From family tragedy to historical musical, there's theater for every taste on stage in February. Here are just a few selections from our comprehensive calendar; see all upcoming February theater events in the Bay Area here.
Paradise Square: A New Musical at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre through February 17
It's 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever? See details.
Creditors at Aurora Theatre through February 24
Scottish playwright David Greig translated and adapted Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 drama, set in a seaside hotel. In it, a master manipulator insinuates himself into the life of an artist and his novelist wife, in destructive ways. Barbara Damashek directs the psychological tragi-comedy, as it’s been called, for this Aurora Theatre production. See details.
Late Company at New Conservatory Theatre Center through February 24
In Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill’s family-tragedy drama, a couple invites their son’s bully and his family to dinner, resulting in an evening of rage and emotional pain. The playwright is looking at LGBT youth in particular, and the effects of cyberbullying. Evren Odcikin directs a five-member cast for this New Conservatory production. See details.