The massively popular, Tony-winning adult puppet musical Avenue Q ran for six years at Broadway's Golden Theatre, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Full of humor and hummable tunes, the new production finds a home at Sunnyvale Theatre. This hilarious look at life in New York features a fantastic cast of people and puppets, who discover that children's television didn't prepare them for adulthood. The lovable cast of characters includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life.
Saturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Champagne Gala Opening Night)Sunday November 5, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm
Just in time for the holidays! Fly along with that mischievous sprite to the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning, but watch out for the loony lost boys, precocious pirates, and a carnivorous crocodile along the way. One of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Peter Pan has more than a sprinkling of Tinker Bell's fairy dust to muster its magic, with unforgettable songs including "I Won't Grow Up" and "I Gotta Crow." Palo Alto Players' annual family offering will surely "hook" all those who truly believe at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto.
Thursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
Everything moves in cycles, from fashion trends to political movements. Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Sinclair Lewis' darkly satirical It Can't Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sound familiar? The cautionary satire follows a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who's caught in the chaos of social upheaval. He trusts the system will fix itself... until it all comes crumbling down. The New Yorker called the story "thrilling and grim... an argument for journalism as a basic pillar of democracy." At The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills, Foothill Music Theatre presents this timely and topical play.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pm
Be there when this inspiring musical sees its world premiere with this TheatreWorks production, as The Prince of Egypt begins its international journey towards a debut in Denmark next year. This soaring celebration of the human spirit features a dazzling and diverse cast in one of the greatest stories ever told -- the saga of Moses and his Pharaoh brother, Ramses. Inspired by the 1998 animated film and featuring a score that includes the Oscar-winning "When You Believe" by the composer of Wicked, this transcendent journey of faith and family can be enjoyed on the Main Stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
When Steve Martin imagines a meeting between two of history's greatest minds, the result is nothing short of genius. In this hilarious and thought-provoking play, the year is 1904 and two aspiring twenty-somethings named Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso hang out at the same gritty Parisian bistro. In Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two icons muse on the century's achievements and other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Picasso's date, his mistress, an elderly philosopher, an idiot inventor and a charismatic singer from another era inject humor and absurdity into the conversation when San Jose favorite Kirsten Brandt directs the witty Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Hammer Theatre Center.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday November 8, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 11:00amThursday November 9, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:00pm
This cult classic horror/sci-fi parody -- which inspired the 1975 long-running midnight movie beloved by millions -- takes place on a dark and stormy night, as clean-cut sweethearts Brad and Janet find themselves stranded on a lonely road. The innocent couple seeks refuge at the castle of gender-bending mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter. Once inside, they have their eyes opened to a whole new world of sex, science -- and maybe even love. Come dance the "Time Warp," and hear all your favorite Rocky Horror hits. It's the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season at the Victoria Theatre.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
A powerful play that explores the 1980s AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart follows a group of queer activists, their lovers and their struggle for equality in a time of danger. This moving and always relevant piece shows at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 3:00pm (Preview)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pm Thursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 3:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pm
In this hilarious, musical take on the afterlife, the dead can't wait to get back to earth on Día de los Muertos -- and Death can't wait to finally have a day to relax! But when one soul isn't ready to go back, everyone's holiday is in danger. Don't miss Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Ensemble's La Muerte Baila, produced by Teatro Visión, at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such iconic pop classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice.Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday November 15, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
In one of the most famous movie musical scenes of all time, Gene Kelly partnered with an umbrella and tap danced through puddles in Singin' in the Rain. Now all the unforgettable songs and dances -- including the show-stopping title number -- have been lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Presented at Fox Theatre in Redwood City, the show's set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract ... and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina's voice -- but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, there's plenty of hilarious trouble afoot!
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm
In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! is back and this time, the hilarious drag parody of the beloved sci-fi television series has new episodes queued up. San Francisco drag star D'Arcy Drollinger once again steps into Buffy's boots for the latest send-up of the '90s supernatural series. Watch this hilarious set of psuedo-Scoobies save the world from evil at the Oasis.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pm
Bay Area Educational Theater Company is proud to present their 40th Mainstage production, Annie! Join them at Belmont's Carlmont Performing Arts Center for this classic musical about an orphan who never gives up finding her parents.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Singer Kat Robichaud (NBC's The Voice) brings her band, The Darling Misfits, to San Francisco's Great Star Theater for Misfit Cabaret's spooky Halloween extravaganza. This pop culture variety show blends rock 'n' roll, vaudeville and all your favorite horror films, rolled into one sexy, funny, musical show in a haunted Chinatown theater. Robichaud and her band create a night of decadence, bawdiness and horror, complete with everything from burlesque to drag to circus to magic and even a spooky costume contest. Don't miss this super fun show.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:30pm
Larry Shue's The Foreigner is full of secret conversations, hidden identities and lots of laughs. When an introvert traveler fakes a language barrier while visiting Georgia to avoid conversations, playing dumb teaches him a lot about others and himself. You will never have more fun exploring communication -- and miscommunication -- than in this show at The Louis B. Mayer Theatre in Santa Clara.
Sunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm
A clandestine love affair sets the stage for a battle full of fury and anguish in West Bay Opera's production of Norma. The epitome of the bel canto opera style, Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece has been a vehicle for supremely talented sopranos since its debut in 1831. Set during the Gallic-Roman wars, the story focuses on the awe-inspiring Druid high priestess, whose role demands a strict vow of celibacy. But she's violated that code by falling in love with the leader of the occupying army, and leads a double life to conceal her secret. Don't miss this tragic story brought to life by Bellini's fiery score at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
Ibsen's 1882 drama is all too timely as it delves into a political firestorm over poisoned water and the courage it takes to fight it. When Dr. Stockman discovers that the medicinal baths that have made his town a travel destination may in fact be poisoned, he faces off against the mayor -- who also happens to be his brother. As the siblings go head-to-head, political and ethical issues rise to the surface with shocking consequences for everyone. Mountain View's Pear Theatre stages a new production of An Enemy of the People from the recent Broadway revival, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
Few characters are as synonymous with seduction as the biblical character Salomé. From the New Testament to Oscar Wilde to Richard Strauss, Salomé has served as a symbol for the dangers of female sexuality for hundreds of years. As the story goes, Salomé, Princess of Judaea, requested the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter as a reward for performing the "Dance of the Seven Veils." Now, this charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution in an occupied desert nation. Internationally acclaimed theater director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create this urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre, the second incarnation of the adaptation first created at Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2015. See the filmed performance of Salomé at San Jose's Hammer Theatre Center in this National Theatre Live HD screening.
A band of criminals is about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Utilizing her unique abilities, Susy's able to level the playing field with the help of a young neighbor, devising an ingenious game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in the dark of night and has been thrilling audiences for decades. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, Wait Until Dark is an electrifying thriller by Frederick Knott, the playwright behind Dial M for Murder. Now you can enjoy all the pulse-pounding tension of Wait Until Dark at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay ... but be prepared to spend the finale propped precariously on the edge of your seat.
Set in a rural Georgia fishing lodge, this award-winning comic farce follows Charlie, an Englishman too shy to engage with other vacationers. Charlie is seemingly rescued by his friend Froggy, who suggests to the others that he's a foreigner who doesn't speak English. But when his cabin-mates begin to unleash a torrent of their deepest secrets and devious -- and possibly dangerous -- scandals to him, Charlie discovers an adventurous streak he never knew he had. Written by Larry Shue (The Nerd), The Foreigner won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. See this play, which is more relevant than ever, at San Jose's Hillbarn Theatre.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. Everyone gets a commemorative mug, and the top sleuth wins a prize package -- and some serious bragging rights -- at the end of the evening.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pm
Each month, Fremont's Made Up Theatre hosts Genre Play, a fully improvised "movie" based on an audience-suggested title. Each performance is unique, whether it's a nail-biter of a thriller, a sentimental coming-of-age chronicle, an exuberant musical or the twisted plot of a mystery. You decide which direction each night's story will take.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00pm
Oklahoma! was the first of many successful musicals written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. In 1943, it ran for over 2,200 performances on Broadway. An innovative musical without stars, gags, or chorus girls in flimsy attire, Oklahoma! integrated songs and American style folk dances into a heartfelt story. See this Lyric Theatre production at San Jose City College Theater.
With a theater program that breeds actors for alumni like Shemar Moore and Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show), you never know what future rising star might take the stage of Santa Clara University's Louis B. Mayer Theatre. For this Fall One-Act Festival, the school's theater students tackle the feat of producing their own one-act plays that they're both directing AND acting in -- Try juggling that on top of your classes and extracurriculars. Be prepared to encounter an eclectic journey of characters and genres at the Fess Parker Studio Theatre.
Inspired by It's a Wonderful Life, Mom's Gift is the story of a ghost on a mission to earn her wings to heaven. How she'll get those wings exactly is a mystery. When she shows up (in the "spirited flesh" at her husband's birthday party, her daughter is the only person who can actually hear her -- who's only present because her anger management program requested it. Family secrets will unfold is this comedy with heart at the Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
Stanley Banks is not ready to be the Father of the Bride, especially to his 21-year-old daughter who announces her engagement out of nowhere. As the guest list grows larger each day, and the costs spiral out of control with the addition of florists, furniture movers, dressmakers and more, the Banks household quickly becomes a scene of matrimonial mayhem. Originally written as a novel in 1949 and adapted for the stage by Caroline Francke in 1951, this story is insanely relatable, and has been seen on the big screen multiple times (once with Spencer Tracy as the titular father and later starring Steve Martin). Now you can enjoy this funny and touching play live on the stage of the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre, and don't be surprised if there's a bouquet toss!
Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
Let your spirit soar and get swept away as the talented young performers of Children's Musical Theater San Jose take on the most beloved musical of all time. Featuring unforgettable songs including "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Tradition" and "To Life," Fiddler on the Roof Jr. follows the life of Tevye, a dairyman in a small Russian village trying to honor the Jewish religious customs of his ancestors. But times are changing, and his daughters are eager to follow new ways. Inspired by the Tony-award winning classic, this dazzling youth production from CMT's Rising Stars Series (which features performers between the ages of 8-15) explores timeless themes of community, family, devotion and tradition at Montgomery Theater. You don't need to be a biddy biddy rich, yidle-diddle-didle-didle man to get your hands on these exclusive pre-sale tickets.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 6:00pm
This comedy picks up immediately after the events of the Ibsen classic, Hedda Gabler. In this entertaining "sequel," Hedda finds herself in fictional character purgatory with child-murdering Medea and Mammy (from Gone With the Wind). They set off to find The Furnace, the place from which all fictional characters are born, because Hedda is determined to break her cycle of dramatic suicide. Along the way they meet all kinds of fictional stereotypes and learn that with change comes sacrifice. Enjoy this irreverent comedy at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm