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What To Do? Tough Choices Between "Woods," "Boeing," "Noises Off" and Revolve

"Into the Woods" mixes hot men and fairy tales.
Jessica Palopoli

After the thunderstorm of excitement last weekend, one would think San Francisco will be quiet this weekend. Think again.

While I have not given any coverage yet, we all really need to check out SF Playhouse’s “Into the Woods” before it closes Sept. 6. I can’t believe it’s been here so long and I haven’t gone yet. To be honest, it isn’t one of my favorite musicals. Yet, I wanted to give it a chance as SF Playhouse has done remarkable work on other shows and have made me a true fan. It really seems like a show not to be missed if for no other reason than to prepare us for the big screen Meryl Streep version coming for Christmas. Other definite reasons is the cast. Monique Hafen is one of my favorite local actresses, winning me over in SF Playhouse’s “Camelot” and especially “My Fair Lady.”

The show also features Keith Pinto, making his Playhouse debut even though he’s not new to the Bay Area theatre scene. He was good in TheatreWorks’ “Fly By Night” but hilarious and sexy in the Britney Spears parody in San Jose a few years back called “Becoming Britney.”

Let’s not forget Maureen McVerry who was great in the Playhouse’s “Coraline” but also has a nice resume of movie credits under her belt.

Guess it’s just the quality of its productions that attracts such talent to the SF Playhouse. So don’t let this one pass you by. Get tickets at

One of the funniest comedies ever made has sneaked into San Francisco and I will definitely let you know next week about it as I am going Saturday night. “Noises Off,” at the downtown Shelton Theater through Oct. 25, is a physical, slapstick comedy that shows the backstage antics of live theatre. I saw a great production a few months back and, while the Shelton is a more intimate theater,, the script itself is enough to make it full-proof entertainment. Also, to find out one of my favorite performers Rodney Rhoda Taylor is part of a likely amazing ensemble is reason enough for me to go.

Don’t wait like I’ve done with “Into the Woods,” book your “Noises Off” seats now at

Speaking of funniest shows of all time, “Boeing Boeing” is playing in the East Bay at Alameda’s Altarena Playhouse, which has brought to life a classic show.

“Boeing” is an old school comedy about a playboy who has been juggling three flight attendant girlfriends. The “s” hits the fan when their schedules change and our bachelor is juggling his women – almost right in front of each other.

The play was revised on Broadway and won Tony Awards for Best Revival and Best Actor in 2008, beating out “Macbeth” in both categories. Damn…that makes it some funny show.

The show is so hot that even in Alameda it’s been selling out most of its performances. It closes Sept. 14 so get a ticket quick:

Revolve, the Oakland arts and film festival, comes to a close on Aug. 30 but there is still lots to do. There’s more movies, music, visual arts, a cruise and participation in Oakland’s gay pride parade. What a great way to celebrate unity and enjoy the arts. Get a lot of information and a listing of events at

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