It’s been awfully quiet around here over the summer, but let’s get real, even writers need vacations. Hopefully we still have some Bay Area readers patiently waiting for us because we are BACK and ready to get back in the saddle! Theatre opening nights for the 2013/2014 season are starting soon and the schedule is exciting!
Here are some of the shows we hope to review in the next months. Take a good look, mark your own calendars, and start calling for tickets because this season is going to be packed!
Other Desert Cities
Other Desert Cities
August 21 – September 15
Mt. View Center for the Performing Arts
A Hollywood star’s desert estate glows with Christmas cheer. But home for the holidays is daughter Brooke, a novelist whose tell-all memoir is sure to rip the politically-divided clan apart. Are we having fun yet? With dazzling wit and razor-sharp insight, this Pulitzer finalist balances fierce comedy and riveting family drama in the blockbuster hit of last year’s Broadway season. Contains adult language.
I don’t think we’re going to make this show, but TheatreWorks is one of the best companies in the Bay Area. If you can get to this show, we recommend that you do so.
And Miss Reardon...
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
August 29 – September 22
Dragon Productions Theatre Company
2120 Broadway, Redwood City
The inaugural production of Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, this dark comedy explores the lives of the three Reardon sisters, who have recently lost their mother. During an uncomfortable dinner reunion, a well-meaning but obnoxious set of neighbors crash the party and set an already incendiary situation ablaze.
Dragon Productions has moved to a new theatre they are doing some great things. I am really looking forward to this show.
Monty Python's Spamalot
Monty Python’s Spamalot
August 30 – September 22
1285 East Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?
We are likely going to miss this show, unfortunately, however it’s not often this show comes further south than San Francisco, and Hillbarn Theatre always has AMAZING season openers. If you haven’t yet seen Spamalot, or even if you have, try to get to Foster City for this one.
September 5 – September 29
Los Altos Stage Company
97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos
The Fantasticks, the world’s longest running musical, is a funny and romantic fable about a boy, a girl, his father, her mother, and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, bids the audience to draw on their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow”.
I have never seen The Fantasticks, and, full disclosure, I know someone in this cast and cannot wait to see it. But you should see it too, because how often do you see The Fantasticks in theatres around here?
One Night with Janis Joplin
One Night With Janis Joplin
September 5 – September 29
San Jose Repertory Theatre
This full-on concert experience is a musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore.
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN also shines a spotlight on the great African-American blues artists who influenced Janis’ musical style and career, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. This new musical event includes a live onstage band and features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Ball and Chain” and “Summertime” – creating a compelling portrait of an artist through the words and music of one of America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll icons.
There’s not a chance in the world that I’ll be missing this show, and I’ll be taking my daughter with me because I gave her good taste in music. It’s another musical season opener at the Rep, and no expense is ever spared to put on the best shows ever for their openers.
September 7 – September 22
Opera San Jose
California Theatre, San Jose
A tale of greed. A travesty of stymied desires. An old knight’s ridiculous hunger to recapture his youth and gain riches through sexual liaisons is challenged when he meets his match in the form of two wily married women. This is the setting for Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic commedia lirica, Falstaff. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, this insightful opera is a humorous celebration of love and life that can be enjoyed by all. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
This is one of those “can’t miss” operas that will be great for anyone new to the opera. We wouldn’t miss it, and you should not either.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
October 29 – November 3
Broadway San Jose
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
This OUTRAGEOUSLY fun show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”
A friend notified me in June that this was coming up, and I have had this on my calendar ever since. I cannot wait for this show and I already know it will be amAAAAAAZZZZingggg!!!!