September is a great month for theatre in the Bay Area. First off, we have the first regionally produced production of Spring Awakening at San Jose Rep that’s opening next week (though previews begin on Friday). It’s one of my favorite shows and I’m very interested in seeing a new “take” on it. And I’m also very interested to see what the choreographer, Sonya Tayeh (from So You Think You Can Dance fame), brings to the production. August Osage County is an epic play and if you haven’t seen it, then run to City Lights Theatre Company — such an amazing new piece of theatre. At Theatreworks, a world premiere of a classic Jane Austen story, Sense and Sensibility, is being produced. I have a feeling that if this goes over well, then this is a show that will have life outside of the Bay Area.
Shout! The Mod Musical is opening at Bus Barn Stage Company this weekend. This is a show that hasn’t been over-produced (yet!) in the Bay Area. Bus Barn is such an intimate theatre that I’m really interested to see this all-girl musical in this space. Finally, you can’t forget to see Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep. I mean, come on! It’s Rita Moreno!!! It’s a no-brainer!
1. Spring Awakening @ San Jose Rep – Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, a group of teenagers reveals their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, these students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening. This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.
Haunting and electrifying! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now. -The New York Times
September 1st – 25th, 2011
2. August Osage County at City Lights Theatre Company – One of the most critically acclaimed plays in recent history, this Pulitzer Prize winning modern masterpiece chronicles an American family at its resilient best – and dysfunctional worst. When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot August night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where three generations of suspicions are aired and dark secrets are revealed. Weaving epic tragedy with scathing black comedy, August is a bracing and uncompromising portrait of rural Americana not to be missed.
September 22 – October 23, 2011
Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm
Sunday Evenings at 7pm (Oct. 2)
Sunday Matinees at 2pm (Oct. 9, 16, & 23)
3. Sense and Sensibility at Theatreworks – (American Premiere) Fortune lost to fate, romance lost to folly, two charming sisters sail the unpredictable seas of courtship in this captivating, intimate adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel. Sensible, reserved Elinor and passionate, impulsive Marianne find the course of true love beset with scandalous secrets, shocking betrayals, dashing suitors, and devious rivals, all brought to glorious life in a delicious, period-perfect tribute to everything Austen.
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts – August 24—September 18, 2011
4. Shout: The Mod Musical at Bus Barn Stage Company: This smashing musical revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing! SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, the fashion and the freedom of the 60’s! Join this non-stop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of stars like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu with such chart-topping hits as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.”
September 1st, 2011 – October 1, 2011
5. Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep: During her spectacular career, Rita Moreno has portrayed some tough women, from Anita in West Side Story to Maria Callas inMaster Class. Now this legendary performer takes on the toughest woman of all—herself. The star of stage and screen returns to Berkeley Rep for the first time since her sold-out run in The Glass Menagerie. Rita recounts her improbable life in an irreverent and entertaining new show that features a lively band and two expert dancers. Expect another breathtaking performance from the lady who won the Oscar, the Tony, the Grammy and two Emmys.
September 2nd – October 30th, 2011
What shows are you planning on seeing in September?