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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 7: Ed Asner at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

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Famous as the voice of the fuzzy-browed man with large glasses in Pixar’s Up, Ed Asner this week tackles the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In a one-man show following the famous president after Election Day—leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II, not to mention having a catchy campaign song—Asner tells the tale of the only president in history to serve more than two terms on Thursday, March 7, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $40—$45. 707.226.7372.

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March 10: Marin Young Playwrights Festival at Marin Theatre Co.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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Who knew scriptwriters still worry about passing history class? High school students in the Bay Area were given the opportunity to write and submit 10-minute plays for the Marin Young Playwrights Festival. Out of over 50 submissions, eight have been selected as finalists. The plays were all written, directed and acted by Bay Area teens. Competition is free and open to the public; see who wins a staged reading with a professional director and actors when the fest kicks off on Sunday, March 10. Marin Theatre Company. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 7pm. Free. 415.388.5208.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 5: 'Jesus Phreak' at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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It’s a lot of pressure performing as a one-man show. If any mistakes are made, there’s only one person to blame. It may not be that hard for comedians or politicians (is there any difference?), but when it comes to telling the public about living as a gay Christian, the pink elephant in the room might as well start dancing and singing. R. Dale Smith, aka Jesus Phreak, is here to tell the world about his coming out—as a Christian. In his very honest one-man show, Smith tells of his experiences with faith and struggles growing up in a funny way. Good thing Jesus Phreak has a sense of humor. Catch his one-man show on Saturday, May 5, at the Thanksgiving Lutheran Church. 1225 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 4pm and 7pm. $5. 707.544.0241.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Oct. 24: Stephen Sondheim at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:55 AM

At age 79, Stephen Sondheim has seen it all, from commercial successes like Sweeny Todd to underappreciated flops like Anyone Can Whistle. He’s been in Hollywood, on Broadway, off Broadway, studied under Oscar Hammerstein, collaborated with Richard Rodgers, served as president of the Director’s Guild, raked in royalties for “Send in the Clowns,” and now, at the end of it all, he rests. And talks. If Sondheim had only written the lyrics to West Side Story, he’d be a household name, but consider Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music and the brilliant Assassins, and it all adds up. He is, without a doubt, a Broadway legend, and he appears in a conversation with acclaimed director Peter Stein to display his verbal genius and discuss a distinguished career on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $49–$69. 707.546.3600.Gabe Meline
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