2011 March Bay Area Theatre Guide

If you’ve noticed, I’ve taken a little break in my theatre going over the last two months. I needed it after seeing over 60 shows last year alone. And frankly, there weren’t a lot of shows that struck my fancy over the last two months.

Right now, I have five shows on the books and a few high school productions (because they are a part of the 2011 Stage Top Honor Awards). I’m very excited about the shows I’m seeing this month. There’s so much variety — drama, musicals and even a new Cirque du Soleil show.

I’m off to New York City to also see four new Broadway shows! Look for those reviews coming up!

Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing this month:

1. Ruined at Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Berkeley Rep proudly brings you Ruined, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This powerful new play provides a bleak yet beautiful look at the lives of women in a land ruled by whiskey and bayonets.

Here’s a snippet of my review: “It’s rare that I leave a theatre speechless — very rare. Not only was I speechless, but I was emotionally spent by the end of the evening. Ruined, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lynn Nottage, is an emotional tour-de-force that never lets up. It’s actually hard to breathe throughout most of the second act.”

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2. Xanadu at The Retro Dome: Xanadu is the hit musical that took audiences and critics by surprise when it transformed an obscure film into the hottest comedy on Broadway.

With its score of pop gems, a script that redefines musical theatre satire, and a finale lit by glitter balls and glow sticks, this hilarious, roller disco musical adventure rolls along to pop hits “(You Have to Believe We Are) Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman”, “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu.”

It features Adam Barry as Sonny Malone and Sarah Alli as Kira.

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3. The Fiddler on the Roof at Broadway San Jose: Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Award winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal, embarks on its North American Tour.

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again, and won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic.

Click here to find out how to enter to win two tickets to see Fiddler on the Roof at Broadway San Jose on opening night, Tuesday March 15th, 2011.

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4. Quidam (Cirque du Soleil) at HP Pavilion in San Jose: Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—the world of Quidam — where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past and swallowed by the crowd. It could be anyone, anybody.

Show Schedule (March 24 – 27, 2011):
•  Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm
•  Friday, March 25 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
•  Saturday, March 26 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
•  Sunday, March 27 at 1pm and 5pm

Ticket Prices
• Adults: From $40 to $115
• Children (12 & under): From $32 to $93
• Military, Seniors & Students: From $36 to $99

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5. Follies Concert Version at Tabard Theatre Company: The Tabard Theatre Company brings down the curtain on its 10th anniversary season with a South Bay premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s visionary musical masterpiece Follies Concert Version. Eighteen performances will be presented March 4th through 27th at Theatre on San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose.

Learn how you can win tickets here.

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Which shows are you planning on seeing this month?

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