Pocket full of ticket stubs

Ed and Eddie's list of 146 plays, musicals and operas seen in 2015 organized by month. Besides the San Francisco Bay Area, we saw shows in Dallas, TX and London, UK.

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:
3*, Promises, Promises - Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, San Francisco Playhouse
[Based on the film The Apartment by Billy Wilder. It is Manhattan in the 1960’s and bachelor Chuck has what some of his colleagues desire: an apartment for fooling around.]
4*, Shit & Champagne - D'Arcy Drollinger, Oasis
[Drag comedy send-up of '70s exploitation films. A stripper fights back when her fiancé and adopted half-stepsister are both brutally murdered by underworld drug lords from Mal-Wart.]
4*, Lift Up Your Skirt - Kathy Najimy, Feinstein's at the Nikko
[Actress, feminist, activist Najimy brings a semi- autobiographical solo show. A reading of some true life stories of her upside down life. As well as a new piece about Marriage Equality from "Aunt Maddie" the beloved character made famous from “The Kathy and Mo Show.”]
2*, Love Sex and the IRS - Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore, Tribe Productions at the Bindlestiff Studio
[A '70s sitcom farce of 2 straight guys living together that claim they are a married couple to save money on taxes. Dated silliness and havoc ensues.]
3*, Late: A Cowboy Song - Sarah Ruhl, Custom Made Theatre Co.
[Story of a young woman's education and her search to find true love after she meets a female cowboy just outside of Pittsburgh. Mary is always late - coming home, getting to places, getting her period - which prompts her marriage to Crick, her live-in lover. They’ve been together ever since second grade, when they realized they shared the same birthday.]
5*, Our Town - Thornton Wilder, Shotgun Players
[Classic 1938, 3-act play tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners through the everyday lives of its citizens. Uses mathematical devices setting the play in the actual theatre where it is being performed and having the main character as the stage manager.]
4*, 2 Pianos 4 Hands - Ted Dykstra, Richard Greenblatt, TheatreWorks
[A comic coming-of-age story of two endearing piano students reaching the edge of genius only to fall an octave short of fame. Featuring two grand pianos, two actors, and a gallery of pushy parents and eccentric teachers that captures the agony and ecstasy of struggling to be the best.]
4*, The Libation Bearers - Aeschylus, Dragon Theatre Productions
[Orestes returns home from exile upon learning that his mother, Clytemnestra, has murdered his father, King Agamemnon, and placed her lover on the throne of Argos. Orestes seeks out his sister, Electra, and together they embark on a plan to seek bloody justice for his father.]
2*, X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story) - KJ Sanchez, Jenny Mercein, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[A brisk docudrama about the dangers of football: the cruel effects of Alzheimer's, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). More of a high school assembly then a main stage production from a premier regional theatre.]
5*, Indian Ink - Tom Stoppard, A.C.T.
[
Flora Crewe, a free-spirited English poet travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, the legacy of Flora's controversial career and mysterious past is revealed in surprising ways by Flora's younger sister, an academic researcher and the artist's son.]
5*, Candide - Leonard Bernstein, John Caird, Hugh Wheeler, Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lamplighters Music Theatre
[Based on Voltaire's satirical story a young man, Candide, who is determined to follow his instructor's creed of mindless optimism. Even after being banished from his homeland, captured by Bulgarians, beaten and left for dead by the Spanish Inquisition, robbed of everything he owns, and torn repeatedly from the woman he loves, Candide still clings to the philosophy that everything is for the best in this, "the best of all possible worlds." 1999 Royal National Theatre version.]

5*, Tree - Julie Hebert, San Francisco Playhouse
[A southern white woman shows up at the home of an African-American man in Chicago and claims to be his half-sister, impelling them to confront a shared past. In their search for the truth, they must navigate the fragmented memories of the man’s aged mother to discover where their roots intersect.]

February:
5*, Giselle - Adolphe Adam, San Francisco Ballet (Helgi Tomasson, choreographer)
[A tragically romantic story about a peasant girl, Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave and target her lover for death. But Giselle's abiding love frees him from their grasp.]

4*, Harbor - Chad Beguelin, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Writer
Kevin’s seemingly perfect world hits troubled when his ne’er-do-well sister, Donna and her teenage daughter show up unexpectedly at the Sag Harbor home he shares with his architect husband, Ted.]
3*, Aunt Lakie's Not Coming To Dinner - Susan Rabin, Windy City Productions at Phoenix Theatre
[A family tragedy sets off a fierce argument between a pair of senior sisters, the dependable Claire and the feisty Iris, who live together in their suburban Chicago home. And the heat is only turned higher when their mail carrier gets involved in the fray.]
5*, Mighty Real, A Fabulous Sylvester Musical - Anthony Wayne, AnthonyKen LLC at Brava Theater Center
[Musical concert that celebrates the life of the 1970's SF Disco Queen Sylvester. With songs like "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", "Can't Stop Dancing" and "You Are My Friend"; show tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and point of view.]
4*, The Lyons - Nicky Silver, Aurora Theatre
[Dysfunctional family comedy where the indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is dealing with a husband dying of cancer, a gay, fantasy-spinning son in a dubious relationship, an alcoholic daughter, who has left an abusive marriage, and a living room in desperate need of a redesign.]

March:
3*, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play -Anne Washburn, A.C.T.
[
In a post-apocalyptic Northern California, a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons. From this fortuitous meeting, distant memories of “Marge” and “Homer” become the basis for shaping a new society as the story/play travels 7 and 75 years into the future. Interesting idea but tedious script.]
5*, How the World Began - Catherine Trieschmann, Custom Made Theatre Co.
[A Manhattan woman travels to a rural town in Kansas recently devastated by a tornado to take a teaching job in a makeshift high school. But when she makes an off-handed remark regarding the origins of life, she unleashes community outrage and the particular distress of a disturbed young boy.]
5*, The Convert - Danai Gurira, Marin Theatre Company
[Southern Africa, 1896. Against her family’s wishes, a young Shona girl escapes a forced marriage arrangement by converting to Christianity and becoming servant and student to an African evangelist. However, as anti-European sentiments rise among her people, she must face an impossible choice – between colonial and ancestral ways of life.]
4*, Hamlet - William Shakespeare, Stanford University Department of Theater & Performance Studies
[
Uncle kills dad the King. Uncle marries mom the Queen and assumes the throne. Hamlet sees dad's ghost. Dad's ghost tells Hamlet who killed him. Hamlet goes after uncle. Everyone dies. Well directed and performed student production.]
5*, The Lake Effect - Rajiv Joseph, TheatreWorks
[A winter storm rages outside; but inside a shuttered Indian restaurant things have only started to heat up as the two grown-up children of the diner's owner gather to ponder the legacy of their recently deceased father. The appearance of Dad's mysterious bookie (and possible best friend) only complicates their memories and confounds their assumptions about a man they thought they knew.]
4*, Breaking the Code - Hugh Whitemore, Theatre Rhinoceros
[Math genius, Alan Turing broke the Nazi Enigma Code for the British. Turing saw no need to live a lie. Against his supervisor's & his mother's advice, Alan accepts in himself what society will not. This story is sprinkled with early computer development is a view in the difficulties of a gay man in the mid-twentieth century England.]
3*, Abundance - Beth Henley, Shelton Theater
[Sentimental tale of two mail order brides who meet while waiting for their husbands to pick them up to start life in a small town in the Wyoming Territory in the 1860s. Bess is a romantic while Macon Hill is exuberant and determined. A parable about the evils that befall women who sell out their identities to men, commerce and celebrity in the golden West.]
3*, Show People - Paul Weitz, Dragon Theatre Productions
[Jerry and Marnie are Broadway actors who haven't worked in years. At Jerry's insistence, they take on a wildly unorthodox job for a rich, young New York banker in order to impress his girlfriend Natalie, a brilliant violinist and daughter of a renowned physicist. This comedy of falsified identities satirizes the indomitable theatricality of theater folk.]
3*, Jewels of Paris: A Revolutionary New Musical Review - Scrumbly Koldewyn, Rob Keefe, Martin Worman, Alex Kinney, Andy Wenger, Thrillpeddlers Theatre
[A music revue of torch songs and bawdy ditties inspired by the artistic revolution erupting in Paris nearly a century ago. Lots of male and female nudity and fetish behaviors.]
5*, Tartuffe - Molière, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[A dark and sinister production of 17th-century satire/farce the targets the follies of a snake-like religious leader who preaches piety while bilking his devotee for all his worth.]
4*, Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes, Ludwig Minkus, San Francisco Ballet (Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov choreographers)
[Don Quixote and Sancho Panza follow the adventures of the young lovers who want to marry despite the objections of the father of the young woman that wants to marry her off to a rich, older fop.]
3*, Present Tense - Alan Olejeniczak, At Last Productions and Playwrights Center of San Francisco
[Slice-of-life glimpses into five family situations – all unrelated, but all highly similar thematically. Each takes place real-time for fifteen or so minutes, with the ‘present tense’ of each highly shadowed by histories of turbulent relationships and events and foreshadowed by uncertain futures. ]
5*, The Last Five Years- Jason Robert Brown, A.C.T.
[
Concert staging of a 5 year romance told from her point starting at the end and ending at the beginning. His story is interspersed in a beginning-to-end time line.]
2*, Say Cheese: My Life in Front of a Camera - Leslie Jordan, Feinstein’s at the Nikko
[A one-person ‘memoir’ of all the ‘sordid’ details of his various relationships, particularly his several live-in, ‘straight’ escorts whom he meets at Atlanta’s Swinging Richards, a male strip club.]

April:
5*, Fire on the Mountain - Randal Myler, Dan Wheetman, TheatreWorks
[With relatively few spoken words but instead with three dozen songs and several score of projected, vintage photographs, this musical tells a moving, powerful story of the Appalachian coal miner. The might of the media used in this timeline history that covers much of the 20th century is felt in every minute of the ninety as large black-and-white, Dorthea-Lange-like images illustrate the lyrics being sung across the stage.]
4*, Stupid Fucking Bird - Aaron Posner, San Francisco Playhouse
[An irreverent remix of Chekhov's The Seagull, an aspiring young director rails against art created by his mother's generation, a nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist, and everyone discovers just how disappointing life, art, and growing up can be.]
4*, In a Word - Lauren Yee, San Francisco Playhouse
[When her 8-year old son disappears, a young mother battles her confusion, memories, and grief looking to uncover that crucial missing piece.]
3*, Nick & Nora - Arthur Laurents, Charles Strouse, Richard Maltby, Jr., 42nd Street Moon
[Based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1934 Thin Man novel turned into movie, radio, and television hits. First revival since 1991 Broadway flop. A rather ditsy bookkeeper of a movie production company is murdered by one of a host of possible suspects. Private detective and socialite wife solve the mystery.]
5* Head of Passes - Tarell Alvin McCraney, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[In anticipation of her birthday, Shelah’s family and friends gather at her home in the Head of Passes—the mysterious shifting marshlands at the mouth of the Mississippi River. As the guests appear, so do ghosts from the past; and Shelah’s convictions about her life begin to dissolve, along with her home in the Louisiana rain. Inspired by the book of Job.]
5*, Let There Be Love - Kwame Kwei-Armah, A.C.T.
[Alfred, a cantankerous and aging West Indian immigrant living in London, has managed to alienate all those around him—including his equally headstrong lesbian daughter, with whom he rarely sees eye to eye. When an idealistic young Polish caregiver, new to the country, is assigned to look after him, he experiences a powerful reckoning with his past. Rips into hot-button issues: race relations, immigration, abuse, sexual identity, aging, medical care, dying with dignity.
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3*, The Star Without A Name - Mihail Sebastian, Ana-Catrina Buchser, Dragon Theatre Productions
[A sad comedy of a 12-hour love affair and the eccentric townspeople who witness it. The life of a sleepy Romanian village in 1942 is shaken one night when an express train makes an unexpected stop to unload a mysterious passenger - a glamorous woman who has no money and refuses to say who she is and spends the night with astronomy teacher.]
5*, Death of A Salesman - Arthur Miller, San Jose Stage Company
[A quintessential American tragedy and a scathing critique of capitalism and the failure of the American Dream to bring true happiness. The play follows aging salesman Willy Loman as he and his family confront their dreams and failures, hopes and fears.]
3*, Max Understood - Nancy Carlin, Michael Rasbury, The Paul Dresher Ensemble
[A new musical that delves into the life of a 7 year-old boy with autism. We follow his journey outside his home. Accompanying him is a leaf-blowing philosopher, a string theorist, Pegasus, a mermaid, and all the presidents of the United States. Great performance by kid.]
2*, The Braggart Soldier or Major Blowhard - Plautus, Deena Berg, Custom Made Theatre Co.
[A Roman comedy of archetypal Greek characters such as the cunning slave and the lascivious old man. Great costumes, hammy acting.]

May:
In Dallas, TX
5*, Colossal - Andrew Hinderaker, Dallas Theater Center
[A theatrical event featuring a dance company, a drumline, and a fully-padded football team. Plot centers on a gay University of Texas football player, struggling to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal injury.]

5*, Romeo & Juliet - William Shakespeare, Sergei Prokofiev, San Francisco Ballet (Helgi Tomasson, choreographer)
[Two innocent youths meet by chance, relishing the discovery and passion of first love—only to be shattered by tragic twists of fate and the destructive hatred of their own families.]

4*, The River Bride - Marisela Treviño Orta, Santa Clara University Department of Theatre & Dance
[College production of Brazilian folktale about river dolphins who come ashore for 3 days to seduce women. In a traditional fishing village 2 sisters struggle to find their 'happily ever after' after a a handsome and mysterious man is fished from the Amazon River.]
4*, Where's Charley? - Frank Loesser, George Abbott, 42nd Street Moon
[Musical version of Brandon Thomas’s farce Charley's Aunt. An Oxford student dresses up as his aging aunt in order to chaperone his friends and their paramours. The situation becomes complicated when the faux aunt becomes the object of attention for more than one elderly suitor, and approaches chaos when the real aunt arrives on the scene!]
5*, Oh No There’s Men On The Land - Karen S. Ripley, The Marsh Cabaret, Berkeley
[Gay comedy pioneer Karen Ripley tells the stories of lesbian life in the '70s/early 80s in her solo show.]
4*, Talley's Folly - Lanford Wilson, Aurora Theatre
[It’s the 4th of July, 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri. After a lifetime of believing they’ll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt, a liberal Jewish immigrant, has worked up the courage to ask well-to-do gentile Sally Talley for her hand, and convince her that they do belong—as husband and wife.]
5*, One Man, Two Guvnors - Richard Bean, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[A retelling of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. In 1960s Brighton, an easily confused Francis becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a local gangster and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class criminal. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that he is also working for someone else. However, it turns out that Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her lover, who is none other than Stanley Stubbers.]
5*, Fifth of July - Lanford Wilson, Aurora Theatre
[It’s 1977 and Ken Talley has retreated to his family’s Missouri homestead confused about his future after losing his legs in the Vietnam War. As he contemplates selling his childhood home, family members and friends from his radical UC Berkeley days gather around him, helping Ken decide the fate of the Talley legacy as well as his own.]
4*, Trouble Cometh - Richard Dresser, San Francisco Playhouse
[Joe’s got a fiancée, his dream job, and the perfect challenge: create a hit reality TV show in 72 hours. What could go wrong? But as the deadline looms and events start to conspire against him, he realizes that everything may not be as it seems.]
4*, Compleat Female Stage Beauty - Jeffrey Hatcher, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Kynaston, the leading portrayer of female roles in 17th century London, is brought to ruin when King Charles II changes the law to allow women to act. The actor embarks on a road of revenge and self-awareness while striving to take his place on the stage once again.]
5*, Hookman - Lauren Yee, Encore Theatre Company, in association with Z Space
[It’s freshman year of college and Lexi’s life is falling apart. Ever since the mysterious death of her high school best friend, Lexi has found herself stalked by a tall, dark, hook-handed stranger who has been seriously cramping her style. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up.]
5*, Heathers: The Musical - Laurence O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy, Ray of Light Theatre
[Based on 1988 cult film. Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and apologize but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.]
3*, Evita - Andrew LLoyd Webber, Tim Rice, Stanford University Department of Theater & Performance Studies (Ed saw)
[
Argentine First Lady Eva Perón and her rapid ascent from poverty to fame and power. This production re-imagines Evita's role with a second shadow Evita character, Santa Evita that mostly follows Che around.]

June:
4*, This Golden State Part One: Delano - Luis Alfaro, Magic Theatre
[Pastor Elias and his wife Esther have returned to Delano to take over a congregation that is struggling: crumbling traditions, broken marriages and somebody keeps forgetting the salt for the tamales. In Part One of this trilogy, co-commissioned with the OSF uses music, myth, and a undeniable mix of humor and heart to look at our search for meaning of faith and community.]
4*, A Little Night Music - Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, A.C.T.
[
A beguiling and bittersweet tale of lost love, scandalous infidelity, and young passions that intertwine over a midsummer’s eve at a country home in 1900s Sweden. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night.]
3*, My Fair Lady - Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Lowe, Broadway By the Bay
[Musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.]
5*, The Book of Mormon - Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez, SHN
[From creators of South Park and Avenue Q. Two young Mormons embark on a mission to spread the gospel in Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naïve and optimistic, they try to share the Book of Mormon, which only one of them has read, but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty and AIDS than about religion.]
5*, Fallen Angels - Noël Coward, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
[1925 farce about two wealthy British women tempted by the return of a Frenchman who once bedded both of them. Meanwhile the husbands are away on a golfing weekend. A champagne-bubbly, dryly witty romp about the lure of lustful sex, marriages gone stale, the nature of commitment, and the sexual double standard.]
3*, Club Inferno - Kelly Kittell, Peter Fogel, Thrillpeddlers
[A glam-rock musical based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Vain diva, Dante is electrocuted, bludgeoned and poisoned onstage. With the help of the guitar-playing, angelic Virgil, she must brave the Nine Levels of Hell. On the way, she encounters a host of notable souls; Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Jayne Mansfield, Mama Cass, Aimee Semple McPherson, Judy Garland.]
5*, Choir Boy - Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Marin Theatre Company
[An all-black prep school for boys is the setting for a play with music that provides sometimes direct, sometimes allusive commentary in a coming-of-age work that explores the tug between tradition and self-expression in young black men. The effeminate Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school's legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?]
4*, The Trojans (The Fall of Troy and The Trojans at Carthage) - Hector Berlioz, San Francisco Opera
[The tragic fall of Troy; the passionate love of two great leaders, Aeneas and Dido in Carthage; the urgent pull of destiny to conquer Italy.]
4*, Chinglish - David Henry Hwang, Palo Alto Players
[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 Addams Family - Barshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Andrew Lippa, The Stage
[Revised since Broadway, a musical based on characters created Charles Addams. Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family her parents have never met. And if that weren't enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. ]
4*, Two Women (La Ciociara) - Marco Tution, Fabio Ceresa, San Francisco Opera
[Based on the novel La Ciociara by Alberto Moravia. The cruelty of war, the loss of innocence and the intense love of a mother for her daughter make for moving drama in this world premiere—based on a novel that was adapted into a classic movie starring Sophia Loren. As the Allies invade Italy toward the end of World War II, a strong-willed widow and her 16-year-old daughter flee Rome for the nearby mountains in a vain attempt to find safety.]

July:
4*, Arcadia - Tom Stoppard, Pear Avenue Theatre
[An English country house and two timelines: 1809–1812 and the present day. Explores the relationship between past and present and between order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge.]
4*, Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters - Echo Brown Developed, The Marsh
[One woman show that shatters many of our preconceptions and stereotypes that both Whites and Blacks have about women of color. Echo is about to lose her virginity to a good looking white hipster that she met on Craigslist. This will happen in ten minutes. That gives her just enough time to contemplate America’s racial problems.]
4*, Freedomland - Michael Gene Sullivan, Ira Marlowe, Michael Bello, San Francisco Mime Troupe
[A call for action: musical street theatre against police brutality. Ex-Black Panther Malcolm Haywood is just another wrong door police raid in the War on Drugs. He is horrified when the grandson he's tried to protect, Nathaniel, returns from serving in Afghanistan only to find another war zone at home - and one where young Black men are in the crosshairs.]
3*, Irene - Harry Tierney, Joseph McCarthy, Hugh Wheaten, Joseph Stein, West Valley Light Opera
[Irene, a poor Irish-American piano tuner from 9th Ave., decides to journey forth and see where life's adventures take her. She meets and marries a wealthy society man. Along the way, she gets to model for a famous dress designer Madame Lucy.]
3*, Detroit - Lisa D’Amour, Aurora Theatre Company
[Disappointing satire. Barely middle class Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome Sharon and Kenny, a young couple who moves in next door. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, remembered dreams and helping hands, their neighborly connection turns dangerous, threatening to destroy more than just their friendship.]
4*, Each and Every Thing - Dan Hoyle, The Marsh
[One man show about how we experience the world in the digital age. From a showdown with a violent felon in small-town Nebraska, to a childhood listening to anti-conformist rants in San Francisco; from the hard-scrabble corner boys of Chicago to the intellectual temple of Calcutta’s famed coffeehouse; from a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California to an intimate confession in Manhattan.]
2*, Love and Information - Caryl Churchill, ACT
[57 unrelated scenes, 12 actors, new theatre space wasted over 90 minutes.]
5*, Gruesome Playground Injuries - Rajiv Joseph, Made Up Theatre
[An accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship and love. Doug and Kayleen meet in a school nurse's office, beginning a lifelong intimacy which is revealed through the physical and emotional injuries they sustain over 30 years.]
1*, Call Me Miss Birds Eye - Jack Tinker, Acoustic Voices at ACT
[A surprising amateurish Ethel Merman review. Especially bad were backup singers that couldn't.]
5*, Company - Stephen Sondheim, George Furth, San Francisco Playhouse
[It’s today in Manhattan, and Robert is unable to make a commitment of his own as he makes the circuit of his married friends, alternately observing and participating in the ups and downs of their relationships.]
4*, Life Is a Dream - Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Nilo Cruz, California Shakespeare Company
[A king driven by a prophecy; a scorned woman on a journey for revenge; an ambitious couple vying for the throne; and a imprisoned prince who defies fate to make a new destiny for himself, his family, and his country, are the beating heart of this Spanish Golden Age classic.]
5*, Triangle - Curtis Moore, Thomas Mizer, & Joshua Scher, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
[A gay, high-tech scientist learns that his New York lab was once the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and discovers his mysterious connection to several of its Jewish immigrant victims. In this musical, parallel affairs unfold a century apart, interweaving two star-crossed couples willing to risk everything they have, and believe, for love.]
5*, Hay Fever - Noël Coward, Stanford Repertory Theater
[A cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, the play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behavior when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend.]
3*, West Side Story - Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, City Lights Theater Company
[Two young lovers get caught between warring street gangs — the American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks.” They struggle to survive in a world of hatred and violence.]
3*, Top Girls - Caryl Churchill, Shotgun Players
[Marlene is out to celebrate her big promotion at work. And she's earned it. It's a just reward for years of dedicated service at the Top Girls Employment Agency. If she's had to make sacrifices along the way, they've been worth it.]
4*, Champagne White and the Temple of Poon - D’Arcy Drollinger, Oasis San Francisco
[Sequel to Shit and Champagne; After being falsely accused of murder, Champagne finds herself sporting orange in Lady Prison -- a for-profit penitentiary full of sadistic guards, corruption and a ruthless warden. Now she must use her wits and never-ending bag of tricks to get out of this one.]
2*, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Foothill Music Theatre
[Based on the plays of Plautus; Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.]

August:
In London:
5*, 1984 - Robert Icke, Duncan Macmillan, George Orwell, Playhouse Theatre London
[Orwell’s 1949 novel predicts a grim future in which protagonist Winston Smith and his fellow citizens of Airstrip One are forced to tow the party line or risk extermination. The Headlong Theatre production puts a new spin on the classic as the narrative is framed within the fictional discovery of Winston’s “diary” by historians. Together they try to decipher whether Winston’s tale is a work of fiction or, indeed, truly terrifying historical fact.]
5*, Bend It Like Beckham: the Musical - Howard Goodall, Charles Hart, Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Phoenix Theatre
[Based on the 2002 film. It is about the 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi Sikhs in London. She is infatuated with football but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl. She joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league.]
5*, Sunny Afternoon - Ray Davies, Joe Penhall, Harold Pinter Theatre
[The musical story of The Kinks’ rise from life on a dead end street to living the rock star dream of fame, fortune and glory.]
3*, Gypsy - Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Savoy Theatre
[Musical loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The star, Imelda Staunton, was out sick and we saw an ailing understudy.]

September:
4*, Country House – Donald Margulies, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
[The matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous actors and creative artists gather at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Secrets, old hurts, new bondings, unresolved issues, and fond remembrances all mingle into a a Chekhovian blend of sophisticated comedy and poignant drama.]
4*, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Hillbarn Theatre
[Based on the plays of Plautus; Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.]
4*, Voice of the Prairie - John Olive, Dragon Theatre Productions
[An adventure about storytelling: David Quinn and Leon Schwab set out across the prairie during the early days of radio, telling stories (and selling radio sets). David is riffing about a magic journey he took in the 1890s with Frankie the Blind Girl. Through new medium of radio he finds himself reunited with Frances, a blind school-teacher — and a new adventure ensues.]
4*, Mud Blue Sky - Marisa Wegrzynr, Aurora Theatre Company
[Air travel was once considered glamorous, but when three middle-aged flight attendants reunite during a layover near O’Hare, it’s enough to make anyone question a life in “the friendly skies.” Joined by an unlikely fourth companion, a teenage boy adrift on his prom night.]
5*, Eurydice - Sarah Ruhl, Shotgun Players
[A retelling of the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. In this adoption, Eurydice must choose between returning to earth with Orpheus or to stay in Hades with her father.]
5*, Luisa Miller - Giuseppe Verdi, Salvadore Cammarano, San Francisco Opera
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A wealthy youth, betrothed to a duchess, falls in love with a country girl - Luisa Miller. To remain incognito he disguises himself. The girl betrays her lover, so he tricks her and they drink poison, and then die together.]
5*, Loveland - Ann Randolph, The Marsh
[Franny Potts faces up to the loss of her mother while flying from LA to Ohio surrounded by strangers. A one woman show.]
4*, For the Love of Comrades - Micheál Kerrigan, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[A drama that uncovers the largely unknown alliance between Welsh miners and the lesbian and gay community in Thatcher-era Britain. Beneath the heel of oppression, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. These events also inspired the 2014 film, Pride. ]
4*, Amélie, A New Musical - Craig Lucas, Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[Based on 2001 movie. A journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, she realizes that helping others is easier than concocting a romantic story of her own. ]
4*, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, Christopher Bond, San Francisco Opera
[Tells the tale of a barber seeking justice for the corrupt London judge who exiled him. Partnered with a delicious pie shop proprietress, Sweeney exacts a fearsome revenge as she concocts an alarming new recipe.]
5*, Between Riverside and Crazy - Stephen Adly Guirgis, ACT
[A retired police officer faced with eviction is living with his recently paroled son Junior. They struggle to hold on to their rent stabilized apartment on Riverside Drive while colliding with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, a church lady and city hall cops demanding an end to a disability lawsuit.]
5*, Chicago - Fred Ebb, John Kander, Bob Fosse, Palo Alto Players
[Musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, and is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal."]
3*, Homeward Bound: An Orphan Train Journey - Cathy Spielberger Cassetta, Tabard Theatre Company
[From 1854 to 1929 over 250,000 homeless and orphaned children from New York City were sent on trains west, to be placed into a home environment. This docudrama follows the story of six orphan train riders as they journey in 1910 to new homes in the Midwest to San Jose, Ca.]
3*, The Walls of Jericho - Diane Tasca Pear Theatre
[A romantic comedy based on the story Night Bus (inspiration for the classic film It Happened One Night). A charmingly mismatched young pair (she’s rich, he’s poor) meet on a bus going from Miami to NYC, and, after many adventures and witty sparring in the classic 1930s mode, the barriers between them begin to crumble.]
4*, The Oldest Boy - Sarah Ruhl, Marin Theatre Company
[An American woman and her Tibetan husband make a life together with their three-year-old son. When a monk announces that the couple’s son is the reincarnation of his deceased teacher, a series of heart wrenching events lead the family to the mountains of Dharmsala.]
4*, Moments of Truth - Caroline Altman, Patricia Milton, 3 Girls Theatre

[New musical follows a mid-career fine arts painter, Nan, as she loses her confidence. Her art broker husband organizes an exhibit of her latest work but it is upstaged by ironic paintings of cows. She agrees to collaborate with her former art school roommate, Chloe, a scandal-ridden “shock art” photographer. The two hope to rehabilitate their careers. Their project uses a lie detector to catch real-life models in “moments of truth.” Soon a love triangle develops under her roof.]
5*, Lizzie - Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, Tim Maner, Ray of Light Theatre
[In 1892, Lizzie Borden was the primary suspect for her father and stepmother’s brutal murder. Though eventually acquitted, Lizzie became a tabloid sensation–and the most controversial figure of her time. Did she do it? Four women and a driving rock score, melding this infamous 19th century story with a modern-day twist.]
3*, Fred's Diner - Penelope Skinner, Magic Theatre
[A comic thriller. On a busy UK motorway sits “Fred’s Diner,” a not-so-busy establishment with a secret beneath its cheerful veneer of 1950’s Americana. Three waitresses serve up broken dreams, troubled relationships and murder.]

October:
4*, Or, - Liz Duffy Adams, Dragon Theatre Productions
[Aphra Behn, former spy, will become England's first professional female playwright if she can finish the script. All that’s standing in her way are King Charles II, actress Nell Gwynne, and double agent William Scot. Double-crossing, cross-dressing, sex, art, and politics all come together in this hilarious bodice-ripper.]
2*, The Unheard of World - Fabrice Melquiot, Michelle Haner, FoolsFURY Theater Company
[A journey to the Underworld where we meet a little boy who refuses to ever be born, a magical little girl half-swallowed by a bear, a vacationing trio of raindrops, the first ever, and still oldest man, and a hopeful woman spending eternity pining to be a mother.]
5*, RFK - Jack Holmes, San Jose Stage Company
[Bobby Kennedy's words, struggles and ideals come to life in this one man tour de force of the late politician and committed advocate for civil rights, the poor, and racial minorities.]
5*, Dogfight - Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Peter Duchan, San Francisco Playhouse
[Vietnam’s darker cousin to WWII’s joyous On the Town. Three young Marines troll the alleys and cafes of 1963 San Francisco to find the ugliest girl possible as a date in their last night before heading to Vietnam jungles for what they feebly hope will be a few months of testosterone adventures. Each seeks to win a pot of contest cash contributed by fellow buddies who are rip-roaringly following a proud (and pathetic by our standards today) tradition of Marines on their last night before shipping off to war.
3*, Monstress, Two One Acts Based on Stories by Lysley Tenorio, ACT
- 4*, Remember the I-Hotel - Philip Kan Gotanda
[Friendship, love and jealousy between two Filipino bellhops over 40 years together.]
- 2*, Presenting … The Monstress! - Sean San Jose
[A Manila B-movie director has been seduced by the opportunity to work with a shady American filmmaker.]
5*, The Nance - Douglas Carter Beane, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[In 1937 Chauncey Miles is a star in a burlesque in NYC, playing a "nance" or the stock character of an effeminate homosexual. Hi is gay and looks for men at an automat, but he must be careful not to be arrested. There he meets younger Ned and they become romantically involved. Mayor La Guardia is trying to end burlesque, in part by persecuting the gay population. In court hi defends burlesque and free expression. He also comes to understand that he cannot be monogamous with Ned.]
5*, Lucia di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti, San Francisco Opera
[A young woman who is driven to madness and murder when forced to marry a man she does not love. All the men in her life are against her.]
4*, Proof - David Auburn, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
[Drama about the thin line between genius and insanity. A groundbreaking proof turns up in the attic of a famous mathematician who's just died after a long struggle with mental illness, leaving Catherine, his troubled daughter, and Hal, one of his former students, to track down its origins. But their budding romance and a longtime conflict with her sister conspire to push Catherine closer to her own breaking point.]
4*, Star Trek Live! Mudd’s Women - Gene Roddenberry, Stephen Kande, Oasis
[San Francisco’s best drag queens and kings perform including Leigh Crow, the world’s only female William Shatner impersonator as Captain Kirk, and Honey Mahogany from RuPaul’s Drag Race as Uhura.]
5*, Magic Flute, The - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder,San Francisco Opera
[With a lovelorn birdcatcher, Papageno, as his sidekick, a prince seeks to rescue a princess and help restore peace, justice, and wisdom. A fairy tale opera with Masonic allegory advocating enlightened absolutism.]
3*, Shocktoberfest 16: Curse of the Cobra - Damien Chacona, Rob Keefe, Scrumbly Koldewyn, Nicolas Torre & Andy Wenger Thrillpeddlers Theatre
[5 one-acts in the tradition by Le Theatre du Grand-Guignol. Cracking The Vein by Andy Wenger and Damien Chacona; Donner Party Diner by Scrumbly Koldewyn; The Model House by Rob Keefe; The Revenge of the Son of Cobra Woman by Scrumbly Koldewyn.]
3*, Heromonster - Nathaniel Justiniano, Ava Roy, We Players
[Using Beowulf as a jumping off point this 2 person intensely physical story explores and challenges conceptions of heroes and monsters, good and evil, light and dark, and how that dynamic lives in each of us.]
5*, Ghost Quartet - Dave Malloy, Curran Theater
[A haunted song cycle about love, death, and whiskey. Performed in the round, with the musicians seated amongst the audience they weave together four narratives spanning seven centuries, featuring a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.]
3*, The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance - W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, adapted by Sean Graney, Kevin O’Donnell, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hypocrites Theater Company, Chicago)
[An immersive, loopy, 80-minute take—with banjos, beach balls, and guitars—on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. Frederic was mistakenly apprenticed as a young boy to a band of sentimental pirates. Now 21, he falls head-over-heels for the Major-General’s daughter and forswears the buccaneer’s life forever, or so he thinks.]
4*, The Rover - Aphra Behn, Shotgun Players
[This 1677 comedy follows the escapades of a band of banished English cavaliers as they enjoy themselves at a carnival in Naples. The story strings together multiple plotlines revolving around the amorous adventures of these Englishmen, who pursue a pair of noble Spanish sisters, as well as a mistress and common prostitute.]
5*, Ah, Wilderness! - Eugene O’Neill, A.C.T.
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A coming-of-age portrait at the turn of the twentieth-century America of a sensitive teenage poet whose experience of first love leads him into the raptures of romantic poetry, the pain of heartbreak, and a sentimental youthful indiscretion.]
5*, The Rocky Horror Show - Richard O'Brien, Ray of Light Theatre
[A humorous rift on science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s thru the1970s. The story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror, complete "with blond hair and a tan".]
4*, Sail Away - Noel Coward, 42nd Street Moon
[Coward’s first American musical. Mimi Paragon, an ex-actress working as a cruise director on the British ship SS Coronia, leads a group of offbeat and eccentric Americans on a Mediterranean tour — and finds herself drawn into an affair with one of her passengers.]

November:
3*, Kiss Me, Kate - Cole Porter, Bella and Samuel Spewack, Broadway By the Bay
[A backstage story that involves the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul of some gangsters.]
5*, Clybourne Park - Bruce Norris, Palo Alto Players
[Takes Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun", of a black family moving up to an all white neighborhood, as a jumping off point for a clever refocusing on the politics of race, class, and real estate gentrification.]
4*, Awake and Sing! - Clifford Odets, Santa Clara University Department of Theatre & Dance
[College production. Story of the Bergers, a lower middle class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression. Overbearing mother, ineffectual men, idealistic youth.]
3*, My Mañana Comes - Elizabeth Irwin, Marin Theatre Company
[Four busboys at an uptown NYC restaurant learn the hard way how to deal with extreme pay cuts that jeopardize their plans, their dignity and their camaraderie.]
4*, Shakespeare Goes to War - John Fisher, Theatre Rhinoceros
[Jack shuffles off to high school, unsure of himself and his place in the world. There he meets an inspiring English teacher, Harry Smith, who introduces him to Shakespeare and the magic of the theater and also shares his experiences of being a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II. Scenes alternate between Harry's POW camp in 1944 and Jack's high school in 1978.]
4*, Tribes - Nina Raine, Pear Avenue Theatre
[Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect parents' home, forges an identity apart from his family with a first love and new job. He has adapted to his hearing family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.]
3*, Death Takes a Holiday - Maury Yeston, Thomas Meehan, Peter Stone, Tabard Theatre Company
[A musical is based on the Alberto Casella play. It's just after WWI and the loneliest of souls, Death, arrives at an Italian villa disguised as a handsome young Prince, and for the first time experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, the mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.]
4*, The Kid Thing - Sarah Gubbins, New Conservatory Theatre Center
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Two lesbian couples, who have been close friends for years, get together for a dinner party. The unexpected news of an impending pregnancy manages to rock both relationships.]
5*, Disgraced - Ayad Akhtar, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
[A Muslim-American lawyer is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his wife, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, with another couple, a male Jewish art dealer and his African-American lawyer wife, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.]
3*, Mother's Milk: A Blues Riff in Three Acts - Wayne Harris, The Marsh Cabaret, Berkeley
[Autobiographical show that chronicles through story and song a young man’s journey to a true understanding of the gifts and lessons from his mother.]
5*, Steve Cuiffo Is Lenny Bruce - Steve Cuiffo, Lenny Bruce, Curran Theater
[One man show that reprises Bruce's Curran performance from 54 years ago. His routines and style influenced George Carlin, Cheech & Chong, Dick Gregory, among others—who stretched new political, sexual, religious, and cultural boundaries into territories previously considered too taboo, vulgar, and obscene for the public's ears.]
4*, In Love and Warcraft - Madhuri Shekar, Custom Made Theatre Co.
[Evie, a college senior and closet romantic, plays Warcraft with her online boyfriend and fixes other people’s relationships. Sure, she doesn’t have a sex life, but who really needs that… until she actually falls for a guy. In Real Life. And no amount of gaming expertise will help her out with a non-virtual and incredibly cute boyfriend, who wants more from her than she’s willing to give.]
5*, Handle with Care - Jason Odell Williams, (Hebrew by Charlotte Cohn), City Lights Theater Company
[The story of a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America. Circumstances, both hilarious and tragic, bring together the young woman, who has little command of English, and a secular Jewish American man who has little command of romance.]
4*, The Monster-Builder - Amy Freed, Aurora Theatre
[A maniacal scheme lurks deep inside mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures. His commanding celebrity and curious creative process titillates both design professionals and patrons alike. It is only after he cruelly steals a career-making project that two fledgling architects finally dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game. Cerebral satire devolving into sex and monster farce.]
4*, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Richard Wagner, San Francisco Opera
[Midsummer's eve, Nuremberg in the 16th century. The story revolves around the real-life cobbler-poet Hans Sachs and the guild of mastersingers – poets and musicians who pursue their craft according to traditions and rules. A goldsmith's daughter, Eva, and a knight, Walther von Stolzing, fall in love, but Eva's father has promised her to the winner in the forthcoming song contest. Walther must learn the mastersinger's art rapidly, under the wise tuition of Sachs – and despite a challenge from the foolish town clerk Beckmesser. 6-hours long.]

December:
4*, Scrooge in Love - Larry Grossman, Kellen Blair, Duane Poole, 42nd Street Moon
[New musical. Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by 3 ghosts a year later to help him find and add love to his life.]
5*, Stage Kiss - Sarah Ruhl, San Francisco Playhouse
[An ode to about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss — or when actors share a real one. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage.]
4*, Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play - Hayley Lovgren, George Seaton, Tabard Theatre Company
[Based on The LUX Radio Theatre Broadcast of December 22, 1948 and the 1947 movie. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in NYC, and focuses on the impact of a Macy's department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa.]
5*, The Jewelry Box - Brian Copeland, The Marsh
[One man show. How a 6-year-old Oakland boy will be able to buy the "perfect" gift he's found in a White Front department store for his mother.]
5*, Jane Austen’s Emma - Paul Gordon, TheatreWorks
[Musical adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. The town's young and beautiful matchmaker is meddlesome in other's affairs and clueless about her own feelings.]
2*, The Fall of the House of Usher -Two one-act operas based on Edgar Allen Poe's story, San Francisco Opera
- Usher House - Gordon Getty
- La Chute de la Maison Usher - Claude Debussy, Robert Orledge
[Poe's Gothic tale about a decaying castle inhabited by a tormented man and his sickly sister.]
3*, The 39 Steps - Patrick Barlow, Simon Corble, Nobby Dimon, John Buchan, , San Jose Stage Company
[Alfred Hitchcock's chase movie drama is recreated by 4 actors on a mostly bare stage.]
5*, The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie, Shotgun Players
[In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, Mollie and Giles Ralston open Monkswell Manor, a remote guesthouse. While they struggle to manage their first day of business, a policeman arrives to investigate a grisly murder. Comedy and chaos ensue, and then – murder! Who did it?]
5*, Avenue Q - Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, New Conservatory Theatre Center
[Musical coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood with Muppet-like characters: It Sucks to be Me, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, If You Were Gay, and I Wish I could Go Back to College.] {146}

Other cultural events and notable activities:
JAN: Fort Lauderdale: Las Olas Art Fair
JAN: Ed restarts chemothearpy treatments
JAN:
Weekend in SF: Walt Disney Family Museum
JAN: SF Symphony: John Adams Grand Pianola Music; Igor Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale (Elvis Costello, Malcolm McDowell)
JAN: Stanford Continuing Studies: San Francisco Stories: An Evening with David Talbot
JAN: Wine tasting weekend in Healdsburg at Christopher Creek Winery with 3 other gay couples.
JAN: SF Ballet Program 1: Serenade - George Balanchine/Peter Tchaikovsky; RAkU - Yuri Possokhov/Shinji Eshima; Lambarena - Val Caniparoli/JS Bach and traditional African
JAN: Weekend in SF: Artpoint's Annual Gala-Art is for Everybody; deYoung: Keith Haring: The Political Line;Starlight Room: Sunday's A Drag
FEB: Brand G's LGBT People-to-People Exchange Program, Cuba: Havana to Cienfuegos tour and cruise; Havana: National Museum of Fine Arts, Callejón de Hamel, Buena Vista Club, cultural project Quisicuba, walking tour of Habana Vieja, "United Buddy Bears" exhibition, walk along Malecón promenade, gay club Cabaret Las Vegas, Habana Compás Dance, CENESEX | Cuban National Center for Sexual Education; Guanahacabibes National Park: Maria la Gorda dive resort, La Bajada school, Meteorological Center; Cayo Largo del Sur resort island: medical clinic, Sea Turtle Breeding Center; Trinidad: Architecture Museum, Romantic Museum, climbed the bell tower of the old San Francisco Convent now the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, Plaza Major; Cienfuegos: farmers’ market, choir Cantores de Cienfuegos, Parque José Martí.
FEB: SF Ballet Program 3: Variations for Two Couples - Hans van Manen/Benjamin Britten & others; The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude - William Forsythe/Franz Schubert; Manifesto - Myles Thatcher/JS Bach; The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, Act II - Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa/Ludwig Minkus
FEB: Facing History and Ourselves: Reception for Roger Brooks, new president and CEO
FEB: California CASA Association benefit fundraiser
MAR: SF Ballet Program 4: Dances at a Gathering - Jerome Robbins/Frédéric Chopin; Hummingbird - Liam Scarlett/Phillip Glass
MAR: Friends party in San Jose: Spring Equinox Celebration
MAR: Acrobatic Conundrum presents Language of Chance at Mission Dance Theatre
MAR: Contemporary Jewish Museum: Preview of Jake Heggie's For A Look or a Touch
APR: SF Gay Men's Chorus Passion at Davies Symphony Hall: featuring My Friend, My Lover: Five Walt Whitman Songs, #twitterlieder: 15 Tweets in 3 Acts, and Jake Heggie’s choral opera For A Look or a Touch.
APR: Weekend in SF: Late Night at the Jewseum: the Out of Order Seder After Party at CJM; de Young Museum: Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, photo exhibit Janet Delaney: South of Market; Legion of Honor: High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, Spreckels Organ Concert; opening day Giants baseball
APR: SF Ballet Program 6: Shostakovich Trilogy - Alexei Ratmansky/Dmitri Shostakovich
APR: SF Ballet Program 7: Caprice - Helgi Tomasson/Saint-Saëns; The Four Temperaments - George Balanchine/Paul Hindemith; Swimmer - Yuri Possokhov/Tom Waits,Shinji Eshima
MAY: Weekend trip to Dallas, TX. Nasher Sculpture Center; Dallas Museum of Art
MAY: A Wider Bridge presents Israeli Film Producer + LGBT Activist Gal Uchovsky
MAY: Jon's Commencement, USF and lunch at Cliff House
MAY: Cantor Arts Center at Stanford: 500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum; Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor. Anderson Collection at Stanford.
MAY: SFGMC donor/friend reception
MAY: Eddie-Paris, TN for niece's wedding, visit brother, Paris Winery 4th school reunion party, Showtunes Sunday at Tribe|Nashville.; Ed-Santa Cruz, CA, visit kids, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwark, Santa Cruz Wharf, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
JUN: Father's Day BBQ at Shannon's place
JUN: Pride weekend in SF. SFGMC's Elton: The Sing-Along at Nourse Theater; March in Pride Parade with SFGMChorus; Theatre Bay Area's Summer Gala A Summer Night's Dreamat Z Space
JUL: 4th of July pool party in Redwood City
AUG: Rome, Italy: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Museums, Il Vittoriano (aka the Altare della Patria) and the Piazza Venezia, Gay Street, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, Galleria Borghese, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Estruscan Museum, Circus Maximus, Jewish Quarter, Great Synagogue and Museum, Basilica of San Clemente, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon.
Atlantis Mediterranean Cruise from Rome to Istanbul: Entertainment – Drag Queens La Voix & Dixie Longate, cabaret performer Matt Yee and singer Vanessa Williams. Ports – Naples: National Archeological Museum; Catania/Taormina, Sicily: Teatro Greco, a traveling exhibit Pablo Picasso and His Passions in Corvaja Palace; Chania, Crete: Archeological Museum, Jewish Quarter, Etz Hayyim Synogogue, Firka Fortress, Chania Lighthouse, Kioursouk Hasan Mosque; Mykonos, Greece: gay Elia Beach, friends at gay bar Montparnasse Piano Bar; Santorini, Greece: art shopping; Bodrum, Turkey: Castle of St. Peter’s, Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus; Kasadasi: ancient city of Ephesus (Artemis Temple, Ephesus Library, and Terrace Houses), Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Turkish rug gallery and ceramic workshop.
Istanbul, Turkey: Private tour of Topkapi Palace Museum, the Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia Museum & Church, the Underground Cistern & Basilica, the Blue Mosque, a 1.5 hour boat tour of the Istanbul shoreline, the Spice Market, old Jewish Quarter, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Jewish Museum of Turkey, Süleymaniye Mosque.
London, England: The British Museum
SEP: Visit from Derek and Steve: Emperor Norton SF Walking Tour; brunch at Sunday's A Drag at the Starlight Room Sir Francis Drake Hotel
OCT: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' fund raising gala: Crescendo
OCT: Visit from Amine: Cantor Art Center: Artists at Work; Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed; Edward Hopper: New York Corner; Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered; Anderson Collection at Stanford;
Trip to Sacramento: Old Town Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum, California State Capitol Museum; Wells Fargo History Museum.
deYoung Museum: Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition; Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: N? Hulu Ali‘i; Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard Worden; Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell's Elegies in Bay Area Collections;
Monterey Bay Whale Watching with Sanctuary Cruises.
NOV: Theatre Bay Area Awards Celebration 2015
NOV: Thanksgiving week in Mendocino at Glendeven B&B: hike Van Damme State Park Pygmy Forest Trail; Kelly House Museum Mendocino: Hippies Use the Back Door; Guest House Museum Fort Bragg.
DEC: SFGMC's HoliGays Are Here concert at Nourse Theater
DEC: Two week vacation in Fort Lauderdale at Pineapple Point Guesthouse & Resort

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