Nazis, a white rabbit and Egyptians on area stages

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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There are some great regional options for theatergoers in September, ranging from a comedic Nazi romp to a sensual look at the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra. Sutter Street Theatre Most of the theatrical groups in Folsom are dark in September, but not Sutter Street Theatre at 717 Sutter St., Folsom. Here you’ll find the musical comedy “The Producers,” running through Sep. 9. In the Telegraph newspaper, I rated the show five out of five stars. It’s hysterical and sure to offend the easily offended. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. Catch it while you can. For those young at heart, “Alice in Wonderland” runs at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 16. This is the fourth time Alice has visited Sutter Street. Previous shows have raked in Elly nominations and other awards. Brady Tait takes on five roles while Hannah Hurst reprises the title role. Mike Jimena, who designed the sets, also takes the director’s chair this time around. Beginning Sept. 14, “Sly Fox” takes the stage at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” replaces “Alice in Wonderland” at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning Sept. 22. For more information, call the theater at (916) 353-1001 or visit Roseville Theatre Arts Academy “Into the Woods” takes the stage in Roseville at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 28-Oct. 20. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door at Roseville Theatre, 210 Vernon St., Roseville. “An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale,” according to organizers. “When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). … One of Sondheim’s most popular works, ‘Into the Woods’ is a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic.” For more information, call (916) 772-2777. Chautauqua Playhouse The opening show for the 36th season of Chautauqua Playhouse features “The Fox on the Fairway,” by Ken Ludwig, running 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23. Here’s what the organizers have to say about it: “(It’s) a charming, screwball comedy about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf. Two rival country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel, prepare for their annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. With a sizeable wager at stake, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, ghastly golf sweaters, mistaken identities, emotional mulligans, slamming doors and rapid-fire chip shots.” The show is directed by Paul Fearn. The theater is located at 5325 Engle Road in Carmichael in the La Sierra Community Center. Tickets are $19 for general and $17 for students, seniors and SARTA members. For more information, call (916) 489-7529 or visit Olde Coloma Theatre “Publish or Perish (or) Write Away” runs through Sept. 9. That’s followed by “Hilda’s Haunted Hilltop (or) Home Is Where the Haunt Is,” opening Sept. 28 and running through Oct. 28 at Olde Coloma Theatre, 380 Monument Road Coloma. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for children 12 and younger and $9 for seniors over 55. For more information, call (530) 626-5282 or visit Nevada Theatre “Antony and Cleopatra” runs 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 15 at Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City. It’s being billed as “raw, sensual and action packed” by Synthetic Unlimited, the group putting on the production. There are more than 20 people in the cast with Jimmy McCammon as Marc Antony and Grace Fae as Cleopatra. Admission is $20. Learn more by calling (888) 957-4697 or visit Imagination Theater “The Secret Garden” runs at Imagination Theater (in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville) at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and most Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 7 -30. There are 2 p.m. Saturday matinees on Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. The musical is “based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnet and tells the story of Mary Lennox, a lonely little girl who is sent to live with her uncle Archibald in Yorkshire, England after being orphaned by a cholera epidemic in India,” according to organizers. “Still grieving over the loss of his beloved wife Lily and distraught over the condition of his bedridden son, Archibald casts a dark shadow over the manor until Mary discovers a secret garden that had once belonged to Lily. By nursing the garden back to life, Mary restores life to her grieving uncle and his son.” Tickets range from $10-$17 and can be purchased online at or through the box office at (530) 642-0404. There are two community nights available (7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 15) and all tickets for only these two shows are $10. Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, brings quality, live, local community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County. 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