The opening shows for the 2013-2014 theatre season were absolutely amazing and full of SUPER FUN entertainment. I wish I could have seen ALL the shows! I did not make it to Dragon Theater after all, but I did get to Palo Alto Players for an impressive show, and The Fantasticks was canceled the night I went due to an ill leading lady (get well soon, Casey Ellis!). Two of the shows (One Night with Janis Joplin and Spamalot) had extended runs! I have high hopes for what the theatres have in store for us next! How many will I get to this time around? How many will YOU get to?
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
October 9 – November 3
Son of Chinese immigrants, decorated vet, and a charismatic speaker, congressional candidate Julius Lee is dubbed “The Republican Obama.” But when word of a youthful indiscretion threatens scandal, he discovers the dangerous intersection of politics and idealism. In this taut, topical saga of backroom electioneering, the campaign lies ahead, the warriors are at hand, and our future’s at stake. Contains adult language. From HOUSE OF CARDS writer Kenneth Lin.
Metblogs will not be attending this show but it’s bound to be a sell-out so get your tickets now!
Rich and Famous
October 11 – November 3
One of “the world’s oldest living promising young playwrights,” Bing Ringling’s 844th script is finally about to be produced, bringing Bing dreams of being, well, rich and famous. A surreal comedy with music, Rich and Famous is part vaudeville, part absurd, and an entirely funny romp through the perils of being a successful artist, by playwright John Guare, the genius who also wrote The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation.
Sounds very different, and different is usually interesting! Hopefully I will get to this one for a review!
San Jose Repertory
October 17 – November 10
“Out ‘n’ About” night: October 26
Every relationship requires a leap of faith. This is the case for Adam and Luke, who’ve navigated a committed relationship for five years, even though Adam is a responsible but neurotic atheist, while Luke is an impulsive, underemployed actor and a devout Christian. When tragedy strikes, family and friends’ deeply held beliefs collide. Through pain, intolerance, honesty and laughter, they attempt to discover “how we live our lives” at the intersection of faith and love.
I better bring a box of tissue, I am certain I’ll be crying through most of this.
Lettice and Lovage
October 18 – November 3
From the author that brought us Equus and Amadeus, comes the delightful comedy, LETTICE AND LOVAGE. Lettice Douffet, an enthusiast of history and the theatre, is a tour guide at one of the most mundane of London’s stately homes. She livens up her tours by fabricating wildly theatrical stories, which comes to the attention of her conventional employer, Lotte Schoen. Schoen is not at all amused by Lettice’s uninhibited history lessons. The meeting of these spinsters – the free spirited Lettice, and the straight-laced Lotte, leads to an unlikely, yet riotous friendship.
I always look forward to Hillbarn’s shows, and can’t wait to see what happens in this one!
Priscilla: Queen of the Dessert
Broadway San Jose
October 29 – November 3
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.”
I’m looking forward to this one the most but I haven’t managed to wrangle tickets yet. I recommend you get yours ASAP. There is no way this show is not going to be spectacular (and sold out)!
God of Carnage
Palo Alto Players
November 2 – November 17
While gathered around a coffee table sporting imported tulips and liberally covered with art books, two very civilized married couples meet to amicably resolve a playground altercation between their 11-year-old sons. One boy admits to whacking the other with a stick, breaking two front teeth. And both sets of parents agree that boys will be boys. But civility quickly takes a backseat when parental impulses kick in. In this winner of the 2009 Tony Award and coveted Olivier Award, the full-force of human chaos is unleashed – and the results are ferociously funny!
This doesn’t start until November, but it’s a well known show and a popular one so get your tickets soon! I won’t be reviewing this show, but it’s a good one and you should not miss it!