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Rob August, left, plays Luke and Jon Jackson plays Adam in "Next Fall" at the Three Penny Playhouse.

Sac Live: Resurrection Theatre presents 'Next Fall'

Published: Friday, May. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10TICKET
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 - 10:11 am

Luke and Adam are in a long-term relationship and have a lot in common except for one thing: Luke believes in God and Adam is an atheist.

How these two stay together and what happens after a serious accident changes their world are the stuff of Geoffrey Nauffts' highly praised play "Next Fall," which is making its Sacramento debut at the Three Penny Playhouse inside of California Stage.

Benjamin T. Ismail directs the Resurrection Theatre production with Rob August as Luke and Jon Jackson as Adam. Casey Worthington, Kellie Yvonne Raines, Shaleen Schmutzer-Smith and Jes Gonzales complete the cast.

"Next Fall" continues at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Thursday and next Friday at the Three Penny Playhouse, 1721 25th St., Sacramento. Tickets: $15-$20 at Information: (916) 223-9568.

Who's zoomin' whom?

The Big Idea Theatre continues its strong season with Jouni Kirjola's production of Steven Dietz's "Private Eyes," which the writer described as a "comedy of suspicion."

The 1996 play has become the most popular work from the prolific Dietz, proving that stories with illusory realities about love, deception and adultery never go out of style.

There are scenes from a play the characters are in and scenes from their lives, which are similar to the play. Telling which are "real" and which are illusion is part of the entertainment.

Kirjola has a couple of exceptional local performers on hand in Kristine David and Nina Collins, with Dan Featherston, Bert Andersson and Gregory Smith also featured.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays through May 25 at Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. Tickets: $14-$20, except Thursday when they are $10. Information: (916) 960-3036,

Recipe for success

French new-wave film director Jean-Luc Godard is known for saying, "All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl."

Godard reported he got it from D.W. Griffith, but where Arden Playhouse's Michael Messmer got the idea is unknown. Messmer has the elements in play in his new comedy "Harley's Lucky Day."

Harley has acquired a gun, but it's fallen into the hands of a girl called Crazy Maggie. That sounds like a bummer for old Harl, but we bet things work out much better than they would if Godard were in charge.

"Harley's Lucky Day" continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 25 at the Arden Playhouse, 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Information: (916) 332-2582;

Closing notice

Sacramento Theatre Company has added a final performance Sunday night to "A Little Princess," its world-premiere musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel.

Michael Laun directs the production with music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Margaret Rose and book by William J. Brooke.

Performances continue at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the final 7 p.m. show Sunday. Tickets: $15-$38. Information: (916) 443-6722,

Call The Bee's Call The Bee's Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120. Follow him on Twitter @marcuscrowder.

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