Not Equal To is a gripping tale of intrigue and corporate corruption set in the not-too-distant future of the Indian IT industry. Ingenius, the leading company in the industry, is witnessing a face-off between employees and management. Anna, the leader of the Underground Union pits her wits against the company's powerful Chairman Rao, while Anna's boyfriend becomes a pawn in this high-stakes game of hacked servers and media leaks. Catch this play about inequality and how the privileged strive to preserve their dominance at Sunnyvale Theatre.
Playwright, pianist and actor Hershey Felder is famed for bringing musical greats like Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Franz Liszt and more to life via a series of engaging and acclaimed solo shows. His latest subject is Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who's not only considered one of Russia's greatest composers -- he's widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Renowned for world-famous compositions like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and countless ferocious and brilliant symphonies, Tchaikovsky died mysteriously at the age of 53, only nine days after conducting the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6. Now, Felder pulls back the curtain on the curious life of the beloved and tormented composer at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sorta like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, El Gato and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their really clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But the hometown Harlem team is making a stop at Oakland's Oracle Arena to play the long-suffering Washington Generals ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
Two-time Tony-winner Judith Ivey (Hurlyburly, Will & Grace, Grey's Anatomy) stars in Harold Pinter's darkly comic classic at the Geary Theater in San Francisco. When asked what his surrealist plays were really all about, the Nobel and Tony-winning playwright famously replied, "the weasel under the cocktail cabinet." Whether you prefer that definition, or describe it as a "comedy of menace," The Birthday Party is pure Pinter. It revolves around Petey, Meg and their long-time tenant Stanley, a retired pianist, who lead a quiet life at a seaside boarding house ... until two strangers show up. Their presence turns Stanley's surprise birthday celebration into something much more sinister, which includes a high-stakes game of blindman's bluff and a mysterious blackout. A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli and Stratford Fest star Scott Wentworth are also set to appear in the company's new production.
With over 30 million YouTube fans worldwide, San Francisco's Voices of Music is the most popular early music ensemble in the United States by a wide margin, and one of the most popular ensembles in any genre of classical music, in the world. Performed in beautiful cathedrals around the Bay Area, their authentic interpretations of virtuoso baroque concertos are an especially vibrant treat for the ears, as the small, tight-knit group present beguiling and even playful arrangements for violins, cellos, organ and other instruments. Interpreting works by masters ranging from Vivaldi to Bach, this spectacularly talented group of musicians will transport you to another time.
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that will transport you to a 1920s San Francisco watering hole full of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans and barflies. As you wander throughout the multi-room environment, sipping cocktails, playing casino games, or simply observing, you'll stumble across all manner of conversations and interactions as a complex narrative web unfolds. Never the same thing twice, The Speakeasy is a meta-theatrical event you'll want to see again and again.
As part of the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centennial, Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas conducts a concert version of his comic operetta Candide, complete with acclaimed vocalists and chorus at Davies Hall. A true American legend, Bernstein may be best known for Broadway musicals like West Side Story and On the Town, but Candide's proven popular over the years too, as it details a madcap odyssey around the world. Originally adapted from Voltaire's famed novel, the naïve titular hero sets off to find his one true love, the beautiful Cunegonde, while enduring a series of comic misadventures that take him through wars, plagues, pirates, swindlers and even the Spanish Inquisition. Along the journey you'll be treated to renditions of such memorable tunes as "Glitter and Be Gay," "Make Our Garden Grow" and "The Best of All Possible Worlds," performed by Jay Armstrong Johnson, Meghan Picerno and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
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With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. The Peninsula Symphony and San Francisco's celebrated 42nd Street Moon theater company collaborate on the classic, bringing it to life in a grand symphonic and theatrical presentation. Hear this captivating score in its richest form, starring a magnificent Broadway cast. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. Experience the timeless score and heartfelt story at Capuchino High School in San Bruno.
Las Vegas' longest-running scripted show, Menopause The Musical has been seen by more than 11 million women worldwide! The show now comes alive at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose. This joyful musical parody tells the tale of four ladies with nothing in common except a certain black lace bra. They meet by chance at a lingerie sale in a department store and end up poking fun at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. With classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s moving the action along, these diverse women in Menopause The Musical create a sisterhood as they realize that menopause is a shared experience.
Arsenio Hall is one of those rare comics so popular, he comes with his own chant. In fact, not so long ago, you could mention "Arsenio" and everyone in the room would start whooping like audience members sitting in the "dog pound" section on The Arsenio Hall Show. It's still easy to get excited by Hall, who in addition to making history as the first black late-night talk show host, starred in movies with Eddie Murphy (Coming to America), appeared on Chappelle's Show and even won Celebrity Apprentice. But of all the venues for his amazing talent -- from screens big to small -- he is best live and up close on the stand-up stage. His energy, his charisma, and his effortless (and seemingly boundless) humor will be on display when this comedy legend headlines the San Jose Improv.
Come check out Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks as they hit the ice at the Tank. Here's your chance to bring your friends and family to SAP Center and watch one of the NHL's elite while enjoying new options for drinks and food along with the fun atmosphere of the SAP Center. You won't want to miss all the big hits, highlight-reel goals and sweet skating.
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sorta like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, El Gato and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at the SAP Center at San Jose to play the long-suffering Washington Generals ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
Hailed as "a funny, affectionate, and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist," Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter told through his own words via film, live performances and his amazing music at 3 Below in San Jose. More than two dozen carefully selected songs from hits like West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods and more are brought to life by a talented ensemble cast, while in-depth video interviews with the man himself delve into his personal life and artistic process. This acclaimed bio-musical is an excellent intro for casual musical-theater fans and a graduate-level treat for long-time admirers of the Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner, who even has a theater named after him on Broadway.
This is your chance to, quite literally, hang out with the coolest cats in town. San Jose's The Dancing Cat is a creative space for people, and sometimes adoptable cats are able to get in on the human interaction. The space provides a living room-like ambiance where anywhere between seven and 11 lucky cats can wander and play in a cage-free environment. Visitors go there to meet friends, read, study or simply lounge with adoptable cats under a ceiling of colorful paper lanterns. Whether you're looking to adopt or just like to soak up the cool cat vibe and maybe scratch behind a few furry ears, this is one hour of your time that won't be wasted.
Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this fast-paced short-form improv show plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Laugh Track City is a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre.
Inspired by a true story, The Road to Mecca follows Miss Helen, a South African widow who harbors an unconventional artistic impulse. She is caught between an old friend who urges her to conform and a young friend who encourages her to follow her heart. Time magazine included the play in its "Theatre: Best of the Decade" list, praising playwright Athol Fugard's compassion and the play's "Ibsenesque conflict." The play will be directed by the Pear's new artistic director Elizabeth Craig and will feature emeritus director Diane Tasca as Miss Helen. Don't miss The Road to Mecca at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View.
In the multiple Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, a dozen actors playing more than 100 characters combine their acting talent with ingenious stagecraft and an imaginative story to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up." In this swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan, join a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the queen together on the high seas. Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids. Don't miss the show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades" when it lands at the Hillbarn Theatre near San Jose.
Based on Disney's Oscar-nominated film, Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming musical celebrating culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, this San Carlos Children's Theater production brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan. Enjoy it with the whole family at Mustang Hall.
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York's public schools, they're sent to a Reassignment Center. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Based on real teacher "rubber rooms" in New York City, this surprising and captivating dramatic comedy follows five teachers throughout one school year while they await their hearing. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in a "Breakfast Club" for grown-ups. There she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, this experience provides them with educating choices. Written by Topher Payne and directed by Cathy Spielberger, Evelyn in Purgatory takes the stage of Theatre on San Pedro.
Thrill to a one-of-a-kind dinner and stage show with Dan Chan, Master Magician. Weaving feats of mentalism, perception and improv comedy with sleight-of-hand showmanship and jaw-dropping illusions, Chan has performed for tech titans and international billionaires. You can catch his latest show at Cupertino's intimate Dynasty Seafood, where his astonishing feats of deception, including hacking into your iPhone and other smartphone tricks, will no doubt astound you. Enjoy a multi-course meal with your ticket, as you behold a showman who Buzzfeed called "Silicon Valley's Favorite Magician ... able to fool the most skeptical of audiences." VIP guests will be treated to an extended, even closer-up show by Dan as well as additional dinner offerings.
Marvel at Made Up Theatre's crack quintet of comedians as they improvise an entire movie on the spot at their club in Fremont. Whatever you and your fellow audience members can dream up, 5 Play can handle. The genre of the movie is determined each night when a big wheel is spun by an audience member -- could it be you? From a nice romance or musical comedy to a rootin' tootin' western or big-budget action flick, this talented troupe has got it covered. In fact, they've won a number of awards, including the prestigious-sounding 2015 International Society of Humor Studies Conference prize for Best Improv Performance, and they've also appeared at the San Francisco, Sacto, Orange County and Sonoma County comedy festivals. These shows are free to the public, but purchasing in advance guarantees seating.
One of YouTube's biggest breakout comedy stars (with more than 65 million views and counting), "thinking man's comic" Steve Hofstetter now brings his no-holds-barred stand-up show to the Full Circle Brewing in Fresno. Comedy Without Apology features some of his most unfiltered, hilarious and very adult observations about virtually anything and everything under the sun. Along with his popular YouTube videos, Hofstetter's performed on TV, with sets on The Late Late Show and Comics Unleashed, and headlined at some of the country's top comedy clubs.
Award-winning classical/Spanish/fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Andy Hackbarth pays tribute to Andres Segovia, the "Father of the Classical Guitar," through instrumental selections and short stories about the legendary Spaniard's life and music. This eclectic journey transports listeners from the cathedrals of Germany and the music of Bach to the hills of Spain and the work of Albeniz and Tarrega, and from classical Europe to the southern tip of South America and beyond, to the contemporary guitar world. This performance at the Los Gatos High School Theatre is part of Los Gatos Community Concerts' 70th anniversary season.
Enjoy a treat to start the new year when Cliburn Silver medalist Kenneth Broberg brings his award-winning program to San Jose's Trianon Theatre. Hear for yourself why critics said his performances show "an imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of momentum" (Texas Classical Review). Pre-concert lecture and a Meet the Artist are included with the cost of your ticket, as is free parking.
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Improv is comedy without a net, where daredevil performers depend not only on the audience for suggestions, but also on their fellow performers for support and Lady Luck for inspiration. Done right, it's not just hilarious -- it's astonishing. The American Improv Theatre (AIT) Players do it right. Come laugh and marvel as the Players spin entire scenes from suggestions. The show begins with some silly, quick-moving improv games (Think Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Then the Players raise the stakes with longer, more connected scenes so good they seem scripted. But they're not: Everything that happens at Black Cat Licorice Theater is discovered in the moment.
Moses Storm ... Yep, that's his real name, and he's got plenty of jokes to share about it, along with a wealth of thoughts on drug addicts, cheating a marathon and surviving a "L.A. winter." A Los Angeles-based stand-up, host and sketch comedian, Storm has been featured on KCRW several times, 2015's Last Comic Standing and stars on Hulu's 4 to 9ers, NBC's About a Boy and the horror flick Unfriended. He keeps his live comedy chops strong through shows at The Nerdist Theater and UCB Sunset, and recently starred in his own Youtube film #MODERNMILLENNIAL. Catch this talented comedian at the Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club in the San Jose area.