Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Arlington Theatre
Experience the very best the world has to offer: the finest strings, the warmest woodwinds, the richest brass - all in one transcendent program. Over its formidable 170-year history, the legendary Vienna Philharmonic has upheld the highest standards of music-making, drawing effusive praise from the greatest composers and conductors of the ages. Wagner described the orchestra as one of the most outstanding in the world, while Strauss said, "All praise of the Vienna Philharmonic reveals itself as understatement." Claimed Previn: "The orchestra is incapable of making an ugly sound." Returning after its historic 2011 Santa Barbara debut, the "superbly polished" (The New York Times) Period-instrument ensemble performs under the gifted baton of renowned Mahler interpreter Daniele Gatti, showcasing Vienna's "irresistible" (The New Yorker), storied sound.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014Burt Bacharach in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> BURT BACHARACH
Chumash Casino Resort
The sophisticated melodies and elegant compositions of Burt Bacharach are among the defining sounds of American popular music. Come hear him perform hits including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," " I Say a Little Prayer" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and more.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014Miranda Sings in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> MIRANDA SINGS
Lobero Theatre
International YouTube sensation Miranda Sings is bringing you a hilarious night filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail, and never before seen videos. The quirky superstar has over 60 million views on YouTube and has performed her one-woman show to sold-out crowds all over the world. You will not want to miss seeing this lipstick-wearing, epileptic eye-browed, crooked-smiling beauty live and in person!
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 THE WIZARD OF OZ
UCSB Campbell Hall
Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends in the most beloved musical journey of all time! American Family Theater presents The Wizard of Oz in a sparkling live production featuring a terrific cast, unforgettable songs and dazzling special effects, along with plenty of audience participation. Whether your family fell in love with the classic film or the book - or have yet to hear the story for the first time - you won't want to miss The Wizard of Oz. Bursting with imagination and fun, it's a heartfelt tribute to the magic that only live theater can provide.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 FALSTAFF
The Granada Theatre
ACT I. Sir John Falstaff, the portly rascal of Windsor, sits in the Garter Inn with his "bad companions" Bardolfo and Pistola. When Dr. Caius enters to accuse the three of abusing his home and robbing him, Falstaff dismisses the charges with mock solemnity. He then upbraids his friends for being unable to pay the bill. Seeking to better his fortunes, Falstaff plans to woo wealthy matrons Alice Ford and Meg Page. He produces love letters to both, but his henchmen decide their ethics forbid them to deliver the notes. Falstaff gives them to a page boy instead and lectures his cronies on honor, as he chases them from the inn. In her garden, Alice and her daughter, Nannetta, talk to Meg and Dame Quickly, soon discovering that Falstaff has sent identical letters. Outraged, they resolve to punish him, then withdraw as Ford arrives with Caius, Fenton, Bardolfo and Pistola, all warning him about Falstaff's designs. Briefly alone, Nannetta and Fenton steal kisses until the women return, plotting to send Quickly to Falstaff to arrange a rendezvous with Alice. Next Nannetta and Fenton are interrupted by Ford, who also plans to visit Falstaff. As the women reappear, all pledge to take the fat knight down a peg or two. ACT II. At the inn, Falstaff accepts Bardolfo and Pistola's feigned penitence for their mutiny. Soon Quickly curtseys in to assure the knight that both Alice and Meg return his ardor. Arranging a meeting with Alice, Falstaff rewards Quickly with a pittance and then, alone, preens himself. The next visitor is Ford, disguised as "Master Brook" and pretending an unrequited passion for Alice. Employed to break down the lady's virtue, Falstaff boasts that he already has set up a tryst and steps out to array himself. Ford, unable to believe his ears, vows to avenge his honor. Regaining his composure when Falstaff returns, he leaves arm in arm with the fat knight. In Ford's house, Quickly tells Alice and Meg about her visit with the knight at the inn. Nannetta does not share in the fun: her father has promised her to Caius. The women reassure her before hiding, except for Alice, who sits strumming a lute as her fat suitor arrives. Recalling his salad days as a slender page, he is cut short when Quickly announces Meg's imminent approach. Falstaff leaps behind a screen, and Meg sails in to report that Ford is on his way over in a fury. Quickly confirms this, and while Ford and his men search the house, Falstaff takes refuge amid the dirty linen in a laundry basket. Slipping behind a screen, Nannetta and Fenton attract attention with the sound of their kissing. While Meg and Quickly muffle Falstaff's cries for air, Ford sneaks up on the screen, knocks it over and pauses briefly to berate the lovers as the chase continues upstairs. Alice orders servants to heave the basket into the Thames then leads her husband to the window to see Falstaff dumped into the muddy river. ACT III. At sunset outside the inn, Falstaff bemoans his misadventure while downing a mug of warm wine. His reflections are halted by Quickly, who insists that Alice still loves him and proves it with a note appointing a midnight rendezvous in Windsor Park. Alice, Ford, Meg, Caius and Fenton sneak in as Falstaff enters the inn with Quickly, who tells him the gory tale of the Black Huntsman's ghost, often seen in Windsor Park at midnight. Alice and the others take up the story, plotting to frighten Falstaff by dressing up as wood sprites. In moonlit Windsor Forest, Fenton sings of love and receives a monk's costume for the masquerade; Nannetta is queen of the fairies, Meg a nymph and Quickly a witch. Everyone takes off as Falstaff lumbers in, got up as a huntsman and wearing antlers. Scarcely has he greeted Alice than Meg warns of approaching demons. As the knight cowers, Nannetta calls the forest creatures to their revels. They torment Falstaff until he begs for mercy. When the conspirators unmask, Sir John takes it like a sport. Ford betroths Caius to the queen of the fairies (now Bardolfo in disguise) and unwittingly blesses Nannetta and Fenton. Ford too has been duped, but he can forgive as well, and Falstaff leads the company in declaring the world is but a jest.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 FALSTAFF
Opera Santa Barbara
Verdi and Shakespeare: the perfect pair! This season, Falstaff receives its long-overdue company premiere in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Falstaff is often deemed the finest operatic comedy ever written, and features an ingenious libretto and a sprightly, scintillating score. This witty operatic romp is built around Shakespeare's portly errant knight, Sir John Falstaff, as he attempts to woo two married ladies in hopes of improving both his financial situation and his love life. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as he planned; he's thwarted by the merry wives of Windsor at every turn! However, not even an unexpected dip in the Thames can dampen Falstaff's sense of humor - or his irrepressible joie de vivre!
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 CONFIGURATION
Center Stage Theater
Join our pre-professional dance companies in a show for the whole family. This year's show offers new works in contemporary, jazz, and hip hop styles. This sell-out smash is fun for all ages!
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 NOISES OFF
Garvin Theatre
Called "the funniest farce ever written" by The New York Post, Michael Frayn's riotous romp brilliantly follows both the onstage calamities and the backstage shenanigans of a woefully inept theatre troupe attempting to perform a sex comedy appropriately titled "Nothing On." Flubbed lines, slammed doors and dropped trousers abound in this madcap melee of theatrical mishaps. By the time the curtain comes down, you'll be grasping your sides and gasping for air!
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The Tabard Theatre Company
Theatre on San Pedro Square:Kurt Gravenhorst; music: Jeremy Harris.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 3/02/2014 FOR BETTER
Magic Circle Theatre
In this plugged-in world of email, text messaging and camera phones, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon? Karen and Max are getting married. At least, if their jobs will ever let them be in the same city at the same time. A romantic comedy for the digital age, For Better is a hilarious new farce that pokes fun at our overdependence on the gadgets in our lives.
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