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Fall 2017 Arts Preview: Theater

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Brian Copeland reprises his acclaimed solo show “Not a Genuine Black Man” at The Marsh. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)
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The season is filled with plentiful premieres, and an old favorite or two, too.

Not a Genuine Black Man: Brian Copeland reprises his long-running solo show about struggles growing up in the 1970s in the white town of San Leandro. 5 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 30. $20-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Constellations: TheatreWorks stages the regional premiere of the hit romantic drama by Nick Payne that explores the infinite possibilities of “boy meets girl.” Through Sept. 17. $35-$60. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.theatreworks.org

Hunchback of Notre Dame: The musical based on the Victor Hugo novel serves up songs from the Disney animated feature. Through Sept. 10. $27-$52. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, www.hillbarntheatre.org

Ain’t Too Proud –The Life and Times of the Temptations: Berkeley Repertory Theatre premieres the musical about the classic Motown group discovered by Berry Gordy. Through Oct. 8. $40-$125. Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, www.berkeleyrep.org

Beauty and the Beast
: Woodminster Summer Musicals closes its season with the show based on the 1991 animated Disney film and French fairy tale. Sept. 1-10. $31-$64. Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, www.woodminster.com

Luna Gale: In the play by Rebecca Gilman, a social worker fights to save a child from a dangerous home situation. Sept. 1-Oct. 1. $33-$65. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, www.auroratheatre.org

Hamlet: Shakespeare in the Park presents the Bard’s famed tragedy for the first time in its 35-year history. Sept. 2-17. Free. Civil War Parade Lawn, Main Post, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F., www.presidio.gov

San Francisco Fringe Festival: This year’s 26th anniversary programming offers some 120 indie performances by more than 25 artists and companies. Sept. 8-23. $15. Exit Theatreplex, 156 Eddy St. S.F., www.sffringe.org

An American in Paris: A New Musical: Christopher Wheeldon directed and choreographed the Tony Award-winning musical with Gershwin tunes inspired by the famed movie. Sept. 12-Oct. 8. $65-$214. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

Measure for Measure: Cal Shakes closes its season with director Tyne Rafael’s gritty staging of The Bard’s dark satire. Sept. 13-Oct. 8. $31-$92. Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, www.calshakes.org

A Tale of Autumn: Crowded Fire stages the premiere of Christopher Chen’s psychological rise-to-power fable. Sept. 14-Oct. 7. $15-$35. Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F., www.crowdedfire.org

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Taylor Mac’s 24-hour performance art piece, a subjective history of the U.S. from 1776 to the present day, is being presented in four six-hour chapters. Sept. 15-24. $50-$285. Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F., SFCURRAN.com/shows/taylor-mac

The Legend of Pink: Theatre Rhino’s world premiere by Kheven LaGrone is about West Oakland, a drag queen and the changing landscapes of desire and real estate. Sept. 15-30. $15-$40. Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., www.therhino.org

The Infinite Wrench: San Francisco Neo-Futurists’ experimental, evolving show is filled with two-minute plays. Sept. 16-Oct. 21. $15. Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

Hamlet: Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson plays the title role in the American Conservatory Theater production directed by Carey Perloff. Sept. 20-Oct. 15. $15-$110. Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

Blasted: Shotgun Players stage the provocative, violent 1995 drama (for mature audiences) by late English playwright Sarah Kane. Sept. 21-Oct. 22. $25-$40. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, www.shotgunplayers.org

This Bitter Earth: The commissioned premiere by Harrison David Rivers explores the impact of current societal tensions on a gay couple: a black man, whose white lover is a Black Lives Matter activist. Sept. 22-Oct. 22. $25–$50. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F., nctcsf.org

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Broadway San Jose presents the musical based the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story, with music by Alan Menken. Sept. 26-Oct. 1. $48-$203. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, www.ticketmaster.com.

Barbecue: San Francisco Playhouse’s local premiere of Robert O’Hara’s funny, incisive look at poverty, race and social class is directed by Margo Hall. Sept. 26-Nov. 11. $20-$125. SF Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F., www.sfplayhouse.org

Thomas and Sally: The world premiere by Thomas Bradshaw gets up close to the first prominent mixed-race couple in the U.S. Sept 28-Oct. 22. $37-$60. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, www.marintheatre.org

The Mineola Twins: Ariel Craft directs Cutting Ball’s production of Paula Vogel’s satire about domestic upheaval in times of political progress and the rise of conservatism. Sept. 28-Oct. 29. $10-$45. Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F., www.cuttingball.com

The Foreigner: Larry Shue’s comedic staple is about a visitor to a Georgia lodge who pretends he doesn’t understand English. Oct. 5-22. $27-$52. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, www.hillbarntheatre.org

Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit: Daniel Handler brings his mischievous style to a new play for adults. Oct. 5-Nov. 19. $30-$97. Peet’s Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, www.berkeleyrep.org

The Prince of Egypt: TheatreWorks premieres the musical by Stephen Schwartz and Philip LaZebnik inspired by the saga of Moses and Ramses and the DreamWorks movie of the same name. Oct. 6-Nov. 5. $35-$60. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.theatreworks.org

Role Call: The foolsFURY double bill premieres one-woman plays: “(dis)Place[d]” by Debórah Eliezer and “Sheryl, Hamlet, and Me” by Michelle Haner. Oct. 5–22, $15-$30. NOH Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F., foolsfury.org

Small Mouth Sounds: The new comedy by Bess Wohl offers a sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry. Oct. 11-Dec. 10, $25-$90. Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

The Obligation: In the one-person show exploring the Holocaust and the post-war survivor experience, Roger Grunwald portrays a Jewish-American comedian, a survivor, a half-Jewish German soldier and an SS General. Oct. 12-Nov. 5. $26-$56. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F., potrerostage.org/theobligation/

Disney’s Aladdin: The hit Broadway musical based on the animated movie features music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, a book by Chad Beguelin and is directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw. Nov. 1-Jan. 7. $45-$162. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

The Royale: The premiere by TV writer Marco Ramirez is a theatrical tale inspired by Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion. Nov. 3-30. $33-$65. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. www.auroratheatre.org

Beautiful: The musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom. Nov. 14-19. $43-$128. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, www.ticketmaster.com.

ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays: Golden Thread Productions’ evening of short works offers experiences from Armenia, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Turkey, United Kingdom and the U.S. on one stage. Nov. 17-Dec. 10. $15-$36. Potrero Stage, 18th St., S.F., goldenthread.org

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