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Abundance weaves the tender-hearted tale of two mail order brides in Wyoming in the late 1860's and spans 25 years as the women adventure into the wild west frontier. The episodic story is at once romantic, funny, brutal and sad. Reminiscent of a Mark Twain story, pulitzer prize winner Beth Henley brings to light the brilliance of the human spirit as we witness the unfolding lives of two courageous women.
Two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes' civil war die fighting each other for the throne. Kreon, the new ruler of Thebes, has decided that one brother, Eteocles, will be honored, buried and sanctified by holy rites, and the other, Polyneices, will lie unburied on the battlefield. In this seminal Greek play by Sophocles, Antigone defies the royal edict sent out by her uncle, Kreon, not to bury the body of her brother, deemed a traitor.
Exploring the struggle between the individual and the state, this elegant tragedy about tyrannical power and civil disobedience is considered to be Sophocles' masterpiece and has become synonymous with political protest.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Ziggy is afraid of everything – hurricanes, mongoose and even evil spirits. He's happy just to stay in his room. But this timid 11-year-old is in for an unexpected adventure when his tricky friend Nansi gets him out of the house and into the Jamaican sunshine.
Filled with the reggae music of Bob Marley, this modern-day fairytale will fill your children with positive vibrations.
What if your book club was being filmed for a documentary by a famous Danish filmmaker? How would you behave? That's the scintillating set up of The Book Club Play, in which secrets are not only revealed, they're caught on tape in this hilarious new comedy about books, the people who love them and what can happen when friends start reading between the lines. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore - from Jane Eyre and Moby Dick to Twilight and The DaVinci Code - this is a buoyant satire of a contemporary culture that loves a good book as much as a juicy show-all vid, and a testament to the joy of reading. Lights! Camera! Book Club!!
Turing played a major role in winning the World War II, and he also battled with British morality. He broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee Nazi u-boat maneuvers.
Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code - the taboo against homosexuality.
Turing, who was also the first to conceive of and basically invent the computer, the machine that forever altered our modern world, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated.
He died a suicide, forgotten and alone.
This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.
Hosted by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky whom the New York Times just dubbed "The Mayor of Broadway," this unique series arrives this winter at The Nourse Theater with two concert dates scheduled for Megan Hilty (performs 2/7) and Vanessa Williams (performs 4/25). What differentiates this concert series from any other perhaps, is the seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway's biggest stars – prompted by the encyclopedic-minded Rudetsky's probing, funny, revealing questions – and their stellar singing of musical theatre repertoire. Producer Mark Cortale and his creative partner Rudetsky have quickly made their Broadway @ series the single most sought-after ticket to see Broadway's musical mega-stars in concert.
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a boheiman adventure? So brace yourself for a night when the well worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in Flamenco and Spanish dance traditions.Carolina and her daughter Carolé offer a special evening for a date night, family gathering, or get together with friends and co-workers.
Married life and its alternatives are celebrated in Company, Sondheim's groundbreaking musical comedy set in Manhattan. As yet unable to make a commitment of his own, Robert supports his married friends and hears about the ups and downs of their relationships.
Against her family's wishes, a young Shona girl escapes a forced marriage arrangement by converting to Christianity and becoming servant and student to an African evangelist. However, as anti-European sentiments rise among her people, she must choose between colonial and ancestral ways of life. Recommended for mature teens and up.
"A gutsy, heartfelt & richly complex portrait" - Chicago Tribune
Curtains is the hilariously entertaining whodunit from the creative team behind Chicago and Cabaret. It's opening night at Boston's Colonial Theatre and the leading lady has mysteriously died on stage, leaving the cast and crew as suspects. Local detective Frank Cioffi, a theater fan and amateur actor, arrives to conduct the investigation. As the body count rises and secrets spill, Cioffi becomes more and more involved in saving the musical than solving the case. This madcap musical mystery will leave you on the edge of your seat, tapping your feet, and laughing all night.
Set in a rundown bar in the Bronx, two of society's rejects, Danny, a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason, and Roberta, a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him "the beast," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. As their initial reserve begins to melt, they decide to spend the night together and the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. In the end, both characters find hope for a future touched with less bitterness and loneliness than they had imagined before their fateful meeting.
It starts with a man in a basement asking his refrigerator for guidance. the dreamer examines his pillow, by John Patrick Shanley - author of Doubt and Moonstruck - is a "heterosexual homily"about the difficulties surrounding art, sex, personal responsibility and love.
The three characters grapple with the nature of love and passion, trying desperately to fix themselves and each other. But everything unfolds in bizarre, inevitable ways in spite of the characters' most valiant efforts to take control of their fate.
MacArthur "Genius" Award-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney pens a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting source of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday—bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by the preeminent Tina Landau in her Berkeley Rep debut, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its acclaimed world premiere in Chicago.
Hearts In Harmony featuring Vocal Rush!
Bay Area Showcase Chorus is a vibrant, award-winning ensemble of women singers committed to creating musical magic in every performance. We embrace healthy competition and enjoy finding creative ways to share our passion for 4-part harmony in the barbershop style. We are dedicated to continuous improvement in a joyful environment of mutual respect, friendship, and fun.
Home Street Home is an original rock musical about survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of the authors' experiences of homelessness and punk culture, the story revolves around Sue, a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets. After being adopted into a colorful tribe of homeless teens, Sue finds empowerment, self-realization and acceptance from her new chosen family.
The phenomenal Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, the Bay Area's premiere improvisational theatre troupe, specializes in that most difficult and dazzling of improvised high-wire acts – longform improv. Each performance is entirely unique, and relies on suggestions solicited from the audience to get them started on their performance journey of an entire stageplay, full-length movie, Shakespearean tale, or even a delightful series of unrelated scenes – all completely improvised!
The Infinite Monkey Cage is the live stage version of the multi-award-winning BBC Radio 4 show and podcast, that takes a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science with physicist Professor Brian Cox, comedian Robin Ince, astronomer Seth Shostack, and more guests to be announced!
Brian and Robin tap into the brilliant minds of scientists and celebrity science enthusiasts for a captivating discussion of the most fascinating questions of our time. Each performance is unique, featuring a new topic for discussion by the guest panelists who have been paired to the evening's theme.
From the Tony Award–winning composer of Parade and Honeymoon in Vegas, Jason Robert Brown, comes the powerful and intimate musical, The Last Five Years, in concert for a special musical event. The presentation features Betsy Wolfe, the critically acclaimed original cast of the 2013 production at New York's Second Stage Theatre.
The Last Five Years tells the powerful story of Cathy and Jamie, two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive headfirst into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes from finding "the one." But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove to be daunting. Sung from their individual points of view, Cathy's journey is told from ending to beginning, and Jamie's from beginning to end. Funny, honest, and intimate, and with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time.
An intimate and disarmingly honest play from one of England's most celebrated modern playwrights (and Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage), Let There Be Love tells the story of Alfred, a gruff and complicated West Indian immigrant, recently transplanted to London. Struggling with his new surroundings and his estrangement from both of his daughters, he experiences a new awakening, and a new reckoning with his past, when he comes to know a young Polish caregiver assigned to his case. Filled with the sumptuous jazz standards that pour forth from Alfred's beloved record player, Let There Be Love explores the forces of memory and mystery that lie at the heart of all immigrant experiences—and what can happen when, at any age, we open our minds to the possibility of change.
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's most rapturous and seductive musical waltzes onto the stage in a sumptuous, all-new production. Filled with Sondheim's signature wit and some of his most gorgeous melodies—including the beloved and haunting treasure "Send in the Clowns"—A Little Night Music presents a beguiling and bittersweet tale of lost love, scandalous infidelity, and young passions that intertwine over a midsummer's eve at a country home in 1900s Sweden. This ravishing production will sweep audiences away with mesmerizing theatrical storytelling that ignites the senses.
The Lyons family is falling apart just when they need to pull together in this scathingly funny dark comedy. Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons has to deal with a dying husband, a son in a dubious relationship, a daughter barely keeping her head above water, and a living room in desperate need of a redesign.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence beyond her years. Unloved by her ghastly parents and bullied by her evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, she resorts to using her special gifts to get by, in the process impressing her kind schoolteacher, Miss Honey, with her curiosity and charm.
Over the course of her first term at school, Miss Honey and Matilda begin to have a profound effect on each other's lives, learning that destiny is in your hands!
Tough, sexy and audacious Mirandolina is the mistress of a Tuscan inn whose guests include a Count who bought his title, a Marchese who has nothing but his title, and a Cavaliere who is determined to scorn all women. Armed with wit and wiles, Mirandolina sets out to teach her guests some lessons in love and finance, while hanging onto the handsome Fabrizio as both her fiancé and employee! Will true love prevail? Will Mirandolina "lean in" and get it all? A rapturous and sharply hilarious 18th Century battle-of-the-sexes comedic caper about a woman trying to run a business in a man's world, in a fresh new World Premiere adaptation by the director of the REP hits Noises Off, Sweet Charity, and Rumors.
A.C.T. presents the West Coast debut of the outrageous and enthusiastically acclaimed new comedy by Bay Area–born playwright Anne Washburn. The story begins in a dark dystopia, where a group of surviving strangers bond by recreating from memory an episode of The Simpsons. As the story moves decades later, their recollection becomes an almost religious-like fable, elaborately staged for adoring crowds through live theater and opera. A marvelously meta tribute to the pop-culture phenomenon The Simpsons and a paean to the power of storytelling, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play is an ingenious exploration of how we share recollection, memory, and truth.
Orphaned and homeless, New York's newsboys live, urchin like, day by day, dreaming of a better life. In the meantime, the popular and charismatic Jack and friends have got more than just dodging juvenile detention centre on his mind. The newspaper editors are inflating their prices, meaning the newsies can?t afford to sell them. Now is the time to pull together, create strength in numbers and protest! Join Jack on the adventure of his life as he finds the courage and the hope to change his destiny!
Welcome to swingin' England. The disarming and doltish Francis Henshall finds himself trapped by farce into working for two bosses—who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Easy, right? Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Join Francis in the fun as he leads you through this topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities. It's more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni's classic knee-slapper, A Servant of Two Masters. It's a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues.
Hidden in the tunnels deep below the Paris Opera lies a mysterious deformed musical genius who stalks the halls and terrorizes the company. Face half covered by his famous mask , his only happiness comes from his tutoring of the beautiful, orphaned chorus girl Christine Daaé, with whom he has an enduring obsession. Unseen, he teaches the young soprano to sing 'The Music of the Night.' As her 'Angel of Music', Christine blossoms and steps out of the shadows onto centre stage.
When Christine becomes engaged to another man, the Phantom is driven mad with jealousy and will stop at nothing to possess her, even murder. And so begins a tantalizing tale of forbidden love and supernatural adventure so exciting that over 130 million people worldwide have been lost in the enchantment!
Proof is an elegant and engaging story of obsession, intellect and family bonding. Twenty-five year old Catherine must establish the authorship of a mathematical proof found in the office of her brilliant but troubled father. Following his death, she must confront her volatile emotions along with the arrival of her estranged sister and a burgeoning romance with her father's former student. When all these forces come to a head, Catherine begins to question whether she's inherited her father's talent…or his madness.
Leslie Jordan is one of the most consistently recognizable faces in popular entertainment. His journey towards stardom has provided one of the quirkier, impressive varied career trajectories of the past few decades. His arrival in Hollywood back in 1982 (with $1500 sewn into his clothing by his steel magnolia Mother) was the starting gate. After a brief career as a jockey, Jordan has enjoyed the full show-business spectrum; the lean days, the bumps in the road, the acclaim, reaching the pinnacle of television performing with award recognition, the ensuing victory laps followed by an alarming and unexpected down slope, the dangers of being type cast or stereotyped, the challenges to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world of technological advancement, and the ever present threat of being put "out to pasture" by a youth obsessed culture and industry. Through it all, Leslie Jordan has remained constant, relevant and, above all, funny! His ability to take it all in stride has kept him moving onward and upward, through it all.
Jerry and Marnie are faded Broadway stars hired by Tom, a rich young technology entrepreneur, to pretend to be his parents in order to impress his girlfriend Natalie, a brilliant violinist and daughter of a renowned physicist. This comedy of falsified identities satirizes the indomitable theatricality of theater folk. Written by Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy and In Good Company).
You've never seen Chekhov like this. Aaron Posner's irreverent update of The Seagull lets us into a country house where unrequited desire is drowned in equal parts alcohol and sarcasm. In true Chekhovian fashion, actresses, playwrights, doctors, and novelists bare their souls as they search desperately for the truth of love and art.
"As spellbinding as a deadly snake charmed from its basket…" That's just one of the accolades for Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand's provocative and enjoyable revival of Molière's satire on religious hypocrisy. A seemingly pious Tartuffe ingratiates himself to the wealthy Orgon, gaining access to the old man's house and throwing his family into chaos. As Orgon falls for the scoundrel's ruse, Tartuffe's deceit takes a dangerous turn. Berkeley Rep audiences fell in love with the impish Epp and esteemed director Serrand when they delighted us with such legendary shows as The Miser. This modern interpretation of Molière's most popular play—featuring a hypnotic Epp in the title role—is as intense and incisive as the day it was written, and just as entertaining.
The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is excited to announce the regional premiere of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters in a new version by playwright-actor Tracy Letts. Based on dramaturgical translations by Charlotte Hobson and Dassia N. Posner, Letts' adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov's 1901 masterpiece, a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters.
"I set out to write a play about race and ended up writing a play about family," says playwright Julie Hebert about Tree, "About the inescapability of family, of being known over time, of recognizing yourself in others, of continuing relationships after betrayal and suffering. We keep each other honest. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes painful – and so it is with this play."
A comic thriller about a reality TV show where the boundaries between fiction and fact, life and death, are dangerously blurred. Also skewering the effect of the information age on the nature of identity.
Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour – brother and sister – find themselves deserted by their troupe. Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. Haunting, provocative, and often funny, The Two-Character Play is one of Tennessee Williams' most personal – and mystifying – works
Mom's fine. She's filing for bankruptcy, her health could better, and she should probably stop driving. But she'll overcome adversity through Optimism! and Courage! – or so she tries to convince her daughters through frontier folk songs and tall tales of pioneers past. Wryly funny and generously tender, this new family drama with music won MTC's 2013 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize.
Memory, myth, and football meet head on in this hard-hitting world premiere commissioned by Berkeley Rep and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. KJ Sanchez's previous play ReEntry, featuring a moving portrayal of Marines preparing for and returning from combat, was an explosive off-Broadway hit. Now she brings us a gripping new docudrama about a love that is generous yet dangerous, life-giving yet lethal—and a passion that borders on addiction yet feels so much a part of our DNA. Dramatically based on brutally honest and heartrending interviews with players, their families, and their fans about traumatic brain injuries and their impact on the game, X's and O's (A Football Love Story) takes an unflinching look at the lives and loves around this singularly American sport—and the lingering questions it asks of us all.
Based on The Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
For more than 60 years, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang have been making childhood just a little more wonderful. Now you can bring your family to enjoy the live stage version You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown when the two-time Tony Award-winning musical comes to Berkeley Playhouse. The play brings to life some of the gang's most memorable situations with appearances from the Kite-Eating Tree, the Little Red-Haired Girl, Lucy's psychiatry booth, and Snoopy's battles with the Red Baron.