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Diablo Theatre Company
Fun, friendship, and humor abound in this nostalgic trip to Rydell High in 1959, complete with greasers, slumber parties, the hand jive, and lots of singing and dancing. Head greaser Danny Zuko and new, good girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through Grease with such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night" and "You're the One That I Want" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack for an entire generation.
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Center Repertory Company
Margaret Lesher Theatre:Bruce Norris; dir: Michael Butler.
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The Cutting Ball Theater
EXIT on Taylor:Andrew Saito; dir: Rob Melrose.
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Aurora Theatre Company
Aurora Theatre:Johnna Adams; dir: Jon Tracy.
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PCPA Theaterfest
Marian Theatre:William Shakespeare.
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San Francisco Playhouse
Jez Butterworth.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 2/23/2014 NAPOLI!
American Conservatory Theater
A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli (artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Vigil at A.C.T.) and Stratford Festival star Seana McKenna (Phedre at A.C.T.) return to lead the cast of Napoli!, a hilarious new translation of Eduardo De Filippo's poignant Italian comedy. During the chaotic days of World War II in Naples, an enterprising woman sets up a small-time black market business to keep her family afloat. She prospers, but maybe a bit too much-compelling her husband to ask hard questions about morality, civility, and the state of their society. De Filippo's masterful blend of humor and pathos tells the story of an unforgettable and wildly entertaining family determined to survive at any cost.
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The Imaginists
The Imaginists:Eliot Fintushel, Brent Lindsay, Amy Pinto; dir: Brent Lindsay, Amy Pinto.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 2/23/2014 THE MUSIC MAN
Berkeley Playhouse
The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey.
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The New Conservatory Theatre Center
Decker Theatre:Del Shores.
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PCPA Theaterfest
Severson Theatre:book: Steven Sater; lyrics: Steven Sater; music: Duncan Sheik.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 2/23/2014 THE THREEPENNY OPERA
San Jose Stage Company
A milestone of 20th century musical theatre rolls on unstoppably into the 21st with absolute relevance. With a haunting jazz score by Kurt Weill and biting lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, this musical saga of the villainous-but-irresistable Mack the Knife - the most notorious anti-hero to storm the stage - is a trailblazing spectacle where the haves clash with the have nots.
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Z Space
Z Space:Kate E. Ryan; lyrics: Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson; music: Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson; dir: Anne Kauffman.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 2/23/2014 TARTUFFE
A Noise Within
Madame Pernelle is visiting her son Orgon's house and uses the opportunity to criticize all the members of the household and to praise their boarder, Tartuffe, because he is a man of such holiness and zeal. The others object to Tartuffe, maintaining that he is false and hypocritical, but Madame Pernelle will not entertain such thoughts. Instead, as she leaves, she admonishes everyone to follow Tartuffe's precepts. After Madame Pernelle leaves, Cleante, who is Orgon's brother-in-law, and Dorine, Orgon's daughter's maid, discuss the situation and their boarder and agree that Tartuffe has beguiled not only Madame Pernelle, but Orgon as well. Orgon's son, Damis, adds to the situation by wondering out loud if his father, after being influenced by Tartuffe, will still allow his daughter, Mariane, to marry her love, Valere. Damis is also concerned because he wants to marry Valere's sister; thus he asks Cleante to question Orgon about his earlier promise to allow the marriage to take place. Orgon arrives and seems much more concerned about the welfare of Tartuffe than anything else around him, including his wife's illness. Cleante tries to discuss Tartuffe with Orgon, but fails and discovers that Orgon is only interested in singing Tartuffe's praises. When he questions Orgon about the intended wedding, he dodges the issues and refuses to give a direct answer; however, when his daughter arrives, Orgon tells her that he wants to ally Tartuffe with his house and that this can best be done by Mariane's marrying Tartuffe. Mariane is so shocked that she cannot believe her ears. After Orgon departs, Dorine, the maid, reprimands Mariane for not having refused to marry Tartuffe. Mariane's beloved, Valere, arrives and accuses her of consenting to the marriage. Dorine listens to them argue and then, after they are reconciled, promises to help them expose Tartuffe's hypocrisy. Damis, incensed about Tartuffe, is also determined to reveal Tartuffe's hypocrisy, and, as he hears Tartuffe's approach, he hides in the closest. Elmire, Orgon's wife, arrives, and Tartuffe, thinking they are alone, makes some professions of love to her and suggests that they become lovers. Having heard Tartuffe's plans, Damis reveals himself and threatens to expose Tartuffe. When Orgon arrives, Damis tries to inform his father about Tartuffe's proposition, but Orgon is so blind that he thinks his own son is evil in trying to defame Tartuffe's good name-and he immediately disinherits his son. As Orgon and Tartuffe leave, Orgon reveals his plans to make Tartuffe his sole heir and also his son-in-law. Cleante later confronts Tartuffe and tries to reason with him, but Tartuffe will only respond in religious cliches, and, as soon as the opportunity presents itself, he hastily excuses himself from the room. Orgon and Elmire arrive, and when she hears Orgon's plans, she extracts a promise from him to hide in some concealed place and observe Tartuffe's actions. Orgon consents, and Elmire sends for Tartuffe. When he arrives, he is accosted by Elmire, and soon he begins to make not only declarations of love to her but also derogatory comments about Orgon. Finally convinced of Tartuffe's hypocrisy, Orgon emerges and orders him from the household. Tartuffe then reveals that legally he is now the owner of the house, since Orgon has signed over all his property. Alone with his wife, Orgon reveals that he is frightened because, earlier, he had entrusted some secret documents to Tartuffe's care-documents which could ruin Orgon's trusted position in the court. When Orgon's mother arrives, he cannot convince her that Tartuffe is a hypocrite; it is only when news arrives that Tartuffe is having the entire family evicted that Madame Pernelle is convinced. Tartuffe brings with him officers of the court, but, as the family is about to be evicted, an officer reveals that the king has seen through the hypocrisy of Tartuffe and has ordered him to be imprisoned for this and for other crimes. The king has also restored to Orgon all his rightful property.
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