The play’s the thing

The Bay Area theater scene doesn’t rest in summer — on the contrary, the next few months will bring premieres, revivals of classic works and opportunities for audiences to bask in the sun (and fog) at outdoor productions. Here are some highlights of the 2013 season.

Wild With Happy

Tony Award nominee Colman Domingo wrote and performs in this comedy about a struggling black actor who loses his mom, spurns the rituals of grief and heads for the happiest place on earth. TheatreWorks presents the show’s West Coast premiere. [June 5-June 30. $31-$51. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View; (650) 463-1960,]

American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose

In this comic fantasia by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash fame, the title character falls asleep the night before his citizenship exam and journeys back through American history, meeting icons from Abe Lincoln to Sacajawea.  Cal Shakes artistic director Jonathan Moscone directs. [Through June 23. $35-$72. California Shakespeare Theater, Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda; (510) 548-9666,]

Dear Elizabeth

Playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters, co-creators of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s fabulous “Eurydice,” reunite for Ruhl’s play about poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. [Friday through July 7. $29-$77. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949,]


Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece made its American Conservatory Theater debut in 1995 under the direction of artistic director Carey Perloff.  Now Perloff revives this heady play set in an English country house and spanning the 19th century to the present. [Through June 9. $20-$95. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 749-2228,]

Abigail’s Party

Disco, anyone?  Amy Glazer, a favorite Bay Area director, helms Mike Leigh’s satire of British suburbia in the 1970s. [Through July 6. $25-$50. San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F.; (415) 677-9596,]

Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?

The political piece by acclaimed British playwright Caryl Churchill (“Cloud Nine,” “Top Girls”) explores the similarities between countries and gay men. Theatre Rhino presents the show’s West Coast premiere, on a bill with two additional one-acts: “Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza,” also by Churchill, and “Seven Palestinian Children” by Deborah S. Margolin. [Through June 16. $15-$30. Costume Shop, 1117 Market St., S.F.; (800) 838-3006,]


Magic Theatre scores a coup with the first American production of this international hit by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe. The cast features Stacy Ross, Carl Lumbly and Marissa Keltie. [Through June 16. $22-$62. Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Sreet, S.F.; (415) 441-8822,]


Is this a dagger … oh, you know.  San Francisco Shakespeare opens its 31st season of free shows in Bay Area parks with the Scottish play, staged by Ken Kelleher. [June 29-Sept. 22. Free. Performances in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City and San Francisco; (415) 558-0888,]


Lerner and Loewe meet “Game of Thrones” when San Francisco Playhouse explores the dark side of “Camelot” in its summer musical offering. [July 16-Sept. 14. $25-$60. 450 Post St., S.F.; (415) 677-9596,]


Word for Word and Z Space celebrate 20 years with this program of stories from Pulitzer Prize winner Zona Gale. [Aug. 14-Sept. 15. $20-$40, Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.; (866) 811-4111,]

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