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Adios Mama Carlota! April 3–28, times vary.
Narrated by Empress Carlota in her private
chamber in Bouchout Castle, Belgium, 1927,
60 years after the death of her beloved Maximillian
before a firing squad in Mexico. Carlota
is haunted by her memories, holding
royal court entertaining several distinguished
ghosts, including; Maximilian, Napoleon III,
Benito Juarez and Abraham Lincoln. Ticket
prices vary. San Jose Stage Theater, 490 S.
First St., San Jose. 408/283-7142.
I’m Not Running. April 4, 7 p.m. In this
explosive new play by Academy Award-nominated
writer David Hare, a junior doctor is
thrown into politics when she becomes the
face of a campaign to save her local hospital.
While working in government, she crosses
paths with her old boyfriend, and faces an
agonizing decision between her personal life
and politics. Tickets $14–$21. Hammer Theatre
Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San
Disney’s Aladdin. April 10-21, times vary.
Adapted from the Academy Award-winning
animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales
including “One Thousand and One
Nights,” Aladdin is brought to fresh theatrical
life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey
sweeps audiences into an exotic world of
daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless
romance. Ticket prices vary. San Jose Center
for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.,
San Jose. 800/653-8000.
Eurydice. Through April 14, times vary.
Grief-stricken Orpheus travels to the underworld,
where he learns he can rescue his wife,
Eurydice—if he doesn’t look back on the way
up. City Lights’ innovative new production
combines Sarah Ruhl’s strikingly fresh script
with the beauty of American Sign Language,
reflecting the characters’ efforts to communicate
across worlds. Tickets $23–$44. City
Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St., San Jose.
Go Forth, Kaneza Schaal. April 26–18, times
vary. “Go Forth” draws inspiration
from the Egyptian Book of the
Dead. Incorporating analog projections,
chanting, and dance,
the work animates a series of burial
rituals. The audience enters
through a photographic installation
that provides an initiation
into the mythological landscape
of the work. Tickets $40–$50. Bing
Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen
St., Stanford University.
Urinetown. April 26–
May 5, times vary.
Winner of three
Tony Awards, three
Outer Critics Circle
two Obie Awards, “Urinetown” is a biting
musical satire of the legal system, capitalism,
social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy,
corporate mismanagement, municipal politics
and musical theatre itself; no one is safe from
scrutiny. Ticket prices vary. Hammer Theatre
Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose.
Good People. April 11–May 5, times vary.
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood
where a night on the town means a few
rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck
covers last month’s bills, and where Margie
Walsh has just been let go from yet another
job. This play explores struggles, shifting loyalties
and unshakeable hopes that come with
having next to nothing in America. Ticket
prices vary. Olinder Theatre, 848 E. William
St., San Jose. 408/288-7820.
1776: The Musical. April 26–May 9, times
vary. The seminal event in American history
blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional
of Broadway hits. This play follows John
Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry
Lee and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to
convince the members of the second Continental
Congress to vote for independence
from the British monarchy. Tickets $16–$25.
Morgan Hill Community Playhouse,
17090 Monterey St., Morgan Hill.
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. May
3, 8 p.m. This unscripted theatrical
award show hits the stage with some
of New York’s best master improvisers.
Gathering made-up hit song suggestions
from the audience,
these pros then create
a spontaneous showcase
of music, humor,
and laughter. The
audience votes for
their favorite song,
and watches as the
cast turns it on-thespot
into a full-blown
musical. Tickets $59–
$65. Montalvo Arts
Center, 15400 Montalvo
Mamma Mia. May
9–26, times vary.
ABBA’s hits tell the
hilarious story of a young
woman’s search for her birth
father. This sunny and funny
tale unfolds on a Greek island
paradise. On the eve of her wedding,
a daughter’s quest to discover
the identity of her father brings three
men from her mother’s past back
to the island they last visited 20 years
Tony Bennett, May 3, City National Civic, San Jose; Eurydice, through
Apr. 14, City Lights Theater, San Jose
Michael Bublé, Apr. 3,
Oracle Arena, Oakland