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Comedy, drama and a little fun grace Folsom area stages

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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From Placerville to Folsom and Roseville to Carmichael, the local theatrical options are always top-notch. As usual, I have done the research to bring you some of the best theater on either side of the American River.

Imagination Theater, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, (530) 642-0404

Running through March 3 is the adult British farce, “Run for Your Wife.” The show is performed at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

“This madcap British farce is the story of mischievous London cab driver, John Smith, who has two wives, two lives and a tight schedule to keep,” their press release states. “Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in the hospital. When two addresses are discovered, the police investigate and Smith becomes hilariously entangled in his own hopeless attempts to explain himself.”

Tickets can be purchased at www.imagination-theater.org or through the box office at (530) 642-0404.

Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael, (916) 489-7529

It looks like there are three productions at Chautauqua, which has been putting on quality shows for 36 seasons. Expect to find “The Raven and Other Images of Edgar Allan Poe” running at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday beginning March 15.

The “Bob and Ro Radio Show” runs at 2 p.m. for two Saturdays, March 2 and March 9.

Finally, they are also offering “The Gingerbread Man” at noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning March 23.

Check them out online at www.cplayhouse.org.

Free Fall Stage, 800 Reading St., Folsom, (916) 207-5606

Generally known for quality drama, I believe Free Fall Stage won’t disappoint with their March show, “The Beams are Creaking.” Penned by Douglas Anderson, the production takes place in 1933 Germany just as the Nazi party has taken power.

“In the face of the greatest evil of the 20th century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer battles questions of morality, political allegiance and religious conviction. This true story will keep you on the edge of your seat as a tale of intrigue, conspiracy and high treason unfolds,” according to the organizers.

The show runs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 through April 7.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for senior, student, military, SARTA and See-A-Play Members (with ID); $7 for children under 12.

They only accept cash at the door or order tickets online at freefallstage.com. For more information, call (916) 207-4420.

Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom, (916) 353-1001

As always, the cozy theater on Sutter Street offers numerous shows. Running through March 17 is “Moon Over Buffalo.” It shows in their Off-Broadway Series at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. It’s a Ken Ludwig penned play, so it’s bound to be a great time. (On a side note, the last Ludwig production at Sutter Street was “Leading Ladies,” which garnered high praise from local theatrical reviewers, including me.) Following that one is “Cotton Patch Gospel,” opening March 22 and running into April.

The kid-friendly tale, “Cinderella Redux,” runs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through March 24.

Learn more about all the shows at www.sutterstreettheatre.com.

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, 241 Vernon St., Roseville, (916) 772-2777

These 10-19-year-old actors tackle a tough show with “Les Miserables.” It runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8-23. Tickets are $13.

Oak Ridge High School, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, (916) 390-3727

The drama department presents “Noises Off” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday March 15-April 7. There is a specialopening at 7 p.m., March 14.

For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.