Theater Listings: August 20 - 26, 2014


Stage listings are compiled by Guardian staff. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, and Nicole Gluckstern. Submit items for the listings at



Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park, Point Richmond; $22. Opens Fri/22, 8pm. Runs Fri, 8pm; Sat, 7pm; Aug 31, Sept 7, and 14, 2pm. Through Sept 20. Masquers Playhouse performs a revue celebrating the life and work of Kurt Weill.

Penthesilea — Queen of the Amazons John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset, Berk; Free. Opens Sat/23, 4pm. Runs Sat-Sun and Sept 1, 4pm. Through Sept 7. Inferno Theatre and Actors Ensemble of Berkeley perform Giulio Cesare Perrone's adaptation of Heinrich Von Kleist's Amazonian action fantasy.

The Tempest Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, behind the Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley; Free. Opens Sat/23, 2pm. Runs Sat-Sun and Sept 1, 4pm. Through Sept 14. Curtain Theatre returns with the Bard's magical romance for its 14th outdoor performance.

Water By the Spoonful Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro, Mtn View; $19-74. Previews Wed/20-Fri/22, 8pm. Opens Sat/23, 8pm. Runs Tue-Wed, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Sept 14. TheatreWorks performs Quiara Alegría Hudes' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about strangers who meet in an online chat room.


Each and Every Thing Marsh San Francisco Main Stage, 1062 Valencia, SF; $20-50. Thu-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 8:30pm (starting Sept 6, Sat shows at 5); Sun, 2pm. Extended through Oct 4. The latest solo show from celebrated writer-performer Dan Hoyle (Tings Dey Happen, The Real Americans) winds a more random course than usual across the country and abroad but then that's the idea — or at least Hoyle warns us, right after an opening encounter with a touchy young white supremacist, that the trip he's taking us on is a subtle one. Displaying again his exceptional gifts as a writer and protean performer, Hoyle deftly embodies a set of real-life encounters as a means of exploring the primacy and predicament of face-to-face communication in the age of Facebook. With the help of director Charlie Varon (who co-developed the piece with Hoyle and Maureen Towey), this comes across in an entertaining and swift-flowing 75-minute act that includes a witty rap about "phone zombies" and a Dylan-esque screed at a digital detox center. But the purported subject of connection, or lack there of, in our gadget-bound and atomized society is neither very original nor very deeply explored — nor is it necessarily very provocative in a theater, before an audience already primed for the live encounter. Far more interesting and central here is Hoyle's relationship with his old college buddy Pratim, an Indian American in post-9/11 America whose words are filled with laid-back wisdom and wry humor. Also intriguing is the passing glimpse of early family life in the Hoyle household with Dan's celebrated artist father, and working-class socialist, Geoff Hoyle. These relationships, rather than the sketches of strangers (albeit very graceful ones), seem the worthier subjects to mine for truth and meaning. Indeed, there's a line spoken by Pratim that could sum up the essence of Hoyle's particular art: "It's so much better," he says, "when you find yourself in other people than when you just find yourself." Hoyle's real frontier could end up being much more personal terrain, much closer to home. (Avila)

Foodies! The Musical Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, SF; $32-34. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Open-ended. AWAT Productions presents Morris Bobrow's musical comedy revue all about food.

From Red to Black ACT Costume Shop, 1119 Market, SF; $7.50-20. Wed-Thu, 7pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Aug 30. San Francisco Playhouse performs Rhett Rossi's detective drama as part of its Sandbox Series.

The Habit of Art Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson, SF; $15-25. Wed/20-Sat/23, 8pm (also Sat/23, 3pm). Theatre Rhinoceros presents the return engagement of Alan Bennett's "very British comedy" about a meeting between Benjamin Britten, W.H. Auden, and other figures from throughout time, including their future biographer.

Into the Woods San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post, SF; $20-120. Tue-Thu, 7pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 3pm); Sun, 2pm. Through Sept 6. SF Playhouse performs Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy-tale musical.

Killing My Lobster Goes Radio Active Z Below, 470 Florida, SF; $10-20. Wed/20-Sat/23, 8pm. Killing My Lobster performs a live radio comedy.

Millicent Scowlworthy Thick House Theatre, 1695 18th St, SF; $20. Thu-Sat, 8pm. Through Aug 30. 99 Stock Productions presents Rob Handel's spooky tale that cautions against burying tragic events in the past.

Motown the Musical Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market, SF; $45-210. Tue-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. Through Sept 28. Over 40 hits ("My Girl," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") pack this tale of Motown founder Barry Gordy's career in the music biz.

Noises Off! Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, SF; $38. Thu-Sat, 8pm. Through Oct 25. Shelton Theater performs Michael Frayn's outrageous backstage comedy.

Pleiades Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason, Sixth Flr, SF; $20-25. Thu-Sat, 8pm. Through Aug 30. Marissa Skudlarek's world premiere reimagines the Greek myth of the seven Pleiades sisters as a story about Baby Boomers in their youth.

The Scion Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia, SF;$30-100. Sat/23, 5pm. Brian Copeland's hit solo show, "a tale of privilege, murder, and sausage," returns to the Marsh.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma, SF; $11-16. Fri-Sat, 9pm. Ongoing. The Neo-Futurists perform Greg Allen's spontaneous, ever-changing show that crams 30 plays into 60 minutes.


Cops and Robbers Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allison, Berk; $20-100. Fri, 8pm; Sat, 8:30pm. Through Sept 13. Hip-hop artist and law enforcement officer Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira performs his 17-character solo show.

Fetch Clay, Make Man Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley; $35-58. Tue-Sat, 8pm; Wed, 7:30pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Sept 7. Marin Theatre Company performs the West Coast premiere of Will Power's historical drama.

An Ideal Husband Forest Meadows Amphitheater, 890 Belle, Dominican University of California, San Rafael; $12-35. Runs in repertory Fri-Sun through Sept 27; visit website for specific performance dates and times. Marin Shakespeare Company performs Oscar Wilde's witty tale.

Moonlight and Magnolias Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City; $10-30. Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sept 7. Dragon Productions presents Ron Hutchinson's behind-the-scenes drama about the filming of Gone With the Wind.

O Best Beloved This week: Canyon Lake and Erskine, Port Costa; Sat/23, 1pm. Free (donations accepted). Also Sun/24, 2pm, Noe Valley Town Square, Sanchez at 24th St, SF. Through Sept 13 at various NorCal venues. Idiot String's Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth bring their SF Fringe Festival hit, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Just-So Stories, to local public spaces aboard a mobile stage.

The Ripple Effect This week: Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 E. Meadow, Palo Alto; Free (donations accepted). Thu/21, 7pm. Also Sat/23-Sun/24, 2pm, Frances Willard/Ho Chi Minh Park, Hillegass at Derby, Berk. Also Tue/26, 7pm, St. James Park, Third St at St. James, San Jose. Through Sept 1 at various NorCal venues. The veteran San Francisco Mime Troupe stays current by skewering San Francisco's ever-dividing economy; think rising rents, tech-bus protests, and (natch) Glassholes.

Romeo and Juliet Forest Meadows Amphitheater, 890 Belle, Dominican University of California, San Rafael; $12-35. Runs in repertory Fri-Sun through Sept 28; visit website for specific performance dates and times. Marin Shakespeare continues its 25th season with the Bard's timeless tragedy.

Semi-Famous: Hollywood Hell Tales from the Middle Marsh Berkeley Main Stage, 2120 Allison, Berk; $20-100. Sat, 5pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Sept 7. Don Reed's new solo show shares tales from his career in entertainment.

The Taming of the Shrew Sequoia High School grounds, 1201 Brewster, Redwood City; Free. Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 4pm. This location and schedule through Aug 24. Continues through Sept 21 at various Bay Area venues. Free Shakespeare in the Park presents this take on the Bard's barb-filled romance.

12th Night Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby, Berk; $20-35. Extended run: Wed/20-Thu/21, 7pm; Fri/22-Sat/23, 8pm; Sun/24, 5pm. Shotgun Players take a fresh approach to the Shakespeare classic, using folk music and other twists.


"Abois" NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa, SF; Fri/22-Sat/23, 8pm. Free. Myriam Gourfink and her company Ioldanse collaborate with composer Kasper Toeplitz on this piece that combines contemporary choreography and Tibetan yoga.

"BATS Summer Improv Festival" Bayfront Theater, B350 Fort Mason, SF; Through Sept 20. $20. This week: "Men's Prison Drama," Fri/22, 8pm; "Women's Prison Drama," Sat/23, 8pm.

Caroline Lugo and Carolé Acuña's Ballet Flamenco Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell, SF; Sun/24, Aug 30, Sept 6, 13, 21, 28, Oct 4, 11, 18, 26, 6:30pm. $15-19. Flamenco performance by the mother-daughter dance company, featuring live musicians.

"Comedy Jam" Mutiny, 2781 21st St, SF; Sat/23, 6-8pm. Free. Band Medicine Bug improvises a soundtrack to accompany Mutiny Radio comedians. Hosted by Pam Benjamin of Mutiny shows Pamtastic's Comedy Clubhouse, Mutiny Sunday Funnies, and others.

"Comedy Returns to El Rio" El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF; Thu/21, 8pm. $7-20. Stand-up with Will Durst, Marga Gomez, the Bad Aunties improv group (Diane Amos, Debi Durst, and Judy Nihei), Joe Nguyen, and Lisa Geduldig.

"Dash: Improv in a Flash" Un-Scripted Theater Company, 533 Sutter, Second Flr, SF; Sat, 10pm. Through Aug 30. $15. A late-night, free-form improv show with Un-Scripted Theater Company.

Danny Delchi Bazaar Café, 5927 California, SF; Wed/20, 7pm. Free. Comedy showcase.

Feinstein's at the Nikko 222 Mason, SF; This week: "City Singers:" "Betty Roi: Under Paris Skies," Wed/20, 7pm, $15. "I Heart the '80s," nostalgic tunes from Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and others, starring Tony Vincent and Jessica Phillips, Thu/21-Fri/22, 8pm; Sat/23-Sun/24, 7pm, $35-50.

"Help is On the Way 20" Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon, SF; Sun/24, 7:30pm. $65. This Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation production raises funds for Abzyme Research Foundation, Aguilas, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and Positive Resource Center. Performers include Florence Henderson, Richard Chamberlain, Maureen McGovern, and other stars of stage and screen.

"The Lost Boys" CounterPulse, 1310 Mission, SF; Thu/21-Fri/22, 8pm. $15-20. Los Angeles choreographer Kevin Williamson presents his latest evening of dance-theater, a portrait of queer identity inspired by his own 1980s youth.

"Magic at the Rex" Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter, SF; Sat, 8pm. Ongoing. $25. Magic and mystery with Adam Sachs and mentalist Sebastian Boswell III.

"Music Moves Festival" ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, SF; Diverse performances celebrating the relationship between music and dance. This week: "Dance and Diaspora" featuring Namita Kapoor and Rueda Con Ritmo, Fri/22-Sat/23, 8pm, $20-35; and "Theater Unplugged" featuring Antoine Hunter and Milissa Payne Bradley, Sun/24, 6pm, $20.

"Out of Line Improv" Stage Werx, 446 Valencia, SF; Sat, 10:30pm. Ongoing. $12. A new, completely improvised show every week.

"People in Plazas" Various locations, SF; Through Oct 3. Free. Lunchtime concerts in various downtown locations showcasing jazz, world, funk, and other styles of music.

"San Francisco Comedy College" Purple Onion at Kells, 530 Jackson, SF; Ongoing. $5-15. "Weekly New Talent Shows," Wed-Thu, 7pm. "Purple Onion All-Stars," Wed-Thu, 8:15pm. "The Later Show," Wed-Thu, 10pm. "The Cellar Dwellers," Fri-Sat, 7:30pm.

"Speechless" Public Works SF, 161 Erie, SF; Wed/20, 7:30pm. $12-20. Spontaneous PowerPoint presentations delivered by quick-witted entertainers, entrepreneurs, and audience members.

"Terminator Too: Judgment Play" and "Point Break LIVE!" DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, SF; Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, and Dec 5, Terminator at 7:30pm; Break at 11pm. $20-50. The raucous, interactive staged recreations of two of 1991's greatest action films return to the DNA Lounge.

"Under the Influence" Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno, SF; Fri/22, 7:30pm. $5-10 donation. Artists perform work by one of their major influences, followed by an original work created for the show inspired by that influence. Participants include Micah Ballard, D. Scot Miller, tessa micaela, Vernon Keeve III, and emji spero.

"Water Storied" SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, SF; Sat/23, 8-10pm. $10-15. Mediate Art Group presents theatrical performances by Edward Schocker and Dohee Lee, Kasia Krasnoplska and Qimmin Liu, and MEI Collective.

"Yerba Buena Gardens Festival" Yerba Buena Gardens, 760 Howard, SF; Through Oct 26. Free. This week: North African Rhythms (NAR), Thu/21, 12:30-1:30pm; Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Thu/21, 6-7:30pm.


"MarshJam Improv Comedy Show" Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston, Berk; Fri, 8pm. Ongoing. $10. Improv comedy with local legends and drop-in guests.

"The Pirates of Penzance" Bankhead Theatre, 2400 First St, Livermore; Sat/23-Sun/24, 8pm (also Sat/23, 2pm). $20-59. Lamplighters Music Theatre performs the Gilbert & Sullivan classic. *