Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014 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 5/11/2014 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 5/11/2014 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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AlterTheater Ensemble
4/23-5/18/2014
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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 5/11/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
6th Street Playhouse, GK Hardt Theatre
5/2-5/25/2014
Based on the popular movie starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, the stage version includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE tells the story of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
African-American Shakespeare Company
5/3-5/25/2014
Closing African-American Shakespeare Company's 19th season is William Shakespeare's glorious comedy of love delayed, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Celebrating the joy of love and the power of redemption, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING chronicles the clever banter and sincere affection of two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war" in which they both proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are a sweet young couple who are practically rendered speechless by their love for one another. While Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love, Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. Despite the villainy and betrayal, all ends well, proving that love does indeed conquer all. African- American Shakespeare Company Artistic Director L. Peter Callender directs a modern take on this Bard classic.
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THE LETTERS
Aurora Theatre Company
4/17-5/25/2014
John W. Lowell; dir: Mark Jackson.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Spreckels Theatre Company
5/9-5/25/2014
Spreckels Theatre Company presents the Northern California premiere of the Broadway musical "Catch Me If You Can," the high-flying musical comedy based on the DreamWorks film and incredible true story that inspired it. Set in the early 1960s, "Catch Me If You Can" is inspired by the real-life adventures of Frank Abagnale Jr., a teenager who impersonated an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer while traveling the world and passing more than one million dollars in bad checks - while in pursuit by Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent determined to catch him. This musical version pulls out all the stops with flashy Las Vegas style production numbers, jazz and blues tunes and a book that explores all the depth of the movie. This main stage production is presented with the new Paradyne projection system, developed by Spreckels Performing Arts Center, combining still images and animations to create multiple backdrop effects - creating a visual aesthetic that's exciting and visually surprising for audiences of the 21st Century.
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SEMINAR
San Francisco Playhouse
4/29-6/14/2014
Theresa Rebeck.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Center Repertory Theater
5/16-6/21/2014
A hilarious tale of over-achievers' angst, Spelling Bee chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. A Tony Award-winning musical about trying to stand out and fit in at the same time, this riotous musical comedy is guaranteed to have you cachinnating (use it in a sentence, request a definition?). Dust off your dictionary and prepare yourself for the laughter and quirky charms of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 5/11/2014 THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
5/16-6/29/2014
Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner returns to Berkeley Rep for the West Coast premiere of his latest play: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary playwright unfurls an epic tale of love, family, sex, money and politics-all set under the hard-earned roof of an Italian family in Brooklyn. When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre.
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