Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aug. 19: 'Witness Uganda' at Atwood Ranch

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Playwright-composers Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews have paired up for a compelling performance piece that’s already won awards and earned accolades. ‘Witness Uganda’ made its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater earlier this year under the direction of Tony winner Diane Paulus. Now, Gould and Matthews bring the show to the intimate settings of the Sonoma Valley. As part of the summer-long Transcendence Theatre series, this one-of-a-kind concert experience combines Afro-pop music with personal stories and world-changing ideals. Witness Uganda plays under the stars on Tuesday Aug. 19, at the Atwood Ranch, 12099 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 7:30pm. $35—$60. 877.424.1414.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sept. 28-29: 'Wretch Like Me' at Occidental Center of the Arts

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From Michael Stipe and Woody Allen to Bill Maher and David Bazan, there exists a long line of art borne from men wrestling with their religious upbringing. Three years ago, ‘Wretch Like Me,’ the one-man show written and performed by Bohemian theater critic David Templeton, did this very thing with an added bonus: laughter. Now, in an updated revision, Templeton’s story about coming of age as a fundamentalist puppeteer with an overly devoted (to the Lord) girlfriend returns. Brush up on your New Testament verses and hark back to the weird world of the 1970s in two shows, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at the Occidental Center of the Arts. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 4pm. $10. 707.874.9392.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 20: The 24 Hour Plays at Lincoln Theater

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Surely taking a cue from the Bohemian’s 24-Hour Band Contest, Festival del Sole this week presents its own version: The 24 Hour Plays. In an evening of “extreme theater,” the players, writers and directors must create, write, rehearse and perform four 10-minute plays in 24 hours. Perhaps the best part is the lineup of stars involved: Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni, The View’s Star Jones, The West Wing’s Allison Janney, The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski, four-time Emmy award winner Alfre Woodard and Ally McBeal herself, Calista Flockhart, are among the actors taking part. Witness the results of spontaneous collaboration on Saturday, July 20, at Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $45—$75. 5:30pm. 707.944.9910.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 27: Reduced Shakespeare Company at SRJC

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Theater junkies attempting to navigate the prolific work of Shakespeare without reading the Bard’s entire collection or turning to Cliff’s Notes have found their desires answered by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, creators of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The play has been performed in a handful of languages, and led some of the company’s actors to be knighted by the Queen of England. After nine record-breaking seasons, the RSC created a variety of sped-up, slapstick routines conquering topics such as American history, the Bible and classic literature. This week, the three-man troupe, which features SRJC theatre instructor Reed Martin and Sonoma County local Austin Tichenor, are performing The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) in a benefit show on Tuesday, March 27, at SRJC’s Burbank Auditorium. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30. 707.527.4343.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nov. 17: "A Christmas Story" at the Sixth Street Playhouse

Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM


Every aspect of Christmas, from the Christmas lights to the horrendous task of buying gifts for less-than-deserving people, is enough to turn the holidays into the least wonderful time of the year. The Sixth Street Playhouse reintroduces the original roots of the holiday season through their performance of ‘A Christmas Story,’ with proceeds benefiting the Living Room, the only day shelter for women and children in Sonoma County. The Christmas Miracle comes to the stage on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Sixth Street Playhouse. 8pm. $30–$35. 800.838.3006.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oct. 28: Golden Gate Opera Presents Hansel and Gretel at the Marin Center

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Personally, the Hansel and Gretel story was the most damaging of my childhood. The idea that ruthless tyrant stepmoms of the world could be so evil as to effortlessly banish their children to the woods was enough to keep my little brain spinning until sunup. The crazy old witch with an appetite for plump children? Just the topping on the whole scary cake. If crazy women torturing children is your schtick, be assured that the tale has stood the test of time. Golden Gate Opera presents Hansel and Gretel on Friday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Friday at 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. $15–$45. 415.499.6400.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 3: A Christmas Carol at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Elsewhere in these pages this week you’ll read about the recently renovated Rio Nido Lodge, but there’s a brand new stage opening this week as well. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center has for the past few years stood along Main Street as an almost-completed vision, replete with laminated blueprints posted on the front of the building and projected completion dates that never saw completion—until now. The new quaint space befits the plucky town that’s done nothing but bounce back from a crippling freeway rerouting over 10 years ago, and its impressive slate of upcoming plays serves to bring even more art to an increasingly art-friendly burg. Starting this weekend, it’s A Christmas Carol, while a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by live music and a tour gets underway on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. 4pm. Free. 707.894.2214.
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