On Stage: Oy of Sex, Snow Queen, Little Women, A Christmas Carol, Swell Noel, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play

The annual Stark Insider don't-miss holiday show round-up. Including Oy of Sex, Snow Queen, Little Women, A Christmas Carol, Swell Noel, It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play.

The Snow Queen
‘The Snow Queen’ now playing at San Jose Repertory Theatre. (Photo: Kevin Berne)

Holiday theater season is here.

And that, of course, means we’re all looking forward to the annual tradition that is… The Oy of Sex. Fun for the whole family!

The Marsh San Francisco hosts the show’s world premiere tonight. Dare we say, this is a nice change-up in the expected litany of holiday programming.

San Jose Rep too is taking an alternative approach to their festive calendar with Snow Queen. Directed by Rick Lombardo who also co-writes (along with Kristen Brandt) and with music by Haddon Kime the show is a unique take on Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure.

Other shows on the Stark Insider radar opening this weekend or in the weeks ahead: Little Women at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. A Christmas Carol at A.C.T. in San Francisco, and Swell Noel at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

The Oy of Sex

The Oy of Sex - Alicia Dattner
Alicia Dattner stars in ‘The Oy of Sex’

Where: The Marsh San Francisco

Opens: December 6

Recipe for Disaster: Take 1 virgin, 2 boyfriends, several dozen lovers, half a dysfunctional family, and 1 comedian. Bake 15 years, and sprinkle a dusting of polyamory. Serve hot, and, voila! You have the sizzling show about love addiction, The Oy of Sex, delectable and hilarious. A heart-wrenching, sobering, laugh-out-loud -til-your-cheeks-hurt story of sex, drugs… and more sex. Written & Performed by
Alicia Dattner. (Photo: Melissa Schwartz)

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen - San Jose Repertory Theatre
The Snow Queen at San Jose Rep: A fresh change-up to traditional holiday programming (Photo: Kevin Berne)

Where: San Jose Repertory Theatre

Through December 22

Be spirited away this holiday by San Jose Rep’s world premiere, musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure. As you follow Gerda through an unimaginably dangerous and whimsical world with singing flowers, a chattering crow and a talking river to save her friend, Kai, you’ll realize this isn’t your average bedtime story. An original pop rock score, alluring ballads, urban steam punk flair and the enigmatic Snow Queen turn this traditional fairy tale into an epic quest.

Little Women

(l-r) Laurie (Matt Dengler) looks on in amusement and  Jo (Emily Koch) argues as John Brooke (Justin Buchs)  asks Meg (Sharon Rietkerk) to dance in  TheatreWorks' holiday musical LITTLE WOMEN,  playing December 4 - January 4 at the  Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
(l-r) Laurie (Matt Dengler) looks on in amusement and Jo (Emily Koch) argues as John Brooke (Justin Buchs) asks Meg (Sharon Rietkerk) to dance in TheatreWorks’ holiday musical LITTLE WOMEN, playing December 4 – January 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. (Photo: Mark Kitaoka)

Where: TheatreWorks (Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto)

Four precocious New England sisters come of age in this exhilarating Broadway musical of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1860s novel. Overflowing with laughter, tears, memorable songs, and an irrepressible American spirit, it follows endearingly independent Jo, traditional Meg, soft-spoken Beth, and vivacious Amy on their exuberant journey of personal discovery, romance, heartbreak, and enduring sisterhood.

A Christmas Carol

James Carpenter
Legend of stage James Carpenter returns as Ebeneezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at A.C.T. in San Francisco. (Photo: Kevin Berne)

Where: A.C.T., San Francisco

Opens: December 11

The Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol, featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your “humbugs” at the door! Features favorite of stage James Carpenter as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Read the Stark Insider review of A Christmas Carol.

A Swell Noël

A Swell Noel - Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Where: Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Opens: December 17

Bay Area cabaret star Craig Jessup spices up the holidays with favorite songs by some of the world’s most beloved composers, including: Noël Coward, Jacques Brel, Stephen Sondheim, the Gershwins, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. From romance to comedy to sounds of the season, Jessup and pianist/music director Ken Muir bring new life to ditties such as “If Love Were All,” “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “This Can’t Be Love” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play

San Jose Stage Company’s “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” adapted by Joe Landry featuring Halsey Varady, Will Springhorn Jr. and Allison F. Rich. Plays through December 22nd, 2013 at The Stage – 490 South First Street, San Jose, California. (Photo: Dave Lepori)
San Jose Stage Company’s “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” adapted by Joe Landry featuring Halsey Varady, Will Springhorn Jr. and Allison F. Rich. Plays through December 22nd, 2013 at The Stage – 490 South First Street, San Jose, California. (Photo: Dave Lepori)

Where: San Jose Stage Company

Through December 22

This beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings together a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Read the Stark Insider review by Cy Ashley Webb.

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