A Streetcar Named Desire
Sep 6 - 22
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Carl Hamilton
A tragic and effective drama which ranks as one of the greatest in our theater. This celebrated play had a long and successful run on Broadway and the road. Streetcar reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which that lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, is intensified by the earthy and extremely “normal” young husband of the latter; it leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.
“A superb drama. (Tennessee) Williams is a genuinely poetic playwright...in the most imaginative and perceptive play he has ever written. He has spun a poignant and luminous story.” ~ Brooks Atkinson, N Y Times
September 6 7 8* 12** 13 14 15* 20 21 22*
Oct 18 - Nov 3
By Dorothy and Michael Blankfort
Directed by Jon Vissman
The New York critics agreed that Monique was one of the most unusual plays to reach Broadway in many a season. A combination of mystery and terrifying suspense, with just a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure, the play is at its core a study in the deterioration of human character under the devious attack of the basest (but unconquerable) passions. Monique, an attractive and domineering woman doctor, has ensnared Fernand, a man of good will unhappily married to the shrewish Lucienne. The latter refuses to divorce Fernand and, insidiously, very cleverly, Monique succeeds in implanting in the mind of the tormented man the obsession that there is only one course open to him: Lucienne must be eliminated—murdered. The two, conspiring together, evolve one of the most ingenious murder methods in all the annals of crime—absolutely foolproof and impossible to detect. The plan is put into operation; it is apparently a complete success; and then...
“It has an arresting murder situation to consider, its characters are enigmatic and deceptive, its atmosphere is menacing, its detection is intelligent if not infallible. Finally, it has a solution that is steeped in treachery and evil and is quite likely to surprise you...”
October 18 19 20* 24** 25 26 27* November 1 2 3*
Jan 10 - 19
Written by Jody Gehrman
Directed by Jacquelyn Wells
What if Eliza Doolittle, the little flower girl from Pygmalion (My Fair Lady), were transported to Sonoma County and given a job that involves saving a struggling new winery? Part Cinderella story, the charming new comedy, Taste, will have you laughing and cheering for the success of the new Countess. A new play by a local author, Taste will start off your New Year with a smile. Taste will have a limited run a la last year’s offering, The Angel of Chatham Square.
January 10 11 12* 16 17 18 19*
Don't Drink the Water
Jan 31 - Feb 16
Written by Woody Allen
Directed by Jeremy Boucher
A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain at the hottest period of the Cold War. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the entire continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador's son and the caterer's daughter even have time to fall in love.
“Moved the audience to great laughter... Allen’s imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop.” ~ New York Daily News
“It is filled with... bright and hilarious dialogue.” ~ New York Post
January 31 February 1 2* 6** 7 8 9* 14 15 16*
Apr 25 - May 11
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Steven David Martin
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing On. Doors slamming, onstage and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” ~ The New York Times
“Bumper car brilliance...If laughter is indeed the best medicine, Noises Off is worth its weight in Cipro." ~ New York Daily News
“The funniest farce ever written! Never before has side-splitting taken on a meaning dangerously close to the non-metaphorically medical.” ~ The New York Post
“As side-splitting a farce as I have seen. Ever? Ever.” ~ The New York Magazine
April 25 26 27* May 1** 2 3 4* 9 10 11*
Jun 27 - July 20
Written by Victor Hugo
Directed by John DeGaetano
Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, Les Misérables is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made it a popular masterpiece. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.
"An uplifting theme of heroic human commitment and to stirring music...an enthralling stage spectacle. Songs that hit the audience where it lives." ~ Richard Hummlet, Variety
June 27 28 29* July 3** 4*** 5 6* 11 12 13* 18 19 20*