Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014

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The Cutting Ball Theater
EXIT on Taylor:Andrew Saito; dir: Rob Melrose.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014 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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Theatre of Yugen
NOHspace:dir: Jubilith Moore.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014 "SHE KILLS MONSTERS"
Sonoma State University Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance
Sonoma State University Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance presents "She Kills Monsters" A pseudo-violent comedy adventure of identity, fantasy and killing monsters! WHAT: "She Kills Monsters" By Qui Nguyen / Directed by Paul Draper High school teacher Agnes comes to terms with the death of the teenage sister she never really knew when Agnes discovers Tilly's rich role-playing world of "Dungeons & Dragons" and her secret identity as Tilius the Paladin. Dubbed with her own gamer handle - Agnes the Ass-hatted - and provided with only a "regular" sword, she follows the dynamic trio of Tilius, Lilith, and Kaliope in search of the "Lost Soul of Athens," confronts Orcus the Overlord of the Underworld, does battle with five-headed dragon Tiamat and finds her true self. Set in Athens, Ohio in 1995, Agnes' real-life quest to know her sister is paralleled in a "Dungeons & Dragons" adventure theatrically bringing Tilly's hidden high school life to life - and into the open. A high-octane comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 1990's pop culture, Qui Nguyen's "She Kills Monsters" is a heart-pounding homage to the geek warrior in us all. "Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious...'She Kills Monsters'...will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart," said the New York Times when "She Kills Monsters" premiered at the Flea Theatre in New York in 2011. WHEN: March 5 to March 8, 2014 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 and Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 11 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 WHEN: March 26 to March 29, 2014 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, 2014 11 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 LOCATION: Ives Hall, Studio 119 Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Ives Hall is accessed through the main entrance to Sonoma State University. VENUES / PARKING: From the South entrance on East Cotati Avenue, turn right at the stop sign in front of the information kiosk. Park in Lots E (left) and F (right). Parking passes are $5 and may be purchased from the self-dispenser at the lot entrance. TICKET PRICES: $10-$17. Admission prices to performances range from $10 to $17. Sonoma State University students are admitted free for all performances. $10 non-SSU students and seniors; $15 Sonoma State University Faculty and Staff; $17 standard admission. Tickets also sold at the door one hour prior to curtain. PHONE / BOX OFFICE: 707-664-4246 The box office is located in the Student Union building. On performance nights, depending on the performance venue, the Person Theatre or Ives Hall box office will open one hour prior to the event start time. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and one hour prior to all concerts. Contact the box office at 707-664-4246 or email WEB SITE: VIDEO:
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014 MADEA
African-American Shakespeare Company
Passion. Love. Vengeance. African-American Shakespeare Company continues its 19th season with MEDEA, Euripides' infamous Greek tragedy about a jilted wife exacting the ultimate revenge on a cheating husband. After a long series of trials and adventures, Greek hero Jason has abandoned his wife, Medea, along with their two children, in the hopes of advancing his station by marrying the daughter of King Creon. Jason's abandonment of his family crushes Medea, driving her to override her maternal instincts and curse the existence of their two children, and carry out an unimaginable quest for justice. Denise Woods, former voice and speech instructor at California Institute of the Arts, directs.
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AlterTheater Ensemble
Various Storefronts along downtown pedestrian shopping district:Denmo Ibrahim.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014 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 3/09/2014 BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre
Set in the mountains of Connemara County Galway, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that inexorably leads towards the play's terrifying denouement.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014 LONESOME WEST
6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabbling spiral into viscous and bloody carnage.
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The Custom Made Theatre Company
Caryl Churchill ; dir: Laura Lundy-Paine.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 3/09/2014 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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