Theatre Summer 2015

A little late to posting summer, and I’d forgotten until tonight when I logged my latest play. I’ve been experimenting with written little short blurbs about the plays in my DayOne journal. Not reviews, just reactions. Those are linked after the entry for each one, but only since I started. Three Shakespeare this season, and another in fall!

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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: Winter 2013-2014

The plays which I saw this quarter are listed below. Twelve play, about the right amount for 12 weeks. You can see the Sacramento area theaters I go to on my Theatre page. I have had a subscription to the SHN Theatres in San Francisco this year, which I’ve much enjoyed and have two performances left to see. I also went to the Berkeley Rep(ertory) Theatre this month and will attend more there in the future. I saw Angels in America, both parts, at TAAC (The Alternative Arts Collective), and after thinking about it for a long time, realized that my dissatisfaction was not with the local staging or actors, but with the play itself. It is too sprawling, too scattered, too much dialog rather than action to bring out the themes. I think my favorite of the quarter was Passion at New Helvetia Theatre, but there are several in close competition.

  • 2014-03-16 Berkeley Rep: The House That Will Not Stand
  • 2014-03-07 Green Valley Theatre: The Wild Party
  • 2014-03-06 B Street: Wrong for Each Other
  • 2014-03-01 Cap Stage: The Real Thing (again)
  • 2014-02-28 Big Idea Theatre: The Merry Wives
  • 2014-02-27 New Helvetia Theatre: Passion
  • 2014-02-14 TAAC: Angels in America 2: Perestroika
  • 2014-02-12 Cap Stage: The Real Thing
  • 2014-01-24 Big Idea Theatre: When the Rain Stops Falling
  • 2014-01-17 TAAC: Angels in America 1: The Millenium
  • 2014-01-16 B Street Theatre: Elemeno Pea
  • 2014-01-10 Runaway Stage: Young Frankenstein

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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