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Kneehigh is back! The theatrical alchemists who brought us Tristan & Yseult and The Wild Bride return with a tender new coming-of-age tale that uncovers the secrets behind World War II's D-Day landings. In the idyllic seaside village of Slapton, the lives of Lily, her family, and her fiercely independent cat Adolphus Tips are barely touched by war…until American soldiers occupy their house and land. With swingin' live music, enchanting puppetry, and signature stage sorcery, Emma Rice conjures a story of love, war, and prejudice that crosses borders both geographical and generational.
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.
When one of their husbands dies of leukemia, two close friends rally a group of women from a small English town to raise funds for a new couch in a local hospital waiting room. Their project? A tastefully nude calendar featuring themselves doing ordinary chores! The calendar becomes a worldwide sensation, but the resulting fame puts an unforeseen strain on the women's friendship. Based on a true story and the hit 2003 film.
Pastor Paul comes back from Africa with a blasphemous interpretation of Christianity. Can his congregation handle his game-changing revelation? Thousands flock to his church each week; some for Holy Communion, some for hot coffee, where the big-screen TVs and the Olympic sized baptismal fount is a surefire crowd-pleaser. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide.
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it "The Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area." Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions.
Once upon a time, old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house... San Jose Youth Shakespeare's talented cast brings to life the classic Dickens tale of the true spirit of the season. Join us in our cozy Studio Theatre at Houge Park for this joyful holiday tradition.
Instead of performing Charles Dickens beloved holiday classic for the millionth time, three comedic actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told! They weave in Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons, sword fights and ballet. From Frosty to Rudolph and the Grinch to Its a Wonderful Life, no holiday pop icon goes missing in this whirlwind of merriment. This madcap, fast paced romp through the holiday season is sure to make you laugh and cheer!
At morning's first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.
Be not deceived: The devil is lurking at the Christian Puppet Ministry in Cypress, Texas. And his name is…Tyrone. He may look like an innocent sock puppet, but when he infiltrates the angst-ridden church youth group and takes possession of Jason's arm, well, all hell breaks loose. Spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous, Tyrone shocks the congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets—and teaching us all about love, grief, and what it means to be human. This fast-paced irreverent comedy is "darkly delightful," declares the New York Times.
Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. With the rent long overdue and a baby on the way, desperate Casey watches as a seasoned drag queen named Miss Tracy Mills brings her show to town. After filling in for one of Tracy's regular girls on short notice one night, Casey decides to trade in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress, and under Miss Tracy's tutelage, finally achieves stardom.
Leni Riefensthal was the brilliant German film director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia, films cited by Pauline Kael as "the two greatest films ever directed by a woman," and which also served as propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In Sarah Greenman's wildly creative multimedia play, Riefenstahl's older and younger selves edit a film of the director's life, playing out and reshooting scenes from her past until the director finds the beauty she is seeking. Leni is an extraordinary work about artistic responsibility, narcissism and denial.
Having always lived life with her head in a good book, Mary Bennet's never felt more like the odd sister out than when she chooses to spend the Christmas holiday with her prettier and wittier sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, both recently married. When the shy, bookworm Arthur de Bourgh turns up unexpectedly, Mary finds a kindred spirit, but since Arthur is a single man in possession of a good fortune, she's hardly his only suitor. Now Mary must learn to be the heroine of her own story. This charming holiday romance is a continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Bigger Thomas dares to want more out of life. Things start looking up when he lands a plum job with the well-to-do Dalton family, but their daughter Mary proves to be as dangerous as she is alluring. A fateful decision sends Bigger down a violent and inescapable path. Misrepresented and underestimated by everyone around him, Bigger has no one to turn to except himself.
Tommy's not a bad man. He's getting by renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice's ramshackle Dublin house and doing his best to avoid his wife and kids rolling from one get-rich- quick scheme to the other with his friend Doc. But when he rescues Aimee, a mysterious woman, escape from squalor seems possible. Together there's a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary, perhaps. With inimitable warmth, humor and heart, Conor McPherson's award-winning play deftly mines humanity found in the most unlikely of situations.
Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father's death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault's once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who's one-eighth black. But the bigoted plantation queen has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M'Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is "This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," says the New York Times.
Twin sisters "M" and "L" care about two things in this world: academic ambition, and each other. But when M's supposed shoo-in slot at a prestigious university is given to someone else, the sisters begin to strategize how to secure their success by any means necessary. Taking a page from a certain Scottish tragedy, the sisters' sinister scheming leads to bloody extracurricular activities that could take them to the top. Jiehae Park's dark comedy-riff on Shakespeare's Macbeth is a savage satire on academia, teenagers and race, and made The Kilroys' 2015 List of the best new plays by female playwrights.
When Henry, a cerebral playwright, is asked by his mistress to ghost-write a script, his life begins to imitate his art too closely. More comfortable with words than feelings, Henry must decide which of his emotions are the "real thing." Stoppard tackles questions of love and marriage with dazzling comedy and more than one play-within-a-play, sending his characters and the audience reeling between authenticity and artifice, intellect and passion, and love and fidelity.
Roe v. Wade—the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion is still fiercely debated, over 40 years later. In her newest play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, Roe reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each person has for their cause.
Sharon is practical, from Iowa. Robyn is a Bronx-born vegan. Both are "bad-ass" women in their 50s dealing with isolation, aging and identity. They remind us that second chances are possible and transformation can grow beneath peals of uproarious laughter.
In the opulent Presidential Palace of an unnamed country, four women await the arrival of the embattled dictator -- his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator -- while a revolution grows violent outside. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.
An innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear.
It seems that hardly a day goes by that the media doesn't confront us with yet another unspeakable act. Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith teases out the complex and interwoven threads of one life that ends shockingly. Daring in structure and rich in detail, this play makes us question whether we can ever truly fathom another human being.