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Guide to Current Shows, Plays, and Musicals in Sonoma County

 "Animal Crackers" is playing at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa through Sept. 18. (Photo by Eric Chazankin)

On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts 

Theater lovers are spoilt for choice in Sonoma County, where productions are being staged nearly everywhere you turn. From intimate studio theater productions to big, bold Broadway renditions, there are shows to please everyone. Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.

Romeo and Juliet
Aug. 12 - Sept. 25
We Players, Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
Walk in the footsteps of the most famous lovers of all time. Follow the story as it unfolds through Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. Enter a 360-degree sphere of performance – immerse yourself in the action as We Players blurs the boundary between audience and actors, history and the present moment. Hear the clash of steel as sword fights fly, join the Capulets in their spicy family circle dance, participate in the rituals of marriage and death, and let Romeo & Juliet break your heart and fill you with joy all at once.
Friday and Saturday performances are timed with the sunset and begin 4:30-6:00 p.m. All Sunday performances are at 3 p.m.

Animal Crackers
Aug. 19 - Sept. 18
6th Street Playhouse, G.K. Hardt Theatre, Santa Rosa
Animal Crackers is the hallmark of the Marx Brothers’ brand of theatrical lunacy, lovingly revived on the 6th Street Playhouse stage by Artistic Director, Craig A. Miller.  Check your rationality at the door, because disorder IS the order of the evening, and lowbrow humor IS its high calling. Revel in the antics of Captain Spalding (Groucho), The Professor (Harpo) and Mr. Ravelli (Chico) and company at Mrs. Rittenhouse's ritzy weekend gathering.
Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays matinees at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. 


The Fantasticks
Aug. 25 - Sept. 11
Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
The Fantasticks tells the story of two neighboring fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love, since everyone knows children love to do what their parents forbid! No sooner do they feel the sting of Cupid’s bow do they discover their fathers’ plot, each running off in a different direction to experience the world beyond the wall. Life lessons abound, for young and old. You’ll leave humming the award-winning songs.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.


Capacity

Sept. 2-18
Main Stage West, Sebastopol
The first wife of 20th century's most famous scientist, Mileva Maric Einstein’s life was a mystery and a contradiction. Told from a vantage point near life’s end, Capacity is the story of brilliant women everywhere whose light has been hidden from view. A world premiere drama.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 5 p.m.


The Most Happy Fella

Sept. 2-25
Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma
From the composer of Guys And Dolls comes this touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story. Tony, a middle-aged vintner, makes a mail order marriage proposal which is accepted under the lady’s mistaken assumption a photo of his young, handsome foreman is her intended husband. Featuring two of Cinnabar’s most beloved musical performers, Stephen Walsh and Jennifer Mitchell.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.


The Big Meal
Sept. 9-25
Left Edge Theatre, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa
The Big Meal is a big-hearted play that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family, covering eighty years in about ninety minutes. Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. 

House That Jack Built
Sept. 9-25
6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa
This World Premier play charts a course through author Jack London’s baggage of grudges, expenses that vastly outrun his income, and his once-robust body fatally weakened by injury and the thirst for John Barleycorn. The play climaxes with the fire that destroyed Wolf House and with London’s recognition that the house he’s built is not of rock and wood but an enduring legacy in support of social justice for the far future.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and a Saturday, Sept. 24 matinee at 2 p.m.

As You Like It
Sept. 16 - Oct. 1
Petaluma Shakespeare Company at the Foundry Wharf, Petaluma
"As You Like It" is a pastoral comedy that follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage," and is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing." Take a picnic, a blanket, friends and family, and have fun!
Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.

 

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.