Upcoming Shows

Lots of good stuff coming up here in the Bay Area. I’m putting them down mainly to remind myself to plan out some theatergoing, so I’m not seeing them on the day they close (or missing them completely, like I did with Sleepwalkers Theatre’s very cool-sounding USE BOTH HANDS, because I had to do some last-minute traveling.) But if you’re gonna be in SF sometime in the next few months, here’s some stuff to see:

  • Shotgun Players’ SHAKER CHAIR by Adam Bock @ Ashby Stage, now through Jan 13. “A widow invests in a restored Shaker chair and discovers the intent of the design: it makes you want to get up and do something.”
  • Berkeley Rep’s ARGONAUTIKA by Mary Zimmerman @ Berkeley Rep, now through Dec 23. “West Coast premiere…. Zimmerman has the kind of transforming theatrical touch that reconnects audiences to what live theater is all about.”
  • Magic Theatre’s TERRITORIES by Betty Shamieh @ Magic, Jan 12 through Feb 10. “A French knight captures the sharp-tongued sister of Arab ruler Saladdin. A ruthless chess game of power and love ensues as two cultures collide. Palestinian-American writer Betty Shamieh takes a hard look at the roots of religious tensions and gender politics in the Middle East.”
  • Aurora Theatre’s SATELLITES by Diana Son @ Aurora, Jan 25 through Mar 2. “West Coast premiere of this Off-Broadway hit that raises challenging questions about parenting, racial identity, and community.”
  • Sleepwalkers Theatre’s LOST AND FOUND presumably by David Ackerman @ Phoenix Theater, Feb 7 through Mar 1. “Rita and Colby meet over a lost article. It’s a happenstance that challenges something they’ve worked hard at avoiding: a shared intimacy…. A play about what we do to guard against hurt.”
  • Crowded Fire’s GONE by Charles Mee @ SF Playhouse 2nd Stage, Feb 9 through Mar 2. “A collage of the human experience, Charles Mee’s GONE bears witness to fragments of people at their most tender, their most frightened, and their most poignant as they struggle to thrive against the clock, and time is gone.”
  • Impact Theatre’s JUKEBOX STORIES by Prince Gomolvilas and Brandon Patton @ LaVal’s, Feb 15 through Mar 22. “All-new tales, tunes, and tons of fun…. Prince and Brandon once again leave the set list up to the audience, give away prizes to lucky winners, and mix it up every night.”