Discover Bay Area Theatre

Discover Bay Area TheatreLooking for a night on the town in San Francisco? Check out some of the most fabulous Bay Area Theatre events for a play you’re not soon likely to forget. With theatre from San Jose to San Rafael, East Bay to North Beach, this cosmopolitan area is sure not to disappoint. The San Francisco Playhouse caters to the opposite interests. If you’d like to find world premieres by respected writers, visit this Bay Area theatre. With upcoming productions of The Fulll Monty, the world premiere of Billy Aronson’s First Day of School and the west coast premiere of Allison Moore’s Slasher, this innovative theatre group is perfect for play fans looking for intimate theatre. The Orpheum Theatre, a member of SHN, the theatre group responsible for Broadway San Francisco, will be hosting an open-ended engagement of Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked. This three-time Tony Award winning musical has been breaking Broadway records, with full houses nearly every night. Visit the story of the Wicked Witch of the West’s fall from grace on its homecoming run in Bay Area theatre. The Curran Theatre, also a member of SHN, will be putting on performances of Jonathan Larson’s Rent. The Union Square theatre boasts a Broadway quality stage, remodeled in the 1970s to improve marketability. Though the exterior remains vintage and beautiful, the interior is now able to provide the best San Francisco has to offer in the way of entertainment. John Bisceglie and his cast of talented performers are bringing the history of San Francisco to life with their production of SF Follies, a San Francisco musicals must see. This wickedly outrageous revue features a side-splitting score of rock, pop, blues and show tunes and is a quintessential example of why San Francisco musicals surpass all others. San Francisco Follies is based on the history of the city, and sarcastically portrays many of the people and events that shaped San Francisco. Throw in a rabid sea lion, a half naked gold minor and many celebrity spoofs, and you’ve got a mix of outrageous comedic theater that will delight viewers young and old alike. The San Francisco musicals scene has proudly brought us both raucous and bawdy productions over the years, but SF Follies takes the hilarity to a level rarely reached by most San Francisco musicals. From the glitzy, stylish costumes, to the eye-catching stage set and the completely over the top performances, San Francisco Follies has it all. So if you are contemplating what to see of all the San Francisco musicals, there is no need to look any further. Though the Legion of Honor is better known as a museum, the Pocket Opera will be holding performances of Carmen by Meilhac, Halévy and Bizet at the museum. Check out this tragedy as Don Juan gives and loses his heart to a gypsy named Carmen. For East Bay Entertainment, there are many great options. The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, a midsize Bay Area theatre with a focus on bold and innovative productions, has put on productions of shows ranging from Tony Award Winner Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights to the world premiere of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) to Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show detailing a life spent drinking, divorcing and waking up with a dead friend. The upcoming season includes American Idiot, the Green Day tribute to the forgotten, Coming Home, written by Athol Fugard, regarded as one of the greatest modern playwrights today, and Aurelia’s Oratorio, a fabulous acrobatic journey through a surreal world of jazz. The Shotgun Players, an addition to the Bay Area theatre scene in Berkeley, emphasizes bold, relevant pieces by new writers paired with classics like King Lear, this theatre is recommended by theatre buffs young and old. With a friendly creative team that invites you to join the Shotgun family, this 100% solar powered group will be putting on performances of The Farm, the play adaptation of Orwell’s The Animal Farm, and Bertolt Brecht’s “opera for beggars,” The Three Penny Opera. For East Bay Theatre outside college town, visit the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, a large venue with three stages, always guaranteed to pique someone’s interest. Between Broadway shows like Evita and The Producers and speech campaigns by Naomi Judd and Jeff Corwin, the Lesher Center for the Arts will be putting on productions of Faust and Turandot to fill out this year’s season. Interested in theatre in North Bay? Visit the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in North Bay, at the Dominican university of California on Grand Avenue. Their current season includes Oliver Wild’s classic, The Importance of Being Earnest and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. This venue specializes in old favorites, with past seasons including Cyrano de Bergerac, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Two Gentleman of Verona, and Romeo and Juliet.