Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/20/2018

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The Marsh Berkeley
This holiday season, The Marsh Berkeley brings Lisa Rothman’s "Dragon in the Drop-Off Lane" to the Marsh Discovery Series, which showcases work under development. After her kids dodge bullets at the local park, Rothman seeks respite by bringing them to a Winter Solstice Carnival in the ritzy town where she grew up. Holding the acorn pouch she purchased for $30, Lisa can’t wait to use the acorns to pay for the pagan caroling, the gingerbread man decorating, and the puppet show. But now finds she’s dodging a sanctimonious parent-volunteer in Lululemon yoga pants, a fire-breathing dragon, and – the most formidable opponent of all – her father. The stage is set for a heartfelt farce in which Lisa must reckon with what her parenting choices have cost her children. For information or to order tickets, visit or call (415) 282-3055 (Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm). WHEN: November 29 – December 22, 2018 SHOWS: 7:30pm Thursdays & 5:00pm Saturdays
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The People's History of Next in Broadway THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF NEXT
THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF NEXT A World Premiere Written by Everybody Facilitated by Awele, Anthony Clarvoe and Cleavon Smith Arranged and Directed by Jon Tracy Starring Awele, Justin Howard, Leela Kiyawat and Unity Tambellini-Smith Dec. 6-22nd, 2018 Thurs-Sat, 8pm Sun, 2pm Closing Sun, Dec. 22nd 8pm Live Oak Theater, Berkeley Tickets are general admission, sliding scale, $10-30. More info at: or contact, ** After grief destroys the world, three teenagers find themselves the unwilling guardians of humanity’s detritus. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past, they are forced to become the architects of the future. The People’s History of Next, developed with Bay Area high schools, colleges, and community centers through listening circles, writing workshops, and media foraging, will be a play that explores ownership of the past, present, and future through one’s relationship to their bloodline.
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Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 12/20/2018 "THAT DON REED SHOW"
The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret
Saturday Night Live said Don was “too white,” while the network executive for In Living Color said he wasn’t “black enough.” So Don created "That Don Reed Show," his own sketch variety show. Coming to The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret this November, Don brings Bay Area audiences an evening of irreverent sketches, edgy stand-up, short films, and music. For information or to order tickets visit or call (415) 282-3055 (Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm). WHEN: November 24 – December 23, 2018 SHOWS: 8:30pm Saturdays & 5:30pm Sundays
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Bat out of Hell in Broadway BAT OUT OF HELL
Orpheum Theatre
The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage as Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang ‘The Lost’, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian. Bringing to life the legendary hits of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf this ‘outrageous, nostalgic wild child of a rock’n’roll musical’ (The Times) is a fun, vibrant, boundary-pushing take on the traditional love story that can be enjoyed by all.
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A Bronx Tale in Broadway A BRONX TALE
Golden Gate Theatre
Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. A Bronx Tale is directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, written by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, with songs by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and three-time Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo, and produced by music mogul Tommy Mottola, The Dodgers (Jersey Boys, Matilda) and Tribeca Productions, and Evamere Entertainment.
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Chance Theater
book: Paul Gordon; lyrics: Paul Gordon; music: Paul Gordon.
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Chance Theater
adapt: Eric Schaeffer from Charles M. Schulz; dir: James McHale.
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City Lights Theater Company
Sean Grennan; dir: TBA .
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Ensemble Theatre Company
Matthew Lopez; dir: Jenny Sullivan.
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Little Women in Broadway LITTLE WOMEN
Coastal Repertory Theatre
Start Times: Fridays/Saturdays: 8:00 Sundays: 2:00 A spirited adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age drama. The American Civil War is underway, and four sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy -- must hold the family together as Christmas draws near. A timeless and sentimental testament to the endurance of family, the power of love, and what it means to stay true to oneself.
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New Village Arts Theatre
Lauren Gunderson, Margot Melcon; dir: Kristianne Kurner.
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PCPA ??? Pacific Conservatory Theatre
lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Carolyn Leigh; music: Morris Charlap, Jule Styne.
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Berkeley Playhouse Presents The Wizard of Oz in Broadway BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF OZ
Julia Morgan Theater
Dorothy, Toto, and the crew from the land of Oz will take to the stage this holiday season in an all-new production of The Wizard of Oz. Brimming with classic songs and color, this mainstage musical by Berkeley Playhouse previews on November 9 and opens November 10, at Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. When a storm hits her family farm in Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are swept over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz where scarecrows talk, tin men sing, lions (barely) roar, and where one very wicked witch rules the skies. This musical journey of finding home—and yourself—is the perfect holiday treat for the whole family. “This holiday season, we wanted to stage a musical that celebrates home and the world of one's extended family,” says Berkeley Playhouse Executive Director and Producer, Kimberly Dooley. “The Wizard of Oz fits perfectly into our history of exploring family, and we cannot wait to share this beautiful production with families throughout the Bay Area.” The Wizard of Oz features a cast of professional Bay Area actors, with talented students playing Dorothy and the Munchkins. The production will have an extended seven-week holiday schedule, starting November 9 and running Friday through Sunday and select Thursday evenings. Tickets (ranging from $20 to $40) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Furthering efforts to make theater available for all audiences, the run of Berkeley Playhouse’s The Wizard of Oz includes two low-cost preview performances (November 9 at 7:00 p.m. and November 10 at 1:00 p.m.), and offers two pay-what-you-can performances, Thursday, December 6 and 13 at 7:00 p.m.
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Cinderella presented by the African-American Shakespeare Company in Broadway CINDERELLA PRESENTED BY THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
African-American Shakespeare Company
African-American Shakespeare Company presents CINDERELLA Directed by Mark Allan Davis An annual holiday treat, this timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the holiday season, is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but with a soulful twist. PERFORMANCES Friday, December 21 at 8pm — Opening Saturday, December 22 at 11am & 3pm Sunday, December 23 at 1pm VENUE Herbst Theatre — 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 Nearest BART Station: Civic Center TICKETS Box Seats (Reserved Seating): $45 Orchestra (Reserved Seating): $35 Balcony (General Seating): $25 Group Ticket Discount: 15% off purchase of 10+ tickets BOX OFFICE City Box Office 415-392-4400: Weekdays 9:30am–5:00pm; Saturdays 12:00pm–4:00pm More information: #CinderellaAASC
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book: Tim Federle, Claudia Shear; lyrics: Nathan Tysen; music: Chris Miller; dir: Robert Kelley.
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adapt: Joe Mantello from David Sedaris; dir: Jeffrey Lo.
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My Friend Hafiz   in Broadway MY FRIEND HAFIZ
dance mission theatre
My Friend Hafiz - It’s a concert. It’s a Circus. It’s an inspiration. Weaving the wisdom of beloved Persian poet Hafiz into their rich tapestry of unique harmonies, award-winning songwriters, The Levins, create an incredible backdrop for the breathtaking beauty of Sweet Can Circus. Wonder at the aerialists, be dazzled by acrobats and laugh with the clowns. First performed by Sweet Can Productions and the Levins in San Francisco in 2014, this production is a revival of that popular show - being brought back by audience request. Performers featured include: Beth Clarke (Producer, Slack Rope, Aerial); Gregangelo Herrera (Whirling Dervish, Musician); Natasha Kaluza (Clown, Hula Hoop); Zoë Klein (Aerial, Acrobat, Dancer); Ira Levin (Inn Keeper); Tushar Mathew (Clown, Actor); Natalie Nayun (Dancer); Nina Sawant (Cyr Wheel, Aerial); Jeremy Vik (Hand Balancer, Acrobat). Music will be performed live by: The Levins - Ira Levin & Julia Bordenaro Levin (Composer, guitar, piano, vocals); Joe Chang (Cello), Aharon Wheels Bolsta (Percussion). Callie Floor (Costumes); Joan Raymond (Costumes); Ian Wallace (Projections). My Friend Hafiz is produced by Sweet Can Productions and The Levins and directed by Mindy Cooper.
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The Old Globe
book: Timothy Mason; lyrics: Addtl lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, Timothy Mason; music: Addtl music by Albert Hague, Mel Marvin; dir: James Vasquez.World Premiere
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Capital Stage Company
Lauren Gunderson, Margot Melcon.
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La Jolla Playhouse
Lindsey Ferrentino; dir: Anne Kauffman.World Premiere
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Laguna Playhouse
Kris Lythgoe; dir: Sheldon Epps.
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Lucie Stern Theatre
An enchanting bestseller springs to life as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings the regional premiere of "Tuck Everlasting" to Palo Alto. In this 1890s tale, free-spirited Winner Foster’s search for adventure leads to the Tucks, a close-knit family that has discovered the secret to everlasting life. Winnie faces the choice of a lifetime: return to everyday life, or join the Tucks on their infinite, irreversible voyage through time. With a rousing score and a wealth of warm-hearted humor, this whimsical Broadway musical offers families a magical holiday treat. "Tuck Everliasting" will be presented from Nov. 28 - Dec. 30. Showtimes: Previews: 8:00pm Tuesdays: 7:30pm Wednesdays: 2:00pm, 7:30pm (+6pm, December 26 - sensory sensitive performance) Thursdays: 8:00pm Fridays: 8:00pm Saturdays: 2:00pm, 8:00pm Sundays: 2:00pm, 7:00pm No show on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For full schedule visit
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North Coast Repertory Theatre
Ellis Nassour, Ted Swindley; dir: David Ellenstein.
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Dear Evan Hansen in Broadway DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Curran Theatre
WINNER! 6 Tony awards including BEST MUSICAL. "One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history." -Peter Marks, The Washington Post A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the new American musical about life and the way we live it.
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Who's Holiday! in Broadway WHO'S HOLIDAY!
3Below Theaters
WHO’S HOLIDAY! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that fateful Christmas Eve when she first met the Grinch…and what happened next! The little tyke has become a bottle-blonde adult who spends her days in a trailer atop Mount Crumpit. Only those with a naughty sense of humor will be ready for this holiday offering that dirties up Christmas while ultimately reveling in its spirit.
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Mittens & Mistletoe - A Winter Circus Cabaret in Broadway MITTENS & MISTLETOE - A WINTER CIRCUS CABARET
Dance Mission Theatre
Sweet Can is proud to announce the 9th annual Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret. A Bay Area favorite holiday tradition, ‘Mittens’ is back with more comedy, spectacular circus feats and interactive madcappery! This year’s cast includes veterans from Circus Bella, The New Pickle Circus, Cirque de Boheme, Ars Minerva, Flynn Creek Circus, and Teatro Zinzanni. World-class circus artists defy gravity, display stunning feats of strength and flexibility that enchant and mystify, along with award-winning clowns that amuse and delight all ages. Performers featured include: Jamie Coventry (Co-Director, Clown); Ira Levin (Storyteller); Oriana Doria-Quesada (Rola Bola); Katherine Hutchinson (Aerial Tissu); Christine Lee (Contortion, Lyra); Nina Sawant (Cyr Wheel, Lyra); Amelia Van Brunt (MC, Clown). Music will be performed live by: The Levins - Ira Levin and Julia Bordenaro Levin (Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals). Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret is produced by Sweet Can Productions, and Directed by Natasha Kaluza and Jamie Coventry. The 9th edition of Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret plays for a limited engagement - 9 performances only Dec. 26 - 30, 2018 (Wed. thru Sun.) at Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St. (Mission St. BART) in SF, 94110. For tickets ($18 - $65) and info: or call (800) 838-3006 Reserved Seating Option: All shows "VIP Reserved Seating"- $45 - $65 (sliding scale)
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Kaleidoscope in Broadway KALEIDOSCOPE
Ramos Tent
Come and celebrate the Holiday Season with San Francisco’s very own Circus Bella under the big top overlooking the Bay on Treasure Island! Join us for an evening of thrills, awe, laughter and pure Holiday magic with a new production directed by Abigail Munn, KALEIDOSCOPE - a joyful celebration of diversity and color! Some of the Bay Area’s most exciting circus talents will be joined by an international cast of superlative circus artists and will perform to the original music of Bay Area’s music legend Rob Reich, played live by the one and only Circus Bella’s Band! Laughter will be provided in ample quantity by our uproarious trio of beloved clowns: Steve Smith, Sara Moore and Calvin Kai Ku. Located near the renowned restaurant Mersea*, on Treasure Island’s waterfront near the Bay Bridge, Circus Bella is the place where you, your friends, your family ? and even your company - will jingle bells for the Holiday Season! * Mersea is offering an exclusive circus-themed menu, curated by executive chef Parke Ulrich. Stay tuned for the complete menu! GROUPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS If you or your company are interested in renting out the entire tent for a private show or purchasing group tickets, please contact us at CAST OF PERFORMERS: Steve Smith Sara Moore Calvin Kai Ku Paul Resell Willem McGowan Dwoira Galilea Veronica Blair Abigail Munn The Gentile Family Manuel Acosta and Ilenay Pena Rob Reich and the Circus Bella All Star Band
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Center Theatre Group
book: David Hein, Irene Sankoff; lyrics: David Hein, Irene Sankoff; music: David Hein, Irene Sankoff; dir: Christopher Ashley.
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Shotgun Players
Tom Stoppard; dir: Patrick Dooley.
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6th Street Playhouse
Ginna Hoben; dir: Juliet Noonan.
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Shotgun Players presents Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in Broadway SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENTS TOM STOPPARD'S ARCADIA
The Ashby Stage
Written by Tom Stoppard Directed by Patrick Dooley Extended through January 13 Set on a country estate between 1809 and the late 20th century, Stoppard’s masterpiece explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron, and the undeniable power of the human heart. Run time: 3 hours and a 15-minute intermission
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The Marsh San Francisco
The Marsh San Francisco announces the extension of "Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?," Irma Herrera’s hit solo show weaving history and comedic insights into stories about names, shedding light and throwing shade on societal prejudices and assumptions. When giving her name its correct Spanish pronunciation, she often gets the “where are you from?” question. The assumption: that she is a foreigner. Irma’s family has been in South Texas for generations, and the award-winning social justice activist, lawyer, and journalist thinks of herself as American as apple pie. Irma’s notes from American history and laugh out-loud humor invite audience members to consider what it will take for everyone to get along. For information or to order tickets visit or call (415) 282-3055 (Monday through Friday, 1-4pm). WHEN: Currently running thru Dec. 8 New dates: Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2019 SHOWS: Currently: 8pm Thursdays, 5pm Saturdays New times: 5pm Saturdays
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Marcus Gardley, Larry Kirwan, Craig Lucas; lyrics: Nathan Tysen; dir: Moises Kaufman.World Premiere
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