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For the 42nd year, the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle presents its Excellence in Theater Awards Gala. The SFBATCC continues its decades-long tradition of honoring the best in Bay Area theater by bringing their annual awards gala to San Francisco's oldest operating theater.
Join hundreds of artists from around the Bay in celebrating the best in local theater as we present over 60 awards in recognition of excellence in production, performance, and technical craft. This year's event will return to the historic Victoria Theater in San Francisco, conveniently located near public transportation and parking, with easy access to fine restaurants and some truly colorful watering holes. Ticket price for the gala includes admission to the event, musical entertainment, two beverages, and hors d'oeuvres.
Multi-award-winning Foothill Music Theatre presents 9 to 5 The Musical, featuring eight-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton's Tony Award-nominated, country music-infused score. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 The Musical is the story of three working women, eager to bust through the glass ceiling, who team up against their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss and take care of business. Set in the late 1970s, this romp through the Rolodex Era is a hilarious and empowering story of friendship, love, and women's roles in workplace, relationships, and society. Aided by a quick-witted book by the movie's screenwriter Patricia Resnick, Variety called 9 to 5 The Musical a "light and lively crowdpleaser," and the Telegraph hailed it as "a winning mix of feminist indignation, raucous good humour and…genuinely touching moments."
Inspired by the beloved films of the same name, Anastasia transports audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s as it follows a brave young woman who sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, the intrepid Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and a soaring score — including the popular songs "Journey to the Past" and "Once Upon a December" from the animated film — Anastasia is a spectacular new musical about discovering who you are and defining who you're meant to be.
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety — directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was artistic director there, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology as well as a personal story of love and loyalty. In today's sociopolitical climate, Kushner's universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.
Note: Tickets to performances of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika are available separately as well as together in "Marathon Day" packages.
The extent to which we are able to address life's obstacles in an open and honest way is directly related to our ability to manifest our highest calling and most noble purpose — to love.
Set on a country estate between 1809 and the present day, Tom Stoppard's masterpiece explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron, and the undeniable power of the human heart.
Frank Silletti and daughter Ava Vukic return to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate the release of their first CD, Yours and Mine - The Judy & Liza Effect. The "Judy and Liza effect" is the precise moment the climactic note of a Garland or Minnelli song, or even just a word or phrase, grabs you, holds you, and makes you want to break free from the ordinary and burst out in song. It has inspired generations to do exactly that. Frank has been under the influence since childhood and now Ava has the bug too. In this special performance and CD release, father and daughter honor the work of mother and daughter with performances of their iconic songs by Harold Arlen, Kander & Ebb, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Roger Edens, and others.
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.
Betty Roi, authentic Parisian chanteuse, will share her love of musique romantique from the '30s to the '60s: French cabaret songs made famous by Edith Piaf as well as beloved jazz standards sung in French and English. Allow yourself to be moved by the enchanting melodies and poetic and dramatic lyrics. You will be transported to Paris and fed by your memories, dreams, and longings…
TheatreFIRST gives you Between Us, seven solo plays split into two presentations in repertory. Between Us invites you to meet a leader of the Delano Grape Strike, a woman attending her first protest, a voodoo queen, the Uruguayan woman who will fight her government to get justice for her murdered sister, a black woman contemplating the first MLK day, a US general who foils a coup on Roosevelt and one of the woman who led the redress movement for the over 100,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Emmy Award-winning team behind South Park, created this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist of Avenue Q.
Winner of the 2011 Tony for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has captured the hearts of many in the theater community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Harry, a ruthless, thuggish millionaire, goes to Washington — with his showgirl fiancée, Billie, in tow — to bribe a senator and enrich his business interests. He soon hires a reporter to clean up Billie's image, but as she awakens to a world full of possibilities, she starts to question corruption's stranglehold over the disadvantaged. Garson Kanin's delightful and dangerous comedy is a timely exploration of politics, profiteering, and the importance of an educated electorate.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County, based on the 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller about love both lost and found. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, this passionate musical follows the unexpected affair of a devoted Italian-born housewife and a roving National Geographic photographer set over four sensual, heart-stirring days. Brilliantly adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County captured the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Score. It will be directed by TheatreWorks artistic director and founder Robert Kelley.
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. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else, family.
A Bronx Tale is directed by multi-Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri wrote the book, while the score is the work of multi-Academy Award winner Alan Menken and multi-Tony nominee Glenn Slater. The choreography is by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.
Carol Peters and Benn Bacot, two Bay Area favorites and Feinstein's at the Nikko veterans, combine their talents to take you on a journey of love, lust, and laughter backed by the Retrofits — Sue Crosman (piano), Steve La Porta (drums), Benito Cortez (violin), and Steve Weber (bass) — in an evening you will remember for a long time.
Carol Peters is a singer and songwriter that has released two CDs. The Dream Café features original music inspired by her lifetime of adventures and was released with Favorites Carol Peters Sings, the companion album featuring beloved standards and classics. Peters is accompanied by the Retrofits, her longtime band of talented and experienced musicians. "The Retrofits seemed like just the right name for our little group," she says. "We take music from the Great American Songbook and retrofit it in smart ways for a modern audience."
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a bohemian adventure? 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 coworkers.
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now San Francisco's golden ticket! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the film adaptation — including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket" — along with a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. Among them is Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before — get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and everlasting showstoppers!
Versatile singer, trumpeter, and bandleader Chris Norton was influenced by the hypnotic jazz stylings of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. As Chris developed his craft, he found his voice — literally. The instrumentalist evolved into a talented vocalist as well. He has performed at NY Fashion Week as well as for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, headlined the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Party, galas for the Whitney Museum and amFAR, corporate events for Omega, Montblanc, Campari, and the NFL, giving each audience his expert interpretation of jazz standards.
Chris Norton is backed by the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio, whose aesthetic can be summed up in three words: mood, sizzle, and swing. Direct, simple, yet intriguing, they improvise solo narratives with toe-tapping nonchalant grace. There is something humble in this approach, but the attitude with which the music is delivered is one of confident passion.
High-energy and laugh-out-loud funny, Coastside Comedy With Blue Blanket Improv is never the same show twice. Each performance is created on the spot and based entirely on audience suggestions. Walk along the beach, enjoy an outstanding sunset, and stay for the comedy!
Note: This show is intended for ages 21 and up.
Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival!
With an uplifting score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, this musical breathes new spirit into the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The stage adaptation of The Color Purple stunningly reimagines the story of a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Tony winner John Doyle directs.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
It's been called the "edge of the world." The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it's here, in Newfoundland, that a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie, and uncommon generosity.
That story began in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Flights had to be rerouted, and 38 of them, carrying a total of 6,579 passengers, were grounded near this Newfoundland town. The locals put their lives on hold and opened their homes to a world of strangers. In a heartbeat, the town's population doubled. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Come From Away, which tells the story of those passengers and that town, is a new musical written by Tony Award nominees (and Canadians) Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The direction is by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and the choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky).
Comedy on the Square is the brainchild of vaudeville performer Fred Anderson. After a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, he was inspired by the festival's DIY energy to create an ongoing performance series in San Francisco. In March 2003, he started producing variety arts, comedy, improv, and magic at various venues. Productions that started at Comedy on the Square have gone on to tour internationally, including the premiere of Paul Nathan's "Devil in the Deck" and "Frisco Fred's Comedy Hour."
The Marsh San Francisco announces a special limited run of radio host and stand-up comic Maureen Langan's comedic and moving tale, Daughter of a Garbageman. This one-woman solo show takes audiences through Langan's 1970s upbringing, raised by her Irish mother and New York City sanitation worker father who always told her and her five siblings to work hard, get educated, and in return, life would reward them. In Daughter of a Garbageman, Langan taps into the frustrations of hardworking people everywhere who wonder if they, too, were raised wrong.
Langan is a radio host and stand-up comic who has been featured on HBO, CBS, Fox, and other networks.
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. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. It's also the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a 2018 Grammy Award nominee. The musical features a book by Tony winner Steven Levenson; a score by Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land); and direction by multi-Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent).
The sultry and sophisticated Diane D'Angelo makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with her show I'm in the Mood for Love. Having established herself as a cabaret singer in Manhattan, Diane is thrilled to bring her show to her hometown of San Francisco. With a classical background, D'Angelo easily crosses over to the cabaret stage with her lush interpretations of the American Popular Songbook. Through the music of Arlen & Mercer, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Lerner & Loewe, and with her dear friends Rick Jensen and Lina Koutrakos at the musical and directorial helm, this velvety female crooner sings us a love story. With her long-awaited debut CD on the heels of this one-night-only show, we encourage you to join us!
Amy and Ester are teammates on a suburban Florida high school swim team. Ester is aiming for a scholarship. Amy just wants to get through an unwanted pregnancy.
The Marsh San Francisco announces political comedian Will Durst's solo show, Durst Case Scenario, has been extended due to popular demand, now running through March 27, with two additional February performances at the Marsh Berkeley. Specializing in political humor for folks who don't like politics, Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America and the world are changing in the Trump era.
The classic American musical film from 1948 that starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire is in concert on the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage with local favorites Connie Champagne and Scrumbly Koldewyn leading our cast. F. Allen Sawyer writes and directs our presentation that will remind audiences of the familiar story of Broadway star Don Hewes and yet to be discovered Hannah Brown as well as the beloved Irving Berlin score that including great American standards "Shakin' the Blues Away," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," and "Easter Parade." Musical direction by Tammy Hall.
The classic American musical film from 1948 that starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire is in concert on the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage with local favorites Connie Champagne and Scrumbly Koldewyn leading our cast. F. Allen Sawyer writes and directs our presentation that will remind audiences of the familiar story of Broadway star Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) and yet-to-be-discovered Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) as well as the beloved Irving Berlin score that including great American standards "Shakin' the Blues Away," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," and "Easter Parade." Musical direction by Tammy Hall.
Discovered at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, Eva Noblezada then auditioned for producer Cameron Mackintosh for his West End revival of Miss Saigon. She was cast in the iconic lead role of Kim and was honored with the 2015 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Before reprising her role in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon for which she received a 2017 Tony Award nomination, Noblezada assumed the role of Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables. While performing on Broadway, Eva made her Carnegie Hall debut honoring Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg performing "The Movie in My Mind" with Lea Salonga and the New York Pops. Eva also made her New York solo concert debut with an often-extended residency at the new Green Room 42.
For her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut, Noblezada promises a colorful set list with songs from favorite artists from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse.
William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos returned to Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The work revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family...and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
The Marsh San Francisco announces a new solo show by Jill Vice, A Fatal Step. Turning the tables on film noir tropes, Vice's 60-minute dramedy tells its shadowy tale not from the typical point of view of the hard-boiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale. When Sarah's footing with her handsome podiatrist boyfriend is undermined by an arch rival, she takes drastic steps to keep her man. A Fatal Step is directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford.
From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
It's 1959, and the kids from Rydell High are back from summer vacation for their senior year — and what a memorable one it will be!
Good girl Sandy and leader of the pack Danny had a brief fling during their "summer nights," but when Sandy shows up at Rydell as a new student, romance gets replaced with reputation, and musical theater's most beloved couple must navigate sock hops, slumber parties, and social rivalries before finding their true selves and a unique high school community.
One of the most popular musicals of all time, Grease will have Berkeley Playhouse audiences hand-jiving all summer long as the Pink Ladies and Thunderbirds take to the Julia Morgan stage for this rock-n-rolling '50s celebration of teen spirit.
An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family who must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family members embark on an extravagant journey during which they grapple with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery. Set to the iconic pop music of the Go-Go's — including the hit songs "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" — Head Over Heels delivers an experience unlike anything you've ever seen.
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, this beloved Broadway musical is back where it belongs! Directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks and featuring choreography by fellow Tony winner Warren Carlyle, the new production of Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director-choreographer Gower Champion.
The bold and enchanting Dolly Gallagher Levi is a widow, matchmaker, and professional meddler. When she decides the next match she needs to make is for herself, she weaves a web of romantic complications for her newest client, the cantankerous "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, his two clerks, a pretty hat maker, and her assistant. Hello, Dolly! features such Broadway classics as "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes a Moment," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," and of course, the title number.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
Note: No children under five are allowed at this show.
Before there was Hamilton, there was In the Heights. The brilliance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's new vision of American musical theater is spectacularly realized in both shows. Energetic and infectious, In the Heights tells the story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — an immigrant community on the brink of change.
A contemporary, neo-feminist folk opera brimming with humor, Iron Shoes transforms Eastern European fairy tales into a fantastical performance experience. A modern woman encounters three innocent girls, each suffering monstrous cruelties. She tries to understand their stories but also tries to control their stories. It's a real test to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes," especially when they're made of iron.
From the Oscar-winning team that brought you the music of La La Land and the hit Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen and A Christmas Story comes an all-new, adventure-filled family classic based on the beloved story by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized GIANT! With James and life-size insects (boasting larger-than-life personalities) at its center, the peach falls from the tree, rolling into the nearby ocean. The new cohabitants from very different communities must face that problem and even bigger ones — hunger, dangerous foes, and learning how to communicate when facing challenging decisions.
In Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in a delightful musical parable. This all-ages family show was the first collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and follows Joseph, favorite son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, and overcomes many challenges through his honesty and good character. This high-energy show runs less than 90 minutes including intermission, and is performed outdoors by a large cast and live professional orchestra.
Due to popular demand, the Marsh San Francisco will extend Josh Kornbluth's insightful Josh's Brain Improvs.
The statistics are daunting when it comes to dementia — one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia; every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Kornbluth performs Josh's Brain Improvs, a series of improvisations based on his experiences working at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Each performance includes a postshow talkback with various brain experts, in which audience members can ask questions from those in the field working to combat this disease.
A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it's like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes.
With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality. It's a mystery and political thriller dressed up as a love story.
Transcendence Theatre Company, creators and producers of the award-winning Broadway Under the Stars, celebrates the talents and tenacity of female Broadway professionals in its premiere of The Ladies of Broadway — featuring seven noted and accomplished female artists performing favorite Broadway showtunes with career tales and triumphs of their Broadway experiences in a dynamic, engaging, and entertaining performance of music and empowerment. The show will also include musical salutes to Broadway trailblazers including Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters, and Audra McDonald.
Broadway professionals scheduled to appear in The Ladies of Broadway include Meggie Cansler, Lindsay Chambers, Jennifer DiNoia, Amy Hillner Larsen, Sydney Morton, Kristin Piro, and Laurie Wells. The Ladies of Broadway is directed by Eric Jackson.
The next case on the docket in downtown Purgatory: God versus Judas Iscariot. Featuring a witness list that includes a hard-of-hearing Mother Teresa, a sarcastic Satan, and a hot-headed Sigmund Freud, this darkly comedic story from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis explores faith and forgiveness in all its foul-mouthed, complicated glory.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
Set in 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," and "One Day More," this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables remains one of the world's most popular musicals.
Note: No children under five are allowed at this show.
The year is 1907. A decade after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House, The Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York City. There he lives among the joyrides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.
And what has become of Christine? Now one of the world's finest sopranos, she accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to N.Y.C. to perform at a renowned opera house. Her marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling, and they desperately need the financial rewards that the United States can give them.
Now The Phantom thinks he has another chance. In a final bid to win back Christine's love, he lures her, Raoul, and their young son, Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering world of Coney Island.
Back by popular demand, actor, singer, dancer, and Emmy Award-winning daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz explores her Latin roots during her return to Feinstein's at the Nikko. Latin Roots is Lucie's heartfelt musical tribute to the rhythm of her roots and features many of Desi's orchestral arrangements of songs by him, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona, and Lucie herself.
Mandy Gonzalez makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with music from her first CD Fearless, featuring the songs that have inspired and influenced Mandy as an artist. Before moving to NYC to work on Broadway, Gonzalez was a backup singer for Bette Midler's Millennium Tour in 1999-2000. She made her Broadway debut in 2001 as Princess Amneris standby for Idina Menzel in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Mandy starred as Nina Rosario in in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights after creating the role in the show's off-Broadway production for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Gonzalez then performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked, winning the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Female Replacement. Mandy can now be seen as Angelica Schuyler in Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton.
Mandy Gonzalez makes her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with music from her first CD Fearless featuring the songs that have inspired and influenced Mandy as an artist. Before moving to NYC to work on Broadway, Gonzalez was a backup singer for Bette Midler's Millennium Tour in 1999-2000. She made her Broadway debut in 2001 as the Princess Amneris standby for Idina Menzel in the Elton John & Tim Rice musical Aida. Mandy starred as Nina Rosario in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights after creating the role in the show's off-Broadway production for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Gonzalez then performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked, winning the Broadway.com Audience Award for Best Female Replacement. Mandy can now be seen as Angelica Schuyler in Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Tony Award-winning musical, Hamilton.
After acclaimed performances in 2015 and 2016, award-winning cabaret legend Marilyn Maye returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate her 90th birthday. She was "discovered" by Steve Allen during her 11-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, received a RCA contract, and became a constant presence on The Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and others. Her seven albums and 34 singles have been hailed as "timeless" and her recording of "Too Late Now" was included on the Smithsonian Institution list of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century, securing her place in musical history.
After acclaimed performances in 2015 and 2016, award-winning cabaret legend Marilyn Maye returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko to celebrate her 90th birthday. She was "discovered" by Steve Allen during her 11-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, received a RCA contract, and became a constant presence on The Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and others.
Her seven albums and 34 singles have been hailed as "timeless" and her recording of "Too Late Now" was included on the Smithsonian Institution list of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century, securing her place in musical history.
It's 2062, the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
While college basketball teams are competing to see who is the best team in the nation in March Madness, local performers will play for glory in the Marsh's Marsh Madness. This three-day festival brings a wide variety of performers center stage, including storytellers, improv groups, comedians, actors, musicians, dancers, mimes, and monologists. Audiences of Marsh Madness also have the chance to help select future stars, as the team that wins first prize will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to perform a main stage run at the Marsh, one of the nation's leading performance houses for solo and new performances.
Audiences vote for their favorite teams and each team is scored based on votes and attendance. The top scoring teams will advance to the "Final Four Showdown" on Sunday, March 11. Teams will perform in 40-minute slots.
Matt Alber is a former member of San Francisco's world-renowned vocal ensemble Chanticleer, with whom he recorded two Grammy Award-winning albums. Alber is also a former cast member of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, the world's longest-running musical revue. In addition, Alber has guest soloed with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. He has performed a sold-out concert of his songs at Lincoln Center on their prestigious American Songbook Series. Currently, Alber is filming a docu-series on queer youth called Room to Grow, slated to premiere next month.
Alber has released four CDs and will be performing an intimate acoustic evening of original folk/pop songs, along with his take on familiar pop covers.
Megabytes! The Musical is an original musical revue written and directed by Morris Bobrow. The show takes a humorous look at how we navigate technology in our lives. It's about the frustrations, anxieties, annoyances…and occasional joys we encounter as we all struggle to cope with the quotidian challenges created by technology. The point of view of the show is that of the average person using tech devices, not that of a "techie." The comedy arises from the situations, positive and negative, the majority of us encounter in working with these so-called "user-friendly" technological tools. This revue format is a series of 20-plus observational songs and sketches, each depicting its own joy and frustration of living our lives in the modern technological age — with varying results.
More than four centuries after it was first performed, The Merchant of Venice remains one of the Bard's most compelling, ambivalent, and controversial plays. Poised somewhere between drama and comedy, it balances precariously on the edge where the light and dark of humanity meet, and reflects the emotional turmoil of Shakespeare's time, aspects of which eerily suggest the troubles that roil America today. With some of the most famous speeches and scenes in the Shakespearean canon, the work still challenges and fascinates audiences.
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon! From the creators of Les Misérables, this is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. The encounter changes their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacles, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score of such Broadway hits as "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat Is On in Saigon," Miss Saigon is a theatrical event audiences will never forget.
Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and king of epic film scores: composer John Williams. Listen to orchestral selections from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. Relive all the adventure, fun, and magic of these classic films.
Note: This concert does not contain film clips.
From the poignant and heartrending songs of Édith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry.
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in distrust and intolerance. Hiding sullenly in the back of the classroom, Dennis has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis's silence and earn his trust — with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection.
Oklahoma! opened on Broadway 75 years ago. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration was, for its time, revolutionary in the way it fused story, songs, and dance. Oklahoma! is an absolute must-see for musical theater lovers. This production is live, outdoors, with a large cast and live professional orchestra.
Set in a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a headstrong farm girl, play out their love story. Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration is also one of their most memorable scores, with songs like "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love," "Kansas City," and the triumphant title song, "Oklahoma!"
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to the United States and broke through barriers to become a crossover sensation at the top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past 25 years — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
Continuing its commitment to transformation, possibilities, and the community, the Marsh Berkeley announces monthly Open Mic Nights with Ellen Hoffman for 2018. Bay Area pianist, composer, and music arranger Ellen Hoffman will host a two-hour set offering five-minute slots to a variety of performers. Experienced singers, instrumentalists, poets, comics, actors, as well as novices will join Hoffman in an evening that presents eclectic entertainment for the adventurous. Those interested in performing will sign up at the door and are welcome to provide sheet music or their own accompaniment for this celebration of the artistic community in the East Bay.
Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world. Mr. Szot has appeared with most major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, and his native Brazil. His debut with the San Francisco Opera was in the 2012-2013 season in the role of Escamillo in their production of Carmen. In 2008, Mr. Szot won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Emile De Beque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific opposite Kelli O'Hara at Lincoln Center. Each season, Mr. Szot also sings on some of the greatest concert stages in the world, big and small, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Café Carlyle, and Feinstein's/54 Below.
Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world. Mr. Szot has appeared with most major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, and his native Brazil. His debut with the San Francisco Opera was in the 2012-13 season in the role of Escamillo in their production of Carmen. In 2008, Mr. Szot won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Emile De Beque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific opposite Kelli O'Hara at Lincoln Center. Each season, Mr. Szot also sings on some of the greatest concert stages in the world, big and small, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Ravinia Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Café Carlyle, and Feinstein's/54 Below.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera makes a triumphant return to San Francisco as part of its North American tour. The show features brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. Overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, the production boasts many special effects, including the legendary chandelier crash. The story and score — with songs such as "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," and "Masquerade" — are performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.
Note: No children under five are allowed at this show.
Award-winning playwright-director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt, and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a female legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can't say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are pulled.
One of the most acclaimed American musicals of the last 20 years, Ragtime is a sweeping epic of hopes and dreams in a changing America at the turn of the 20th century.
Just beyond the gaze of Lady Liberty, the interconnected stories of three evolving and distinct communities in New York are woven together to create a fabric that blankets a new era in the land of opportunity. Peppered with great historical characters from Houdini to Henry Ford to Booker T. Washington, Ragtime's Tony Award-winning score draws upon the unique sounds of the American landscape — heard from Harlem to the Lower East Side — to create a truly remarkable theatrical event.
In the style of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé and other husband-and-wife acts, Rebecca and Frank Faiola make their Feinstein's at the Nikko debut to celebrate Sinatra. Their band, JetBlacq, includes musical director Brian Cooke, who played piano for Chet Baker and is an arranger and multi-instrumentalists creating charts with a fresh new feel. Fred Randolph, a veteran of the local jazz scene, joins in on bass, and world-class player Jack Dorsey is at the drums.
Ray's swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. Pressure builds as he confronts the lure of a deal with Speedo, the perils of family, and the unforgiving weight of success.
A sharp and compelling play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the America dream of a level playing field or of leveling the field yourself.
John Kolvenbach (Sister Play, Mrs. Whitney, Goldfish) now returns to Magic to direct the world premiere of his own Reel to Reel. Fascinated by the intricate relationship between sound and memory, Kolvenbach shares the story of a 55-year marriage as told through the mundane sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments, household noises, and more. What emerges is a vibrant collage of laughter, love, and ultimately life's journey. Viewers are invited into a truly unique story, with an all-star cast: Zoë Winters (Mauritius), Andrew Pastides (Fool for Love, 2017), Carla Spindt (Aunt Dan and Lemon), and Will Marchetti (Fool for Love, 1983).
The Marsh San Francisco announces a new solo show by David Kleinberg, Return to the Scene of the Crime, in which he shares his return for the first time in 50 years to Vietnam to perform a play about his time there during the war, and revisit the base camp where his friends passed. Before departing to perform, David's wife, daughter, and his fellow veteran friends all fear he's going to get arrested for staging the work without the Communist government's approval. This powerful work of Kleinberg's return to the "crime" to understand and ultimately search for inner peace is directed by Mark Kenward and was developed with David Ford.
Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star down on his luck. To make ends meet, he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After discovering the students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and win the Battle of the Bands.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Note: This show is recommended for ages eight and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
The beloved Kerri Shawn reprises her role as Shirley Valentine, a Liverpool housewife who makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? An out-of-the-blue offer to accompany her best friend on a trip to a Greek island awakens the promise of her unfulfilled dreams of adventure — and a chance to find herself again. Called a "thrilling, cheer-raising piece of theatre," Shirley Valentine has been named "one of the 10 most influential British plays" of the 20th century.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of Skeleton Crew in a coproduction with Marin Theatre Company. A makeshift family of auto plant workers navigate the possibility of foreclosure in this funny, tough, and tender American drama set during the Great Recession. Rising-star playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud) creates a world in which ambitious dreams and corporate deception interweave, pushing friendships to the limit. Skeleton Crew is directed by Jade King Carroll (associate director of the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire).
A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of the United States's top theater artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the Golden Age of Broadway.
Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist, and two-time Emmy Award nominee, Steve Tyrell has achieved success as a singer, songwriter, producer, music supervisor, and, most recently, radio host on KJAZZ 88.1 in Los Angeles and online at www.jazzandblues.org. His breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II helped Tyrell reinvent and repopularize classic pop standards for a modern-day audience.
For his 2018 Feinstein's at the Nikko engagement, Steve will celebrate the release of his new album, A Song for You, featuring classic takes on love songs by Van Morrison, Leon Russell, Jackie Wilson, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and more.
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese food. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: When identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
At Valentine's Day, the Stage puts its unique style on a musical masterpiece with a re-envisioning of the revered Sondheim classic Sweeney Todd.
Christmas as calamity — 2017 MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac takes on the holidays in this latest installment of the artist's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music project. Celebrating the holiday season in all its dysfunction, Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators — designer Machine Dazzle and music director Matt Ray — as well as a spectacular band and surprise special guests to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.
A Thousand Splendid Suns — the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel of the same name — returns to the Geary Theater. Set amid the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epic story of three generations of Afghan women bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past. Strong-willed Laila, unmarried and pregnant, is forced to marry her older neighbor when her family and home are torn apart. In her new home, she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her husband's first wife, and together the two women find the hope and strength to raise a new generation. Adapted for the theater by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this stunning production reunites many of the original cast members and, once again, features live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter.
Legendary actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, and producer Tommy Tune returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for more songs and stories from his illustrious career. He is the only person to have won Tony Awards in the same categories (Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical) in consecutive years and the first to win in four different categories. Tommy Tune has won a total of 10 Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015) as well as the National Medal of Arts. Tune has been associated with such hits as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Day in Hollywood…, Nine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, Bye Bye Birdie, and many more.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
The Marsh San Francisco announces award-winning performer Brian Copeland will continue his free performances in 2018 of his acclaimed The Waiting Period, a deeply moving and surprisingly funny work on his own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. This performance is particularly directed at those struggling with depression that would be otherwise unable to attend due to the cost of admission. Featuring humorous, poignant, and riveting insights, the solo show is written by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford.
To learn more about the ongoing fundraising campaign or to help the Marsh meet its $75,000 goal, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/mpmqrz-help-us-help-people-with-depression.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may provide a chance at a fresh start. Her fellow waitresses offer their recipes for happiness, but Jenna must rebuild her world by relying on her own strength and courage.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible hit features original music and lyrics by multi-Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair).
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up. No children under five will be allowed into the theater.
In the final summer of the 1960s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding toward man's first encounter with the moon. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing the demands of her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality — and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film of the same title, this stunning new musical weds the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of '60s revolution, and the passion of two breathtaking love stories with a soaring and original rock 'n' roll score.
When Heidi Schreck was in high school, she delivered speeches about the U.S. Constitution in American Legion Halls all over the country in order to earn money to pay for college. Today the witty Obie Award-winning performer radically reinvents the speech she gave at 15 and discovers the profound effect that this document has had on four generations of women in her family. What the Constitution Means to Me culminates in a fierce impromptu debate between Schreck and a local high-school debater over the future of our inalienable rights. Directed by the Debate Society's Obie-winning Oliver Butler, What the Constitution Means to Me is a moving and entertaining show.
The Marsh welcomes a new solo show to the Berkeley stage, What They Said About Love by Steve Budd, which was awarded the "Best of Fringe" at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival. In this absorbing solo show, Steve wonders why other people can — and why he can't — tie the knot. Budd sheds light on how people meet and make it to the altar, the push and pull of relationships, singles who can't seem to settle down, and more. The Oakland, California-based actor captures the physical and vocal nuances of more than a dozen Bay Area characters, using their own words taken from hours of interviews, and weaves in his relentless search for "the one." What They Said About Love is directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford, John Coppola, and Slater Penney.
Gus is a talented white male artist on the rise. His good friend Jane is the new curator at a prestigious museum. When Jane informs him he's "the exact opposite of what I'm looking for," Gus is crushed. Then he hires Vanessa, an African-American actor who agrees to an unconventional role. White navigates the treacherous waters of code-switching and cultural appropriation with biting wit and a splash of disco realism.
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls' indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
Woman in Mind by "the comic poet of middle class life" Alan Ayckbourn, has been called "perhaps the most daring and poignant" of all the British playwright's works (the Telegraph) and features a tour-de-force role for an actress. Essentially a first-person narrative, the play is seen through the eyes of Susan, a middle-class English housewife trapped in a lackluster marriage with a dreary, unappreciative family, during the space of 48 hours. After accidentally being conked unconscious by stepping on a garden rake, Susan finds herself suddenly surrounded by the ideal fantasy family, handsomely dressed in tennis whites and sipping champagne. When her real and imaginary worlds collide, and the lines between her truth and fiction increasingly blur, those fantasies take on a comical and nightmarish life of their own.
Inspired by the internet meme of "women laughing alone with salad," Sheila Callaghan explores gender stereotypes, relationships, and sexism with a healthy side of humor and mixed greens. Callaghan breaks all the rules of our image-obsessed culture in this raw, feminist comedy where everyone is about to get tossed!