In just a few short years, KOLT Run Productions founders Kelly Ogden and Lisa Thew have made themselves invaluable elements in the Sacramento theater scene.
This year KOLT embarks on "Revelations: 2012," its first full season of scheduled productions. It opens the season this weekend with "Where We're Born" by Lucy Thurber. The story of a young college student returning to her rural hometown features Jessicah Neufeld, Brian Harrower, Kelley Ogden, John Young and David Chernyavsky, with KOLT producing director Thew directing.
The rest of the "Revelations: 2012" season includes Rachel Axler's comedy about parenthood, "Smudge," in April and May, and British playwright Caryl Churchill's Brechtian feminist classic "Vinegar Tom," opening in October.
"Where We're Born" runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 26. There will also be 2 p.m. Sunday performances Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. At the Ooley Theater, 2007 28th St., Sacramento. Tickets are $20 ($15 for college students with valid ID) and can be purchased at (916) 454-1500 or www.KOLTRunCreations.com. Because of mature language and themes, "Where We're Born" is not recommended for younger audiences.
Tom Stoppard's romantic, scientific, comedic, time-traveling mystery drama "Arcadia" may be the genius English playwright's greatest work. The 1993 masterpiece details human desire, particularly carnal knowledge but also lust for scientific certainty. Almost in passing, Stoppard shows that there are limits to our actual knowledge of the past and our understanding of the human heart.
Big Idea Theatre's well- regarded production gives one more weekend of performances illuminating Stoppard's dense text. The ubiquitous Benjamin Ismail directs a cast featuring Joshua Glenn Robertson, Josephine Longo, Eric Baldwin and Beth Edwards. 8 p.m. today and Saturday (last show). Tickets: $13-$15. At the Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. Information: (916) 960-3036, www.bigideatheatre.com
Veteran playwright Samm-Art Williams' comedy "The Dance on Widows' Row" opens next week at Celebration Arts. The easygoing yarn concerns four elderly North Carolina neighbors who have misfortune with husbands dying. They decide to have a dinner party and see if they change their luck. The production opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 18. There will be no performances Feb. 12, Feb. 17 or Feb. 26. Celebration Arts Theatre is at 4469 D St. in Sacramento.
Tickets are $15 general, $13 students and seniors. On Thursday night, all seats are $8. Tickets are available online at mycommunityevents.com. Call (916) 455-2787 for information and reservations.