Mar 13, 2020
by Jeanie K. Smith , San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
Every show I was going to see this month has been cancelled. My inbox has been flooded with messages of cancellation and/or postponement all over the Bay Area. The big theaters with hit touring shows in San Francisco are now dark. Broadway is dark. Even Disneyland is now dark. Drastic moves in dire times to slow the spread of a deadly disease that is likely to get worse before it gets better. But #flattenthecurve we must.
All the cancellations are the right thing to do in an uncertain environment. Even if Covid-19 isn’t stopped in its tracks, slowing its spread will give our healthcare resources valuable time to continue ramping up what’s needed to deal with this looming crisis. Hopefully flattening the curve means the system won’t be overwhelmed with too many cases at once. “Social distancing” seems to be working in other countries — let’s hope that all the radical steps taken voluntarily by so many organizations will do the same here.
Meanwhile, no performances for theatre lovers, at least not for a few weeks. Below is the information I have on cancellations as of right now. If you’re hoping to see something in Sonoma, Napa or Marin counties, be sure to check websites or call the box office before heading out.
Large venues may have insurance that can help them salvage some budget in this difficult time. Smaller venues are going to be hurting, seeing big gaps in their budgets where they were counting on much-needed revenue. If you can donate your pre-purchased tickets instead of demanding refunds, please do so. It’s a tax write-off for you. And if at all possible, make a donation to your favorite local theater now, instead of waiting until December— you’d hate to see them shutter their doors permanently, right?
Theatre artists are a passionate, dedicated bunch, putting in long hours to create something magical for their audience, and now they’re idled indefinitely. Some have had shows cancelled in the middle of a run; some were cancelled before the show opened; some shows had rave reviews and awards— and still cancelled. Let’s applaud and reward them for doing the right thing.
Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Lucky Penny Productions, Napa
Love - Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
The Glass Menagerie - Ross Valley Players, Ross
The Flick - Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa
The Cripple of Inishmaan - Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa
Daddy Long Legs - Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
Accidental Death of an Anarchist - Main Stage West, Sebastopol
The Addams Family Musical - Napa Valley College, Napa
Talley’s Folly - Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Pear Theatre
Gloria - American Conservatory Theater, SF
Book of Mountains and Seas - New Conservatory Theatre Center, SF
Toni Stone - American Conservatory Theater, SF
Malinche Show - Teatro Nahual
3 Plays by Samuel Beckett - Anton's Well Theater Company, SF
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Foothill Music Theatre, Los Altos Hills
Never the Sinner - EXIT Theatre, SF
Intimate Apparel - Lorraine Hansberry Theater, SF
Retablos - Word for Word/Z Space, SF
Culture Clash (Still) in America - Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play - Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley
Macbeth - Ubuntu Theater Project, SF
Sister Act - Stage 1 Theatre, Newark
They Promised Her The Moon - TheatreWorks, Mountain View
Chicago - San Jose Stage Company, San Jose
Galatea - Spreckels Theatre Company, Rohnert Park - opening March 20
The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Curtain Call Theatre, Monte Rio - opening March 13
Mary Page Marlowe - Roustabout Theater, Santa Rosa - opening March 13
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