Theatre Spring 2016

The links to each play will, sooner or later, expire.

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Theatre Winter 2015-2016

I’m still keeping brief entries in Day One, but the application has still not added back the publishing capability, so I don’t have an easy way of sharing these. The links to each play will, sooner or later, expire.

Winter2015

Theatre: Winter 2014-2015

Though I’ve seen a few play multiple times, most particularly Into the Woods, I had never seen a play in two different theatres over a short period of time. Last fall I saw Ideation at San Francisco Playhouse, and then this season at Cap Stage. The performances were somewhat but not remarkably different. Actor Carrie Paff played Hannah in both! Two favorites this season, Tree at San Francisco Playhouse, for the though provoking staging and deep feeling, and In The Heights for the incredible energy of the story and dancers. Nine plays for the season.

  • 2015-03-13 Green Valley: In the Heights (Lin Manuel Miranda)
  • 2015-03-11 STC: Julius Cesaer (William Shakespeare)
  • 2015-03-06  City Theatre: The Cradle Will Rock (Marc Blitzstein)
  • 2015-02-15  SF Playhouse: Tree (Julie Hebert)
  • 2015-02-05  Cap Stage: Ideation (Aaron Loeb)
  • 2015-01-23  Geery Theater: Love Letters (A. R. Gurney)
  • 2015-01-22  Big Idea Theatre: Cloud 9 (Caryl Churchill)
  • 2015-01-04  SF Playhouse: Promises, Promises (Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David, Book by Neil Simon)
  • 2015-01-15  B Street B3: The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Madeline George)

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Theatre: Fall 2014

It is often hard to pick my favorite play or musical from a season, as I strongly enjoy nearly every one of them, but I have to say that Motown: The Musical stood out above the rest. It was so full of good energy and good memories for me (I’m of that age when Motown was what we listened to). The acting and singing were superb. Eleven plays for the season.

  • 2014-12-11  New Helvetia Theatre: Marry Me A Little (music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived and developed by Craig Lucas & Norman Rene)
  • 2014-12-10  Sacramento Theatre Company: Kate (Rick Foster)
  • 2014-12-05 Big Idea Theatre: Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Briandaniel Ogelsby)
  • 2014-11-20  New Helvetia Theatre: I’m Getting My Act Together (music by Nancy Ford and book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer)
  • 2014-11-06  Cap Stage: Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson)
  • 2014-11-01  San Francisco Playhouse: Ideation (Aaron Loeb)
  • 2014-10-30  Green Valley Theatre: Rocky Horror Show (music, lyrics and a book by Richard O’Brien)
  • 2014-10-03  City Theatre: The Uninvited (Tim Kelly, from the novel by Dorothy Macardle)
  • 2014-10-02  Big Idea Theatre: Exit Interview (William Missouri Downs)
  • 2014-09-27  SHN Theatres: Motown, The Musical (a book by Berry Gordy)
  • 2014-09-26  SHN Theatres: Pippin (Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson)

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: Fall 2012

Not new information, but a posting of plays and theaters that I had not previously posted.

  • 2012-12-14 SHN Theatres: The Lion King
  • 2012-12-13 Sacramento Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol
  • 2012-12-07 BigIdea: Love’s Labor Lost
  • 2012-12-06 B St: A Pail of Grace
  • 2012-11-29 CapStage: Mistakes Were Made
  • 2012-11-01 CapStage: The Woman in Black
  • 2012-10-28 GreenValley: Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 2012-10-25 B3: The Price
  • 2012-10-12 NewHelvetia: Next to Normal
  • 2012-10-11 B St: The K of D
  • 2012-10-04 CapStage: Enron

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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