Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION
UCSB Campbell Hall
4/22-4/22/2014
One of the most groundbreaking and sought-after artists of recent years, Kyle Abraham creates a conversation of movement that is fresh, unique and innovative. In his newest work, Pavement, he layers urban and classical dance influences, bold imagery and gripping, voluptuous movement. Inspired by the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of his youth and the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, Abraham (a former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member) and his company of striking dancers create a poignant and provocative world on stage, set to a lush soundscape ranging from Bach to Sam Cooke, encompassing themes of love and pain.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 JENNIFER KOH, VIOLIN, PART III
Hahn Hall
4/23-4/23/2014
The previous installments of Bach and Beyond - intrepid violinist Jennifer Koh's adventurous exploration of Bach's influence on composers throughout the centuries - had reviewers and audience members raving alike. Renowned for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and impeccable technique, Koh returns for the eagerly awaited final concert in her ambitious, far-reaching project.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 PESADO AND HERMANOS VEGA JR.
Chumash Casino Resort
4/24-4/24/2014
With several gold and platinum albums, Grupo Pesado has reached the top of the charts throughout Mexico and have reached the top 10 on the Regional Mexican Billboard Charts in the U.S. Don't miss them perfoming live on stage with Brothers Vega, playing hits from their first release "El Legado Continua."
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014Mark Dendy Dance and Theater Projects in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> MARK DENDY DANCE AND THEATER PROJECTS
Lobero Theatre
4/26-4/26/2014
Choreographer Mark Dendy's work is known for its wit, searing social commentary, intense physicality and tour de force acting. He has had a rich and varied career in experimental dance theater, grand scale site-specific work bringing together diverse dance communities, performance, opera, improvisation, cabaret, night clubs, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 THE CONSUL
The Granada Theatre
4/25-4/27/2014
Act I. John Sorel, a freedom fighter, staggers home calling for his wife, Magda. She and his mother rush in, and seeing that he is injured, tend his wounds. John tells them his meeting was raided by the secret police, whereupon Magda spots them approaching the house. The women rush to conceal John. As the police arrive, Mother is rocking her grandchild. The police interrogate the women and leave unsatisfied. John emerges from hiding and explains his plan: he will seek refuge in a neighboring country and communicate with Magda and Mother through Assan the glass-cutter. When their window is broken by a stone, they should contact Assan for the message. Magda and John say their goodbyes, and John encourages her to go to the Consul so she, Mother and their child can leave the country. The Consul's waiting room is full. One after another, people approach the Secretary to seek visas and each is turned away on some pretext. Magda seeks an audience with the Consul, but the Secretary informs her that no one sees the Consul. When she gives her name, he tells her that her name is a number and denies her again. A magician approaches and tries to charm the Secretary, but the Secretary is not amused. The people despair. Act II. At home, Magda and Mother discuss their visa applications, which, predictably, have been delayed. Magda frets over her sick child, and Mother comforts the child with a lullaby. Magda, too, is lulled to sleep, but she swiftly falls into a nightmare about John, the Secretary and a vision of a dead child. She awakens with a scream, just as a rock shatters the glass in their window. Magda immediately calls Assan. Later, she answers a knock at the door only to find an agent of the secret police. He offers her visas in exchange for information about John's friends, but Magda rebuffs him furiously. Finally, Assan arrives to fix the window and shares the news that John is waiting in the mountains until she has her visa and can join him. Magda tells Assan to lie to John so he will save himself. Assan promises to do so. Mother discovers that the child has died in sleep and the women grieve. The Consul's waiting room is full again. Magda begs the waiting people to let her go ahead of them, but they refuse. The magician hypnotizes the people and makes them all dance, distressing the Secretary. As the people are released from hypnosis, Magda approaches the Secretary again and begs to see the Consul. When the Secretary refuses her, Magda snaps and rages against the Secretary and the whole bureaucracy. Finally he relents and agrees to admit Magda when the Consul is finished with an important visitor. The visitor turns out to be the secret police agent. Magda faints. Act III. Magda continues to wait for the Consul, and the Secretary warns that the consulate will be closing soon. Assan arrives, looking for Magda. He tells her that John has discovered that both his child and Mother have died and he is on his way. Magda swiftly composes a note to dissuade John and sends it off with Assan. The people file away as the consulate closes. Just as the Secretary prepares to go, John rushes in looking for Magda. The Secretary tells John he should be able to catch up with her if he hurries, but it is too late - the secret police who have been tracking John descend on the consulate to arrest him. The Secretary quickly phones Magda to warn her. Magda arrives home in a daze and ignores the ringing phone. She turns on the gas stove and covers her head with a shawl from the baby's cradle. She imagines that she sees all the people from the consulate's waiting room, John and Mother. As she hears the magician's voice calling her back to the gas stove, she dies.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 THE CONSUL
Opera Santa Barbara
4/25-4/27/2014
Act I. John Sorel, a freedom fighter, staggers home calling for his wife, Magda. She and his mother rush in, and seeing that he is injured, tend his wounds. John tells them his meeting was raided by the secret police, whereupon Magda spots them approaching the house. The women rush to conceal John. As the police arrive, Mother is rocking her grandchild. The police interrogate the women and leave unsatisfied. John emerges from hiding and explains his plan: he will seek refuge in a neighboring country and communicate with Magda and Mother through Assan the glass-cutter. When their window is broken by a stone, they should contact Assan for the message. Magda and John say their goodbyes, and John encourages her to go to the Consul so she, Mother and their child can leave the country. The Consul's waiting room is full. One after another, people approach the Secretary to seek visas and each is turned away on some pretext. Magda seeks an audience with the Consul, but the Secretary informs her that no one sees the Consul. When she gives her name, he tells her that her name is a number and denies her again. A magician approaches and tries to charm the Secretary, but the Secretary is not amused. The people despair. Act II. At home, Magda and Mother discuss their visa applications, which, predictably, have been delayed. Magda frets over her sick child, and Mother comforts the child with a lullaby. Magda, too, is lulled to sleep, but she swiftly falls into a nightmare about John, the Secretary and a vision of a dead child. She awakens with a scream, just as a rock shatters the glass in their window. Magda immediately calls Assan. Later, she answers a knock at the door only to find an agent of the secret police. He offers her visas in exchange for information about John's friends, but Magda rebuffs him furiously. Finally, Assan arrives to fix the window and shares the news that John is waiting in the mountains until she has her visa and can join him. Magda tells Assan to lie to John so he will save himself. Assan promises to do so. Mother discovers that the child has died in sleep and the women grieve. The Consul's waiting room is full again. Magda begs the waiting people to let her go ahead of them, but they refuse. The magician hypnotizes the people and makes them all dance, distressing the Secretary. As the people are released from hypnosis, Magda approaches the Secretary again and begs to see the Consul. When the Secretary refuses her, Magda snaps and rages against the Secretary and the whole bureaucracy. Finally he relents and agrees to admit Magda when the Consul is finished with an important visitor. The visitor turns out to be the secret police agent. Magda faints. Act III. Magda continues to wait for the Consul, and the Secretary warns that the consulate will be closing soon. Assan arrives, looking for Magda. He tells her that John has discovered that both his child and Mother have died and he is on his way. Magda swiftly composes a note to dissuade John and sends it off with Assan. The people file away as the consulate closes. Just as the Secretary prepares to go, John rushes in looking for Magda. The Secretary tells John he should be able to catch up with her if he hurries, but it is too late - the secret police who have been tracking John descend on the consulate to arrest him. The Secretary quickly phones Magda to warn her. Magda arrives home in a daze and ignores the ringing phone. She turns on the gas stove and covers her head with a shawl from the baby's cradle. She imagines that she sees all the people from the consulate's waiting room, John and Mother. As she hears the magician's voice calling her back to the gas stove, she dies.
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LOVE, LAUGHTER AND LINGUINE
The Tabard Theatre Company
4/4-4/27/2014
Cathy Spielberger Cassetta; dir: Doug Baird, Cathy Spielberger Cassetta.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 GROUND
Jurkowitz Theatre
4/25-5/10/2014
When Zell Preston inherits her father's struggling pecan farm and moves back to her childhood home on the border of New Mexico, she finds that the once tight-knit community is now split by culture, law, visible and invisible boundaries. The government has cracked down on the undocumented immigrant population, dividing families and pitting neighbor against neighbor. Zell's high school sweetheart, Carl Zelaya, defends his choice to work for the Border Patrol to his family and friends. A premiere at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays, this very moving and challenging new work is a personal drama about very big issues.
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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 CONFUSION
Santa Maria Civic Theatre
4/25-5/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/20/2014 GHOST OF A CHANCE
Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre
4/11-5/18/2014
Bethany is bright, strong, independent, beautiful and has zero self esteem. She has brought her finance, Floyd, and his mother, Verna, up to her cabin in the woods, the site of the hunting accident that killed Chance, her first husband. Much to her consternation, he or rather, his ghost is still there.
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