What's happening across Bay Area stages

Fall theater season across the San Francisco Bay Area is in full swing, and we have a few more openings to share.

On our radar: a large green, funny – and somewhat popular – Ogre, and a Pulitzer Prize winning comedy of a darker variety. Here’s what’s happening, just in time for the weekend. Be sure to like the new SI Facebook page for the latest news. Let the show begin.

Shrek the Musical

Broadway San Jose
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Through September 25, 2011

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, everyone’s favorite ogre is brought to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

WATCH: A human to OGRE transformation!

August: Osage County

City Lights Theater Company
San Jose
Opens: September 24, 2011

This darkly comedic play by Tracy Letts received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A modern masterpiece, winning modern masterpiece chronicles an American family at its resilient best – and dysfunctional worst. When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot August night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where three generations of suspicions are aired and dark secrets are revealed. Weaving epic tragedy with scathing black comedy, August is a bracing and uncompromising portrait of rural Americana not to be missed.

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