PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE ... COME TAKE A LOOK IN FUNNY GIRL’S CELLAR. Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie brings his one-man comedy BUYER AND
CELLAR to San Francisco’s SHN Curran Theatre.
By Susan Cohn
Daily Journal Senior Correspondent
MICHAEL URIE’S BUYER AND CELLAR COMES TO THE SHN CURRAN THEATRE. An unemployed actor takes a job working in the cellar of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu house ... as a caretaker to her extensive doll collection. Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie’s one-man show imagines and examines the relationship between the below stairs employee and the unseen star above. 100 minutes without intermission. Written by Jonathan Tolins. Appropriate for older teens and above. No children under 5 allowed. Aug. 19-31. SHN Curran Theatre is located at 445 Geary St. in San Francisco, one block off Union Square. The Downtown Center Garage at 325 Mason St. (at O’Farrell Street) is the closest lot. The BART Powell/Market Street station is three blocks away. Tickets at shnsf.com and 888-746-1799. Be wary of buying tickets from any third party website. SHN has no way of validating or replacing tickets that have been purchased through any website other than shnsf.com.
THEY SAID WHAT?? CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY SHARES THE TELL-ALL. New York’s 2009 Drama Desk Award winner Celebrity Autobiography comes to Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Jaw-dropping, hard-to-believe vignettes excerpted straight from published celebrity tell-alls: from the “he-said, she-said” accounts of Burt and Loni, Tiger Woods’ “golf lessons,” the re-enactment of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s courtship, to an ensemble “playlet” edited together from the memoirs of the most famous love triangle in Hollywood history — Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Other major characters include Ricky Martin, Justin Bieber, Sylvester Stallone, David Hasselhoff, Diana Ross, Ivana Trump, Vanna White, Cher, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Loggins and Britney Spears. Saturday, Sept. 20 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 21 (7 p.m.). 222 Mason St. San Francisco. Intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. $35-$50 at 866-663-1063 or www.ticketweb.com.
CRASH! BOOM! BANG! KILLING MY LOBSTER GOES RADIO ACTIVE. Comedy troupe KML presents live music, original comedic shorts and live sketches in a brand-new live radio show. Slapstick fuses with sharp satire and wacky dialogue. Directed by Millie DeBenedet. Head Writer Cas Ruffin. Featuring Kenny Bourquin, Siobhan Marie Doherty, Tavis Kammet, Allison Page, Griffin Taylor and Foley Artist The Reverend LordRifa. $20. Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. through Aug. 23 at Z Below, 470 Florida St., San Francisco. For more information, visit killingmylobster.com.
WICKED IN SAN JOSE. The North American tour of Wicked arrives at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement from Aug. 27-Sept. 14. Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One — born with emerald-green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Tickets at ticketmaster.com/wicked or 800-982-ARTS (2787). For additional information or a complete schedule of performance dates and times, visit www.broadwaysanjose.com.
SO YOU WANT TO BE IN SHOW BIZ? BEACH BLANKET BABYLON HOLDS AUDITIONS. Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon holds open auditions 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in San Francisco. No appointment is necessary. Singers should be prepared to sing one ballad and one up-tempo number (preferably rock or pop). Comic timing, acting skills and the ability to imitate popular culture icons are a plus. An accompanist will be provided, but auditioners must bring their own sheet music (in their key) along with a current resume and photo. Singers should bring one copy of a photo and resume with them. For answers to questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRESCENDO BENEFITS SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) announces Crescendo, the annual season preview event that kicks off its 37th season. Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon-3 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., San Francisco. The Sunday brunch includes a preview of selections from the upcoming season, a silent and live auction and an awards ceremony that pays tribute to Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, Grammy winner Leslie Ann Jones and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Tickets from $150 to $2,500 at www.SFGMC.org/crescendo.
SEINFELD IN SAN JOSE. Jerry Seinfeld performs his signature standup routine at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at 255 S. Almaden Blvd. San Jose. Tickets online at ticketmaster.com or at 1-800-982-2787.
Susan Cohn is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association. She may be reached at email@example.com.