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Monday, May 9, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse Announces 2016-17 Season

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click to enlarge Mike, in a wheelchair, (Jason Stojanovski) and his younger self (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) view playbacks of the defining play that changed his life. - JESSICA PALOPOLI
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  • Mike, in a wheelchair, (Jason Stojanovski) and his younger self (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) view playbacks of the defining play that changed his life.
For its 2016-17 season, the 12-year-old San Francisco Playhouse has announced five of the six plays the theater will produce, among them a world premiere and a West Coast premiere, and two separate Broadway revivals.

Downtown S.F.'s only mid-sized venue hangs its shingle on programming that differs from the usual Union Square theater, be it glitzy musicals or mainstream drama. The mainstage season leads off with Theresa Rebeck's look behind the scenes at the world of high-end New York dining Seared (Sept. 27-Nov. 12), before moving to the quintessential farce Noises Off (Nov. 22 - Jan. 17), a truly classic British sex comedy. The regional premiere of Lucas Hnath's The Christians (Jan. 24-March 11) looks at what happens when a preacher returns from a trip to save some souls in Africa with a decidedly unorthodox interpretation of Scripture. 

With a play that's yet to be determined running March 21 to May 6, the penultimate selection for the year will be the West Coast premiere of Jen Silverman's The Roommate (May 16-June 1), which pits two women in their 50s with considerably different outlooks on life against one another (to comic results). Finally, the season wraps up with Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman's revival of La Cage Aux Folles, the musical based on the classic Franco-Italian play about a gay couple forced to come up with a solution when their son brings home his arch-conservative in-laws-to-be.

The Playhouse's Sandbox Series, a creative development program designed to produce new theater with A-list talent, will release its lineup later this spring. Single tickets ($30-$125) for the mainstage season go on sale June 1, while season subscriptions ($150-$400) are currently available.

San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post, 415-677-9596 or

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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