It may be Father’s Day weekend but there is so much theatre to see that even dad might opt for that over a BBQ or brunch.
One of the best shows by the Bay is TheatreWorks’ “Wild with Happy,” Colman Domingo’s loving tribute to his mother (Sorry dad but it’s still relatable) and told in a hilarious and touching way. Domingo wrote and stars in the show that has a great four person ensemble. And, at only 95 minutes, the matinee would still give you time for a BBQ. Check it out at www.theatreworks.org.
Dad may want to be reminded of his youth (or maybe even his last week) by going to The Stage’s production of the musical spoof “Reefer Madness.“
If you’re unfamiliar with the tale, it pokes fun at the old 1930s propaganda film that was suppose to point out the perils of pot. Instead, the film became a cult classic and the movie started a movement of pot smoking video parties for people who got high while laughing at the outdated and inaccurate film.
Set that to music and put on San Jose’s The Stage and you’ve got a fun evening ahead.
It runs through July 14 and has performances Wednesday-Saturday nights and Sunday matinees. Get info at www.thestage.org.
Also going strong is “Abigail’s Party” at the SF Playhouse.
With just a few weeks left to play, this satirical British comedy set at a 1970s party has a couples colliding and bonding in the course of an action packed evening.
Oscar nominee Mike Leigh wrote the play; he is best known as director and writer of “Secrets & Lies,” “Topsy-Turvy” and “Life is Sweet.”
Check it out at www.sfplayhouse.org.
The New Conservatory Theatre Center has a lot going on – all under one roof.
“The Divine Sister” from the brilliant Charles Busch is a drag spoof of “The Sound of Music.” To be honest, I saw it Off-Broadway and laughed one time.
However, the NCTC has cast Joe Wicht who is one of the funniest men in the City, and J. Conrad Frank who is a multi-talented singer, actor and drag superstar. So it must have something going for it.
The NCTC also has the short one man show “Pansy,” written and starring Evan Johnson, who is a young talent with an impressive resume already. “Pansy” has wonderful multi-media usage and costs about the same as going to a movie – $10-15.
Get more information on both shows at www.nctcsf.org.
If you can’t get your fill of J. Conrad Frank, you can find him Sunday as his Katya Smirnoff-Skyy’s drag persona in her regular performance at Martuni’s.
Katya will be perform with Ethel Merman.
Get more info at http://martunis.ypguides.net or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/268549886617964/