Stage: Full House

North Bay stages raise the curtain on new season

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September marks the opening of the new artistic season for many North Bay theater companies. Here’s some of what they have in store for local audiences:

In Marin, the Novato Theater Company (novatotheatercompany.org) hopes to have one singular sensation with their production of A Chorus Line; Mill Valley’s Marin Theatre Company (marintheatre.org) presents the West Coast premiere of the 2017 Best Play Tony-winning political thriller Oslo; and the Ross Valley Players buck the trend and bring Shakespeare indoors for a change with their production of Twelfth Night.

Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater (cinnabartheater.org) transforms itself into Berlin’s Kit Kat Club and bids you willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome to the classic John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Cabaret. Broadway veteran Michael McGurk and Petaluma native Alia Beeton take on the roles that won Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli their Oscars.

The Spreckels Theatre Company of Rohnert Park (spreckelsonline.com) opens its season with the multiple Tony Award–winning Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Fans of the Mark Haddon novel about a young boy on the autism spectrum investigating the death of a neighborhood dog will find that it’s been somewhat reworked for the stage.

Dancing and singing New York “wiseguys” take over Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse (6thstreetplayhouse.com) as it presents Guys and Dolls. Summer Repertory Theatre artistic director James Newman moves to Railroad Square to helm what has been called “the greatest of all American musicals”.

Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre (leftedgetheatre.com) continues to provide North Bay audiences with recently written plays never before seen in the area with the U.S. premiere of a hit British comedy. Dave Simpson’s The Naked Truth involves charity fundraising, female empowerment and pole dancing. Argo Thompson directs and has worked former Bohemian theater critic David Templeton into the cast.

Plenty of options for the avid theatergoer.

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