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While it’s common to find a play within a play (see anything from Hamlet to The Drowsy Chaperone), the Overtime’s latest spins that technique by presenting a theater within a theater. Penned by Iran-born playwright William Mohammad Razavi, the “comedy about love, theater and the magic of both” plays out backstage at the Oglethorpe during a stormy performance of Egg Fear. Starring combative actors Delilah Small and Antonio Valencia, the unseen production unfolds in a backstage area shared by an agent, a magician, an understudy, a delivery guy and a white rabbit.
Pushing boundaries for 29 years, Jump-Start Performance Co. is an SA institution rooted in experimentation and collaboration. A former fixture in the Blue Star Arts Complex, the performance art troupe unveils a mysterious new production this week in its new Beacon Hill space. Directed by Marisela Barrera and developed through “a rehearsal process of performance experiments, improvisation and story-sharing,” Oscuridad plays out during the final hours of a doomed cantina frequented by shadowy characters La Lechuza, Fantasma, El Señor, the Handless Maid and La Muerte.
An old man dreams about a missing sweatshirt, a three-foot ghost plagues an eight-year-old boy’s fragile psyche and an opera-singing landlord refuses to return a security deposit. These stories and more will explode onto the stage via miniature dioramas, digital cameras and paper puppets courtesy of Miniature Curiosa and Gravelmouth.
Sin City Burlesque is a show about beauty and the sensuality of women with an opulent, entertaining, clever,and tasteful approach including some sexy costumes and choreography as well as set pieces to create individual vignettes. The show is offering a sneak preview for ten dollars when attendees use the code “sin” to order their tickets.
The finishing touches are being made to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the auditions will now take place at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. All performances will still be performed at the Tobin Center. Auditions for ages 13-18 (Advanced with 2 years + experience en pointe) will start at 12pm, auditions for ages 10-13 (Intermediate Level) will start at 12:45pm and auditions for ages 7-10 (Beginner/Intermediate Level) will start at 2pm.
Rhe Woodlawn Theatre will unveil its much-anticipated 2015 season, song-by-song, as actors perform a number from each production at the theatre’s first ever, annual gala. In addition, talented, young actors from the Academy for the Performing Arts will be showcased in a performance. The event raises funds to continue to improve the cultural landscape of San Antonio with award-winning productions and youth programs at the historic theatre. There will also be a silent auction at the event, which will include theatre vacation packages to New York and London and jewelry and fine gifts from Kendra Scott and Ben Adams.
Fathom Events National Theatre Live (NT Live) and BY Experience present the U.K. production of a benchmark American play with the broadcast of Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in the Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Pre-recorded earlier the same day, this acclaimed production has garnered almost universal rave reviews during its sold-out run in London.
Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox is an enchanting modern fable where good is pitted against evil, animal is pitted against human, and nature is pitted against technology. Trying to keep his family safe, Mr. Fox steals one too many hens and suddenly the farmers will stop at nothing to rid themselves of the Foxes forever. With the help of woodland friends, the Foxes evade capture and get revenge on their farmer enemies.
What better choice for Opera San Antonio's first production than a fun, entertaining comic opera that the whole family can enjoy? Join us to inaugurate the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -- Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater as we present author Roald Dahl's beloved Fantastic Mr. Fox adapted for the operatic stage by Opera SA Artistic Director, Tobias Picker.
Most audiences know the story of Sweeney Todd through the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton version, or the terrifying rendition of “God That’s Good” in Jersey Girl. But, the infamous tale of Sweeney Todd can only truly be appreciated on stage where the audience is exposed to the unjust story of a barber being wrongly framed so a judge could take advantage of his sweet young wife. When released he takes out his wrath on many with the help of the disturbing Mrs. Lovett. Cameo Theater brings this revengeful tale to stage this fall. Just remember, there’s a reason the meat patties taste so good.
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!
A family friendly theatrical animation that uses movement and comedy to explore the realm of these amphibian creatures.
The sole theater presentation, Speed Killed My Cousin, is the story of a young African-American veteran of the Iraq war and her struggle with Post Traumatic stress Disorder. The Carpetbag company members will also work with San Antonio’s military community prior to the theater presentation.
An Irish Christmas celebrates the traditions of Christmas in Ireland with glorious music, traditional step dance, storytelling, laughter and an abundance of Irish soul.
Based on the play by Oscar Wilde, Salome tells the story of a nubile princess named Salome who lusts for the imprisoned John the Baptist, while her stepfather King Herod, lusts for her. When her stepfather asks for a dance in exchange for anything she wants, she demands the prophet’s head. This powerful, intense, and salacious play will provide any viewer with a hair-raising retelling of a biblical tale. One that continues to shock and thrill audiences.
Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth….and rode in trains!
Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones ever played a note, Rock ‘n’ Roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. Buddy tells the true story of Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features more than 20 hits.
In this double bill, Opera San Antonio presents both Il Segreto Di Susanna and La Voix Humaine. In Il Segreto Di Susanna, Count Gil returns to his home, believing that his wife Susanna was just walking alone in the street. However upon finding her humming to herself in her room, he is relieved. But, when he smells tobacco on her breath his fears immediately return. Knowing that neither he nor she smokes, he instantly suspects a secret lover. The second bill, La Voix Humaine, is a demanding one-woman opera, based on the emotionally shattering monologue that is one of the masterpieces of modern theatre. A distressed woman calls her ex-lover after their breakup and pleads with him, in a way that only leads her deeper into despair.
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feelgood show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.
Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film, this hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre comes to life on the Magik stage. Full of all-new songs, dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
Neil Simon’s award winning play is a poignant coming-of-age story of Jay, an older brother, who must care for his younger sibling Artie as they spend a year with their stern immigrant Grandmother and her dysfunctional family in the aftermath of their mother’s death and their father’s absence as a traveling salesman. Despite living above Grandma Kurnitz’s candy and ice cream store, there is nothing but bittersweetness in this tale of growing up lost in Yonkers. 1991 Pulitzer Prize for drama, 1991 Tony for best play.
The hit-making legacy of songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller comes to light in the ’90s-era revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Lifting its name from the Robins’ 1955 single, the bookless musical revives 39 rock and R&B classics immortalized by the likes of Elvis (“Jailhouse Rock”), the Clovers (“Love Potion No. 9”) and Ben E. King (“Spanish Harlem”). While some find the absence of dialogue and theme off-putting, The Guardian wrote, “Whew—no pesky plot developments or subtexts, just a glut of glowing pop tunes.” Chris Rodriguez directs and choreographs at the Woodlawn.
Inspired by the teachings of Indian spiritual leader Meher Baba, The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy follows the amazing journey of a young boy who’s left deaf, dumb and blind by a traumatic incident but emerges a pinball wizard of messianic proportions. Brought to life on screen in Ken Russell’s 1975 film (starring lead singer Roger Daltrey along with Ann-Margaret, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner and Elton John), Tommy arrived on Broadway in a Tony-winning 1993 production penned by the Who’s own Pete Townshend and director Des McAnuff. Rick Sanchez directs the Playhouse’s production.
George Bernard Shaw stuffs the starry-eyed ideals of war and human nature inside a box of chocolate creams in Arms and the Man. Following a young woman who swoons over romance and the two opposing soldiers that woo her, Shaw wrote the comedy for his mistress Florence Farr. Upon Farr’s performance, she determined that the poetical nature of W.B. Yeats was more to her liking and never collaborated with Shaw again. Regardless, the revered comedy, first produced in 1894, has aged well over the years, with George Orwell calling it “the wittiest play [Shaw] ever wrote.” Stacy Jones Connelly directs The Classic Theatre’s production.
Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.
Married Alive! is a new musical that celebrates marital bliss and blisters. The show focuses on two couples, Erin and Paul, a pair of wide-eyed newlyweds, and Ron and Diane, a more experienced pair of “oldyweds.” From wedding day to empty nest and everything in between, it’s a zany new musical that affectionately applauds and pokes fun at marriage. Ever wonder why it’s called an “Institution”…?
Married Alive! celebrates marital bliss and blisters. From wedding day to empty nest and everything in between, it's a zany musical that affectionately applauds and pokes fun at marriage.
A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award. “A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment.”
The Rose Theatre Co. stages this production of Looking Over the President's Shoulder, a play told through the perspective of the White House's Chief Butler on his last day on the job. Written by James Stills, this play has been produced by special arrangements with Dramatic Publishing Inc.
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If you grow tired of getting all your chuckles from people who look, think and act just like you and your group of friends, Tanyalee Davis might have the laughs you’re looking for. Standing 3-foot-6, Davis’ perspective is necessarily different from most, but the common threads of human experience and her gifts as a storyteller make her endlessly relatable, and the joy in her enormously confident, sex-positive act is infectious and life-affirming. Promoting empathy through dirty jokes? There oughta be a prize for that.
Lindsay Anderson's bizarre 1968 classic If... stars Malcom MacDowell as a radical youth who bristles against all forces of authority in a rigid boarding school. First in a trilogy of films (followed by O Lucky Man! in 1973 and Britannia Hospital in 1982), the darkly humorous and at times surreal film won the Palme d'Or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival and has been hailed as “a landmark of British countercultural cinema.”
Picture a 10-gallon hat filled with Lone Star beer. Sound good? Sounds like you’re an ideal crowd member for August’s installment of Lone Star Live, switching from the free series’ indie and punk inclinations toward country. On his new release Our Side of the Fence, Curtis Grimes (pictured) takes the vocal chops he honed on Season 1 of The Voice and puts them to twangy good use. With his band the Swindles, Mitch Webb settles in the cozy middle point between Doug Sahm and Bob Dylan. With the Only Hipsters, Garrett T. Capps plays a violent, fuzzed-out form of blues rock ‘n’ roll.
It is challenging, to say the least, to make electronic music with organic sensibilities—with soul. All four bands on this stacked bill, however, manage to pull this off with creative aplomb to spare. At the top of the bill, Houston’s Hooked Rugs crafts delightfully fuzzy synth jams that incorporate industrial sounds and chant-like vocals, creating a mesmerizing and mystical experience. The superb gallery show also features the eclectic yet minimalistic sounds of ATX’s Slow Pulse and SA’s Massiver (pictured) and Delenda, who create, respectively, droning synth miasmas and über-chill new-age ditties.
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