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    Jamie Jones, left, Jason Kuykendall and Tara Sissom appear in the B Street Theatre production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

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    Janet Motenko plays the title role in the Ovation Stage production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot.”

Sacramento Live: ‘Vanya’ a strong draw for B Street

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning parody and homage to the plays of Anton Chekhov, is getting a strong outing at B Street Theatre.

A cast of company regulars led by Greg Alexander and Jamie Jones includes Stephanie McVay, Jason Kuykendall and Tara Sissom.

Chekhov was creating a theater movement away from mannered melodrama into more naturalistic writing and performing. Durang has created a warm and fuzzy modern comedy that fits comfortably on the B Street main stage. Buck Busfield directs.

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 June 15. Tickets: $23-$35, $5 student rush. Information: (916) 443-5300,

‘People’ skills

Though David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” is specifically set in the Southie section of Boston, the play’s central dynamics could happen anywhere. James Hiser’s Mike, a successful and well-to-do doctor got out of Southie, but Rebecca Dines as Margie, once his high school girlfriend, still lives in the old neighborhood. Ideas of class, opportunity, luck and sacrifice bounce out of the characters when Mike and Margie meet up years later.

How does someone get out of a neighborhood that locks down its inhabitants through an insular tribal mentality? Dines and Hiser lead a solid cast under Stephanie Gularte’s taut direction. With ZZ Moor, Brandon Lancaster, Linda Montalvo and Lori Russo.

7 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. through June 1 at Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento. Tickets: $24-$36. Information: (916) 995-5464 or

‘Bluest’ adaptation

Celebration Arts presents Lydia Diamond’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s first novel “The Bluest Eye” published in 1970. The story deals with racism and child molestation in a story told mostly through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl.

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays through June 14. At Celebration Arts, 4469 D St., Sacramento. Tickets $13-$15. All seats on $8 Thursdays. Tickets on-line: . Information at (916) 455-2787 or

A ‘Madwoman’ on R Street

Penny Kline directs by Jean Giraudoux’s modern morality tale of art vs. commerce, “The Madwoman of Chaillot.” Janet Motenko stars in the title role with a loaded ensemble. At Ovation Stage, 2509 R St., Sacramento.

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m . Sundays through June 1.Tickets: $15 - $18. Information at (916-606-5050 and

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