Readers’ Choice 2022: Local Theater

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A commercial theatrical production company in San Francisco, BroadwaySF is new this year to Readers’ Choice. Fans of Broadway shows —some subscribe, some opt to see individual shows — keep track of what’s coming to the Golden Gate or the Orpheum theaters.  Through Dec. 4, Motown fans can enjoy the Tony Award-winning “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” about the group’s journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

San Francisco Playhouse

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People are still talking about “Indecent,“ presented recently at SF Playhouse — and now J. readers have named the theater as a new Readers‘ Choice this year. Established in 2003, the theater stages nine productions a year, including Broadway plays, musicals and world and regional premieres. A musical adaption of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It“ is on stage through Jan. 14, and next up is “Cashed Out,“ a world premiere about a family coping with gambling addiction.  



Berkeley Repertory Theatre

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“Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski,” starring David Strathairn as Karski, the Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness, is on stage Dec. 2-18 at Berkeley Rep. This show, about the man who risked his life to report what he saw at the Warsaw Ghetto to the Allied Nations and the Oval Office, just enjoyed an off-Broadway run and previously played in London at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Entertaining and educating theater-goers since 1968, Berkeley Rep offers six additional shows this season. 



Hillbarn Theatre

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New to Readers’ Choice, Hillbarn Theatre creates live, award-winning theater (classic and contemporary works) and conservatory education programs, all  presented in an intimate 179-seat theater. “Elf: The Musical,” based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit, is on stage Dec. 1-18. In January, watch for Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins,” a Tony Award-winning musical featuring such infamous folks as John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

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In its 52nd season, TheatreWorks opens with “Little Shop of Horrors” (“Feed me, Seymour!”), which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 24. Next up is “In Every Generation,” which follows one family through four millennia of Passover dinners, going from the personal to the eternal, musing on how and if humanity will ever evolve. The show opens Jan. 18 and runs through Feb. 12. Four additional shows (“Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” “A Distinct Society,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Alice Bliss”) fill out the season at TheatreWorks, a longtime favorite of J. readers. 



Marin Theatre Company

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A professional theater company since 1978 and popular among J. readers, Marin Theatre Company brings to the stage August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” his seventh play in the American Century Cycle chronicling the African American experience in the 20th century. The show closes Dec. 18. Next up is “Justice: A New Musical,” by the company’s National Playwright in Residence Lauren M. Gunderson and award-winning composer/lyricist duo Bree Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan. Brian Quijada’s musical “Where Did We Sit on the Bus” is on stage in May. 

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