Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 6/08/2014

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<a href=Gladys Knight in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> GLADYS KNIGHT
Chumash Casino Resort
One of history's great soul singers, Gladys Knight has won seven Grammy awards for standards like "Midnight Train to Georgia," "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye.)" Don't miss this rare chance to see this legendary performer live!
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Manchester Girl in Broadway MANCHESTER GIRL
Center Stage Theater
After a Fringe First win in Edinburgh and a successful run off London's west end Manchester Girl on route to New York, stops in Santa Barbara for only 3 shows at our very own Center Stage. Escaping Thatcher's Northern England via Tokyo's 1980s modeling world, small town Sara takes a wild and dangerous ride. This riveting Fringe First-winning play takes you on a vivid journey of hilarious culture clash, discos, drugs, and heartbreak. Be catapulted around the world, from 1980s Manchester to the Japanese fashion world and witness Manchester Girl's heroic journey of self-discovery, transformation, and truth.
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Comedy Night in Broadway COMEDY NIGHT
Plaza Playhouse Theater
The lineup will feature Ahmed Bharoocha, Kiran Deol, Drew Lynch, Paige Weldon, Lizzy Pilcher, and David Sharp, all up-and-coming professional stand-ups from southern California. The rising performers can be seen on the stages of well-known clubs like the Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory, however they're also all fixtures of LA's thriving independent comedy scene. "Laughed so hard," said a viewer, "tears rolled down my leg." All ages are welcome but the show will feature mature language and themes, so parents and guardians are not encouraged to bring children and to use their own discretion with teens.
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Good People in Broadway GOOD PEOPLE
Magic Circle Theatre
Central Coast Premiere! Nominated for the Tony Award for Best play 2011, NY Drama Critics' Circle Awards Best Play 2011. In South Boston, good people lean on their neighbors through hardship, nights are spent playing bingo at the local church, and life is lived from paycheck to paycheck. Falling on tough times, Margie Walsh turns to former boyfriend Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor. Can she manage to turn her life and luck around? Margie is about to risk what little she has to find out. With surprising plot twists filled with humor and pathos this comic drama about social class asks the question does where we grow up determine our destiny? Is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person's fate?
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Murder by the Book in Broadway MURDER BY THE BOOK
Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre
Crisp, witty exchanges pepper this light hearted and inventive thriller that unfolds with a series of macabre twists. A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. More deadly games are in store when the corpse rises and the tables are turned more than once for the victim and the killers.
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