Shelton Theater celebrates 25 years in San Francisco with the Bay Area premiere of Tennessee Williams' black comedy play Baby Doll. The story follows a virgin child bride and her alcoholic husband in a revenge plot of seduction and justice. The film was created at the height of Williams' genius and reveals the master storyteller's vision of seduction, empathy and cruelty in the Deep South. This is your chance to see the lurid, controversial tale by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner who also wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among other classics.
Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is about a profoundly unsettling subject: the irrational, confounding and convention-thwarting nature of love. Martin, a hugely successful architect who has just turned 50, leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with Sylvia, he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters. Albee's boundary-pushing play is puzzling, powerful, bawdy and disturbing. Enjoy this incredible play -- the fifth Edward Albee play produced by Custom Made in its 20-year history -- at San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre.
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Miserables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including "The Heat is On in Saigon," "The Movie in My Mind," and "Last Night of the World." The New Yorker raves "A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL."
This smash-hit political thriller tells the true and widely unknown story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul, and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, culminating in the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Through back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics, common ground between the Israeli and Palestinian envoys is carefully unearthed. Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. See it at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.
Ever wonder how a great play is created? Now's your chance to watch it happen in real time! The Un-Scripted Theater Company presents The Play's the Thing, a full-length stage play improvised before your eyes, with no plan, no edits and no do-overs. Each evening is a brand-new, world-premiere play inspired by your suggestions. Come see what makes San Francisco Narrative Longform Improvisation so unique, by an ensemble that has specialized in it for more than 15 years. This is as live as theater gets!
It's 1950s Hollywood and the Cold War is about to come knocking on silver-screen star Mary Dale's palatial front door. Her husband's method acting class is a front for the Communist party, which threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Mary must rally to defend her marriage, Hollywood and the American way in this outrageously funny and ironically timely parody from Charles Busch, the master of camp. Enjoy Red Scare On Sunset at New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. You can come to the bar early and enjoy cocktail specials and music, not to mention that Thursday nights feature a special drag performance pre-show.
The Resting Place is a provocative and intense look at an American family in a cloudburst of crisis. Filled with raw humor, piercing darkness and fierce love, this new play from Ashlin Halfnight addresses familial obligation, guilt and our own complacency and culpability in wrongdoing, asking: How do we reconcile our love for someone with the knowledge of their horrifying transgression? Catch the world premiere of The Resting Place at San Francisco's Magic Theatre.
Lynn Nottage's Sweat is about friends and family falling apart. It's about people getting squeezed -- about how the American dream is changing, and how it's letting some people down. Variety declares this Pulitzer-winning play goes "where few playwrights have dared to go." Set in the Rust Belt, moving between 2000 and 2008, this poignant and surprisingly funny Bush-era family drama shines a light on the broken American dream experience for a whole host of people across our country, through the story of a group of friends who find themselves pitted against each other when a union lockout turns their assembly lines into picket lines. Don't miss this timely, vibrant portrait of America from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
An innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear. Originally produced as part of last season's Sandbox series, this captivating new play closely examines the different perceptions we operate under and the difficulty of setting our own boundaries. See the world premiere of this "master craftsmanship of local playwright Christopher Chen" at the San Francisco Playhouse.