Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 A CHRISTMAS STORY
6th Street Playhouse, GK Hardt Theatre
11/29-12/22/2013
Through the nostalgic recollections of his grown up self, we follow nine year old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas! Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out." It's all here in this loving stage adaptation of the perennial cult holiday classic film: the family's temperamental exploding furnace, the schoolyard bully, the boy's experiment with a wet tongue on a frozen lamppost, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, the Old Man's FRA-GEE-LAY Leg Lamp, and of course the best Christmas present ever!
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Noise Within
12/7-12/22/2013
On A frigid Christmas Eve night, a miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting house, keeping an eye on his clerk, Bob Cratchit. The stingy Scrooge refuses to spend money on heating coals, so poor Cratchit shivers in the dim room. Scrooge's nephew, Fred, drops by and wishes him a Merry Christmas, though Scrooge replies with a bitter "Bah! Humbug!" Later, two gentlemen enter his office and ask him to donate money for a fund that will feed the hungry. Scrooge feels no pity for the plight of those less fortunate and promptly dismisses the gentlemen. At closing time, Scrooge reluctantly gives Cratchit the day off for Christmas. Scrooge returns home, where he lives in a house that belongs to his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Late at night, the sound of dragging, metal chains announces the arrival of The Ghost of Jacob Marley. Marley has a grave message for Scrooge. Because Marley lived a greedy and selfish life, his ghost now wanders the Earth in heavy chains as punishment. He hopes he can help Scrooge avoid the same fate. He tells Scrooge that three spirits will visit him, with the first arriving when the bell tolls one. As promised, the Ghost of Christmas Past arrives, leading Scrooge on a journey to the Christmases of his childhood. He sees himself as a lonely child, an apprentice to Fezziwig the merchant, and as a young man who loses his sweetheart Belle's love to his greed. Tortured, Scrooge begs the ghost to take him home. The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge through London to unveil the Christmas holiday as it will unfold that year. Scrooge watches the large and bustling Cratchit family prepare a miniature feast in their meager home. He discovers Bob Cratchit's crippled son, Tiny Tim, a courageous boy whose kindness and humility warms Scrooge's heart. The specter then whisks Scrooge to his nephew Fred's house to witness their Christmas party. Scrooge finds the jovial gathering delightful and pleads with the spirit to stay until the very end of the festivities. As the day progresses, the spirit ages, and we see a noticeably older ghost. Prior to his departure, the ghost reveals to Scrooge two starved children, Ignorance and Want, living under his coat. He vanishes instantly as Scrooge notices a dark and hooded figure approaching. The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, the spirit Scrooge fears most of all, leads Scrooge through a sequence of mysterious scenes relating to an unnamed man's recent death. Scrooge sees businessmen discussing the dead man's riches, some thieves pawning his personal effects for cash. Scrooge, anxious to learn the lesson of his latest visitor, begs to know the name of the dead man. After pleading with the ghost, Scrooge finds himself in a churchyard, the spirit pointing to a grave. Scrooge looks at the headstone and is shocked to read his own name. He desperately implores the spirit to alter his fate, promising to renounce his insensitive, avaricious ways and to honor the Christmas spirit. He suddenly finds himself safely tucked in his bed. Overwhelmed with joy at the chance to redeem himself, and grateful that he has been returned to Christmas day, Scrooge rushes out onto the street hoping to share his newfound Christmas spirit. He sends a giant Christmas turkey to the Cratchit house and attends Fred's party, to the stifled surprise of the other guests. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honors Christmas with all his heart: he treats Tiny Tim as if he were his own child, provides gifts to the poor, and treats his fellow human beings with kindness, generosity, and warmth.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 CINDERELLA
African-American Shakespeare Company
12/7-12/22/2013
San Francisco's African-American Shakespeare Company continues its 19th season with an enchanting production of CINDERELLA. This timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the holidays, is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but with a soulful twist. This heartwarming story finds Cinderella, a young, beautiful dreamer, toiling away as a lowly scullery maid for her evil stepmother and stepsisters. With the help of a fabulous Fairy Godmother who makes the magic happen, Cinderella finds her Prince Charming and learns that anything is possible, even miracles.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Center Repertory Theater
12/12-12/22/2013
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it "THE Christmas Carol To see in the Bay Area." Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Center Repertory Company
12/12-12/22/2013
Hofmann Theatre:adapt: Cynthia Caywood, Richard L. James from Charles Dickens; dir: Scott Denison.
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MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE
The New Conservatory Theatre Center
11/8-12/22/2013
Walker Theatre:adapt: Andy Grahm, Roger Parsley from Hanif Kureishi; dir: Andrew Nance.
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MARY POPPINS
PCPA Theaterfest
11/7-12/22/2013
Marian Theatre:book: Julian Fellowes; lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman; music: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman; dir: Michael Jenkinson.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 SCROOGE - THE MUSICAL
Spreckels Theatre Company
12/5-12/22/2013
Musical version of Dickens' classic tale presented with holiday magic at Spreckels in Rohnert Park Spreckels Theatre Company presents "Scrooge - The Musical," Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse Based on the 1970 film featuring Albert Finney Spreckels Theatre Company in Rohnert Park, Ca. presents "Scrooge The Musical." Based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," this seasonal show is a delightful musical adaptation from the 1970's film featuring Albert Finney as Scrooge. The classic tale is modernized with Spreckels Theatre Company's new Paradyne projection system with special effects and holiday magic surrounding the audience in the Bette Condiotti Theatre. Prepare for a wild holiday ride in this black box theater when this technically enhanced production combines a theatrical musical with an "E-Ticket" experience, making this "Scrooge -The Musical" the perfect holiday experience for all ages. This Spreckels Theatre Company production features the new Paradyne projection system, developed by Spreckels Performing Arts Center, combining still images and animations to create multiple backdrop effects. WHEN: Through Dec. 22, 2013 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TICKETS: $22 to $26 $26 General; $24 Senior/Youth; $22 Children 12 and under ORDER TICKETS ONLINE: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=36249&schedule=list PHONE: 707-588-3400 For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707 588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime. WHERE: Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Bette Condiotti Theatre, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 WEBSITE: www.spreckelsonline.com PROMO VIDEO: http://animoto.com/play/JzfzCcl29qKUGDvXejf6Tg
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS
Candlelight Pavilion
11/30-12/28/2013
For the past 28 years the Candlelight Pavilion has presented 28 original, family-friendly Christmas stories with all the joy and magic you would expect of the holiday season. This year we continue that tradition with a heartwarming story that will surely melt the hardest of hearts. As is our custom, the children are asked to join Santa on stage during the performance. It is there that the true magic of Christmas is found, in the smiling faces and twinkling eyes of those who are wise enough to believe in the miracle of Christmas. At the conclusion of the show there is also a photo opportunity with the big guy himself, so don't forget your camera. Join us as we celebrate the holidays at the Candlelight Pavilion with love, hope and a little Santa magic!
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
American Conservatory Theater
12/6-12/28/2013
The Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol, featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your "humbugs" at the door!
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THE JEWELRY BOX
The Marsh
11/1-12/28/2013
The Marsh San Francisco:Brian Copeland; dir: David Ford.
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TOO MANY TAMALES
The Marsh
12/13-1/4/2014
The Marsh San Francisco:
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 TRISTAN & YSEULT
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
11/22-1/6/2014
Kneehigh is back! Britain's beloved theatre company returns to the Bay Area with a glorious story of love. King Mark rules with his head, until he falls head over heels for his enemy's sister. Based on an ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions and tender truths. It's another marriage of gorgeous music and ingenious staging from the acclaimed creators of Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride. Embrace comedy and spontaneity in this West Coast premiere for an irresistible night of love!
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STOREFRONT CHURCH
San Francisco Playhouse
11/26-1/11/2014
John Patrick Shanley.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/15/2013 EDWARD GANT'S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS
Ashby Stage
12/4-1/12/2014
For those of you who love how dark and sexy and bizarre we can get for the holidays - this show is for you! Master Gant leads us and his troupe of traveling performers into the sensual Edwardian world of top hats, fantastical puppets and flash powder. Damsels pop pimples to reveAl Pearls; a young soldier gets a lobotomy to forget a lost love. It is a feast for the senses and a song for the heart!
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THE FELLOWSHIP
AlterTheater Ensemble
12/4-1/12/2014
Various Storefronts along downtown pedestrian shopping district:Ignacio Zulueta; dir: Hugo E. Carbajal.
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AVENUE Q
The New Conservatory Theatre Center
12/6-1/12/2014
Decker Theatre:Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx.
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EDWARD GANT'S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS
Shotgun Players
12/4-1/12/2014
The Ashby Stage:Anthony Neilson; dir: Beth Wilmurt.
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