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Transcendence company performers in a Holiday scene. Photo by Ray Mabry
Transcendence company performers in a Holiday scene. Photo by Ray Mabry

Fall Season
Theatre Line-up

 

 

Jul 25, 2019
by Jeanie K. Smith , San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle

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So many riches for your enjoyment!

Live theatre is alive and well in Sonoma County, with over 20 venues offering quality entertainment, from blockbuster musicals to intimate plays and everything in between. With so much happening, I can only highlight a few of the gems I’m looking forward to seeing on our prolific stages this Fall. So many, so little space!

At the end of this article you’ll find a brief rundown of some theatres and their productions slated through December. Don’t wait to get tickets — some of these are sure to sell out quickly. And of course the best, least expensive way to see any theatre is to become a subscriber — be sure to check out the options online to take advantage of some sweet deals for theatre lovers.

Speaking of blockbusters, grab a seat for Little Shop of Horrors, the cultish doo-wop show about a man-eating alien plant, playing at Cinnabar Theatre, August 30-September 22.

Slip over to Napa and  Lucky Penny Theatre for some fun with 9 to 5 the Musical,  running September 6-22.

Don’t miss the classic Gypsy, filled with memorable songs and Broadway performer Kathy Fitzgerald as Mama Rose, on the 6th Street Playhouse stage from September 20-October 20.

For something different, head to  Sonoma Arts Live for Merman’s Apprentice,  running September 27-October 13 and starring Daniela Innocenti-Beem as Ethel Merman in a sweet kid-makes-it-on-Broadway tale — a brand-new musical that wowed them in NYC.

Don’t ignore the many excellent options for plays — to name just a few, there’s the award-winning new play Eureka Day at Spreckels Theatre Company in Rohnert Park, concerning a mumps outbreak in a Berkeley private school, from August 30-September 22.

Nuts examines who is really crazy, running at  Left Edge Theatre September 6-29; and Body Awareness will surprise you at Main Stage West, September 6-22. 

Take an unflinching look at the ethics of policing parenting in  Luna Gale at Cinnabar Theatre, October 11-27.

For a gasp-out-loud thriller, catch  Wait Until Dark at  6th Street Playhouse, October 18-November 10, and enjoy the rowdy dark comedy .Between Riverside and Crazy playing the same dates atLeft Edge.

Raven Players in Healdsburg runs the beloved comedy  Chestnut Arsenic & Old Lace, September 13-29, and the powerfully relevant The Laramie Project,October 18-November 3

Holiday Delights

6th Street Playhouse  kicks off the holidays with another giant classic,Oliver!,from November 15-December 15 — “More, sir!”— and I can’t wait to see another Conor McPherson play,The Seafarer,  at Main Stage West,  November 29-December 21.

Take the family to see  Miracle on 34th Street at Lucky Penny and then hop over to Sonoma Arts Live forA Christmas Story, the Musical, both running December 6-22.

Cinnabar Theatre mounts a favorite revue featuring the music of Kander and Ebb, The World Goes ‘Round, from December 13-January 5.

You’ll no doubt see me at  Luther Burbank Center  when Transcendence Theatre Company  opens their Broadway Holiday Spectacular on December 6, running only two weekends.

Some companies haven’t announced their seasons yet — check websites for Cloverdale Performing Arts, Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College — and this is by no means an exhaustive list. Keep an eye on this column each month for more highlights of upcoming shows. But mostly, plan this Fall to give yourself the treat of live theatre — there’s nothing else like the magic that happens on stage…

Companies mentioned, with website and box office phone:

Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma

http://cinnabartheater.com 

(707) 763-8920

 

Cloverdale Performing Arts, Cloverdale

https://www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com/

(707) 894-2214

 

Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa

https://www.leftedgetheatre.com/

(707) 546-3600

 

Lucky Penny Productions, Napa

http://www.luckypennynapa.com/

(707) 266-6305

 

Main Stage West, Sebastopol

http://www.mainstagewest.com/

(707) 823-0177

 

Raven Players, Healdsburg

http://www.raventheater.org/

(707) 433-6335

 

Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa

https://theatrearts.santarosa.edu/

(707) 527-4307

6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa

https://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/home/

(707) 523-4185  Ext 1

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma

http://www.sonomaartslive.org/

(707) 206-1668


Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

http://web.sonoma.edu/theatreanddance/

(707) 664-4246

 

Spreckels Theatre Company, Rohnert Park

https://www.rpcity.org/city_hall/departments/spreckels_performing_arts_center/spreckels_theatre_company

(707) 588-3400


Transcendence Theatre Company, Santa Rosa/Napa/Sonoma

https://transcendencetheatre.org/

(877) 424-1414  Ext 1

 

Contact:

Jeanie Smith

jksmith614@me.com 

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