There’s a lightness of spirit that lifts “The Drowsy Chaperone” and makes the charming musical a continual joy. The piece of theater about the wonder of theater and the magical feeling of being carried away into another world by imaginary characters and fictional plots simply puts a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.
The new Fair Oaks Theatre Festival production stars Dan Slauson as The Man in the Chair, Analise Langford-Clark as his muse, the 1920s flapper/starlet Janet Van der Graaff, Bernie Warrick as her debonair paramour Robert Martin, and Deane Calvin as the title character who makes sure everyone has for a great adventure.
The clever book is by Bob Martin with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Bob Irvin directs with the veteran FOTF staff in support – choreography by Sunny Smith, vocal direction by Tracy Martin Shearer and music direction by Kirt Shearer. At Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 California Ave., Fair Oaks. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 8. Tickets: $5-15. For information call (916) 966-3683 or go to FairOaksTheatreFestival.com.
Life’s a cabaret
“From Foster Care To Fabulous” is the latest cabaret nugget from the modest impressario Graham Sobleman. Sobleman has built his Graham-O-Rama series into a presenting platform featuring small, unique musical performances. The new show written and performed by Patrick Burns with Sobelman accompanying on piano is based on the formative years Burns spent in the California foster care system. There are two performances, 8 p.m today and Saturday, at the New Helvetia Theatre 1028 R St., Sacramento. Tickets are $20. Go to www.grahamarama.com or fostercare.brownpapert ickets.com for more information.
Call The Bee’s Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120. Follow him on Twitter @marcuscrowder