Theatre: Summer 2014

Another season of plays, fourteen this time. My favorite was Songs from An Unmade Bed, New Helvetia Theatre’s one-man performance by Conner Mickiewicz. I was leery – could he really pull it off? – but he did, in fine form and voice. I saw Into the Woods (Sondheim & Lapine) at San Francisco Playhouse. This is my favorite play of all time, and one I have seen far more than any other. This performance was on par with others, but not the best. The best was actually the very first one, in Chico, put on by a community theatre whose name I don’t even remember. Chico Theatre Company is in the space now, but they say they started in 2004, and I saw the play about 1991. I think I have seen the play seven times now.

  • 2014-09-18  CapStage: Tribes
  • 2014-09-17  STC: Taming of the Shrew (Young Professionals Conservatory)
  • 2014-09-05  Green Valley: The Light in the Piazza
  • 2014-08-29  Teatro Espejo: Enslaved
  • 2014-08-28  B Street: The Conference of the Birds
  • 2014-08-13  Cap Stage: Orchid Child (Playwright’s Revolution)
  • 2014-08-12  Cap Stage: Black Fly Spring (Playwright’s Revolution)
  • 2014-08-02  SF Playhouse: Into the Woods
  • 2014-08-01  Big Idea Theatre: The Language Archive
  • 2014-07-27  Ovation Stage: The Flu Season
  • 2014-07-12  SHN: Once
  • 2014-07-11  New Helvetia Theatre: Songs from an Unmade Bed
  • 2014-07-10  Shakespeare Davis: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2014-07-08  B Street: Provenance

Theatre: Spring 2013

Again, not a new post, but separated out of my Spring 2013 post.

I saw twelve plays this quarter, just amazing. Hedda Gabler at Capital Stage was the best, and A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage 1959 at Big Idea Theatre was the funniest.

  • As You Like It, Big Idea Theatre
  • Avenue Q, Runaway Stage
  • Billy Elliot, Sacramento Community Center Theatre
  • The Mountaintop, CapStage
  • Dark Meets Light, Ovation Stage
  • 42nd Street, Runaway Stage
  • Private Eyes, Big Idea Theatre
  • The Little Dog Laughed, Closet Door Theatre
  • How We Got On, B Street Theatre
  • Gingerbread Lady, New Helvetia Theatre
  • Hedda Gabler, CapStage
  • Jerusalem, Green Valley Theatre
  • A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage 1959, Big Idea Theatre

Theatre: Summer 2013

No, this is not really a new post. I separated out the theatre info from my post of last summer. I don’t know if anyone else every looks at these posts, but I do, and I want it to be easier to backtrack on plays that I’ve seen and theaters I’ve attended.

Only nine plays.  Yow, I’m falling off.

Theatre: Fall 2013

Sixteen plays. Am I overdoing it? Maybe, but there are worse foibles. I became a member of SHN Theatres in San Francisco. I enjoy the event of going to the theatre in SF, but to be honest the productions aren’t any better than what I can see at home in Sacramento. I appreciate most the energy and courage of Big Idea Theatre, and the consistent quality of Cap Stage, but I also very much enjoy the diversity of opportunities in Sacramento, from a group of friends all the way up through traveling shows of national stature.

The Sacramento News & Review had a year-end review of the theatre scene for the year. Many I saw, some I did not.

  • 2013-12-20 SHN Theatres: The Book of Mormon
  • 2013-12-07 UC Davis Theatre & Dance Department: Spring Awakening
  • 2013-12-05 Big Idea Theatre: Outrage
  • 2013-12-03 B Street Theatre: Not in the Stars
  • 2013-11-22 Actors Workshop of Sacramento: The Sunset Limited
  • 2013-11-17 Runaway Stage: Spamalot
  • 2013-11-15 Ovation Stage: Buried Child
  • 2013-11-10 SHN Theatres: Porgy and Bess
  • 2013-11-09 SHN Theatres: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • 2013-11-07 Cap Stage: Macbeth
  • 2013-10-31 B Street Theatre: Detroit
  • 2013-10-25 New Helvetia Theatre: Tell Me On A Sunday
  • 2013-10-24 Sacramento Theatre Company: Pride & Prejudice
  • 2013-10-06 SHN Theatres: Beautiful
  • 2013-10-04 City Theatre: After Juliet
  • 2013-10-03 Big Idea Theatre: Lonesome Hollow

I’ll post about other activities during the fall shortly.

Theatres on the grid

I was speaking to several people this evening at the Turn Downtown Around Open Forum about the wonderful abundance of theatres near where I live in Sacramento, on the grid (downtown & midtown) and near the grid. I’ve no doubt missed a few, particularly theatre companies and playhouses don’t run things very often, but here is my list for what it is worth:

On-the-Grid Theatres

B Street Theatre, http://bstreettheatre.org/
Capital Stage, J St, http://capstage.org/
New Helvetia Theatre, R St, http://www.newhelvetia.org/
Sacramento Theatre Company, H St, http://sactheatre.org/
R25 Theatre Complex, 25th & R St

California Musical Theatre, http://www.californiamusicaltheatre.com/, at Wells Fargo Pavilion and Community Center Theatre
Geery Theatre, L St, http://wjgeerytheater.com/

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