As summer comes to an end, it’s time to take our seats and enjoy the wide variety of excellent theatrical productions offered throughout Sonoma County! Experience thrillers, comedies and musicals; your favorite classics and new, cutting edge stories. Live theater magically transports you to another world – and away from a digital screen!
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“Merman’s Apprentice” presented by Sonoma Arts Live at Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma.
September 27 – October 13
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole, Music by David Evans, Directed by Jaime Love and Larry Williams. Co-Producers- Suzy & Wulfrin Oberlin.
It’s 1970. The golden age of musical theatre is drawing to an end. But young Muriel Plakenstein of Brooklyn doesn’t know that! She runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and, in true Broadway tradition, runs right off the train and into the Queen of Broadway, Ethel Merman. Ethel takes a liking to the kid and takes her to a rehearsal, they end up singing together… and, you guessed it! Merman takes Muriel under her wing, making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman’s Apprentice.
“The Kitchen Witches” at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
Sept. 28 – Oct. 13
Long-time rival cooking show hostesses Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle have been bitter enemies for thirty years, when Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When they are forced into an unwanted partnership co-hosting a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches,” what was meant to be a cooking diva docu-drama, turns into on-set warfare. Dolly’s long-suffering TV-producer son tries to keep the co-hostesses on track but to no avail, with predictable results—the show becomes a ratings smash hit! Directed by Amy Lovato. Suggested audience high school and older–mild adult themes.
Students $12 Adults $25; Pay-what-you-can preview on September 27 at 7:30 pm.
“The Good Doctor” at Santa Rosa Junior College, Newman Auditorium
by Neil Simon, adapted from Anton Chekhov. Directed by Wendy Wisely.
Two giants of theatre history—the legendary comic genius, Neil Simon, and the game-changing Russian writer, Anton Chekhov—converge and the result is deliciously human. A young writer who is struggling with writer’s block shares his frustration through a series of funny, exasperating, poignant, and thoroughly charming stories. As the playwright says, “I can’t think of a humorous situation that does not involve some pain.”
Recommended for ages 13 and up. Some adult content.
“Macbeth” at The Phoenix Theater, Petaluma.
An exciting new production of Macbeth with a cast of five actors promises to be the highlight of the North Bay’s autumn theatrical season! Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy presents the classic story of a good man’s descent into evil, obsession, and madness.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park
October 11 – 27.
Gallows humor at its best, this musical comedy convulsed Broadway in 2014, winning four Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Book. New York Times called it “ingenious” and “among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals.”
Wait Until Dark” at 6th Street Playhouse
October 18 – November 10.
A game of cat and mouse turns deadly when a dangerous con man and his associates track down a mysterious doll to the home of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife Susy. “This classic thriller will have you on the edge of your seat until the very scary end!”
Reduced Shakespeare Company® – Hamlet’s Big Adventure (a prequel) at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park
Before the Tragedy, there was…HAMLET’S BIG ADVENTURE!
From the guys that brought you such “(abridged)” classics as William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) and The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) comes this fast, funny, physical extravaganza — a brand new theatrical treat!
“Boom” at Main Stage West, Sebastopol
October 18 – November 9
A grad student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab, but when a major global catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
“Oliver!” at 6th Street Playhouse
November 15 – December 15
Orphaned Oliver Twist navigates the mean streets of London in search of family and love. The beloved tale with ‘I’d do Anything,’ ‘Food, Glorious Food’ and ‘As Long as He Needs Me’.
“The Sound of Music” at Sonoma State University
Evert B. Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.
November 22-December 8.
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Celebrate the holidays with this collaborative production between SRJC and SSU students. Inspired by the von Trapp family’s true story, this timeless masterpiece is set at the feet of the majestic Austrian Alps as the Nazi menace begins to spread across Europe. Premiering on Broadway 60 years ago, audiences will once again be transported by the show’s award-winning score, including unforgettable songs like “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things,” and “Climb Every Mountain.”
Recommended for ages 7 and up.