Desiree Rogers plays blue great Alberta Hunter in New Conservatory Theatre Center's world premiere "Leaving the Blues." (Courtesy Lois Tema)

Desiree Rogers plays blue great Alberta Hunter in New Conservatory Theatre Center's world premiere "Leaving the Blues." (Courtesy Lois Tema)

2017 Winter Arts Preview: Theater

The Real Thing: Tom Stoppard’s comedy about a witty playwright was called by one critic the most “bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years.” Jan. 27-Feb. 26. $32-$56. Aurora Theatre Co., 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, www.auroratheatre.org

A Thousand Splendid Suns: American Conservatory Theater premieres the show based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel about three generations of Afghan women who are bound together by family and a secret past. Feb. 1-26. $20-$105. Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F., wwww.act-sf.org

Fool for Love: Magic Theatre artistic director Loretta Greco directs the revival of Sam Shepard’s modern classic. Feb. 1-26. $75-$90. Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.magictheatre.org

Daughter of a Garbageman
: Radio host and standup comic Maureen Langan covers her 1970s upbringing, raised by her Irish mother and New York City sanitation worker father, in her one-woman show. Feb. 2-March 25. $20-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

The Revolution Will Not Be Harmonized: Comedy troupe Chardonnay premieres a musical set 200 years in the future, when “Spotif-Eye rules the land, everyone is a freelancer with an inflexible work schedule, and the end of humankind draws near.” Feb. 2-25. $25-$40. PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F., www.pianofight.com

Hand to God: The raunchy play by Robert Askins about the struggle between an teen boy and the demonic sock puppet he encounters at a church puppet ministry gets its West Coast premiere. Feb. 3-March 19. $29–$97. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.berkeleyrep.org

Rent: Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 rock musical inspired by Puccini’s “La Boheme” returns in a 20th anniversary tour. Feb. 7-19. $45-$214. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

The Love Edition-Time After Time: Bindlestiff Studio, dedicated to showcasing Filipino-American and Pilipino performing arts, presents a series of short original plays about love and relationships. Feb. 9-25. $10-$25. 185 Sixth St., S.F., www.bindlestiffstudio.org

Charley’s Aunt ‘66: The world premiere, a silly farce freely adapted by Scott Munson, is based on Brandon Thomas’ classic “Charley’s Aunt.” Feb. 9-March 6. $10-$29. Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, www.dmtonline.org

Billy Elliot The Musical: Berkeley Playhouse stages the play (based on the movie) about an 11-year-old working class boy in 1980s Britain who dares to take up dancing. Feb. 16-March 25. $25-$40. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

John: American Conservatory Theater stages Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker’s new drama, set in a creepy bed-and-breakfast and starring Georgia Engel as the proprietor. Feb. 22–April 23. $55-$90. Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

Without Mercy: Off Broadway West Theatre Company premieres the play by Patricia Milton about a mother whose daughter was murdered, and the conflict that ensues with her surviving daughter. Feb. 24-March 25. $20-$40. Phoenix Theater, 414 Mason St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Spend the Night With Billy Crystal: The comic tells stories and shows film clips in the casual show. 8 p.m. March 1 at Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose, $65-$350. www.ticketmaster.com

Side Show: Foothill Music Theatre stages the 2014 revival of the show about conjoined twins, and their search for love and acceptance amid the spectacle of fame. March 2-19. $12-$32. Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, www.foothillmusicals.com

Leaving the Blues: New Conservatory Theatre premieres its commission by Jewelle Gomez, a play with music imagining the life of legendary blues singer songwriter Alberta Hunter. March 3–April 2. $25-$50. 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.nctcsf.org

Roe: The premiere by Lisa Loomer explores the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) who were at the center of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion. March 3-April 2. $57-$100. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.berkeleyrep.org

Bay Area Cabaret: Sidney Myer, booker of Theatre Row’s “Don’t Tell Mama,” hosts a benefit featuring Amanda McBroom and cabaret performers from across the nation. 5 p.m. March 5. $58. Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F., www.bayareacabaret.org

Matilda the Musical: The Tony Award-winning show is based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl. March 7-12. $43–$128. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose, www.ticketmaster.com

Into the Woods: The McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater production of the classic musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has 10 actors, one piano and “boundless imagination.” March 7-April 2. $60-$225. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

Calligraphy: TheatreWorks stages the regional premiere of Velina Hasu Houston’s comic drama set in Los Angeles and Tokyo about cousins — one American, the other Japanese — coping with their aging mothers. March 8-April 2. $35-$86. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, www.theatreworks.org

You For Me For You
: Crowded Fire offers the local premiere of Mia Chung’s tale about North Korean sisters who are torn apart at the border as they attempt to flee. March 9-April 1. $10-$35. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F., www.crowdedfire.org

Hamilton: Tickets are sold out for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical phenomenon about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton. March 10-Aug. 5. SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

New Girl in Town: 42nd Street Moon presents the musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” about a woman with a secret past who tries to rebuild her life. March 29-April 16, $25-$58. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., www.42ndStMoon.org

Jitney: The African American Shakespeare Co. stages the 1970s-era drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson, part of his 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle.” April 1-16. $32.50. Marines’ Memorial, 609 Sutter St., S.F. www.african-americanshakes.org

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