Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 SLEUTH
Center Repertory Theater
3/28-4/26/2014
One of the best stage thrillers of all time, Sleuth has been wowing audiences with its breathtaking surprises and revelations for decades. Successful British mystery writer Andrew Wyck invites his wife's lover to his mansion and proposes an intricate scheme in which they can all come out winners. So begins the twisty, high-stakes game of brinksmanship that the NY Times called "clever as a wagonload of monkeys solving the crossword puzzle - intricate as the Hampton Court maze - good, clean bloody fun!"
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SLEUTH
Center Repertory Company
3/28-4/26/2014
Margaret Lesher Theatre:Anthony Schaffer; dir: Mark Anderson Phillips.
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STANDING ON CEREMONY
The New Conservatory Theatre Center
3/21-4/27/2014
Walker Theatre:adapt: Brian Shnippe from Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Doug Wright.
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VENUS AND ADONIS
The Cutting Ball Theater
4/27-4/27/2014
William Shakespeare; dir: Rob Melrose.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Berkeley Playhouse
4/5-5/4/2014
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF WALNUT CREEK: THE MUSICAL
Center Repertory Theater
4/17-5/4/2014
Inspired by on eof America's favorite (and perhaps despised) reality series, The Real Housewives of Walnut Creek: The Musical channels all the craziness and cat-fights that - for better or worse - keep audiences tuning in for more. Meet the wives: Penny, Lulu, Joanne, Babette and Beezus - and come be a part of our studio audience as we tape their "reunion special". A new musical from the star and co-author of Becoming Britney, Molly Bell exposes the world of reality television set to an original score.
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THE COAST OF UTOPIA: SALVAGE
Shotgun Players
3/21-5/4/2014
The Ashby Stage:Tom Stoppard; dir: Patrick Dooley.
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WITTENBERG
Aurora Theatre Company
4/4-5/4/2014
David Davalos; dir: Josh Costello.
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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF WALNUT CREEK: THE MUSICAL
Center Repertory Company
4/17-5/4/2014
Molly Bell; dir: Michael Butler.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 TRIBES
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
4/11-5/11/2014
When three smart siblings move back home with their opinionated parents, the cacophony of their family hits a new high-even for Billy who's deaf. Nina Raine's profound and powerful new play became a hit in London and New York, now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep. To fall in love or find a job, to forge an identity apart from your family, to fulfill that longing for somewhere to belong…is it as simple as following the signs? In Tribes, a deaf man learns to find his way in a world where everyone needs to be heard.
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NOISES OFF
PCPA Theaterfest
4/24-5/11/2014
Michael Frayn.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
A Noise Within
3/29-5/17/2014
At a time when the pace of American life was not so rapid, a middle-aged couple, awash in the what-ifs and drifting apart, takes in a young, vivacious college boarder, creating an explosive catalyst for change. After half a century, William Inge's contemporary masterpiece remains compelling and deeply resonant.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 THE SUIT
American Conservatory Theater
4/23-5/18/2014
When a husband catches his wife in the arms of her lover, the lover flees-but leaves his suit behind. As her penance, the husband makes his wife "treat the suit as an honored guest"; accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this simple yet surprising tale, set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 COMMUNIQUÉ N° 10
The Cutting Ball Theater
4/18-5/18/2014
In a city engulfed by riots a young Muslim man is killed after a confrontation with a security guard. His brother, Hassan, vows vengeance and attempts to take control over his seemingly written destiny. Rebels, vagrants, and officers of the law all seek asylum. Their elders, who have difficulty making sense of society's radical changes, are simultaneously dead and very much alive to bear witness to the resulting devastation. All hide in fear from unseen state forces as they contemplate the consequences of action and inaction. Exploring the tensions of the underclass in a city that is bursting at the seams, French playwright Samuel Gallet's Communique n° 10 was inspired by the 2005 Paris riots led by North African youth. Cutting Ball's production examines the assumptions we make about immigrants, and the connections we make with Muslim identities and violence. Melrose's translation of Communique n° 10 was commissioned and developed as a part of the 2012 Des Voix Festival.
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TBA
AlterTheater Ensemble
4/23-5/18/2014
TBA TBA.
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COMMUNIQU
The Cutting Ball Theater
4/18-5/18/2014
Samuel Gallet; trans: Rob Melrose; dir: Rob Melrose.American Premiere
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A SHIFTING REEF
The Imaginists
4/24-5/18/2014
adapt: Ensemble Created ; dir: Brent Lindsay, Amy Pinto.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014 TARTUFFE
A Noise Within
2/15-5/24/2014
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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THE LETTERS
Aurora Theatre Company
4/17-5/25/2014
John W. Lowell; dir: Mark Jackson.
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SEMINAR
San Francisco Playhouse
4/29-6/14/2014
Theresa Rebeck.
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