Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012

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THE UNDERPANTS
Center REP Theater
10/19-11/17/2012
From the mind of Steve Martin, the renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, comes a wild and crazy satire. The Underpants is the cheeky tale of Louise, the pretty but neglected wife of a blockheaded bureaucrat, whose bloomers unaccountably fall down around her ankles in public. Her husband is horrified, fearing scandal and sure enough, two men - a poet and a barber - show up at their door hoping to rent the spare room and woo Louise. Filled with Steve Martin's famous flashes of wit, The Underpants is a gleeful and giddy romp about scandal and celebrity.
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MEGA HOT LAVA NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Sonoma State University, Evert B. Person Theatre
11/15-11/17/2012
Curated by Scott Horstein Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012 Script-in-hand readings of plays by student playwrights, with some playwrights responding to the "Water Works" theme. $6 standard admission. Sonoma State University students are admitted free for all performances. Presented in Ives 76.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 STATUS UPDATE
Center REP Theater
11/1-11/18/2012
Annabel has one boyfriend, two dinner guests and - most crucially - 534 friends on Facebook. When her birthday party goes from bad to terrible, Annabel decides to abandon the "real world" altogether and jumps head first, like a 21st-century Alice, down the wormhole with her pal Keyboard Cat. Once inside the Wonderland of the Internet, Annabel finds ex-boyfriends, old colleagues, political action and even her mom - but she keeps looking for a way back to herself. A comedy with music about internet addiction for the curious and the curiouser.
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DINER
Curran Theatre
10/23-11/18/2012
Taking to the stage for a brand new musical is the celebrated film that was responsible for launching many of Hollywood's greatest careers, Diner. A story of nostalgia, six high school friends reunite at a place they know they will always belong: the Diner. With an original score by 9-time Grammy Award winnder Sheryl Crow, Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson and Choreography from Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, this is one not to miss!
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
La Habra High School
11/9-11/18/2012
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd WebberFor more information on La Habra High School, click hereFor more information on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012Woody Guthrie’S AMERICAN SONG in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Woody Guthrie’S AMERICAN SONG
UC Berkeley, Durham Studio Theater
11/9-11/18/2012
UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies presents: Woody Guthrie’S AMERICAN SONG Songs and Writings by Woody Guthrie Conceived, Adapted and Directed by Peter Glazer Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements by Jeff Waxman November 9-18, 2012 Durham Studio Theater Friday, November 9 - 8pm Saturday, November 10 – 8pm Sunday, November 11 – 2pm (post-show discussion with Peter Glazer and cast members to follow) Thursday, November 15 – 8pm Friday, November 16 – 8pm Saturday, November 17 – 8pm Sunday, November 18 – 2pm Tickets: $15.00 and $10.00 Tickets available at tdps.berkeley.edu
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 ELEKTRA
American Conservatory Theater
10/25-11/19/2012
Direct from its acclaimed sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, this sweeping production of Elektra brings an exquisite new translation of the timeless Greek tragedy to the Bay Area. After her father is murdered by her mother, Elektra is driven by grief, perpetually reliving the horrific event to refuel her burning need for revenge. A feast of poetic language featuring haunting original music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang, Elektra features two of A.C.T.’s most beloved performers: core Acting Company member René Augesen in the title role and associate artist Olympia Dukakis as the Chorus Leader.
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SUPERIOR DONUTS
The Custom Made Theatre Company
11/2-12/1/2012
Tracy Letts, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his epic, family drama August: Osage County, has shifted gears with this entertaining comedy. In the Chicago north-side neighborhood of Uptown, Arthur Przybyszewski runs the donut shop that has been in his family for sixty years. More content to spend the day smoking weed than running his business, Arthur hires a shop assistant, the young African-American Franco Wicks, who has both an unpublished novel and unpaid gambling debt. Their relationship is the crux of this heart-warming play, set in the heart of one of Chicago’s most diverse communities, that explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 WHITE CHRISTMAS
Stockton Civic Theatre
11/14-12/9/2012
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank; Book by David Ives & Paul BlakeFor more information on Stockton Civic Theatre, click hereFor more information on White Christmas, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Santa Monica Theatre Guild
11/10-12/15/2012
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall BarerFor more information on Santa Monica Theatre Guild, click hereFor more information on Once Upon a Mattress, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 CINDERELLA (ENCHANTED EDITION)
Sierra Repertory Theatre
10/26-12/22/2012
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs; From the Teleplay by Robert L. FreedmanFor more information on Sierra Repertory Theatre, click hereFor more information on Cinderella (Enchanted Edition), click here
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 THE RAINMAKER
Shelton Theater
10/26-12/22/2012
The Shelton Theater presents THE RAINMAKER, N. Richard Nash’s classic play about faith, love and raw magic in a time of crippling drought. Beautifully staged by director Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, this funny, poignant and life-affirming story is an unforgettable view into a world where love and belief in the unbelievable are as necessary as rain. Matt Shelton plays the title role of Starbuck, the traveling con man come to bring rain. Plays Friday/Saturday nights @ 8PM
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 THE WHITE SNAKE
Berkeley Repertory Theater
11/9-12/23/2012
Mary Zimmerman is mesmerizing. From Metamorphoses to The Arabian Nights, audiences have embraced her enchanting adaptations of epic tales. Now the Tony Award-winning director casts a spell with The White Snake, a classic romance from Chinese legend. As she falls for a charming young man, a snake spirit discovers what it means to be human. But a monk objects, and the bride must unveil her magical powers to save their love. With the alluring and hypnotic White Snake, Zimmerman unwraps another exquisite gift for the holidays. Photographer: Jenny Graham
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OH, YES SHE DID!
Shelton Theater
10/6-12/23/2012
"Sandy Brown's Show is a Tour de force...just Brilliant! ~ KGO SAN FRANCISCO Nominated "Best One-Person Show" – 2012 NAACP Theatre Awards, stars Actress/Comedienne Sandy Brown (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hannah Montana, Tyler Perry's House of Payne), masterfully blending drama, humor, music, dance & multi-media as she morphs into legendary Black women Pioneers who changed the course of social justice in America History, forever. Prepare to experience powerful legacies: Revolutionary War Slave-Poet Phillis Wheatley, runaway with Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad, meet World's First Woman Self-made Millionaire-Suffragette Madame CJ Walker, follow Global Superstar & War-Spy Josephine Baker, go Backstage with Jazz Legend Billie Holiday, Bus-Ride with Rosa Parks, protest with activist Angela Davis, campaign with First Democrat Woman Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm, etc. "Oh, Yes She Did!" has run nearly 50 successful weeks in Hollywood and Los Angeles, known for sold-out shows bringing audiences to their feet, that return again and again. ~ABOUT THE ARTIST~ L.A. native & U.C. Berkeley Bear Sandy Brown is a TV/Film/Stage Actress-Comedienne (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hannah Montana, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, HBO Def Comedy Jam & Comics Unleashed); multiple military comedy tours (Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo); and vocalist/Songwriter for TV/Film songs on (Americas's Next Top Model & One Life to Live,. Now, as Performer/Producer/Playwright, "Oh, Yes She Did", receives nominations and high praises from heroes (Tuskegee Airman & 1961 Freedom Riders) while embraced by audiences & critics, as a vibrant cultural treasure. Sandy Brown currently performs Volume 1 weekly in Los Angeles & San Francisco, (Volume 2 launches in 2013) More info: http://www.SANDYBROWNLIVE.com
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/11/2012 THE LION KING
SHN Orpheum Theater
11/1-1/13/2013
The Lion King is on tour and hits the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA, showing from 1 Nov 2012 to 13 Jan 2013. Disney presents a musical that brings THE LION KING'S wildly popular story, the Oscar winning Elton John / Tim Rice songs, and an entire African landscape to the stage. Directed and designed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, THE LION KING fills the theatre with sights and sounds of one of Broadway's most imaginative new talents - all to bring new life to Disneys crowd pleasing story of a young princes adventure-filled journey to adulthood - and the throne. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap! The entire savanna comes to life and, as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly rises out of the stage. This is The Lion King. The winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, it is the story of a young lion cub named Simba who struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king. To bring the classic 1994 film to life, Disney turned to the story's roots, its rich mythology, powerful human drama and primal African rhythms to create a fantastic new musical unlike anything Broadway has ever seen.
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