Regional News

Feinstein's at the Nikko Welcomes Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Peter Cincotti Tonight

(4/24 at 12:30 AM) - Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein will welcome singer-songwriter-pianist, Peter Cincotti, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - tonight, April 24 (8 p.m.) and Friday, April 25 (8 p.m.). Peter will be performing a mix of songs from his critically acclaimed albums as well as some brand new material from his highly anticipated upcoming release. (read...)

THE CALL Rounds Out San Jose Rep's 2014-15 Season

(4/23 at 9:24 PM) - Tanya Barfield's provocative drama The Call completes San Jose Repertory Theatre's 2014-2015 seven-show anniversary season in the sixth show slot (May 14 - June 7). This sensitive drama boldly tackles multi-racial adoption, identity and parenthood with razor sharp honesty and respect. When Annie and Peter decide to adopt a child they look toward Africa. But it isn't long before their anxiety over adoption and identity threaten their fantasies of parenthood in this powerful yet intimate look at the yearnings of motherhood, doubts and good intentions. (read...)

Magic Theatre to Welcome Back Christina Anderson with PEN/MAN/SHIP World Premiere, 5/21-6/15

(4/23 at 8:36 PM) - Magic Theatre is delighted to celebrate the return of Magic's 2011 Playwright in Residence, Christina Anderson, with the world premiere of PEN/MAN/SHIP. The production is directed by Magic Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Ryan Guzzo Purcell and will run May 21 - June 15, 2014 at Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building D, 3rd Floor. OPENING NIGHT is May 28, 2014. Press Dates are May 29 - June 1, 2014. (read...)

Marin Shakespeare Company Announces Pay-As-You-Like-It Admission for all Performances of AS YOU LIKE IT, 7/5-8/10

(4/23 at 8:29 PM) - Marin Shakespeare Company celebrates the 450th Anniversary of Will Shakespeare's birth (April 23, 2014) with an announcement of a special gift for Bay Area Shakespeare fans and the theater going community. (read...)

Wells Fargo Center Sets 2014-15 Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series: SLEEPING BEAUTY, Peking Acrobats & More

(4/23 at 2:45 PM) - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts continues to provide the finest family entertainment with a new-lineup of educational and interactive performances in Santa Rosa. Today, the Center announced the 2014-2015 Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series, featuring eight shows for young audiences and their families. Commencing in the fall, the series will delight audiences of all ages with performances that will showcase a pop culture phenomenon, the world's finest acrobats, favorite children's book characters brought to life, classic tales, glow-in-the-dark characters and more! To round out the year-long series, each performance includes free family art projects before each show and post-show opportunities to meet the cast. (read...)

Los Altos Stage Company to Present COMPANY, 5/29-6/28

(4/23 at 1:56 PM) - The Los Altos Stage Company presents a groundbreaking, award-winning musical by one of the most popular theater artists of all time. Stephen Sondheim's Company opens May 29 and runs through June 28 at the Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. (read...)

Hats Off to 40 Years of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon Set for this Summer

(4/23 at 1:32 PM) - Today, Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon Producer Jo Schuman Silver announced Hats Off to 40 Years of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, a self-guided tour featuring iconic hats from the past 40 years running in May through June. With more than 20 hats being exhibited throughout the Bay Area, this is the first time in the show's history that this many hats have been displayed at one time. At 15 feet wide, 10 feet deep and 29 feet tall, visitors to Davies Symphony Hall can see the iconic Silver San Francisco Skyline Hat. Other hats include the World Hat and the Washington Hat at the de Young Museum, as well as the original Banana Carmen Hat at the SFJAZZ Center. A complete list of locations and viewing dates is below. (read...)

Berkeley Repertory Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's 'THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE', Begin. 5/16

(4/23 at 11:53 AM) - Berkeley Repertory Theatre welcomes back Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner for the West Coast premiere of his latest play, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic tale of love, family, sex, money, and politics. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary writer unfurls a poignant story about an Italian family in Brooklyn. When retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. A portrait of a dysfunctional family filled with weighty dialogue, humor, and passion, Kushner's four-act play previews Friday, May 16, opens on Wednesday, May 21, and runs through Sunday, June 29, 2014. (read...)


(4/23 at 11:32 AM) - American Conservatory Theater announced today the Spring 2014 Repertory featuring students from A.C.T.'s acclaimed Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program, as well as a coproduction featuring students from A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory (YC) Program. The three works in repertory this May are Stephen Adly Guirgis' scorching comedy, Our Lady of 121st Street; Georges Feydeau's madcap farce The Girl from Maxim's; and Rob Ackerman's hilarious and heartbreaking Teach for America. Tickets for each performance are $20 and are available online at or by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228. Two and three-show packages are available. Pick any two shows for $30 (a savings of $10) or purchase all three shows for $40 (a savings of $20). Packages are available for purchase by visiting (select M.F.A. Program Spring Repertory Package). (read...)

California Shakespeare Theater to Open 40th Anniversary Season with A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 5/21-6/15

(4/23 at 10:47 AM) - California Shakespeare Theater begins its 2014 season with one of the true trailblazing works in the American theater, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Patricia McGregor. A Raisin in the Sun plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from May 21 through June 15. (read...)

Berkeley Rep's Ovation Gala Raises Over $644,000

(4/23 at 10:37 AM) - On Saturday, April 19, a host of distinguished guests descended on San Francisco's elegant Four Seasons hotel for Ovation, Berkeley Repertory Theatre's annual gala. Under the leadership of gala co-chairs Jill Fugaro and Jean Strunsky, the theatrical extravaganza raised $644,000 in support of the award-winning non-profit's creation of exciting new plays and its commitment to education and outreach programs for the local community. (read...)

Next WORD PERFORMANCES Show Set for Today at The Lost Church

(4/23 at 12:30 AM) - Word Performances is an intimate reading series of poetry, prose, comedy, fiction and memoir where words are the lead, dance is featured, and music makes a cameo. (read...)

Kwame Kwei-Armah's LET THERE BE LOVE to be Featured in A.C.T.'s 2014-15 Season

(4/22 at 12:57 PM) - A.C.T. kicks off its 2014-15 season with the West Coast premiere of the Signature Theatre production of Old Hats (September 10-October 5, 2014), starring Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner. Using music, technology, and movement - plus a few other tricks up their sleeves - Old Hats combines the inimitable magic, slapstick and hilarity of Irwin and Shiner into a wild and remarkable outing of theater for generations old and new. Directed by Tina Landau, Old Hats was the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Old Hats marks the first collaboration for Irwin and Shiner since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon, which set A.C.T. box office records during its sold-out 1998 run and their return engagement in 2001. Press night for Old Hats will be on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (read...)

San Jose Rep to Present Bay Area Premiere of THE BIG MEAL, 5/8-6/1

(4/21 at 8:21 PM) - San Jose Repertory Theatre presents the Bay Area premiere of the critically-acclaimed The Big Meal, by Dan LeFranc, the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award Winner. This razor sharp portrait of a modern American family runs May 8 through June 1, and is directed by Kirsten Brandt, San Jose Rep's Associate Artistic Director. (read...)

BD Wong to Talk THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO and More at A.C.T., 5/19

(4/21 at 4:50 PM) - In advance of American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) upcoming U.S. premiere of James Fenton's acclaimed adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao, a classic Chinese legend that has its roots in the fourth century BCE, A.C.T. and the Commonwealth Club of California are proud to present BD Wong and A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff in Conversation for one-night-only - Monday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco). (read...)

Cinnabar to Close Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 5/30-6/15

(4/21 at 2:48 PM) - After a string of sold-out hits, Cinnabar Theater in Sonoma County concludes its spectacular season of live performances with Mozart's masterpiece: The Marriage of Figaro opens at Petaluma's beloved professional theater on May 30 and plays through June 15. (read...)

Crowded Fire Theater to Present 'BRAHMAN/I,' 6/9-28

(4/21 at 2:31 PM) - The Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) 2014 season leaps forward with the West Coast Premiere of "BRAHMAN/I: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show" by Aditi Brennan Kapil. "BRAHMAN/I… " opens with a press night on Monday June 9 (Previews June 5-7) running through June 28 at the Thick House in San Francisco's Potrero Hill. (read...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends WITTENBERG Through 5/11

(4/21 at 1:55 PM) - To be or not to be is no longer the question - critics and audiences agree that WITTENBERG is a hit. Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 7 performances of the Bay Area Premiere of WITTENBERG, David Davalos' audacious comedy about reason versus faith. Josh Costello (San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre) directs this smarty-pants celebration of history, language, academia, and religion, featuring Dan Hiatt (The Arsonists), Elizabeth Carter (Trouble in Mind), Jeremy Kahn, and Michael Stevenson. WITTENBERG plays now through May 11 (added performances: Tuesday, May 6, 7pm; Wednesday, May 7, 8pm; Thursday, May 8, 8pm; Friday, May 9, 8pm; Saturday, May 10, 8pm; Sunday, May 11, 2pm and 7pm) at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-50) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit (read...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Apr. 20

(4/20 at 9:00 PM) - Upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, April 20, 2014. (read...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 4/20/2014

(4/20 at 10:00 AM) - Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2014 for San Francisco (read...)

Halie Loren to Perform at Yoshi's, Featuring Mads Tolling, 5/4

(4/19 at 12:27 PM) - Vocalist Halie Loren has a possesses a unique story as well, the artistic product of growing up in a remote Alaskan town called Sitka, and having better access as a child to a collection jazz records than she did pop music on the radio. Interestingly, Halie has also become a musical celebrity of sorts in Japan the past few years. (read...)

Foothill Music Theatre to Take a Trip to the SOUTH PACIFIC, 7/24-8/10

(4/18 at 8:41 PM) - Foothill Music Theatre will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC, running July 24 - August 10, 2014 at the Smithwick Theatre, Los Altos, Calif. (read...)

Marin Shakespeare Company Celebrates Shakespeare's 450th Birthday This Summer

(4/18 at 5:33 PM) - Marin Shakespeare Company celebrates the 450th Anniversary of Will Shakespeare's birth (April 23, 2014) with an announcement of a special gift for Bay Area Shakespeare fans and the theater going community. Thanks to a special 25th Silver Season gift from an anonymous donor, when audiences attend any Marin Shakespeare Company performance of 'As You Like It' this summer, all tickets are 'Pay As You Like It." (read...)

MR. IRRESISTIBLE to Make West Coast Premiere at the Alcazar Theatre, 6/4-8

(4/18 at 4:44 PM) - MR. IRRESISTIBLE - A New Sci-Fi Musical Comedy Thriller - described as 'The Terminator meets Ugly Betty' - directed by Jonathan J. Carpenter, with book & lyrics by D'Arcy Drollinger (Shit & Champagne / Project: Lohan)and music by Christopher Winslow (OMFG!), make its West Coast premiere June 4 - 8, 2014 for a very limited engagement of 5 performances only, running Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8:00 pm / Sun. 7:00 pm. (Preview Wed. 6/4 / Opening Thurs. 6/5) at the Alcazar Theatre - 650 Geary St. (btw'n. Jones & Leavenworth Sts.) in SF. (read...)

BAL LITTERAIRE Set for Festival of New French Plays and Cinema in San Francisco, 5/1-25

(4/18 at 2:50 PM) - Playwrights Foundation (PF) Cutting Ball Theater and Tides Theatre announced the Des Voix…Found In Translation Biennial 2014, a Festival of New French Plays and Cinema in San Francisco May 1-25, 2014. The Festival features a "Bal Litteraire" On Friday, May 9, 7 PM with Nathalie Fillion member of La Cooperative d'Ecriture, the founders of the Bal. Nathalie Fillion will be leading the deliciously raucous, international, and decidedly theatrical evening where the literary meets the dance floor in a disco nightclub setting. (read...)

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