six short works are chosen for staged readings to be performed by leading local directors and actors each month. Pre-show discussions provide further insight into the chosen topic, the writers' processes and more. Priority Genera Admission tickets allow you to enter first when the theater doors open.
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.
Noises Off, widely considered the funniest farce ever written, reveals the hilarious backstage happenings during rehearsals and performances of a play dubbed Nothing's On. Award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn's (Copenhagen, Democracy) comedy is a triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and even flying sardines, and it remains crowd-pleasing more than 30 years after its 1982 debut. Watch a manic menagerie of itinerant actors as they try to stitch together a sex comedy that's a sure flop, as out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.
Master clowns Bill Irwin (Scapin, Waiting for Godot), a two-time Tony winner, and David Shiner (Cirque du Soleil, Seussical) bring their stage hit Old Hats to A.C.T. Their hilarious new work features original music, imaginative movement and a captivating use of technology designed to bring a smile to your face. Shiner and Irwin also co-created the Broadway hit Fool Moon, which ran through most of the '90s and racked up two Tonys, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. A continuation of Fool Moon, the joyful Old Hats won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Irwin took home his Tonys for his dramatic role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? along with Fool Moon, but he may be best known as Mr. Noodle from Elmo's World. Shiner not only originated the role of the Cat in the Hat from Broadway's Seussical, but he also wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. This production features direction from Tina Landau, whose production of Saroyan's The Time of Your Life thrilled audiences in 2004.
Heated discussion and hearty laughter are sure to result from Rapture, Blister, Burn, the white-hot new play from Gina Gionfriddo. Twice Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Gionfriddo -- whose recent TV work includes writing for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series House of Cards -- has crafted a play that makes audiences howl and critics swoon. Rapture, Blister, Burn centers on Catherine, a rockstar feminist academic, who returns home to take care of her elderly mother. There, she encounters an old flame and an "ex" best friend who seem to be excelling at the kind of conventional life Catherine rejected. But first impressions can be very deceiving. Desdemona Chiang directs this exploration of how the lives of women have (and have not) changed for the Aurora Theatre Company.
Continuing its tradition of staging bad-ass, site-specific live theater, PianoFight Productions presents a showcase of new plays outdoors, with beer and barbecue. That's right, though the name of this extravaganza may be Roughin' It III: Theater. On. The. Rocks., you'll be sitting quite comfortably at the stunning Paradise Healing Center in Lagunitas, watching brand new works by local playwrights as a brewery slings its frothy wares and BBQ sizzles on the grill. With a backdrop of rolling hills splashed by the setting sun and live music peppered throughout, Roughin' It III is a cultural experience to satisfy all five senses.
Between the heights of global fame and the deep trenches of total obscurity, there is a land of half-familiar faces, authentic talents and outrageous stories. Now Don Reed, the celebrated actor, playwright and warm-up comic for The Tonight Show, reveals all about this mysterious country in his all-new solo show, Semi-Famous: Hollywood Hell Tales from the Middle. From having a panic attack auditioning for Spike Lee to almost being shot by the Secret Service, Reed's stories are as outrageous as they are true. Get a glimpse of Hollywood -- that heartless, heartbreaking and (very occasionally) heartwarming city -- during this tour de force from Reed, a two-time NAACP Theatre Award nominee (Best Actor and Best Playwright).
In his latest one-man show, Seth Rudetsky rolls musical theater, video parodies and music-related comedy into one infectious variety show. If there's anyone qualified to mock and deconstruct Broadway musicals, it's Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, Sirius/XM radio host and vocal coach Rudetsky. As a performer and musician, he's written comedy routines for Rosie O'Donnell and has pounded the keys in Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les MisÚrables and Phantom of the Opera. In his performance at Feinstein's, Rudetsky shares his insider insights on vocalists like Cher, The Osmonds and Patti LuPone, while injecting his own unique brand of comedy and critique. Don't miss this show that's been described as a combination of America's Funniest Home Videos and The Daily Show.
Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse-Five approaches the story of one of the most horrific massacres of World War II with mock-serious humor and a severely disjointed timeline, making it one of the most poignant anti-war fiction books of our modern time. Based on Vonnegut's own experiences surviving the Bombing of Dresden, during which the historic city was decimated and tens of thousands of civilians were killed, the book was adapted for the stage in 1996 by Tony-nominated and Oscar-winning writer Eric Simonson. Watch as Custom Made Theatre Company presents this story anew with an all-star ensemble of 11 actors playing dozens of characters over the play's 50 scenes. The staging includes a dynamic video show, which will be projected into a geodesic dome, including animations from Vonnegut himself.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind 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. This innovative show is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour. 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.
Greenwich artist Susy finds herself harassed by a band of criminals who believe she has their drugs in this modern adaptation of Frederick Knott's '60s thriller. But although the young newlywed has recently lost her vision, she's no helpless victim. Utilizing her ingenuity and remaining senses, she's able to level the playing field, devising a pulse-pounding game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in the dark of night. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, Wait Until Dark is an electrifying story by the playwright behind Dial M for Murder.
It's been called "a cultural phenomenon" (Variety) and has racked up more than 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tonys. Now's your chance to see Broadway's Wicked -- the untold story of the witches of Oz -- right here in San Jose. Long before Dorothy drops into Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One -- born with emerald-green skin -- is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The story of how these two unlikely friends become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for what Entertainment Weekly calls "the best musical of the decade."
Nothing could prepare Cass for the dirty little secret her husband's been keeping in his sweater drawer. Shocked by what she discovers, Cass abandons her husband and her run-of-the-mill life for a fresh start in the honeymoon capital of the world. Niagara Falls offers up a treasure trove of bizarre characters who accompany Cass on a journey of discovery that's utterly absurd and desperately funny. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers), the play debuted in 2000 with Sarah Jessica Parker as Cass, and was hailed by The New York Times as "exceedingly whimsical and playfully wicked." Now director Dale Albright leads an ensemble of local talent in a fresh production at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.