2008 Spring Theater Preview

Laurie Anderson

Born Yesterday

A ditz gets wise to her sugar daddy’s unscrupulous ways via an enterprising tutor. Through Sat., Mar. 29. Garvin Theatre, SBCC, 721 Cliff Cr. Call 965-5935 or visit sbcctg.sbcc.edu.

Art and Life x 3

Two plays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Yasmina Reza produced in repertory. Art: Through Sat., Apr. 12. Life: Fri., Mar. 28-Sun., Apr. 20. PCPA Theaterfest, Severson Theatre, 800 S. College, Santa Maria. Call 922-8313 or visit pcpa.org.

The Persians

Aeschylus’ tragedy is the oldest surviving play in the history of theater. Thu., Mar. 27-Sat., Apr. 12. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call (800) 494-8497or visit victoriahalltheater.com.

The Syringa Tree

Several decades of South African politics told from a child’s point of view. Plus it’s a love story. Thu., Mar. 27-Sun., Apr. 20. Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. Call 965-5400 or visit ensembletheatre.com.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Steve Martin’s intellectual comedy pairs Albert Einstein with Pablo Picasso in a zany philosophical battle of wits. Directed by William Keeler and featuring Joseph Fuqua, Nancy Nufer, and Paul Provenza. Thu., Apr. 3-Sun., Apr. 27. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.

Red Herring

Why wait for the movie version of Get Smart when you can see this spy comedy by Michael Hollinger now. Directed by Joseph Beck. Sat., Apr. 5-Sun., May 18. Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, 1800 Refugio Rd., Goleta. Call 967-1962 or visit circlebarbtheatre.com.

Laurie Anderson’s Homeland

The greatest of all performance artists, and a category creator. Wed., Apr. 9, 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. Call 893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Godspell

This hugely popular musical has been through many incarnations since it opened at New York’s La MaMa in 1971. Thu., Apr. 10-Sun., May 11. PCPA Theaterfest, Marian Theatre, 800 S. College, Santa Maria. Call 922-8313 or visit pcpa.org.

The Pillowman

Maurice Lord continues his quest for the edgiest of contemporary plays with this Tony Award winner by Martin McDonagh, which is set in a totalitarian state. Presented by Genesis West. Fri., Apr. 18-Sat., May 3. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. Call 963-0408 or visit centerstagetheater.org.

Andy Borowitz

One of America’s best political satirists in his only West Coast appearance. Thu., Apr. 24, 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. Call 893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Capitol Steps

Lobero Live presents the original singing Washington political satire group. Wed., Apr. 30 and Thu., May 1, 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Omnium Gatherum

A post-September 11 dinner party with clever guests, lots of laughter, and sharp writing. Wed., Apr. 30-Sat., May 17. Jurkowitz Theatre, SBCC, 721 Cliff Dr. Call 965-5935 or visit sbcctg.sbcc.edu.

Critic’s Pick : My ntonia

This original musical written by Scott Schwartz with music by Stephen Schwartz is based on the classic American novel by Willa Cather. Thu., May 8-Sun., June 1. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.

Plumfield, Iraq

The world premiere of Barbara Lebow’s play about a war veteran and his small town. Fri., May 16-Sat., May 24. Hatlen Theatre, UCSB. Call 893-3535 or visit www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu.

The Wedding

Lit Moon Theatre Company performs a musical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s play. Fri., May 16-Sat., May 24. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. Call 963-0408 or visit litmoon.com.

Old Wicked Songs

A young musician confronts the legacy of the Holocaust in Vienna, in a play by Jon Marans that features the music of Robert Schumann. Thu., May 29-Sun., June 22. Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. Call 965-5400 or visit ensembletheatre.com.

Who’s in Bed with the Butler?

An American farce distinguished by an incredible and surprising starring role for a woman. By Michael Parker; directed by Jim Sirianni. Sat., May 31-Sun., July 13. Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, 1800 Refugio Rd., Goleta. Call 967-1962 or visit circlebarbtheatre.com.

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