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Theater listings from across the Sacramento region

Published: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am

PROFESSIONAL

GREATER SACRAMENTO AREA

Opens Saturday

Clybourne Park

Capital Stage presents a comedy about the volatile combination of race and real estate. Previews 8 p.m. today. Opens 8 p.m. Saturday, continues 7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 6. 2215 J St., Sacramento. $20 preview; $26-$38. (916) 995-5464.

Oh Mr. Sousa!

The Sacramento Symphonic Winds present a musical biography performance about John Philip Sousa. 8 p.m. Saturday. Harris Center for the Performing Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $20-$35. (916) 608-6888.

Opens Sept. 21

My Name Is Asher Lev

A young man must reconcile art and religion. Presented by the B Street Theatre. Previews 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Opens 8 p.m. Sept. 21, continues 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Thursdays; 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 20. B Street Theatre B2 Space, 2727 B St., Sacramento. $23-$35 general; $5 student rush; $15 preview. (916) 443-5300.

Opens Oct. 6

Detroit

B Street Theatre presents the story about what happens when a young couple eagerly befriends their new neighbors hoping for a little fun and distraction. Previews 5 p.m. Oct. 5; 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Opens 7 p.m. Oct. 6, continues 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays. B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento. $23-$35; $5 student rush; $15 preview. (916) 443-5300.

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Other Desert Cities

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B Street Theatre presents a play about Brooke Wyeth’s memoir that causes resentments to fester and sibling rivalries to flare as a dark family secret is revealed. (M.C.) Continues 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 29. B Street Theater Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento. $23-$35; $5 student rush. (916)443-5300.

BAY AREA

Opens Wednesday

1776

American Conservatory Theater presents a musical about events that shaped the United States. Opens 8 p.m. Wednesday, continues 8 p.m Tuesdays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sept. 24; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays-Sundays. No 2 p.m. performance Wednesday, Sept. 15, 18. ACT’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., San Francisco. Starting at $20. (415) 749-2228.

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Beach Blanket Babylon

The musical revue spoofs pop culture with spectacular costumes and outrageous hats. It continues at 8 p.m. TuesdaysWednesdays-Fridays; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays, indefinitely. Club Fugazi, 678 Green St ., San Francisco. $25-$130.Evening shows are for ages 21 and older. (415) 421-4222.

Camelot

San Francisco Playhouse presents the musical about the love triangle between legendary King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and his best friend, Lancelot. Continues 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays- Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 21. San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St., San Francisco. $30-$100. (415) 677-9596.

Grounded

San Francisco Playhouse presents a play about an F-16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. After being repurposed to flying remote-controlled drones in Afghanistan, she struggles with her career by day and being a wife and mother by night. Continues 8 p.m. today-Saturday (last show). ACT Costume Shop, 1119 Market St., San Francisco. $20. (415) 677-9596.

Lady Windermere’s Fan

California Shakespeare Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s play about marriage, morals, and “polite” society. Continues 8 p.m. today-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday (last show). Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. $20-$72. (510) 548-9666.

ELSEWHERE

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

In the Thomas (formerly New) Theatre: ‘‘King Lear,’’ * * * * through Nov. 3; ‘‘The Unfortunates,’’ through Nov. 2; “The Liquid Plain,’’ through Nov. 3. In the Bowmer Theatre: ‘‘The Taming of the Shrew,’’ * * * *  through Nov. 3; ‘‘My Fair Lady,’’ * * * through Nov. 3; ‘‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’’ through Nov. 2; ‘‘The Tenth Muse,’’ through Nov. 2. On the Elizabethan Stage: ‘‘Cymbeline’’ through Oct. 11; ‘‘The Heart of Robin Hood,’’ through Oct. 12; ‘‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’’ through Oct. 13. 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, Ore. (800) 219-8161. osfashland.org

COMMUNITY

GREATER SACRAMENTO AREA

Opens today

Deathtrap

Imagination Theater presents a play about a successful writer of Broadway thrillers struggling to overcome a dry spell. Opens 7 p.m. today, continues 7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Saturday and Sept. 14; 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 14 and 21, through Sept. 26. Imagination Theater, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. (530) 642-0404.

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents a comic play about mix-ups and mishaps that happen when a philandering husband tries to entertain his mistress for the weekend. Not recommended for children ages 11 and younger. Opens 7 p.m. today, continues 7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays-Sundays, through Sept. 29. Talk Back with performers following the performance on Sept. 19. Fallon Theatre, 11175 Washington, Columbia. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120.

Dracula

LeGacy Productions presents an adaptation of the Bram Stoker horror classic. Opens 8 p.m. today, continues 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sept. 19, 26; 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 29, through Sept. 29. Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City. $18. (530) 268-5419.

Opens Saturday

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sutter Street Theatre presents an adaptation of Patricia MacLachlan’s award-winning book about a widower who places an ad in the newspaper seeking a wife. Opens 1 p.m. Saturday, continues 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Sept. 29. Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. $17 general; $15 seniors; $13 children ages 12 and younger. (916) 353-1001.

Opens next Friday

Celebration

Fair Oaks Theatre Festival presents song and dance from contemporary and traditional Broadway musicals. Opens 7:30 p.m. next Friday, continues 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Sept. 29. Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 California Ave., Fair Oaks. $20 general; $18 seniors, students; $15 children ages 12 and younger. (916) 296-6311.

Les Miserables

The Woodland Opera House presents the musical about passion and destruction in 19th century France. Recommended for those age 13 and older. Opens 7:30 p.m. next Friday, continues 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 6. Woodland Opera House Theatre, 340 Second St., Woodland. $25 general; $23 seniors, students; $12 children ages 17 and younger. (530) 666-9617.

Spamalot

Davis Musical Theatre Company presents a musical based on the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Appropriate for children ages 8 and older. Opens 8:15 p.m. next Friday, continues 8:15 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 6. Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Dr., Davis. $18 general; $16 seniors and students. (530) 756-3682.

Zoot Suit

Teatro Espejo presents a musical based on the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder trial in which several Mexican American youths were falsely accused of murder. Opens 8 p.m. next Friday, continues 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 29. Car Bomb shows noon Sundays. The Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento. $20. (916) 769-2309.

Opens Sept. 14

Princess and The Pea

Runaway Stage Productions presents a play about a young woman who must prove her royal heritage to the queen in order to marry a prince. Opens noon Sept. 14, continues noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 28. 24th Street Theatre/Sierra 2, 2791 24th St., Sacramento. $8 general; $6 children ages 12 and younger. (916) 207-1226.

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101 Dalmatians Kids

Rocklin Community Theatre presents an adaptation of Disney’s movie about a villain that tries to kidnap Dalmatian puppies. Continues 7:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Finnish Temperance Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. $6 general; $5 children ages 17 and younger. (916) 740-6229.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Theatre on the Ridge presents the classic comedy. Continues 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sept. 15, 22 and 29 (last show). Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road, Paradise. $12-$15. (530) 877-5760.

Be Happy

Arden Playhouse presents a comedy about overanalyzing happiness. Continues 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 15, through Sept. 28. Arden Playhouse, 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento. $15-$18. (916) 332-2582.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Fair Oaks Theatre Festival presents a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. Continues 8 p.m. today-Sunday (last show). Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 California Ave., Fair Oaks. $15 general; $13 seniors, students, SARTA; $8 children ages 12 and younger. (916) 966-3683.

Sherlock’s Last Case

Main Street Theatre Works presents a play about the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Continues 8 p.m. today-Saturday. Gates open at 6:30 p.m for picnics. Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, 1105 North Main Street, Jackson. $17.50 general; $12 students and children; $49 family pack (2 adults/2 students). (209) 295-4499.

Squabbles

Chautauqua Playhouse presents a comedy about one confrontation after another that happen after a couple’s parents are forced to live with them. Continues 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 22. Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. $19 general; $17 seniors, students, SARTA, children. (916) 489-7529.

Time Stands Still

Ovation Stage presents a play exploring relationships between two couples at a crucial time. For mature audiences. Continues 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 15. Three Penny Theatre, 1723 25th St., Sacramento. $18 general; $15 senior, student, SARTA. (916) 448-0312.

The Wizard of Oz

Volcano Theatre Company presents an adaptation of the story of Dorothy traveling down the yellow brick road. Continues 8 p.m. today-Saturday (last show). Bring chairs and picnic items. Amphitheater doors open at 6:30 p.m. 16121 Main St., Volcano. $16 general; $14 seniors; $11 children 17 and younger. (209)296-2525.

Young Frankenstein

Sutter Street Theatre presents a singing and dancing laboratory experiment. Continues 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 29. Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. $23 general; $21 seniors; $18 students; $15 children ages 12 and younger. (916) 353-1001.

BAY AREA

Opens Sept. 17

Buried Child

Magic Theatre presents a play about a man who returns to the Midwest and discovers a different kind of inheritance. Previews 8 p.m. Wednesday - Sept. 14; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15; 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Opens 8 p.m. Sept. 17, continues 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 2; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 22, through Oct. 6. Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, San Francisco. $45-60 general ; $20 students; $30 preview. (415) 441-8822.

Opens Oct. 3

Shocktoberfest14: Jack the Ripper

Thrillpeddlers present a one-act play that imagines what would have happened if the Ripper led police to the scene of a sixth murder. Previews 8 p.m. Sept. 26-29 and 30. Opens 8 p.m. Oct. 3, continues 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct. 29-30, through Nov. 23. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., San Francisco. $25-$35. (415) 377-4202.

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Orlando

TheatreFIRST presents a play based on Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending novel. Continues 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 15. The Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. $25-$30 general; $15, under 30; $10 student rush. (510) 981-8150.

DINNER THEATER

Opens Sept. 20

Murder With A Bullet

Lou La Bonte Dinner Theatre presents an interactive murder mystery dinner theater. Opens 7:30 p.m Sept. 20, continues 7:30 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 18. 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn. $39.95. (530) 885-9193.

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The Dinner Detective

A dinner and interactive murder mystery. 6:15 p.m. Saturdays. Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. $63.95. (888) 446-8011.

Peter Pun

A musical parody of the story of Peter and his group. Continues 7:15 Fridays-Saturdays. Delta King Theatre, 1000 Front St., Sacramento. $8-$18. (916) 993-8091.



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