Underground theater in San Francisco is not dead yet. Above Ground is a festival of brand new original performance art by visionary artists who are shaking up the theater world. Each night is a different lineup featuring recognized, awarding-winning playwrights Ron Campbell, Bob Ernst and David Draffin sharing the bill with up-and-comers Natasha Kaluza, Fenner and Daniel Larlham. This is where the future of plays, storytelling, stand-up, puppetry, poetry, physical comedy and live music is headed!
Jason is headed to Hollywood to become a star. There he encounters the greatest star of all time, a man of many secrets and many desires. One of them is the desire to be frightened. Can Jason and his friend Cranston meet that challenge? And do they really want this star's help, given what they know about him?
The compelling new drama Archduke tells the story of three young men who, with nothing left to lose, join Serbia's secret military society on the eve of World War I. The destitute young men follow an unlikely path to terrorism in the name of Serbian nationalism. The deeper they find themselves in the organization, the more they learn about each other -- and the closer the tale parallels the bizarro politics of today. The story comes from the dark, humorous, exciting mind of Rajiv Joseph, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright. Open your mind to a challenging and insightful journey you only knew a fraction about at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
One of the most beloved films of the '80s, the Tom Hanks comedy classic is now a heartfelt musical fantasy. Josh Baskin is 12 years old. He wishes that his mom would stop hugging him in public, that he didn't have to take out the garbage, and that Cynthia Benson, the girl next door, would notice him. When she passes him over for an older boy, Josh makes a wish to be big ... and wakes up the next morning in the body of a 30-year-old man. Taking off to the big city, Josh now must navigate the unknown world of adults - a world of jobs, girlfriends and disgustingly fancy foods - as he and his best friend seek out a way to undo the spell that caused him to grow. Filled with Zoltar machines, floor pianos and a dazzling, pop-filled score, Big: The Musical reminds us that there's always room to be a child at heart. Get in on all the fun at the Berkeley Playhouse.
In the middle of a howling Kansas snowstorm a bus pulls up at a small diner. The passengers, a down at the heels professor; a young rodeo king intent on carrying off his very short-term girlfriend to a remote Montana ranch; and his loyal friend manage to strike sparks with the local sheriff. Find out what happens next during this production at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay.
It's a fight for survival in the Silicon Valley world of venture capital and Sakina, an Indian-American venture capital associate, has big dreams of financing her idea of a bio-receptive, information-gathering fabric. But will she fit in a place where her values and identity must be compromised for her goal to be realized? Ethics, tribalism and the intentions of business are tackled as playwright Carey Perloff delves into the shark tank of finance. Don't miss The Fit at The Ruff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in San Francisco.
The biggest Broadway show since The Book of Mormon is hitting the road on its first national tour. Written by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is a true landmark of American culture, tearing up the musical theatre rulebook with a score that is equal parts Sondheim and Notorious B.I.G., and a cast of ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the Founding Fathers. The story centers on Alexander Hamilton, one of our most important (and colorful) characters, who rose from his humble orphaned beginnings to play a major role in making America the country it is today.
Hungry for some great theater? Moon favorite Michael Patrick Gaffney's original one-man show, The Oldest Living Cater Waiter, offers up delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as both a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. Gaffney cooks up numerous characters from his past with just the right amount of sauciness, Shakespeare, and a soupçon of self-discovery. Come celebrate one man's journey of a life in the theater.
Is there a more drop-dead romantic song than Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's "Falling Slowly?" You might say yes, but then you might have to come to blows to defend that position against the song's legion of devotees. It did, after all, inspire an Oscar-winning movie (also starring the real-life musical duo) and a multiple-Tony-winning Broadway musical and win a Grammy Award. Once the musical is a poignant ode to love, longing and the power of art, and now it makes its Bay Area regional premiere at The Gateway Theatre courtesy of 42nd Street Moon. A talented cast of actor-musicians play their own instruments as they bring to life Hansard and Irglova's bittersweet songs, and the beautiful story they inspired.
From Independence, Missouri, to a new land, a better land, a place they call...Oregon. Follow our intrepid pioneers as they overcome tough terrain, manage intra-wagon conflict, and try to avoid getting dysentery. Oregon Trials is an improvised story driven by you, the audience. Choose which characters embark on this perilous journey and what happens to them along the way! Be warned, though - the American frontier is a dangerous place...
Sofie is an unhappy housewife. Gregor is her breadwinning husband. Dr. Franz is their strange psychiatrist. Wink is the cat. And Gregor has just skinned the cat. Violent desires, domestic anarchy, and feline vengeance at any cost make Wink a dark comedy about the thin, thin line between savagery and civilization. Catch the wicked fun at the Marin Theatre Company.