The relationship between parents and children, brothers and sisters and husbands and wives takes center stage as Saint Mary's College presents "Antigone(s)." The Performing Arts Department's spring production runs April 2-6 at LeFevre Theatre on the Moraga campus.
As the story goes, Antigone is the daughter of the unwittingly incestuous marriage between King Oedipus and his mother Jocasta. Antigone puts her life in peril when she defies Creon and gives her brother a proper burial.
Directed by Frank Murray, the SMC production weaves together versions from a variety of playwrights, including Sophocles and Brecht (hence the plural title "Antigone(s)").
For tickets, call 925-631-4670 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.
The Clayton Theatre Company opens the suspenseful production "Night of January 16" on April 4. Directed by La Tonya Watts, this 1940s courtroom drama has a nice twist -- the jury is picked from the audience and they actually decide the guilt or innocence of the suspect.
The show runs through April 12. For tickets, go to www.claytontheatrecompany.com. Ushers, who see the show for free, are also needed.
If you tried to get seats to Contra Costa Musical Theatre's "Les Miserables," which opened last weekend at the Lesher Center for the Arts, and were turned away, don't despair. The company has opened up additional seating in the balcony section of the Hofmann Theater for selected performances. To secure your seats, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
"Almost, Maine" plays at the Altarena Playhouse through April 13.
I'd like to make clever remarks about the show and title such as "It's almost good or almost a winner," but those would be inaccurate. It is more than good and most definitely a winner. If you have the opportunity to take the short drive to Alameda, I encourage you to do so. This is a charming series of vignettes well written by Broadway actor John Cariani. They all deal with relationships and all take place at 9 p.m. in Almost, Maine when the Aurora Borealis adds just a bit of magic to every scene.
Carol Chacon's sensitive direction and the abundant talents of Steve Rhyne, Emily Garcia, Stewart Lyle and Donna Turner make this production a gem. You may remember these actors from a variety of productions at The Willows Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts and Town Hall Theatre.
The actors show their considerable dexterity by playing four to five characters as romances begin and end and friendships blossom or fade. Just when you think you know where Cariani is going, he changes direction, throwing in some oddball humor or adding unexpected heartbreak.
Lyle doubles as set designer, creating a lovely cabin surrounded by snowy trees, while lighting designer Frederick Chacon fashioned the magical Northern Lights.
For tickets to "Almost, Maine," call 510-523-1553 or go to www.altarena.org.
Several auditions are taking place, including "Spamalot" at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito. Seven women and 13 men are needed, ages 20 to 60. Prepare a song from a musical and email email@example.com to set up an appointment for March 29 between 2 and 5 pm. Complete character descriptions available at www.ccct.org.
If you love Agatha Christie, join the Orinda Village Starlight Players at auditions for "Towards Zero" on April 6 at 5 p.m. or April 7 at 7 pm at the Orinda Community Center. Call 925-528-9225 to schedule an audition appointment. The show performs in June at the Orinda Community Center Park's outdoor theater.
Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette is certainly keeping busy. They just finished producing the very funny and successful show "God of Carnage," and on March 29 at 8 p.m. host an acoustic tribute to the Beatles by the group "Three of Us."
Summer registration for classes is also in full swing, according to Education Director Joel Roster. Participants can save 20 percent on select classes by registering before March 31.
For more information, call 925-283-1557 or go to www.townhalltheatre.com.
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