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Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

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“Weightless,” a world-premiere rock opera by The Kilbanes (Bay Area couple Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses) , opens at Z Space in February. [Courtesy Emily Sevin)

The theater season serves up major tours, offbeat experiments, musicals, comedy and drama.

A Fatal Step
: Solo performer Jill Vice’s 60-minute noir dramedy is told from the viewpoint of the femme fatale. Through March 3. $20-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Skeleton Crew
: Marin Theatre Company and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley co-present the regional premiere of the third play of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit-cycle trilogy, a dramedy set during the recession of 2008. Jan. 25-Feb. 18 ($22-$60) at Marin Theatre Company, 897 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, marintheatre.org; March 7-April 1 ($40-$100) at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, www.theatreworks.org

Widowers Houses
: George Bernard Shaw’s 1892 satire is about an earnest young doctor who falls in love but discovers his prospective father-in-law’s fortune derives from exploiting the poor. Jan. 26-March 4. $33-$65. Aurora Theatre Co., 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, www.auroratheatre.org

Reel to Reel: Playwright John Kolvenbach directs Magic Theatre’s world premiere of his play, the story of a 55-year marriage as told through the sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments and household noises. Jan. 31-Feb. 25. $35-$80. Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.magictheatre.org

The Cutting Ball Variety Pack: The two-week festival features four short, fully staged experimental works and readings of two new plays by New York-based playwrights. Feb. 2-13. $10-$30. Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F., cuttingball.com

The King and I: The tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of the Rodger & Hammerstein classic stars Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and Brian Rivera and Darren Lee alternating as the king. Feb. 2-25.$45–$128. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose, www.ticketmaster.com

A Streetcar Named Desire
: Ubuntu Theater Project stages the Tennessee Williams classic about envy, power and betrayal and what happens when Blanche Dubois finds her way to her sister’s doorstep. Feb. 2-25. $15-$45. Alice Collective, 272 14th St., Oakland, www.ubuntutheaterproject.com

The Book of Mormon: The hit Tony-winning musical about the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries is back for a limited run. Feb. 6-March 4. $60-$246. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

Sweeney Todd: San Jose Stage Co. presents a stripped-down version (based on Christopher Bond’s adaptation) of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical about a demon barber’s revenge, passion and greed. Feb. 7-March 18. $32-$72. 490 S. First St., San Jose, www.thestage.org

Lucia Berlin-Stories: Word for Word performs five stories from the writer’s posthumously published, critically acclaimed “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” which focus on women balancing motherhood, relationships and working lives. Feb. 14-March 11. $20-$50. Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

The Miracle Worker
: The Tabard Theatre Company presents the Tony-award winning drama based on Helen Keller’s autobiography “The Story of My Life.” Feb. 16-March 11. $15-$44. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose, www.tabardtheatre.org

Ragtime: Berkeley Playhouse stages the musical about hopes and dreams of varied groups in America in the early 20th century, based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow. Feb. 16-March 18. $22-$40. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Vietgone: American Conservatory Theater presents Qui Nguyen’s comedy about three young Vietnamese immigrants who leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across 1970s America. Feb. 21–April 22. $25-$90. Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

Office Hour: Berkeley Repertory Theatre produces Julia Cho’s drama about a college professor who tries to get through to a troubled student whose work has violent themes and carries a gun. Feb. 22-March 35. $30-$97. Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.berkeleyrep.org

Weightless: The world-premiere rock opera by The Kilbanes (Bay Area couple Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses) is an interpretation of the story of Procne and Philomela, from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” Feb. 22-March 18. $20-$50. Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F., www.zspace.org

Until, Until, Until…: Experimental artist Edgar Arceneaux’s piece investigates the infamous 1981 event in which only half of Ben Vereen’s performance was televised during Ronald Reagan’s inaugural, making for an unsettling statement on race. 8 p.m. Feb. 23-24. $20. Galleries, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., www.ybca.org

9 to 5 The Musical
: Foothill Music Theatre stages the play, with music by Dolly Parton, based on the 1980 film of the same name about working women who team up against their chauvinistic boss. March 1-18. $12-$32. Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, www.foothill.edu/theatre

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again: Crowded Fire offers the local premiere of the dark comedy by Alice Birch, an experimental group of vignettes described as a “field guide for feminists in a revolution.” March 1-21. $10-$35. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F., www.crowdedfire.org

It’s Only a Play
: New Conservatory Theatre presents the regional premiere of Terrence McNally’s comedy set at a party where a producer, playwright, director, actors and their friends eagerly wait for opening night reviews of their Broadway show. March 2–April 1. $25-$50. 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.nctcsf.org

Bay Area Cabaret: Tony nominee Liz Callaway (“Miss Saigon,” “Cats,” “Anastasia”), who often appears with her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, makes her solo Venetian Room debut. 5 p.m. March 11. $55-$65. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F., www.bayareacabaret.org

Iron Shoes
: Shotgun Players premieres the neo-feminist folk opera by Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter and Erika Chong Shuch which transforms Eastern European fairy tales into a “fantastical” performance. March 15–April 22. $20-$50. 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, www.shotgunplayers.org

Saturday Night
: 42nd Street Moon presents the Stephen Sondheim musical, a lighthearted story of lovers and friends in 1929 Brooklyn, that never opened on Broadway in the 1950s because the producer died suddenly. March 28-April 15. $25-$58. Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., www.42ndStMoon.org

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