The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance honored Mitch Agruss and producer director Ray Tatar for lifetime achievement at the 32nd annual Elly Awards, held Sunday night in Edgewater Ballroom of Red Lion Woodlake hotel.

The Sacramento Theatre Company and the Sacramento Public Library are teaming up for a celebration of Banned Book Week, with a Tuesday performance of scenes from the theater troupe’s upcoming presentation of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Lucas joined the Sacramento theatrical company in December 2013.

The Bee has learned that Sacramento based actor, playwright, and comedian Jack Gallagher suffered a concussion in a bicycle accident on Labor Day.

Nina Raine’s acerbic comedy-drama “Tribes” presents a family that talks an awful lot but often ends up communicating very little. Still, the elusive nature of communication envelops this probing play given an animated Sacramento premiere by Capital Stage.

St. Mary’s High School and Sutter Street Theatre led with six recognitions each.

No longer an upstart theater company, the provocative professional theater understands what it is and what it does.

Actor Ruby Sketchley will read from the award-winning novel.

The popular Canadian playwright Norm Foster plots a course to the Sacramento theater’s sweet spot.

It’s rather remarkable that “La Cage aux Folles,” a musical about the unconventional relationship at its core, feels as dully conventional as can be. The love story of two men was sensational for its subject matter in 1983 when it opened on Broadway, but that production was more a breezy backstage farce than a modern morality tale.

Though well-acted, lively and colorful, the play based on a Persian Sufi poem can be too esoteric.

Alternately ebullient and sad, Cho’s play digs deeply into both love and loss.

Audiences can nearly suspend their disbelief with this production of Lerner and Loewe’s musical hit.

When Los Angeles-based costume designer Marcy Froehlich went on a three-month search for a kilt maker to design and produce knee-length garments for the Music Circus’ production of “Brigadoon,” she was looking for a person with a high regard for authenticity and creativity.

Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance announces names of community theater nominees for 32 Elly Awards.

A 1963 play by German Peter Weiss with a long title – “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” – is commonly known as “Marat/Sade.”

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.

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