Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” has become one of the 20th century’s great plays through its poetic two-part evocation of a particularly grim time in our history. “Millennium Approaches” and its companion, the slap-in-the-face “Perestroika,” said, “We must change now!” Despite a damaging fire two weeks ago at its complex, the Alternative Arts Collective continues its complete production with “Perestroika,” which opens this weekend. David Blue Garrison directs the ambitious undertaking.
At the Blue Box Theatre, Oxford Street and Lea Way, Sacramento. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 15. Tickets: $15. Special complete Part 1 and Part 2 performance Feb. 16, $25, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Teen LGBT Scholarship. Information: www.taactheatre.com.
Sacramento-based actress Jamie Jones carefully balances her busy schedule between Bay Area theaters, where she is a longtime favorite, and Sacramento theaters, where she is even more revered. The B Street Theatre company member recently stepped in there as an emergency replacement for colleague Elisabeth Nunziato who suddenly had to leave “Not In the Stars” mid-run for gallbladder surgery. Now Jones moves over to Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre for the Northern California premiere of Johnna Adams’ polemic new play “Gidion’s Knot.” The two-woman potboiler stars Jones and Stacy Ross as a concerned mother and a fifth-grade teacher whose parent-teacher conference about a child’s suspension turns into a dynamic free-for-all on responsibility, school system failures, blame, bullying and freedom of expression. Jon Tracy directs for the Aurora Theatre.
Through March 2 at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays at the Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. Tickets: $32-$60. Information: (510) 843-4822 or auroratheatre.org.
Lenaea theater festival
Should you ever despair over the state of our youth, attend a performance at the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival. The energy, enthusiasm, talent and dedication revealed at the weekend festival can be overwhelming and inspiring. More than 50 high school theater programs stage student performances of one-act plays, monologues, scenes and songs. The festival provides responses to the performances and workshops to all student participants. The distinguished list of theater professionals and practitioners volunteering their time, talent and experience includes Keythe Farley (co-author of “Bat Boy: The Musical” and vocal director and voice artist of “Rugrats” and “Adventure Time With Jake and Finn”), Christine Nicholson, Charlie Holliday, Eric Wheeler, Bill Voorhees, Ross Modlin, Marie Bain, Erin Renfree, Maggie Upton, Elise Hodge, Ed Brazo, Debra Hammond, Melinda Wilson Ramey, Benjamin Ismail, John Lee and Ron Cisneros. More than 1,000 students will attend, and the public is welcome at all performances.
Folsom Lake College, including Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Today-Sunday. Passes: $5-$10 daily or $10-$15 for weekend, available at the door. Information: www.lenaea.org.