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Play it Cool: 9 Plays to Check Out Around the Bay Area This Summer

July 19, 2017 by Janelle Miley
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If the dog days of summer are getting you down, perk yourself up by spending some time at the theater! The Bay area is teeming with unique and compelling plays all summer long; here are a few of our top picks that will have you staying cool this season.


June 23 – July 23, Aurora Theatre Company

Inside the presidential palace of an unnamed Eastern European city, four women wait, each with different connections to their country’s leader. Outside, a political revolution grows violent. Award-winning playwright Abi Morgan takes the audience on a breathtaking journey through various perspectives – to join in on the fascinating experience, get tickets here!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

June 27 – July 23, SHN Golden Gate Theatre

Based on the bestselling book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time tells the story of Christopher, a teenager with an extraordinary mind who sets out to find the real killer of his neighbor’s dog after he is falsely accused. Get $35 Rush tickets here!

The Glass Menagerie

July 5 – July 30, Cal Shakes at Bruns Amphitheater

The play that catapulted Tennessee Williams to fame is making its Cal Shakes debut this summer. Don’t miss this classic dysfunctional family drama, get your tickets today!

Cyrano de Bergerac

July 13 – July 30, Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Livermore Shakespeare Festival presents Edmond Rostand’s classic romance about a dashing officer of the guard and romantic poet who falls in love with the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, but fears he is too ugly to pursue her. Find tickets here!

This Land Was Made

July 14 – August 6, Ubuntu Theater Project at Brooklyn Preserve

In late 1960s Oakland, tensions in the streets are running high as the Black Panther Party organizes against police brutality. Playwright Tori Sampson offers a unique and provocative look at an important time in African American history, and answers the question of what happens when a revolution walks through your front door. Get your tickets here.

The Making of a Great Moment

July 26 – August 26, Z Below

Actors Mona and Terry are on an ambitious quest: to tour their play “Great Moments in Human Achievement” across the country. Sounds easy enough… except they’ll be touring by bicycle. See this new comedy and find out if our heroes can bring inspiration to millions and create a great moment of their own. Get your tickets here!

Twisted Hitchcock

August 13 – August 26, Shelton Theater

Fans of the Master of Suspense will delight in this series of parodies of Hitchcock classics, now told in a new way with an LGBTQ interpretation. Perfect for cinephiles and theater fans alike! Get your tickets here!

The Three Musketeers

July 28 – August 27, Marin Shakespeare Company at Forest Meadows

One for all and all for one! Bring the whole family along for the swashbuckling adventures of D’Artagnan and his gang of misfit Musketeers, presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. Grab your tickets here!


August 15 – September 8, The Rueff at ACT’s Strand Theater

In its world premiere, Zenith raises some important questions about humanity through complex and interwoven details of one life that ends unexpectedly. Get your tickets to this bold new play here.

For more information about great live theater in the Bay Area, TodayTix has you covered!