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Romance, rock and racism receive regional theatrical spotlight

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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The region never ceases to amaze me with the amount of talented individuals willing to hone their crafts in community theatrical productions.

From Placerville to Auburn to Nevada City and Folsom, there are many options out there for theatergoers in February.

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

“Driving Miss Daisy,” by Alfred Uhry, continues on the stage in Carmichael through Feb. 23. The show is produced in association with Celebration Arts and features James Wheatley as “Hoke” and Janice Reade-Hoberg as “Miss Daisy.” Admission is $19, students and seniors (and SARTA) are $17, while group discounts (20 people or more) are $16. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. For more info, visit cplayhouse.org.

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

Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” continues in Folsom through Feb. 17 with the Free Fall Stage company. They also offer a special Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day show featuring desserts, cider and candlelight. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 general ($13 Sundays), $12 senior, military and SARTA, $7 children under 12. Cash only at the door.

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

As always, there are a lot of shows happening at Sutter Street Theatre. Continuing through Feb. 17 is “Five Course Love.” Featuring three actors playing 15 roles in five different restaurants on the hunt for one true love, the comedy musical runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. There is also a special 7 p.m. Feb. 14 Valentine’s show offering chocolates for the ladies and sparkling wine for both. There is no Feb. 9 performance due to the theater’s fundraiser (see story on page 13). “Still Life with Iris” runs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 17. “Moon Over Buffalo” opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and runs through March 17. For tickets, visit sutterstreettheatre.com or call them at (916) 353-1001.

Placer Community Theater, State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn

As I wrote in the last edition, “Suite Surrender” is showing at the historic State Theater in Auburn through Feb. 9.

The story is set in 1942 and the “luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel is under siege as two of Hollywood’s biggest divas vie for the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres and one pampered little lap dog round out this … comedy,” according to the show’s website.

Catch 7:30 p.m. shows Feb. 1-2, 8-9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2-3, 9. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 in advance. Children, seniors and matinees are $18. The admission cost includes dessert and a beverage. For more info, visit placercommunitytheater.org.

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

Revisit the 70s with a production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” a show based on the educational animated shorts which usually aired on Saturday mornings during commercial breaks. See the show at 2 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 9. Tickets are $8 for all seats. Learn more at rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com.

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