An entertainment column in the Valley Journal and Times-Herald weeklies contained incorrect information. The Tri-Valley Repertory production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore continues through the weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and at 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 1.
Lamplighters Music Theatre is taking one of its breaks from the works of Gilbert and Sullivan to present Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" Friday and Saturday evenings at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.
The show, a farcical tale of revenge and temptation, will be performed in a new translation by David Scott Marley that begins when Gabriel Von Eisenstein is sentenced to prison for eight days for insulting a public official.
At about the same time Rosalinda, the family maid, receives an invitation to the usually licentious ball hosted by Russian Prince Orlofsky, an eccentric, among other things. So Rosalinda tells the boss her aunt is ill, and she rushes to her bedside. Then Dr. Falke, Eisenstein's pal, shows up to take the man to Orlofsky's party. Of course he says the good doctor is there to take him to jail.
And on it goes -- enough to convince you that Strauss had the same "Topsy-Turvy" sense seen in the work of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Lamplighters' former artistic director, Barbara Heroux, runs the show with music conducted by George Cleve. The company performs at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore, as part of the show's Bay Area tour. Performances are 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 2 p.m. Feb. 9.
Tickets, at $47, may be reserved at 925-373-6800 or bankheadtheater.org
MORE EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT: It's been remarkable and exciting to see the increasingly high quality of theater in the Valley. There are several examples, either just ended or still running, that illustrate the point beautifully.
"The Drowsy Chaperone," which closes this Saturday at the Bankhead Theater,in Livermore, is an excellent example, and a show that is on a par with any production of the version presented in the East Bay.
It is a remarkably funny, well directed and well acted show, with a cast led by Ron Lytle as the Man in the Chair, a sort of narrator of the piece, and the owner of the apartment where the '20s musical delightfully unfolds.
This was no fluke. Tri-Valley Repertory has continually produced excellent musicals since moving into the Bankhead and cutting loose with (relatively) high-budget shows that match the size and amenities of the auditorium.
Final performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, at $28-$38, may be reserved at 925-373-6800 or www.mylvpac.com
Up the road in Danville, Role Players Ensemble Theatre is producing some really exciting work under Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes, who is serving up "The Matchmaker," in the current outing which ends Feb. 8 in the small Village Theatre at 233 Front St.
Hayes has made a practice of presenting big shows on the small stage at the Village, giving great rewards to the audiences who can see the shows close-up. This time, the show is led by Melynda Kiring as Dolly Levi in the title role and John Blytt as Horace Vandergelder, the object of Dolly's affections and efforts.
The company has also presented Shakespeare and Gilbert and Sullivan shows, as well as annual Eugene O'Neill offerings as part of the Eugene O'Neill Festival. This year, the company mounted a production of "Chris Christophersen," in the barn at Tao House, O'Neill's estate in Danville, and its rewrite, "Anna Christie," at the Village Theatre.
Tickets to "The Matchmaker," which plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, cost $28 and may be reserved for $28 at 925-314-3400 or www.roleplayersensemble.com.
Finally, there's "A Chorus Line," which opened Jan. 24 and plays through Feb. 9 in Pleasanton's Firehouse Center for the Arts at 4444 Railroad Ave.
The show is presented by Pacific Coast Repertory, the resident theater company at the Firehouse, another gem of a small theater in the area. "Chorus Line" is a poignant tale of dancers competing for parts in the chorus line of a Broadway show.
It's directed by Lois Grandi, who has performed as a dancer on Broadway, as well as Meredith Patterson, who is a protégée of Grandi's and performed on Broadway and in film. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Firehouse. Tickets, at $17 to $38, may be reserved at 925-931-4848 or www.firehousearts.org.
Contact Pat Craig at email@example.com.