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<a href=Michael Ryan and Friends: Gypsy Passion in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> Michael Ryan AND FRIENDS: GYPSY PASSION
Candlelight Pavilion
Music inspired by the passionate flair of the Spanish guitar. You won't want to miss this fabulous array of guitars, flute, bass, percussion, vocals and flamenco dancers performing Gypsy Passion! From the smooth bossa nova to the energetic sambas, Michael Ryan together with some of the finest musicians, singers and dancers invite you to experience the beautiful, romantic and passionate music of Rio de Janeiro.
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No Man's Land in Broadway NO MAN'S LAND
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Internationally acclaimed for their performances on stage, screen and television, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will star at Berkeley Rep in a revival of Harold Pinter's celebrated play No Man's Land.
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ARIEL Theatrical, Inc.
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. This version of JOSEPH?DREAMCOAT features extended songs and dances. The Megamix is available as a separate rental with this version. Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Harold Pinter; dir: Sean Mathias.
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[title of show] in Broadway [TITLE OF SHOW]
Lesher Center for the Performing Arts
Tony Award Nominated [title of show] is the musical comedy that documents its own creation from idea to Broadway opening. This deliciously smart and tuneful musical is an unpredictable, and uproarious tongue-in-cheek musical about show business and making one's dreams come true. Follow Jeff, Hunter, Heidi and Susan as they negotiate a musical theatre obstacle course of from their apartment to a Broadway stage. Fresh, funny and playful, [title of show] is a Cinderella tale of the Great White Way. "Delectable entertainment! Hilarious! A fresh new musical worth cheering!" - The New York Times "Sly, sassy, inspired." - Entertainment Weekly "Terrific. A kick-ass time." - New York Daily News
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Stealing Leads: Women Read Glengarry Glen Ross in Broadway STEALING LEADS: WOMEN READ GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Ashby Stage
Ricky Roma. Shelly "The Machine" Levene. Moss. AaronoW. Williamson. Not to mention Mitch and Murray. The infamous real estate hustlers of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross have long represented the American male at his Darwinian nadir: desperate, backstabbing, criminal, and rather deft with the placement of a coital intensifier. Does the ruthless competition driving the play relate only to men, or has traditional casting denied this work its universality? In a taut staged reading by First Person Singular, seven of the Bay Area's finest female actors will deliver the answer. It may not be pretty.
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The Sound Of Motown in Broadway THE SOUND OF MOTOWN
Candlelight Pavilion
It's time to boogie on down to Motown! In 1960, a new record label was formed which would change the face of the music industry forever. Motown specialized in music genres such as rhythm and blues, soul and pop. Now on the Candlelight Pavilion stage, enjoy the hits of Motown performers including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Supremes. Familiar songs include "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "My Girl," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." You'll have a gas as you are taken back to some of the best music from the 1960's!
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Lady Windermere's Fan in Broadway LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN
California Shakespeare Theater
"Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality." The glittering greatness of Oscar Wilde graces the Bruns stage for the first time since 2008's An Ideal Husband with this satin-lined skewering of marriage, morals, and "polite" society. Noted director and actor Moore-who portrayed Jon in Ghost Light at Berkeley Rep and OSF-makes his Bay Area directorial debut with Wilde's lesser-known, but thoroughly brilliant, comic melodrama.
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San Francisco Playhouse
Arthur Miller.
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The Odd Couple in Broadway THE ODD COUPLE
Altarena Playhouse
Florence is a neurotic neat freak. Olive is a fun-loving slob. Recently divorced from their husbands, they move in as roommates and start driving each other crazy. Enjoy the laughs as Florence and Olive play poker, do battle, and court the Costazuela brothers. Neil Simon himself updated his classic Tony-winning comedy with a decidedly modern female twist!
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Marin Theatre Company
David Lindsay-Abaire; dir: TraCy Young.
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The New Conservatory Theatre Center
Brad Erickson; dir: Dennis Lickteig.
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Jon Robin Baitz; dir: Richard Seer.
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The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) in Broadway THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED)
Napa Valley Playhouse
"The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)" Written and directed by ReEd Martin and Austin Tichenor Napa Valley Playhouse presents the World Premiere of "The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)," the latest work from the team who created "The Complete History of America (abridged)," "The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)" and other "Complete (abridged)" stage classics. It's laugh out loud funny when three comic guerillas play out the complete history of comedy from the Cavemen and Commedia to Chris Rock and tributes to iconic comedians of stage and screen. Bay Area favorites Dodds Delzell, Dan Saski and Chad Yarish serve as your "Professors of Phunny." For anyone who enjoys a good laugh, this is a required course in comedy.
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Spamalot in Broadway SPAMALOT
6th Street Playhouse, GK Hardt Theatre
For the first time on a Bay Area stage since the National Touring company, Monty Python's SPAMALOT is a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off" from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, SPAMALOT is a hilarious romp for the ages.
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All's Well That Ends Well in Broadway ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Forest Meadows Amphitheatre
Poor Helena, she's in love with Bertram. But Bertram? Well, he's "just not that into her." Shakespeare's romantic comedy follows Helena, who's head over heels in love with Bertram. Robert Currier directs this witty, but quirky comic Valentine where all's well that ends well, or does it? Find out when Marin Shakespeare Company continues its 2013 outdoor summer season continues with "All's Well That Ends Well." The "Pay What You Will" preview is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Official opening of "All's Well That Ends Well" is 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Performances presented in repertory through Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. on select Sundays. Visit the Marin Shakespeare web site for specific dates and performance times.
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Bonnie & Clyde in Broadway BONNIE & CLYDE
Ashby Stage
Over one feverish night in an unnamed southern town, a mythic couple comes to terms with their own mortality. With humor, desperation and tenderness, these icons are made human again, resolving their issues and getting their affairs in order. This potent blend of romance and violence echoes the power of the ancient Greeks. Based on a true story.
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A Comedy of Errors in Broadway A COMEDY OF ERRORS
Marin Shakespeare Company
Marin Shakespeare Company's 2013 outdoor summer season continues with new adaptation of "A Comedy of Errors." Adapted and directed by Lesley and Robert Currier, William Shakespeare's farce gets a Texas twist in this updated tuneful, side-splitting tale about luckless cowboys caught up in a comic adventure of mistaken identity and romantic love. The production is a fun introduction to Shakespeare for all ages and features fun new twists for Shakespeare fans. "Pay What You Will Preview" is 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. The opening night performance of "A Comedy of Errors" is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27. The Marin Shakespeare Company summer long festival features a variety of special events and discounted ticket options including "Pay Your Age" for adults 20 to 37-years old and "Pay What You Will" preview performances. Single tickets are $20 to $37.50. The Forest Meadows Amphitheatre opens one hour prior to show time for picnicking. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free. Visit the Marin Shakespeare web site for specific dates and performance times.
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Aurora Theatre Company
Amy Herzog; dir: Joy Carlin.
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Shotgun Players
Adam Peck; dir: Mark Jackson.
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