On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts
Theater lovers are spoilt for choice in Sonoma County. Productions are being staged nearly everywhere you turn, from intimate studio theater productions to big, bold Broadway renditions. This winter's selection includes fun, toe-tapping music, some chances to go introspective on the state of society, and some deep evaluations of humanity. Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.
Honky Tonk Angels
Jan. 12 - Feb. 11
6th Street Playhouse, G.K. Hardt Theatre, Santa Rosa
This North Bay Premiere by Ted Swindley, creator of "Always...Patsy Cline," combines over 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story about three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. It’s a charming, foot-stompin’ show with a song list including I'll Fly Away, Stand by Your Man, 9 to 5, Coal Miner's Daughter, Ode to Billy Jo, These Boots Are Made for Walking, Rocky Top, and I Will Always Love You.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursday, Jan. 18 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
The Dining Room
Jan. 19 - Feb. 4
Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
Six actors change roles, personalities, and ages to create a variety of interrelated scenes in A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room. In this room, typical upper middle class WASP families assemble for daily meals and special occasions over the decades. There are 18 scenes from different households that merge into a theatrical experience of compassionate humor and abundant humanity.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 26 - Feb. 18
Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa
Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the play, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. His wife is white and an artist, whose work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.
Rapture, Blister, Burn
Jan. 26 - Feb. 11
Raven Theater, Healdsburg
Gina Gionfriddo’s play is a thoughtful and funny look at 21st century gender politics. The story looks at two friends whose paths took very different directions, but intersect decades later. Catherine built a career as an academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Now they both feel unfulfilled in opposite ways, coveting the other’s life.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma
Cinnabar presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s play, which revolves around Margie, who has lost her job and is one Bingo game away from homelessness. She risks it all as she tries to find a fresh start by approaching an old fling who found success. It’s an insightful comedy of class and culture, darkly funny and surprisingly touching.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Main Stage West, Sebastopol
This Sam Shepard play is set in a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness. The characters are a ranting alcoholic grandfather, a sanctimonious grandmother, and their sons, Tilden and Bradley. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of them recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly. The family harbors a dark secret that is brought to the present by Tilden in an act that purges the family, at last, of its infamy and suggests the perhaps slim possibility of a new beginning under Vince, whose estrangement from the others has spared him the taint of their sin.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 5 p.m.
6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa
6th Street Playhouse presents the psychosexual thriller Equus by Peter Shaffer. The Playhouse Artistic Director, Craig A. Miller, plays Dr. Dysart, a psychiatrist who is confronted with a 17-year-old with a pathological religious obsession with horses. The boy has blinded six horses in a violent fit of passion. To Dysart it is a psychological puzzle that leads both doctor and patient to a complex and disturbingly dramatic confrontation. Part detective story and part psychological thriller, this play earned new acclaim on Broadway when revived in 2008, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The production is for mature audiences only.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.