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“Second-Best Bed” is being staged through March 30 at the Woodland Opera House. It stars, from left, Dan Sattel, Renee Mercer, Jason Hammond, Analise Langford, Scott Martin and Patricia Glass.

Sacramento Live: Woodland Opera House rolls out ‘Bed’

Published: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Jeff Kean, the smart and savvy former executive director of the Woodland Opera House for 17 years, too quietly stepped down at the end of January. A forward-thinking consensus-builder in regional community theater, Kean and his wry humor, intelligence and leadership will be missed.

The Opera House carries on with former education director Angela Baltezore taking over as executive director. One of the first productions she will oversee is the world premiere of “Second-Best Bed: A New Comedy About a Very Old Mystery,” by Sacramento playwright Matthew Abergel.

Bob Cooner directs the modern take on the classic English bedroom farce as an eccentric cast of characters search an old bed-and-breakfast for a lost Shakespearean play.

The production opens 7:30 tonight. Performances continue 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 30. Tickets are $7-$25. At the Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland. Information: (530) 666-9617;

Latin Jazz at CSUS

The California State University, Sacramento, Latin Jazz Ensemble resurrects itself Monday with its first major concert in five years.

The ensemble, dormant for several years, has sprung back to life under the direction of Carlos McCoy with the support and guidance of Steve Roach, director of the CSUS Jazz Program.

Helping set it all off are guest trombonist Jamie Dubberly and guest percussionist Carlos Caro, who both won Grammy Awards this year with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. The band will play several tunes Dubberly wrote or arranged for his own band Latin band, Orquesta Dharma – “Mambo Pacific,” “Elsa’s Blues” and Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing.”

8 p.m. Monday at the Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall, CSUS campus. Tickets: $5-$20. Information: (916) 278-4323;

‘Wild Party’

It’s time to party like it’s 1928. Composers Andrew Lippa and Michael John LaChiusa had either the bad luck or personal stubbornness to debut their distinctly different versions of “The Wild Party” during the 1999-2000 theater season.

Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 book-length narrative poem, it describes the kind of party that could only happen in Hollywood during Prohibition – think an unholy trilogy of sex, drugs and musical theater.

Christopher Cook directs the Green Valley Theatre Company in a production of Lippa’s version with Andrea St. Clair, Jacob Montoya and Ryan Allen.

The show closes this weekend with shows at 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $18. Green Valley Theatre Company at the Grange Performing Arts Center, 3823 V St., Sacramento. Information: (916) 736-2664;


For those who haven’t given up rhythm for Lent, New Orleans modern super-funky quintet Dumpstaphunk will make sure everything is on the one over at Harlow’s.

The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals and Hammond B3, Ian Neville on guitar, master drummer Nikki Glaspie and bassists Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III. The band’s 2013 release “Dirty Word” dipped into gospel, second-line, R&B and the blues with guests including Trombone Shorty, Art Neville, Ani DiFranco, Skerik and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Dumpstaphunk, Tuesday at Harlow’s, 2708 J St., Sacramento. Doors at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets: $17.50-$20. Information:; (916) 441-4693

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