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6th Street Playhouse 2016-17 Season PreView

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“At the Crossroads” for 2016-2017

By Suzanne and Greg Angeo Members, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle

To announce its 2016-2017 season, 6th Street Playhouse held a bang-up party on March 13, complete with tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages, followed by a cabaret showcase of scenes and musical numbers selected from the upcoming season’s comedies, dramas and musicals. The event was hosted by Artistic Director Craig A Miller

Called At the Crossroads, the new season will explore themes of change and transformation. According to Miller, it will “examine the opportunities and challenges we all face when we are at a crossroads in life“. The season kicks off in August and some highlights include

• “Animal Crackers” by George S Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, a zany musical first performed on Broadway in 1928 starring the Marx Brothers. Directed by Craig Miller.

• “The House That Jack Built”, an original biographical drama presented in conjunction with the Jack London Centennial Symposium in Napa.

• “Threepenny Opera”, another 1928 musical, based on John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera” with music by Kurt Weill, lyrics and book by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann. Featuring snappy music, mayhem and crimes (“ideal for an election year”, quipped Miller). 

• “Stage Kiss”, North Bay Premiere of an original work.

• “Buyer & Cellar”, hit Broadway comedy by Jonathan Tolins about life working in Barbra Streisand’s basement.

• “A Little Night Music”, iconic musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.

• “George M!” a 1968 musical based on the life and music of the man who owned Broadway, George M Cohan. Book by Michael Stewart, and John and Francine Pascal

The Playhouse has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations for the past several years by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Most recently, 6th Street has received five nomination for “Clybourne Park” at the upcoming 40th Annual SFBATCC Awards, sponsored by AEA (Actors Equity Association). The Awards Gala was held at the historic Victoria Theater in San Francisco on March 28. 

Looks like 6th Street has some interesting shows coming up, well worth checking out. The season runs through July 2017.

Theater Review by Greg and Suzanne Angeo