Best Upcoming Theater Events In Sacramento

July 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Summer is anything but quiet when it comes to performing arts in Sacramento. Our capital city is home to many small, medium and large stages producing everything from gripping dramas to hilarious comedies and rousing musicals. Audiences of all ages will find something to enjoy this summer. Get out and support the many talented local performers at one of these events.
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Sacramento Shakespeare Festival
William A Carroll Amphitheatre
3901 Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 558-2173

Dates: June 29 through July 29

This year, the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will perform “The Comedy of Errors,” one of Shakespeare’s earliest, shortest and most farcical comedies. The comedy is a tale of mistaken identity, featuring two sets of identical twins that have been separated at birth, and is full of hilarious situations and wild mishaps. Also set to perform is an original play written in the style of Shakespeare, “King Arthur.” The production will bring to life this beloved story of the noble king, the love triangle and the conflict that threatens to destroy Camelot, perfect for a hot summer evening.

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“Dying City”
Capital Stage
2215 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 995-5464

Dates: July 18 through August 12

A sophisticated drama infusing references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq, “Dying City” tells the story of Kelly, whose husband Craig is killed while on military duty in Iraq. A year later, Kelly is confronted by Craig’s twin brother, Peter, who believes Craig’s death was not accidental. Called crafty and unsettling by the New York Times, this play by Christopher Shinn explores how contemporary politics, grief and violence transform the lives of three characters. The drama features shifts in time – moving backward and forward – and a changing stage setup.

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“The Majestic Kid”
Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre
1105 N Main St
Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 295-4499

Dates: August 10 through September 8

Just about an hour southeast of Sacramento, the Wild West comes to life in Mark Medoff’s “The Majestic Kid.” Spend an evening in the foothills following the adventures of Aaron Weiss, a lawyer hired by the Apache Indians who are trying to recover sacred land. The complex story, set in the early 1980s, weaves together moral ambiguity, love triangles and well-intentioned mishaps when reality and fantasy blend as Aaron calls upon his silver-screen idol, The Laredo Kid, for help. Located in Jackson, the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is the perfect setting for a late summer picnic and show.

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“Fiddler on the Roof”
Wells Fargo Pavilion
1419 H St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1995

Playing: August 14 through August 19

The beloved musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” comes to Music Circus this summer telling the story of Tevye as he teeters between his respect for tradition and love for his daughters. Featuring songs such as “Tradition” and “If I Were A Rich Man,” this tale of family, community and changing societal customs has captured audiences around the world. It will make you laugh and cry and is definitely a must-see.

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“Crazy For You”
Wells Fargo Pavilion
1419 H St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1995

Playing: August 28 through September 2

If you love Gershwin, then you will love “Crazy For You,” also playing at Music Circus this summer. This old-fashioned musical comedy features the classic boy-meets-girl storyline, energetic dance numbers, plenty of slapstick comedy and even a kick line full of showgirls. The production is chock full of Gershwin hits including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm.” This rousing musical will have you dancing in your seats.

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