Pocket full of ticket stubs

Ed and Eddie's list of 93 plays, musicals and operas seen in 2012 organized by month. Besides the San Francisco Bay Area, we saw shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and Stratford, Canada.

Ratings Legend:
5* - Loved It – A classic, would see it a second time.
4* - Really Liked It – Excellent, strong production.
3* - Liked It – Good production but something is lacking or not clicking.
2* - Just OK – Below average but had at least one interesting component.
1* - Did Not Like It – Waste of time.
No rating – A work in progress (reading or workshop), or children’s production.

Rating*, Show Title - Author, Presenting Theatre (comments)
[Synopsis or review]

January:
5*, The Wild Bride - Emma Rice, Carl Grose, Stu Barker, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Kneehigh Theatre)
[The Brothers Grimm mixed with Southern Gothic in this adult fairy tale of "The Girl Without Hands". A tale of a girl whose father accidentally sells her to the Devil, who has her hands chopped off when he can't penetrate her aura of purity.]
1*, God's Plot - Mark Jackson, Shotgun Players
[Uneven production about the first known play to be produced in Virginia colonies in 1665, "Ye Bare and Ye Cubb". Left at intermission.]
5*, Humor Abuse - Lorenzo Pisoni, Erica Schmidt, A.C.T.
[A stage memoir filled with stupendous physical feats and a true story of growing up as the youngest member of SF's Pickle Family Circus. Pisoni shows off the tricks of the trade he learned from his father, Pickle cofounder Larry Pisoni.]
4*, Marvin's Room - Scott McPherson, Dragon Productions Theatre
[Two sisters try to set their familial differences aside -- one in hopes of saving her own life -- in this drama with comic accents. Ed saw.]

February:
3*, The Mandrake Root - Niccolò Machiavelli, Malachi Bogdanov, Anthony Fusco, A.C.T. M.F.A. Program in Acting
[16th-century satire of Italian society, a cunning man concocts an elaborate ruse to sleep with a beautiful young woman. His biggest obstacle? Her elderly husband.]
5*, Falsettoland - William Finn, James Lapine, Stirfry Theatre
[A one-act musical centering on Marvin, his wife, his psychiatrist, his son, and his gay lover Whizzer. The son is preparing for his bar mitzvah and Whizzer is suffering from a mysterious, life-threatening illness, which the audience recognizes is AIDS.]
5*, Body Awareness - Annie Baker, Aurora Theatre
[It is "Body Awareness Week" on a small Vermont college campus and feminist professor Phyllis and her partner, Joyce, are hosting a male guest artist who specializes in female nude photographs. The couple is already struggling as they try to counsel Joyce's 21-year old son, Jared, whom they believe suffers from Asperger's Syndrome.]
5*, A Steady Rain - Keith Huff, Marin Theatre Company
[Two Chicago policemen who inadvertently return a Vietnamese boy to a cannibalistic serial killer who claims to be the child's uncle. When he later becomes the man's latest victim, the lifelong friendship of the two men is threatened when it becomes clear someone must bear responsibility for their egregious failure to assess the situation accurately.]
5*, The Pitman Painters – Lee Hall, TheatreWorks
[In 1934, a group of miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Abandoning theory in favor of practice, the pitmen began to paint – prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and prestigious collectors acquired their work; but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine.]
5*, Little Brother - Cory Doctorow, Josh Costello, The Custom Made Theatre Co.
[From young adult novel. When SF is the victim of a terrorist attack, 17-year-old hacker, Marcus, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security. For days he is merciless interrogated on Treasure Island. When no one besides his friends believes his story, Marcus is left with only one option: take down the system himself.]
5*, Higher - Carey Perloff, A.C.T.
[Two American architects dive into a high-stakes competition to design a memorial in Israel. They're also in love—but don't know that they are vying against one another.]
5*, Becky Shaw - Gina Gionfriddo, San Francisco Playhouse
[A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: Wife's best friend, meet husband's sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue.]
4*, A Doctor in Spite of Himself - Molière, Christopher Bayes, Steven Epp, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[The traditional story of a girl feigning illness to avoid an unwanted wedding erupts into hilarity with modern pop culture references.]
2*, Private Parts - Graham Gremore, San Francisco Playhouse
[Solo coming-out show of stories and songs about Gremore's emotionally unstable mother, absent-minded academic father, some woman who died, his third grade teacher who was an idiot, his crotchety, chain-smoking grandmother.]
3*, Scorched - Wajdi Mouawad, A.C.T.
[After their mother's death, twins Janine and Simon are given two letters with clues about their family's mysterious past. They embark on an unforgettable journey to the Middle East in search of the father and brother they never knew they had.]

March:
1*, Blue/Orange - Joe Penhall, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
[A London psychiatric hospital is the setting where an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator, while two doctors argue about deeper meanings.]
4*, The Waiting Period - Brian Copeland. The Marsh
[The show is an unrelenting look at a ten-day period in his life—the mandatory ten-day waiting period before he could lay hands on the newly purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life.]
3*, Maurice - Roger Parsley, Andy Graham, E.M. Forster, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Before WWI, when homosexuality was outlawed in Great Britain, Clive, an aristocratic Englishman with a life of privilege, suddenly shocks his close friend Maurice by declaring his love for him. Based on Forster's novel.]
4*, A Bright Room Called Day - Tony Kushner, The Custom Made Theatre Co.
[Follows a group of artists and activists struggling for love and meaning in 1930s Berlin, as Germany surrenders to the seduction of fascism.]
4*, Now Circa Then - Carly Mensch, TheatreWorks
[Two mismatched historical re-enactors play an immigrant couple from the 1890s at a New York Tenement Museum. Opposites attract, romance blooms, as their private lives are reflected in their public reenactments.]
4*, HIGH - Matthew Lombardo, SHN (Kathleen Turner)
[Sister Jamison, an addiction counselor and nun with a potty mouth and an alcoholic past tries to help a meth-addicted, gay teen prostitute.]
3*, Cat's-Paw - William Mastrosimone, Dragon Productions Theatre
[An environmental terrorist obsessed with the pollution of the world's water supply bombs the EPA, kills 27 people, and takes a hostage. An investigative journalist is granted the interview of a lifetime. This taut game of cat and mouse between terrorist and reporter explores the themes of media responsibility, environmental accountability, and governmental effectiveness.]

April:
3*, The Tin Pan Alley Rag - Mark Saltzman, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, Tabard Theatre Company
[A"what-if" musical review where Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin meet one day at Berlin's office and talk of art and show business. They also play their hits for each other.]
4*, Maple and Vine - Jordan Harrison, A.C.T.
[A couple join a community of 1950s reenactors, where life is slower, passion is risqué, and a sparkling cocktail is a daily accessory. But in this provocative comedy, retro attitudes about gender, race, and sexuality stir up powerful questions.]
5*, The Aliens - Annie Baker, San Francisco Playhouse
[Beckett like play crossed with a mumblecore movie. Two 30-something, former band members hold court in the ‘occupied’ back yard of a Vermont coffee shop. They lure a lonely teenager into their world of alienation and rebellion. Through male posturing and moments of shared glories, the troubled lives of the three young men, relegated as “slackers”, are revealed.]
5*, Any Given Day - Linda McLean, Magic Theatre
[Two plays occurring at the same time: at 2pm on an oppressively rainy day. On the east side of Glasgow, Bill and Sadie prepare for their favorite house guest, while on the west side, two people close up the bar for the afternoon when a random opportunity presents itself. The relationship between the two doesn't become apparent until the end, when we can see the full arc of these characters being lifted briefly by the promise of a good day and then finding themselves crushed once more.]
5*, Sugar - Peter Stone, Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, 42nd Street Moon
[Based on the move Some Like it Hot by Billy Wilder & I.A.L Diamond. Two Chicago musicians witness a gangland massacre and hit the road to Florida - disguised as women.]
5*, Othello, the Moor of Venice - William Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company
[The mercenary Othello, general of the Venetian armies, has just married Desdemona, daughter of a powerful senator. But their delight cannot last long. The villain Iago will see to that. He is jealous for having been passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the untested gentleman soldier Cassio. He will stop at nothing until he uses Desdemona to destroy the two men he hates.]
5*, Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck, TheatreWorks
[Protective George and his gentle giant of a friend Lennie are migrant workers on a Salinas Valley ranch during the Great Depression. Their hopes for a place of their own come close to fruition, but fate intervenes.]
4*, Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical - Scrumbly Koldewyn, Martin Worman, Thrillpeddlers
[College rhythm meets the Peloponnesian War as Athens University takes on Sparta for their annual pigskin showdown. Loosely based on Lysistrata. Sex and mayhem among the ruins and a consultation with the oracle of Delphi (The Hot Twat of Tangier).]
3*, In Paris - Ivan Bunin, Dmitry Krymov, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Mikhail Baryshnikov)
[Set in the 1930s, the play mixes movement with a romantic story and interesting set and sound design. Told in French and Russian with English supertitles. 80 minutes.]
5*, Red - John Logan, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[At the height of his fame, Mark Rothko struggles in his studio to finish a major series of murals. The brilliant master wrestles with his new apprentice in a battle of wits over a bucket of paint. ]

May:
3*, Zorba - Joseph Stein, John Kander, Fred Ebb, 42nd Street Moon
[Adapted from the novel "Zorba the Greek" by Nikos Kazantzakis. It focuses on the friendship that evolves between Zorba and Nikos, a young American who has inherited an abandoned mine on Crete, and their romantic relationships with a local widow and a French woman, respectively.]
5*, The Understudy - Theresa Rebeck, San Jose Repertory Theatre
[A backstage a comedy about a previously undiscovered work by Kafka getting its Broadway premiere. It's a battle for stage credibility between a typecast action movie star, a “real“ actor with a very large chip on his shoulder, and his jilted ex-fiancé/stage manager.]
3*, Tenderloin - Annie Elias and company actors, Cutting Ball Theater
[Documentary theater. Using transcripts of interviews conducted by seven actors, it takes theater out into the neighborhood and brings the neighborhood into the theater.]
2*, Play and Endgame - Samuel Beckett, A.C.T. (Bill Irwin)
[Two one-acts. Play is a 3-person tour de force about marriage and infidelity with a husband, wife and mistress. Endgame features Hamm, who is trapped between life and death with his young servant, Clov. Together they engage in a chess match of wits in this vivid exploration of the end of life.]
5*, A Behanding in Spokane - Martin McDonagh, San Francisco Playhouse
[The mysterious, gun-toting Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for decades. Enter two bickering con artists with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire.]

Trip to Los Angeles
5*, Follies - Stephen Sondheim, James Goldman, Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group
[When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present.]
3*, Linthead - Brian Forrester, Santa Monica Playhouse
[The story of a South Carolina mill-worker who is forced to hurt everyone he loves in exchange for standing up for what is right. In a world of fire-and-brimstone sermons, travelling hoochie-coochie girls, and lungs full of cotton dust, it brings a voice to the discussion of civil rights.]
2*, Sleeping Ugly - Arnold Schulman, Santa Monica Playhouse
[A post–commedia dell’arte/mock-Kabuki multimedia execution. A somewhat humorous, romantic adult fairytale about love and lust, and the passion and pain of living with a werewolf.]

June:
3*, Attila - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera
[The ruler of the Huns fully intends to invade fifth-century Italy until a fierce female captive enchants him with her valiant defiance.]
5*, Magic Flute, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder, San Francisco Opera
[The bird catcher, Papageno, searches for love and struggles to attain wisdom and virtue. Designed by Jun Kaenko]
3*, Wheelhouse - Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda, TheatreWorks
[An ode to the road, the pop-rock trio GrooveLily stars in an irresistible musical about traveling tunesmiths in desperate need of a tune-up.]
5*, Bruja - Luis Alfaro, Magic Theatre
[A reimagining of Euripides' Medea told through the lens of a Mexican immigration story.]
5*, Nixon in China - John Adams, Alice Goodman, San Francisco Opera
[Tells of the groundbreaking visit of President Nixon to Communist China in February 1972, during which he met with Party Chairman Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders, flinging wide the long-closed doors between the U.S. and China.]

July:
Week in New York City, 7 days-12 shows
5*, Nice Work If You Can Get It - George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Joe DiPietro, Imperial Theatre (Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye)
[A new musical loosely based on the Gershwin's 1926 bootlegger musical “Oh Kay!”]
5*, Once - Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti)
[A musical based on the 2006 Irish film of the same name is a slowly unfolding tale of two Dublin musicians falling in love.]
5*, The Columnist - David Auburn, Manhattan Theatre Club Friedman Theatre (John Lithgow)
[Drama about Joseph Alsop, the extremely outspoken anti-Communist and very (well, maybe not so) closeted journalist and political power-broker of the '30s-'70s.]
5*, Cock - Mike Barlett, The Duke on 42nd Street
[When John and his boyfriend take a break, the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Now he has a big choice to make.]
5*, Peter and the Starcatcher - Rick Elice, Brooks Atkinson Theatre
[This prequel to "Peter Pan" is based on the 2006 young-adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. ]
4*, Newsies the Musical - Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, Harvey Fierstein, Nederlander Theatre
[The musical is loosely based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, a youth-led campaign to force change in the way that Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst's newspapers compensated their child labor force. Based on the 1992 Disney film.]
5*, Tribes - Nina Raine, Barrow Street Theatre (Mare Winningham)
[Drama follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his home of his parents' house. He has adapted brilliantly to his hearing family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.]
3*, The Sensational Josephine Baker - Cheryl Howard, Theatre Row - Emerging Artists Theatre
[A musical portrait of the unique iconic Jazz Age legend. Follow her from the hilarious antics, which rescued her from the obscurity of the chorus, to the humiliation of being shunned by a narrow-minded American public, to her life-long search for unconditional love.]
5*, The Best Man - Gore Vidal, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, Kerry Butler, Angela Lansbury)
[In the Presidential convention in Summer 1960 in Philadelphia an ethical man running for the Presidential nomination runs against a "unscrupulous" man. Joseph Cantwell is a "bigot and a charlatan", while William Russell is the liberal candidate, "likable, forceful and humorous."]
5*, End of the Rainbow - Peter Quilter, Belasco Theatre (Tracie Bennett)
[It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland is poised to make a triumphant comeback... again. The drama unfolds in a London hotel room as she prepares for a series of concerts at the famed "Talk of the Town" nightclub. Alongside her young fiancé and trusted pianist, Garland—with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit—takes on her most challenging role ever: herself.]
5*, Harvey - Mary Chase, Roundabout Theatre Co. Studio 54 (Jim Parsons, Carol Kane)
[When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.]
5*, Porgy and Bess - George Gershwin, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin, Richard Rogers Theatre (Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier)
[The beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance.]
4*, One Man, Two Guvnors - Richard Bean, The Music Box (James Corden)
[A retelling of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. The easily confused Francis agrees to work for both a local gangster and a criminal in hiding.]

5*, The Scottsboro Boys - John Kander, Fred Ebb, David Thompson, A.C.T. (Hal Linden)
[Based on the notorious "Scottsboro" case of the 1930s. A musical minstrel show tells shocking story of nine young African American men—unjustly accused of a shocking crime—whose lives would eventually spark the Civil Rights Movement.]
5*, Upright Grand - Laura Schellhardt, TheatreWorks
[Dad tickles ivories in a dive. Daughter dazzles concert halls. Between them the bittersweet counterpoint of parent and child, respect and rebellion, dream and disappointment plays out in the key of life.]
5*, Les Misérables - Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer, SHN
[Musical based on the novel by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, the plot follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution.]
5*, My Fair Lady - Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, San Francisco Playhouse
[Musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Reinvented with an intimate cast of 10 and a younger Professor Higgins.]

August:
4 days at Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, 8 shows
5*, Cymbeline - William Shakespeare, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[King Cymbeline's 2nd marriage includes a stepson, Cloten, whom he intends to marry off to his daughter. However she defies her father's wished and marries a poor but worthy gentleman. Plot twists of fidelity, lost kidnapped twin brothers and villainous queen and henchmen ensues.]
5*, Wanderlust - Morris Panych, Marek Norman, Robert Service, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[Bank clerk and aspiring Canadian poet Robert Service dreams of romance and escape to adventure in the Yukon. But the object of his affection, his pretty co-worker is already engaged. Features The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee.]
5*, Henry V - William Shakespeare, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[To unite in common cause a kingdom torn by civil strife, England's new king decides to enforce his claim to the throne of France. After initial success, he finds himself facing a vastly superior French force on the fields of Agincourt.]
5*, Hirsch - Alon Nashman, Paul Thompson, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[One man show. Hungarian Holocaust refugee Hirsch finds sanctuary in Canada, where his fierce talent and stormy temperament win him acclaim as a brilliant theatre director, a galvanizing cultural force and, for five seasons, Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.]
5*, Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[As Claudio woos his beloved Hero, his friend Benedick and Hero's cousin Beatrice trade insults in their "merry war" of mutual disdain. As Claudio's wedding day approaches, a series of deceptions, both friendly and malicious, brings about more than one dramatic change of heart.]
5*, A Word or Two - Christopher Plummer, Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Christopher Plummer)
[One-man show. An autobiographical journey through the literature- from the scared to the profane- that stirred Plummer's imagination since youth.]
4*, 42nd Street - Harry Warren, Al Dubin, Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star.]
5*, The Best Brothers - Daniel Maclvor, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
[Ardith “Bunny” Best has just died in an bizarre accident, leaving her sons Hamilton and Kyle to mourn in their very different ways. As each struggles to understand the other, the brothers begin to see more deeply into themselves and the unconventional woman who gave them birth. One is gay the other is straight.]

September:
5*, Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi, San Francisco Opera
[The hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto finally goes too far, he provokes a curse and loses the only source of joy in his life, his daughter.]
5*, Chinglish - David Henry Hwang, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[An American businessman heads to China to score a lucrative contract for his family’s sign business, but the deal isn’t the only thing getting lost in translation when he collides with a Communist minister, a bumbling consultant and a suspiciously sexy bureaucrat.]
4*, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Kristoffer Diaz, Aurora Theatre
[A middle rank Puerto Rican pro-wrestler, who’s made a career of being the loser, thinks he’s found his ticket to the big time in a charismatic Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to wrestling star Chad Deity.]
5*, Time Stands Still - Donald Margulies, TheatreWorks
[After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah finds herself caught in a tug-of-war between her exhilarating career and the contentment of family life. Returning home into the care of her long-time lover James, Sarah's caught off guard by his desire for family and by the simple domestic life pursued by Richard, her editor, and his much younger girlfriend Mandy.]
4*, Rights of Passage - Ed Decker, Robert Leone, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Set on the Indonesian Island of Bali, story tells the about a gay Hindu named Wayan. His journey is intercut with vignettes from LGBT stories from around the world. Includes digital media, puppetry, mask and dance.]
4*, The Little Dog Laughed - Douglas Carter Beane, Dragon Productions Theatre
[Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit it big if it weren't for one teensy-weensy problem. His agent, Diane, can't seem to keep him in the closet after he meets a young hustler.]
5*, Beach Blanket Babylon - Club Fugazi Beach Blanket Babylon
[Snow White travels the world in search of her true love.]
4*, The Normal Heart - Larry Kramer, A.C.T.
[The story of a city in denial unfolds like a real-life political thriller — as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. Ahead of its time on many of the core issues it addresses — gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS.]
5*, The Other Place - Sharr White, Magic Theatre
[A successful neurologist's life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth boils to the surface.]

October:
5*, 33 Variations - Moisés Kaufman, TheatreWorks
[Examines the creative process behind Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist, Katherine Brandt, to discover the meaning behind 33 distinct variations on a simple theme by a inconsequential music publisher. The progression of her ALS and her relationship with her daughter are also themes, as is Beethoven's deafness.]
5*, The Capulets and The Montagues - Vincenzo Bellini, Felice Romani, San Francisco Opera
[A reworking of the story of Romeo and Juliet based on Italian sources rather than taken directly from William Shakespeare.]
3*, Of Thee I Sing - George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, 42nd Street Moon
[A musical lampoon of American politics; candidate John P. Wintergreen runs for President on the "love" platform. However, when he falls for sensible Mary Turner instead of Diana Devereaux, the beautiful pageant winner selected for him, he finds himself in political hot water.]
5*, Moby-Dick - Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer, San Francisco Opera
[Adaption of Herman Melville's meditation on man and the sea.]

November:
5*, An Iliad - Lisa Peterson, Denis O'Hare, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Henry Woronicz)
[Adaptation from Homer. A preternaturally aged storyteller tells the tale of the two great opposing heroes, Achilles for the invading Greek forces and Hector for the besieged Trojans.]
5*, Lohengrin - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera
[A young noblewoman, falsely accused of murdering her brother, dreams of being rescued and miraculously, her knight in shining armor appears. Lohengrin pledges to marry her and save her homeland from invaders. But she must love him unconditionally, and never ask his name or origin. Tall order with two forces of evil plotting against her.]
1*, Sophocles' Elektra - Timberlake Wertenbaker, A.C.T.
[After her mother murders her father, Elektra is driven by grief, perpetually reliving the horrific event to refuel her burning need for revenge. Saw Olympia Dukakis' understudy. Bad direction and concept.]
5*, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - Alex Timbers, Michael Friedman, San Francisco Playhouse
[A comedic Wild West rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.]
5*, Carmelina - Alan Jay Lerner, Joseph Stein, Burton Lane, 42nd Street Moon
[A musical version of the film Buena Sera, Mrs. Campbell, which is also the source of the hit Broadway musical, Mamma Mia!]
5*, Tosca - Giacomo Puccini, San Francisco Opera (Patricia Racette)
[Set in Napoleonic Rome. Can a tempestuous singer Tosca outwit the evil baron Scarpia and save her young lover, Cavaradossi, from death?]

December:
5*, The White Snake - Mary Zimmerman, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[Chinese folktale from Hangzhou. Madame White and servant Greenie (both snake spirits) romance a young man while a Buddhist monk seeks to expose them]
3*, Wilder Times - Thornton Wilder, Aurora Theatre
[Evening of 4 one-acts: Infancy, a comedy about fulfilling basic human needs in which babies act like grown-ups; Childhood, a child’s-eye view of the grown-up world; The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, which features the first appearance of Wilder’s narrating Stage Manager; and The Long Christmas Dinner, generations around the family dinning room table.]
5*, Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Roger Miller, William Haupton, Mark Twain, TheatreWorks
[Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn sweeps down the mighty Mississippi, where runaways Huck and Jim discover a friendship that defies convention.]
5*, Pal Joey - Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart, John O'Hara, 42nd Street Moon
[Joey, the charming heel with big plans--is back to take Chicago for wild ride as he schemes to get to the top of the nightclub business.]

Other cultural events and activities:
JAN: Shen Yun, a performance of classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance.
FEB: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bay, Peter Morrison's Magic on the Bay
FEB: SFGMC's Spring Retreat, Camp Newman
MAR: SFGMC recording at Skywalker Sound - Eddie
MAR: San Francisco Symphony: Copland's Orchestral Variations; Harrison's Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra; Ives' A Concord Symphony
MAR: San Francisco Symphony: American Mavericks: Cage's selections from Song books; Foss' Phorion; Cowell's Piano Concerto; Ruggles' Sun-treader
MAR: San Francisco Symphony: Mason Bates' Mass Transmission; John Adams' Absolute Jest; Feldman's Piano and Orchestra; Varèse's Amériques
MAR: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Enchantingly Wicked with Stephen Schwartz, Melody Moore, The Choral Project; 2 nights at Davies Hall
MAR: Adolescent Counseling Services benefit: Spring Sounds 2012
MAR: Google dinner for 10 with chef Olivia Wu
APR: Cantor Arts Center: Walker Evans Photographs
APR: Giants baseball opening weekend
APR: Bella Notte: an elegant evening of magical music to benefit Beth Am
MAY: Facing History and Ourselves Benefit Dinner: speaker Dr. Rip Patton (one of the original Freedom Riders) and journalist Belva Davis. Hosted gay table.
MAY: San Francisco Symphony: Barbary Coast and Beyond: Music from the Gold Rush to the Panama-Pacific Exposition
MAY: Outlet's "Out to Eat" fundraising dinner.
MAY: Memorial weekend trip to West Hollywood; J. Paul Getty Museum: Herb Ritts: L.A. Style; Bat Mitzvah brunch; Eleven nightclub: Musical Mondays
JUN: Mission San Jose (Fremont), Chanticleer: Mission Road Concert, composers Antonio de Salazar, Manuel de Sumaya
JUN: Beth Am: Neil Grungras, director of ORAM, the Organization for Refugee Asylum and Migration
JUN: 42nd Street Moon fundraiser: Ticket to the Moon
JUN: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Unplugged!
JUN: Pride weekend in San Francisco: March with SFGMC; Arthur's pre-dyke march party; Tom & Jerry's post-pride party
JUL: Week in NYC; drinks and a show with producer Randy Adams; showtunes at Marie’s Crisis piano bar; drag queen bingo at The Stonewall Inn; beer at the gay sports bar Boxers; frozen apple-martinis and an amateur go-go boy contest at G Lounge; and finally chatting with eccentric locals and dancing with foreign tourists at The Monster Bar.
JUL: Week in Denver: GALA Choruses Festival: saw 47 concerts; Pinnacle Fundraiser with Dan Savage; "Love Can Build a Bridge" concert with SFGMC/Denver Gay Men's Chorus in Laramie, WY and St. John's Cathedral in Denver; Denver Art Museum; Clyfford Still Museum
JUL: de Young Museum: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk; Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection
AUG: Quebec City: Image Mill projection show on grain silos; Musée de la civilisation; Bike ride to Montmorency Falls; Les Fetes de la Nouvelle-France SAQ; Plains of Abraham, Citadel, Place Royale, self-guided tour of fortified city
AUG: Montreal: 3 half-day bike tours: Vista Architecture Tour, City Classic Neighborhoods, City of Contrasts; walking tour McGill University, Mont Royal, along Lacine Canal; McCord Museum of Canadian History; Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; two festivals: Under Pressure - International Graffiti Convention, Montreal Pride Festival.
AUG: Eastern Townships of Quebec: 5-day hike in North Hatley, Magog and Eastman.
AUG: Toronto: Self-guided city walk; Art Gallery of Ottawa Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; Bata Shoe Museum.
AUG: Stratford: Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
AUG: Gulf Islands: 5-day hike on islands of Saltspring, Galiano, South Pender and Saturna. Self-guided walk in Victoria; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
OCT: San Francisco Giants playoffs and World Series
OCT: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus weekend retreat
NOV: San Francisco Opera Community Day
NOV: Thanksgiving trip to Tennessee: Nashville, Paris. Second school reunion party for Eddie at Paris Winery and antiquing in Hazel, KY. Showtunes Sunday at Tribe|Nashville.
DEC: Weekend in Santa Rosa for SantaCONcert for SFGMC. Davies Symphony Hall concert.
DEC: Cantor Arts Center: Christian Marclay's Video Quartet; Guardians: Photographs by Andy Freeberg
DEC: Two week vacation in Fort Lauderdale at Pineapple Point Guesthouse & Resort and Key West at Island House Resort.

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