Jul 21, 2017 | From $20.00

"Splendour": A Breathtaking Theatrical Journey From Abi Morgan ("The Iron Lady")Award-winning British screenwriter-playwright Abi Morgan ("The Iron Lady, Suffragette"), has, in the words of "Time Out", "elaborated a play of remarkable intensity and richness ... [that] gleams with ice-cool wit, glistens with the sweat of animal fear." And if that hasn't piqued your theatrical interest, take a moment and check your pulse. As a revolution grows increasingly violent outside the confines of an opulent presidential palace, the arrival of an embattled dictator is awaited by four women -- the dictator's wife, her best friend, a British journalist and a translator. Time refracts and the past plays out from varying perspectives as the political tension escalates and the plot of the fascinating "Splendour" unfolds. Don't miss the Bay Area premiere of this breathtaking journey from Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.

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Jul 22, 2017 | From $19.00

"Tarzan" Swings Into Berkeley PlayhouseSwinging in to close Berkeley Playhouse's latest season is the ultimate musical adventure, "Tarzan"! Created by the combined talents of pop legend Phil Collins, acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly") and iconic novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, "Tarzan" tells the amazing story of a boy, orphaned after a shipwreck, who strives for acceptance among the tribe of apes who raise him. When a human expedition enters their jungle territory, Tarzan -- now a man -- encounters others like himself for the first time. Journey to the jungles of Africa in this vine-swinging Berkeley Playhouse production that features a live percussive environment, acrobats, great tunes (including the Oscar-winning "You'll Be in My Heart") and a heartfelt story about what it means to be a family.

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $6.00

"Comedy Oakland" Stand-Up ShowcaseOne of the city's longest-running weekly shows, "Comedy Oakland" has been bringing you top headliners, local heroes and up-and-coming stars since way back in '09. Sit back and have a drink or a snack at the Spice Monkey, where you'll be entertained by faces you've seen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET and all the late-night talk shows, along with competition winners and stand-ups who've performed on "every habitable continent." "Comedy Oakland" is produced by the world's only Indian-Jewish comedian, Samson Koletkar, aka Mahatma Moses, and is often hosted by "Date Talk" podcaster Ira Summer. The show was named "Best Place for Comedy" in the "East Bay Express" 2016 Readers' Poll.

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $10.00

Brandon Hughes' "The Absent Father, the Wayward Son"David "DayDay" Williams has never met, talked to or even seen his father in person. When he finds photos under his mother's bed that confirm he looks nearly identical to his absentee dad, David begins to question his self-worth, resulting in an angry, confused and wayward life. Finally, his mother reveals a secret she's withheld for years -- a revelation that drives David to express his feelings about the father he's never met, and how different his life would've been if he had. Presented at The Flight Deck in Oakland, "The Absent Father, the Wayward Son" -- written by Brandon Hughes, who also plays DayDay -- is one man's powerful and often funny story of love, redemption and forgiveness.

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $6.00

"Comedy Oakland" Stand-Up ShowcaseOne of the city's longest-running weekly shows, "Comedy Oakland" has been bringing you top headliners, local heroes and up-and-coming stars since way back in '09. Sit back and have a drink or a snack at the Spice Monkey, where you'll be entertained by faces you've seen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET and all the late-night talk shows, along with competition winners and stand-ups who've performed on "every habitable continent." "Comedy Oakland" is produced by the world's only Indian-Jewish comedian, Samson Koletkar, aka Mahatma Moses, and is often hosted by "Date Talk" podcaster Ira Summer. The show was named "Best Place for Comedy" in the "East Bay Express" 2016 Readers' Poll.

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $13.00

"Annie" is Coming to Town -- Leapin' Lizards!First a comic, then a radio show, then a musical, then a movie (twice!), "Annie", the beloved story of a plucky orphan adopted by a wealthy businessman, returns to the stage at Fairfield's Downtown Theatre. Performed by Missouri Street Theatre, "Annie" brings all the iconic characters to life, including the lovable Daddy Warbucks, the wicked Miss Hannigan and the adorable orphan herself. Famed for the heart-melting power of its score, including "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and the unforgettable "Tomorrow," "Annie" also boasts fantastically visual choreography, a side-splitting script and, of course, the adorable dog Sandy. Discover -- or rediscover -- why "Annie" is perhaps the best-loved family musical of all time during this energetic and talent-packed production.

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Jul 22, 2017 | From $10.00

Don Reed's "East 14th": Hit Solo Show ReturnsStand-up comic, writer, actor and director Don Reed ("The Tonight Show", OWN, HBO) returns to The Marsh Berkeley with his long-running, award-winning solo show, "East 14th: Tales of a Reluctant Player". Reed relates the hilarious and poignant story of his boyhood in 1970s Oakland, torn between his strict, churchgoing mother's upbringing and his admiration of his father -- who happens to be a pimp. "East 14th" was an off-Broadway hit, nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards, and an excerpt aired on NPR/WNYC's acclaimed series "Snap Judgment". "The New Yorker" called the show "hilarious" and went on to say, "The audience can't stop laughing ... Don Reed plays all the characters with both ease and inexhaustible energy."

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $10.00

Improv Comedy Fun With "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"The quick-thinking minds behind "Spontaneous Sitcom" and "The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" now bring you a brand-new, totally improvised comedy adventure, "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" You decide who'll play the main character -- and precisely where and when we'll see them next -- in this hilarious and unpredictable show at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Her 50th birthday? Her first crush? That time she got arrested? It's all up to you! Then watch as Synergy Theater's talented cast of improvisers weave a spontaneous tapestry full of the joys and sorrows of the human condition in this "improvised romp through the life and times of the greatest hero ever born, a regular person just like you."

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $39.10

Lionel Richie's "All the Hits" Tour With Very Special Guest Mariah CareyOakland's Oracle Arena welcomes multi-platinum-selling, multiple Grammy Award-winning music icons Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey to the stage for a concert filled with decade-spanning hits. Get ready to sing along as Richie works his way through the song catalog that made him a living legend. The "All the Hits" Tour features the yearning passion of "Hello," the soaring sentimentality of "Truly" and the feel-good groove of "All Night Long." He'll share the stage with Carey, whose powerful pipes are set to belt out a string of untouchable, record-setting R&B and pop anthems -- from her breakout '90s singles to her latest track "I Don't."

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Jul 21, 2017 | From $14.00

Love's In the Air In Napa with Broadway Musical "The Most Happy Fella"In this heartwarming Broadway musical from composer Frank Loesser ("Guys and Dolls", "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying") aging Italian vineyard owner Tony makes a shy bid for the beautiful city bride from San Fransisco, Rosabella -- but in his shyness he just might lose her, and their last chances for love, for good. Will they find it in their hearts to forgive one another? The warm spirit of Napa comes together with spirited dancing and Loesser's evocative score in this story of love and acceptance.

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