A tinge of high and lonesome twang comes naturally to Beth Malone. It’s a perfect attribute for an actress playing Ensign Nellie Forbush, the naive Midwestern nurse of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

For many Americans, World War II was a crusade for democracy and freedom as well as a fight against injustice. But the war also highlighted the harsh realities of racial prejudice and stereotypes both at home and abroad.

The Music Circus production about an inscrutable nanny will appeal to children and adults as well.

California Musical Theatre artistic director Glenn Casale would probably be a great mathematician or an excellent puzzle maker. He enjoys creating problems to solve and dislikes doing the same thing twice.

Theater festivals rev up across the region.

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s new play “Provenance” has a number of curious and mysterious things happening in it. Though all the questions are answered too sweetly and neatly in the end, the play tries taking a road less traveled to get from here to there, and the heady comic drama finds an emotional core that ultimately works its way around the wispy narrative.

Audiences will find B Street’s Sherlock Holmes hysterical.

The production is a deeply satisfying rendition of the groundbreaking musical.

An extraordinary performance by Shannon Mahoney will stand out at the new Capital Stage production.

For Kate Levering the road to Broadway and Hollywood started in Sacramento.

The key to distinction in jazz has always been in creating a unique sound.

At its outset Jeff Talbott’s 2011 “The Submission” sounds like it falls somewhere between David Mamet’s “Race” and any number of Neil LaBute plays you might care to name.

Sacramento’s B Street Theatre moved a giant step closer to pulling off its long-awaited expansion and relocation project Friday, thanks to a state-backed loan program geared toward nonprofits.

Another cultural amenity in Sacramento that has been in the planning stages for years is on the verge of taking a big step toward completion.

The earnest young community theater-makers at Free Fall Stage are presenting the human trafficking drama.

A coalition including Sacramento’s new professional soccer team and a host of nonprofit organizations is circulating a proposal to raise the county’s sales tax rate, with proceeds going to a new soccer stadium, the Sacramento Zoo, the American River Parkway Foundation and other causes.

A warm and fuzzy modern comedy fits the comfortably on the B Street main stage.

As if with the flick of a wand, California Musical Theatre is making the Oz-themed play “Wicked” reappear as part of its Broadway Sacramento series, with hopes that the musical will interest audiences the way it did in 2012.

With dialogue but no action, actors Kurt Johnson and David Pierini paint a vivid portrait of officers in crisis

‘Alexander’ tells a timeless story for all ages in B Street’s Family Series.

SacImpulse stages a surreal, time-traveling faux “historical biography” based on Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando.’

B Street comedy craftily mashes up plays and themes of the great Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov.

As much as a specific sense of place takes hold in David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People,” the play’s greatness lies in how it could happen anywhere.

Michael Laun, executive producing director of Sacramento Theatre Company, is calling the 2014-15 slate of productions “A Season of Legends, Epics and Icons.”

The farce “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” runs like a well-maintained machine. That’s what farces do, and the new production of the 1962 Tony Award-winning comic musical at Sacramento Theatre Company hums with efficiency.

Nearing completion on plans for a new Kings arena, city leaders are starting to look at whether it makes sense to also build a new performing arts center in downtown Sacramento.

STC stages the musical farce ‘Forum’ in a ‘70s setting.

B Street Theatre actor Dave Pierini has put together a late-night talk show-formatted evening, which “airs” live this week at the theater’s Mainstage.

The six-play schedule opens in September with Nina Raines’ highly acclaimed “Tribes.”

City decides to examine plans for a new performing arts venue to replace the aging Community Center Theater

B Street’s Michael Stevenson stars in ‘Wittenberg’ in Berkeley.

Something remarkable happened Tuesday night at the Community Center Theater early in the national touring production of “Sister Act.” On the way to the average, uninspired, hit movie-based Broadway musical, a witty, irreverent and completely fun entertainment emerged.

California Musical Theatre’s Richard Lewis isn’t taking any chances with the production pipeline that brings professional musical theater touring shows to town.

If you go to Sacramento Theatre Company’s “Visiting Mr. Green” and feel like you’ve seen it before, you’re probably remembering other recent plays there.

California Stage, under the leadership of producing artistic director Ray Tatar, has consistently embraced new works. “Vanishing Point” is set in post-Katrina Louisiana and deals with how the eroding environment there affects a Cajun family who has lived in the bayou for generations.

The Bee's Marcus Crowder suggests performances worth seeing.

There’s nothing quite like an emergency to stimulate the senses and test one’s poise. About 20 minutes into a weekend staging of the funny and poignant “4000 Miles” at Capital Stage, an audience member had a medical situation and paramedics were called. Someone actually asked if there was a doctor in the house.

One-woman show ‘Tied Up in Knotts’ incorporates show business, family stories

As a childhood aficionado of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, I have always had great affection for the famously eccentric character and good mystery stories as well.

Dee Maaske has the skills to comfortably slip into the intricately layered Vera Joseph in “4000 Miles.”

Tony-winning dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover brings his “STePz” show to the Gallo Center for the Arts March 15. The acclaimed tap dancer speaks with The Bee about honoring the art of stair dancing.

The Tony award-nominated “Bring It On: The Musical” had a five-month run on Broadway before it closed in December 2012, and the touring cast started cheering its way throughout the United States this year. The show hits the Harris Center this weekend, ready with high ponies, short skirts and loads of spirit.

The Bee's Marcus Crowder suggests performances worth seeing.

Clever comedy is a pleasing fit for the intimacy of B Street Theatre.

Shakespeare in general and “Romeo and Juliet” in particular has stood up to numerous “interpretations” as inspired or ill-conceived as they may be. The young “star cross’d lovers” are easily believable and usually compelling in any time or place. Sacramento Theatre Company’s current production puts an early-1930s, mobbed-up New Jersey spin on the story, offering not only two warring clans but different faiths as well. The strongly performed production fares well for the most part, sprinting through a cohesive, entertaining first act before sputtering with a muted, anti-climactic ending in the episodic second act.

The Bee’s Marcus Crowder suggests a look at Steinbeck productions.

Actor Andrew Perez envisions a fresh physicality in Shakespeare’s leading man.

Stephen Sondheim’s intense “Passion” at New Helvetia Theatre for the next two weekends combines new and old worlds of musical theater into a demanding but satisfying work of art.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival knows a good thing when it produces it. Two years ago the festival had a critical and audience hit with its extremely funny production of the Marx Brothers’ “Animal Crackers.” This season Groucho is back.

Four plays are being staged now in Ashland.

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