At turns introspective, romantic and joyously hopeful, 110 in the Shade is a poignant look at romance in a drought-stricken, Depression-era town. Sharp-witted but insecure rancher's daughter Lizzie is resolving herself to live out life as a spinster, until charming stranger Starbuck comes to town with the promise to make it rain, encouraging Lizzie to dream beyond her own view of herself. Meanwhile, the town sheriff must deal with the con man as well as coming to terms with his own past. This beautiful show boasts a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (best known for the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks). Enjoy 110 in the Shade at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
You control the characters in this epic improvised role-playing serial. Roll the 20-sided die to lead our four main characters through the Journey Master's fantastical world of harrowing adventures, mythical creatures, and unexpected twists. Are you up for the challenge? Then join us for our next campaign! Un-Scripted Theater Company presents Adventure Quest in San Francisco.
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.
Beyond Borders Storytelling features wanderlusting adventurers with exciting tales to share. Originally founded by three former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to exchanges stories about living overseas, BBS has expanded to now feature stories from anyone. Whether you're building bridges at home or abroad, across cultures or under the same roof, these events showcase unique perspectives from anyone interested in creating greater understanding through the art of storytelling. Get an earful of something new at San Francisco's PianoFight.
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"
One interview. Two legends. Plenty of secrets. Before becoming icons of American theater, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together, shut away from the world's judgment. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out in The Gentleman Caller, these men reveal sides of themselves the public never saw - in all their vulnerabilities, flaws and triumphs. Enjoy the regional premiere of this "beautifully worded, heartfelt and spellbinding look at the brief and unlikely relationship between two of America's greatest playwrights" (Broadway World) at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center.
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.
In this rock musical based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place ... six feet under. Heathers: The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal show based on one of the greatest teen comedies of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers can be enjoyed at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre.
Directed by Shannon R. Davis. A modern adaptation of Euripides' classic tragic-comedy of Helen of Troy. This epic explores beauty, women, gender, societal expectations, iconography, storytelling, abduction, war and death. The gods have replaced Helen with a phantom and whisked the real woman away to an Egyptian hotel room to await her judgment or rescue. After seventeen years of solitude, endless routine, and one serious fly infestation, company arrives. Will their stories save her? Can the woman transcend the icon? Catch Helen at Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco.
One of the funniest comedies ever written, Oscar Wilde's most popular play has entertained theater-goers for over a century. Everyone is in love with Ernest, the irresistible bad boy of London society. The trouble is, Ernest doesn't exist. Wilde fills this uproarious farce with delicious bon mots, as two pairs of young lovers scramble to untangle their own web of lies and win the approval of the imperious Lady Bracknell. The Importance of Being Earnest is a wildly entertaining "trivial comedy for serious people," that sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. Catch the fun at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are thrilled to present The Infinite Wrench, as part of an ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that'll never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join the cast at PianoFight , where they test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
Hailed by The New York Times as "thrilling...ravishing...devastating" and described by The Sunday Times as "a significant event in which theatre shakes hands with the world," The Jungle is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle - the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the at the Afghan Cafe. Take a seat in a place where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger. The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. After taking London and New York by storm, The Jungle now arrives at the Curran in San Francisco with Miriam Buether's award-winning set design. To accommodate this incredibly unique staging, the Curran will be completely transformed and, in the process, the capacity will be reduced to an intimate 600 seats - so be sure to take advantage of this special preview offer while you can. You'll even get to choose your experience: immerse yourself in the Afghan Cafe with Floor seats, or watch the story unfold from the Mezzanine.
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. Named Time magazine's No. 1 show of the year, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. See it at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts.
With his mother fighting a losing battle with cancer, a young black man must navigate through the harsh realities of life in order to find his way back home in Mother's Milk. Blending together traditional blues with gospel classics, playwright Wayne Harris spins a powerfully moving tale about life, death and the Baptist Church - not to mention the best banana pudding recipe ever. Set during the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this drama features original music composed by Randy Craig and John McArdle. Get ready to fill your heart with song when this 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival "Best of Fringe" winner returns to The Marsh Berkeley just in time for Mother's Day.
This classic tale from Neil Simon remains one of the stage's most recognizable and timeless comedies. When fastidious Felix Ungar is thrown out by his wife his only refuge is with his best friend, Oscar Madison, a recently divorced sportswriter whose apartment is a study in slovenly chaos. Friends, yes, but will they drive each other crazy? This peculiar pair, with decidedly different approaches to life, to love and to housework, has been entertaining audiences with side-splitting laughter for nearly 50 years. Enjoy The Odd Couple at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
In his one-man biographical musicals, Hershey Felder has brought to life everyone from Beethoven to Irving Berlin, and in Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story, the virtuoso performer takes audiences on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative L'apres-midi d'un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten. Experience it at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
Bursting with one show-stopping number after another, Pippin is the magical, musical fairy tale featuring a fabulous score from three-time Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). The Tony-winning musical follows the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, as he struggles to find his life's meaning. Along the way, he samples the glories of the battlefield, the intrigues of political power and the pleasures of the flesh - all part of his quest to find out where he fits in. As narrated by a troupe of magical performers, this exuberant journey of existential fulfillment is one of Broadway's most enduring and beloved classics, and it's coming to the Berkeley Playhouse.
Remembering James tells the story of The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Spanning nearly two decades of his monumental career, you'll see how a divided country, the growing Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shaped the artists' work. A six-piece band accompanies the show, bringing the passion of his music alive while offering a message of hope to a grief-stricken nation looking for a moment of healing and celebration. Enjoy Remembering James at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco.
Get ready for a dizzying Jazz Age ride when Scott and Zelda's glittering life spills out across the Ross Valley Players stage, following the Fitzgeralds as they roam international playgrounds from the hot spots of Europe to the deadly glitter of Hollywood. Their untamed lives are co-starred with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Groucho Marx and a frenetic cast of the rich and risky cavorting on two continents. Along the way, Scott pens The Great Gatsby and becomes America's greatest writer. Sidle up to a ringside seat for the epic romance of Scott and Zelda: The Beautiful Fools.
Shakesqueer: What's In A Name? What happens to the world of Shakespeare when gender stereotypes fall and same-sex relationships are all that exist? Something unexpected, yet wonderfully familiar! After all, the Bard loved playing with gender roles .... Join Un-Scripted Theater Company for these completely improvised plays, and enjoy classic romance and comedy through a modern lens.
In this colorful adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's satire of 19th-century British society, the wiley and scheming antiheroine Becky Sharp scrambles up social ladders and hurdles over whims of fate in this farcial comedy about trying to get what you want out of life, no matter the cost. Conjuring an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature's original "nasty women," acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) brings her signature quick wit and distinctly unfussy retelling of classic work to one of literature's most celebrated novels in this production at A.C.T. in San Francisco.