Let the craziness begin as Reel Blondes opens another wacky musical adventure of Blondie and her pals at the beauty salon. For many years, the show ran at an actual beauty salon, but after a several year hiatus, it re-emerged last year at Danville's Village Theatre.

"I'm so happy to bring 'Reel Blondes' back to the Danville community," says founder/producer Vicki Brooks.

This year's show, entitled "Back to the Roots," runs from Feb. 15— March 9, and pits Blondie against a new salon with a diabolical owner named Dante.

Desperate to keep her customers, Blondie puts in a tanning booth, which, in "Reel Blondes" fashion, turns out also to be a time travel machine. During one of her time travel adventures, Blondie gets to her own roots and meets some very colorful ancestors.

The cast includes Jeff Seaberg (who also directs), Peggy Stratton, Paula Wujek, Donna Turner, Danny Santero, Nick Quintell, Min Kahng, Morgan Breedveld and Savannah Stratton.

For tickets, call 925-314-3400 or go to www.victoriasreelblondes.com.

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    It's always a pleasure to attend a theater production where one or more of the performers have such wonderful energy that it just bubbles off the stage.

    Such is the case with Jennifer Peabody in Onstage Theatre's production of "Spots on a Leopard." As the sexy neighbor next door, she has her comedic chops down even when parading around in next to nothing.

    And, believe me, when a playwright takes you back to the late '70s where fashion is horrifying at best, you need those laughs!

    "Spots on a Leopard" is the West Coast premiere of John Baker Sr. and tells of 31-year-old Robbie (well played by Eddie Peabody) who has returned to his home in Arizona to stay with his best friend Jim (a wonderfully awkward, shy Ryan Terry).

    Robbie has had some success as a Hollywood actor but feels lonely and hopes to use his "fame" to score with women who weren't so interested in him before his television appearances.

    He first encounters Jim's sexy neighbors (a lovely Julia McArthur and the effervescent Jennifer Peabody) and finally his former girlfriend Sarah (nicely done by Sarah Rozett).

    While his comedy could be sharpened with some judicious cuts, Baker does create some funny lines, and director Helen Means has done a nice job pacing and adding physical comedy to the show.

    "Spots on a Leopard" plays through Feb. 10, at Cue Productions Live, 1935 Colfax St., in Concord. Call 925-518-3277.

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    Center Rep presents Jon Marans' "Old Wicked Songs" from Feb. 5—March 2, at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center. The two-person play features Patrick Russell as the young American piano prodigy, who travels to Vienna in hopes of reconnecting with his music.

    He is assigned to an elderly vocal teacher, played by Dan Hiatt. The two very different men begin an inspirational journey with music as their common bond. Jessica Heidt directs.

    Call 925-943-SHOW (925-943-7469) or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.

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    Clint Sides' beautifully crafted set awaits audiences at Diablo Actors Ensemble's production of "Down An Alley Filled With Cats," running through Feb. 9, on Locust Street in Walnut Creek.

    Written by Australian playwright Warwick Moss, the action takes place in a cozy old bookstore piled floor to ceiling with books of every ilk.

    Simon, a young street-smart con artist, comes to the store at closing to pick up a book containing a mysterious code, which may identify the location of a priceless artifact. But, when he becomes locked in for the night with the seemingly kindly old proprietor, nothing and no one is what they seem.

    Full of more questions than answers, the mystery gives the two actors, Jeremy Cole and Avi Jacobson, quite a workout as they make and break alliances and deliver one twist after another.

    Director Scott Fryer keeps up the pacing, especially important in a mystery such as this that relies more on cerebral than physical action. For tickets, call 866-811-4111 or go to www.diabloactors.com.

    Contact Sally Hogarty at sallyhogarty@gmail.com.