‘Elemeno Pea’ at B Street
Molly Smith Metzler’s new comedy “Elemeno Pea,” about how wealth seduces and corrupts, is a cautionary tale for any time or place.
Originally produced at the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, B Street Theatre brings it to Sacramento with a first-rate cast, including Melinda Parrett, Stephanie Altholz, Lyndsy Kail and Kurt Johnson.
David Pierini directs the production, which previews at 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m Sunday and opens later Sunday at 7 p.m. “Elemeno Pea” continues 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m Wednesdays and Sundays through Feb. 23. B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento. Tickets: $23-$35, $5 student rush, $15 previews. For information: (916) 443-5300, www.bstreettheatre.org.
‘Closer Than Ever’ opens
Lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. and composer David Shire have been working together since 1968 when they were students at Yale. Their 1989 song cycle “Closer Than Ever” grew from pianist Steven Scott Smith’s idea for a one-act revue of the pair’s songs titled “Next Time Now!” into a two-act “bookless book musical” winning an Outer Critics Circle Award for best off-Broadway musical.
Sacramento Theatre Company presents the show with Jerry Lee (“It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Musical of Musicals”), Andrea St. Clair, Nicholas Adorno and Kristen Heitman in the cast. Robert Marra directs. The production is in previews and opens 8 p.m. Saturday and continues 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. On the Pollock Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento. Tickets are $15-$38. For information go to www.sactheatre.org.
Carrie Hennessey sings
The Sacramento-based soprano Carrie Hennessey has international credits and busy classical performing schedule but the singer goes cabaret-casual this Saturday with her new show “You Must Believe” at Harlow’s. Hennessey keeps composers such as Mendelssohn and Mahler in her repertoire, but here she and music director-pianist Gregory Mason will open up the Great American Songbook and add a few French pop tunes as well.
At Harlow’s Restaurant & Night Club, 2708 J St., Sacramento. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25-$30. For information www.harlows.com or www.carriehennessey.com.
TrueStory the Sacramento nonfiction reading series, tells the truth one last time at Bows & Arrows before the arts, clothing, music, and food hive goes dark at the end of the month. The featured readers are Brad Branan (a Bee staff writer), David Watts Barton (a former Bee arts writer and editor of Sacramento Press), Deborah Meltvedt (married to former Bee television critic Rick Kushman), and Kneece Camp Sasser (no known Bee affiliations). $5 at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th St., Sacramento. For information: (916) 822-5668, www.bowscollective.com, www.tellatruestory.com.