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.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 21, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 28, 2020 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
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.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 1:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 1:00pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 1:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 1:00pm
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Jan 27, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pm
Dr. Gnanasambandan is a well known Tamil Scholar. He has done plenty of research in Tamil literature and known for his humorous speech and debate called Pattimandram. He is accompanied by Dr.S umathi, Dr. Madhu and Dr. Ezhilarasi to celebrate Pongal event conducted by Bharati Tamil Sangam in such a grand manner.
This event is billed as “Six bodacious musicians — one extraordinary theatrical experience!” Pamela Rose and her ensemble – featuring saxophonist Kristen Strom, pianist Jennifer Jolly, guitarist Pat Wilder, bassist Ruth Davies, and drummer Daria Johnson – celebrate women in the Blues, from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt. Live music and theatrical storytelling transport the audience back to the early roots of America’s most enduring art form and travel through the decades to celebrate the outspoken, audacious women of the blues. This show will appeal to all ages, families, blues devotees, and has been described as musically revealing, educationally illuminating and emotionally exhilarating. All of the musicians onstage sing and perform music treasures, spanning the decades from Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Etta James, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. “A mix of performance and history, with a crackerjack all-woman band, making the case that women powered the development of the blues from Alberta Hunter to Janis Joplin.” – Cy Musiker, KQED. “A woman’s place is among the blues greats!” – San Francisco Chronicle cover feature.
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pm
The Ballet Folclórico NACIONAL DE MEXICO is an institution tasked with the dissemination, preservation and promotion of the Culture of Mexico, both at home and abroad. As of 2020, the BFNM will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its artistic career, continuing the legacy of Mexico’s leading researchers and practitioners of folklore, dance, music, and costumes. In its long career, the BFNM has performed in over forty countries and five continents, receiving numerous awards and prizes, as well as being designated an Ambassador of Mexican Culture. In addition to its international tours, the Ballet Folclórico NACIONAL DE MEXICO maintains residences in Mexico City and Cancun. Previous significant tours and performances by the BFNM include: The “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day Celebration at the Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Mexican Consulate of Houston, Texas in September 2016. A 60-day tour of France and Switzerland in 2011 A 75-day tour through the Netherlands and Belgium in 2009 A performance as representatives of the American continent for the inauguration of the “Dubai Shopping Festival 2002,” upon the invitation of Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates The Ballet Folclorico NACIONAL DE MEXICO was featured in the original production of “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular,” which performed 365 days a year for nearly 20 years, with over 200 artists taking the stage throughout its run. This show was directed and choreographed entirely by SILVIA LOZANO, General Director and Choreographer of BFNM.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 7:30pm
Birthed by composer-writer William Finn’s own personal experience, this compelling, inspiring modern musical brims with hope and laughter. Follow Gordon, a neurotic, frustrated composer, as he navigates his brain aneurism! Finding comfort and expression in the healing power of art, he eventually embraces the chance of a “new brain” and the hope of new melodies that may pour forth. It’s something to sing about!
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 3:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pm
Originally a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Carl Schultz has performed and studied throughout the world. Schultz has worked with modern jazz heavyweights Ray Vega, Art Lande, and Brad Goode as well as appearances with Jazz legends such as Mickey Roker, Billy Taylor, and Dave Brubeck. During 2015, Schultz served as the Emerging Artist in Residence at Penn State’s Altoona campus before embarking on three years of international touring with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Currently, Schultz resides in San Jose and teaches at Santa Clara University.
Winner of the 2017 Tony for Best Play, Oslo tells the true and widely unknown story of how a Norwegian diplomat and her husband planned and orchestrated top-secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, culminating in the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 3:00pmWednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 8:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 8:00pmWednesday, Feb 12, 2020 / 8:00pm
LA’s top dark comedy show featuring Side show, characters, musical and stand up comedy, burlesque and drag comes back to the blue lagoon! come see the nightmare you didn’t know you needed. As seen on BBC, MTV and VH1.
Considered by author Alan Ayckbourn to be his only “true farce,” Taking Steps is set on three floors of an old and reputedly haunted Victorian house, the stage is arranged so that the “stairs” are flat and all three floors are on a single level. Inside are assembled a hard drinking tycoon considering buying the property, his wife who is always considering leaving him, his lawyer, the builder selling the house, the tycoon’s brother-in-law, and his in-law’s fiancee who is possibly running away from the impending marriage…
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:00pm
It may not be a Norwegian winter, but hot tempers are warming hearts chilled by coastal fog here in the Bay Area. Palo Alto Players presents A Doll’s House, Part 2, playwright Lucas Hnath’s 2017 Tony-nominated stand-alone sequel to the Ibsen classic. Picking up 15 years after the final scene of Ibsen’s revolutionary play, in which Nora slammed the door on her marriage and children, this work imagines the aftermath of Nora’s infamous exit. Bay Area director and playwright Jeffrey Lo returns to the historic Lucie Stern Theater to direct local Bay Area actors Gabriella Grier (Nora), Michael Champlin (Torvald), Judith Miller (Anne Marie), and Katherine Hamilton (Emmy).
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pm Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:00pm
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), this funny and deeply touching story of hope, compassion, love and human connection in the digital age has been called “a theatrical hug for turbulent times" by Variety. How good does that sound right about now? Well, spread your arms wide and make your way to the San Francisco Playhouse for Tiny Beautiful Things.
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:00pmTuesday, Feb 4, 2020 / 7:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 7:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:00pm
One of TV’s most enduring shows, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has grown from its humble roots on local TV to a worldwide phenomenon. Original host Joel steps in for one last ride with his wisecracking robots and at this stop at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, you’ll get to see them eviscerate the Van Damme “classic” No Retreat, No Surrender and Circus of Horrors.
It’s an old cliche to encourage people to bring tissues to emotional performances like The Pianist of Willesden Lane, so… we won’t. (But seriously — you should.) If the power of the story doesn’t get you (it will), the sublime piano playing of Mona Golabek probably (definitely) will.
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 7:30pmWednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 7:00pm
The New York Times may have hit the nail on the head when they called Will Eno’s breakthrough 2005 play — and Pulitzer finalist — Thom Pain (based on nothing) “stand-up existentialism.” His latest, Wakey, Wakey, offers a similarly tragicomic look at matters of life and death, and this new A.C.T. production stars Veep and Arrested Development fave Tony Hale.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 7:30pm (Preview)Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 2:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 7:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 7:30pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 7:30pm
Eight years after fleeing their home in Iraq, Noura and her family celebrate Christmas, and their new life, in New York City. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, Noura and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices; the past they left behind. Inspired by stories from Arab-American women and created in response to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Heather Raffo’s Noura charts the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage — and the fragile architecture of what we call home.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 11:00am (Student Matinee)Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 / 7:30pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 7:30pm
Set in the year 2025, the internet has become The Nether, a totally immersive virtual wonderland where anything goes. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pm (Post-Show Discussion)Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:00pm Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pm
Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a Grammy as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his 16 years with the cutting-edge ensemble. York’s compositions have been featured on Grammy-winning recordings by Jason Vieaux and Sharon Isbin. In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta Symphony for the opera Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov. The recording of Ainadamar (Deutsche Gramophone) won two Grammy Awards. Andrew’s video Home has received over 2 million views, with Andrew playing his recent hit on a vintage Torres guitar built-in 1888. Andrew’s most recent recordings Home and The Equations of Beauty, were released on both vinyl LP and two separate EP/CDs. The recordings include the single “Home” and the 26-minute suite “The Equations of Beauty,” based on mathematics.
Experience J.K. Rowling’s world like never before at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco. The story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione continues on stage—where the magic is real. It has been 19 years since they saved the Wizarding World. But even when you think the battle is won, darkness comes from unexpected places. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as this Tony Award-winning spectacle “leaves you gasping in wonder at the magic of it all” (TIME). The entire Curran Theater has been transfigured for the show’s exclusive West Coast production to immerse you in this world where epic duels, extraordinary spells, and beloved characters come to life. “It has to be seen to be believed” (USA Today).
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)
The funniest comedy makes you look at the world around you in a new way. With that in mind, the Desi Comedy Fest is bringing a whole slew of comedians from different backgrounds to the stage for the largest South Asian comedy festival in the U.S. Created by “the world’s only Indian-Jewish stand-up comedian,” Samson “Mahatma Moses” Koletkar, the festival features hilarious stand-ups who’ve appeared on __ Last Comic Standing, Modern Family__, MTV and BET, and been named to Funny or Die’s “Top 30 Under 30: Comedians to Watch.” Don’t miss this night of laughs at the India Community Center.
Riffing on everything from the mixed blessing of finding love in community college to her bigoted father’s need for a software update, Taylor Tomlinson has become a fast-rising star on the stand-up scene. A finalist on Last Comic Standing, Tomlinson combines self-deprecating charm and a conversational wit, and was recently honored as a New Face at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival. She’s currently a regular on MTV’s Safe Word and has appeared on Adam Devine’s House Party, Conan and more. Now Taylor Tomlinson comes to crack up the crowd at the San Jose Improv.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 9:45pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 9:30pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 7:00pm