“Count Dracula” by Ted Tiller

August 6, 2018 by  
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Coming October 5 – 27

Directed by Nadja Masura

The classic tale of the ultimate vampire, based on Bram Stoker’s horror novel, comes to life with some unexpected melodramatic humor and surprises.

Special effects and colorful characters will add to your Halloween Season enjoyment.

Bring the kids and come in costume for prizes and treats.

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POLITICAL SNARKASM COMEDY CABARET

August 6, 2018 by  
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Sandy and Richard Riccardi, a famous singing and comic duo, are coming to the Russian River Hall.

Saturday August 11 at 7:30 PM
Sunday August 12 at 3PM.

Admission is $19 General and $15 Seniors over 60 and Students with ID.

Don’t miss this sensational show that will make you laugh, think, and update you on the news in a very unusual way. You’ll love ’em. Political and social satire par excellence.

Combining comedy cabaret with progressive political parody, Sandy and Richard Riccardi have over 40 million views on social media (including the very recent “Tiki Torch Nazis”, “Boy From Mar-a-Lago”, and “Elton John Rally Speech”) and will be performing their all-comedy, 90 minute show of raucous political satirical snarcasm at the beautiful Russian River Hall in Monte Rio

For reservations call 707-849-4873. Cash or check only please.

As reviewed by Michael Miyazaki for Cabaret Scenes:

“The cabaret duo of Sandy and Richard Riccardi are clearly two leaders of the Trump Resistance—Cabaret Division. In Political Snarcasm, they combine original songs and parody lyrics set to established songs to eviscerate the current occupant of the White House. An excerpted set list gives one a sense of the evening: “It’s All White with Me,” “Kiss My Rump, Donald Trump,” “Boy from Mar-a-Lago,” “Chocolate Cake and 18 Holes,” “Stormy Daniels,” “Tiki Torch Nazis,” “The Lonely Dotard,” and much more. The politics of the show were leavened with material commenting on modern topics such as online dating, CPAP machines, and dietary restrictions.”

Their songs have been featured in Queerty online magazine, and Dr. Demento and GayRadio. We perform yearly at the Metropolitan Room in NYC, Germano’s Cabaret in Baltimore, and several times a year at Society Cabaret in San Francisco as well as standing bookings at theaters all over California, Cape Cod, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina and many more.

Bios

Richard Riccardi has played for such greats as Joel Grey, Martha Raye, Diahann Carroll, Tom Jones, Wesla Whitfield and Mel Torme,was associate conductor for the Third National Broadway Tour of Annie, and has played for the SF Symphony, Opera and Ballet, frequently records at Skywalker Ranch for movies and video games, and it is entirely possible he’s the guy playing piano on your ringtones. Sandy spent 11 years in NYC doing musical theater and light opera with NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Westchester Broadway Theater and many more. They have taken social media by storm with their parodies and original comedy songs, with over 35 million hits and over 70,000 followers.

Sandy Riccardi was called back for a ton of Broadway shows, Well, maybe not a ton but, like, four. Or was it three? Her first acting role was telling the NYC restaurant manager she had waitressing experience. This rapidly backfired with a tray of frozen strawberry daiquiris going down some customer’s shirt. Some people get really touchy about stuff like that. In one show Sandy did get to wear a hat with Glenn Close’s name tag still sewn in. She got her MM from Manhattan School of Music and did quite a bit of regional musical theater. Favorite roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, The Baroness in The Sound of Music, and Gretyl (at age 8) in The Sound of Music or “The Trifecta” as it’s known. Also Lily in The Secret Garden, Marian the Librarian, and The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She is now far too old to play any of them and is looking forward to all those juicy roles that start with “Aunt” so and so.

Here’s a sampling of what people have said about the Riccardis on YouTube:

“Really BRILLIANT satire – some of the best I’ve heard since since Tom Lehrer was in his heyday.”

“For intelligence, wit and musicianship, this is at the top.”

“Beautiful voice, brilliant lyrics, lovely delivery.”

“Thoroughly amazing and hysterical.”

“Brilliant political commentary.

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Bullshot Crummond Review

June 19, 2018 by  
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Sonoma County Gazette’s Review on Bullshot Crummond

Bullshot CrummondBULLSHOT CRUMMOND playing at the Russian River Hall in Monte Rio (Sonoma County) got a great review from Sonoma County Gazette!

Alexa Chipman of Sonoma County Gazette gave a review in Russian River Hall’s Bullshot Crummond.

“Join the adventurers for an evening with ‘Bullshot Crummond’ and boisterous participation in live theater. The humor is on the lewd side, so I would not encourage children to attend. If you enjoy raunchy entertainment with duels, intrigue and romance, Curtain Call Theatre is a prime summer destination.”

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Bullshot Crummond

May 17, 2018 by  
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Bullshot Crummond at Curtain Call Theatre

Before James Bond, before Austin Powers, before Clouseau, there was Captain Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond.

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This dashing, determined, deliriously funny detective is a former Olympic champion, flying ace, auto racer,, and all-round sporting chap who fights the forces of evil wherever he encounters them.

When a beautiful damsel-in-distress asks him to rescue her scientist father, who was abducted and is being held prisoner, Bullshot leaps into action against his archnemesis, the devious Count Otto Von Brunno.

What ensues is a hilarious “tour-de-farce” in this rapid fire British comedy classic presented in contemporary Victorian Steampunk costuming and props.

Director’s Note

Have you laughed at the antics of Boris and Natasha, Dudley Do-right and Sweet Nell, or Snoopy vs. the Red Baron?

You’ll love Bullshot Crummond with the dashing (and not too bright) Bullshot, sweet Rosemary, evil Otto and Lenya, a senile inventor, and various other whacky characters.

Here at Curtain Call Theatre, we love bringing you various styles of theatre and, with this farce we stretch ourselves, hopefully to your delight, to bring the broadest comedy we may have done to date.

Bullshot CrummondWritten in 1974, Bullshot Crummond is anything but politically correct, intentionally poking fun at, well, just about everything and everyone. I assert that we need to be able to laugh at just how seriously we take ourselves at times, in order to renew our commitment to human rights and justice. So enjoy!

Avi Lind, Director

Bullshot Crummond, a parody of low-budget 1930s detective movies, is playing from June 1-23, 2018 at Russian River Hall.

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Flying Leap

April 9, 2018 by  
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Flying LeapDear Theater Lovers,

Put April 14 on your calendars. Flying Leap Improvisational Troupe will entertain you one night only at Russian River Hall; 20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio, CA 95462 at 8 PM. Admission only $15 . (See attached Flyer for reservations)

Improvisational Theater at its best. Be part of the creativity and have fun suggesting wild and improbable ideas and see them unfold right before your eyes.

Tell your friends! They will enjoy it too.

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The Language of Flowers Review from Sonoma County Gazette

March 22, 2018 by  
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The Language of FlowersThe critic Alexa Chipman has published her review of The Language of Flowers on the website of the Sonoma County Gazette.

“‘The Language of Flowers’ is an eccentric evening of profound ideas through a macabre story of passion and revenge. The decomposing garden parallels the women who tend it, and Michael Tabib’s attentive direction brings out elements of dark humor. He worked with Hamlin on the set design, with a stained refrigerator, smoke damaged walls, and well-worn furnishings. This odd, yet captivating play will leave you with thought-provoking questions after the curtain has gone down.”

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The Language of Flowers

February 20, 2018 by  
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“The Language of Flowers” by Gavin Kayner

March 2 – 24, 2018
(A West Coast Premiere)

Directed
by Michael Tabib

 

This is one of the most tantalizing plays in recent years. Two sisters, with a horrific mystery they share, must shut themselves away from the world until an unintentional intruder shatters their proverbial walls, culminating into unexpected revelations and surprises.

A hauntingly beautiful play! Chock full of literary sensuality and dark humor, Mr. Kayner’s
masterpiece is a must for the discerning theater goer. Adult situations. Don’t miss it!

The Language of FlowersSelected by the Long Beach Playhouse as a finalist for New Play Prize. 

Come see what critics have called, “…a hauntingly beautiful play (with exceptionally sensual lines) that operates on many inter-woven levels.” and Highly recommended for those who thrive on fine theater.”

The Language of Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Auditions at Curtain Call Theatre for 2018

January 22, 2018 by  
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In view of the recent tragic events in our County and beyond, we at Curtain Call Theatre would like to reach out and express our deepest sympathies to all who lost loved ones, homes, pets, and other valuables during the last two harrowing weeks.

We must also keep in mind that it is important to go forward now and try to give our community something of another value which is what we do best, that is to entertain and evoke human feelings in our own small way.

Therefore, in consideration to other companies who had to cancel or postpone productions at this time due to the fires, we hereby announce open auditions for our 2018 Season at CCT to provide new opportunities to anyone who wants to be part of our efforts.

If I missed anyone in this bulk mailer, please forgive me and forward the message to everyone you think would like to join us in a friendly and supportive atmosphere crucial to our living art.

The Plays scheduled for 2018 Season are as follows:

  1. The Language of Flowers” by Gavin Kayner, a Sonoma County Premiere of a tantalizing psycological thriller, a first for CCT.
  2. Bullshot Crummond” by House, White & 3 other authors; a hilarious send-up of low budget 1930s detective movies.
  3. Count Dracula” by Ted Tiller based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel; scary with lots of laughs too. Just in time for the ghoulish Halloween festivities.
  4. Mrs. Warren’s Profession” by George Bernard Shaw; with his typical acerbic humor and social commentary that is just as relevant today as a hundred years ago.

We are looking for Actors of all ages, ethnicity, and gender.

Dates are Saturday November 4  between 7 and 10 PM; and Tuesday November 7 between 7 and 10 PM.

Russian River Hall, 20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio. We are only 20 miles West of 101.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in auditioning or being involved in many other opportunities necessary in the theater in any of the ways listed below, please contact me right away and make an appointment to meet for an interview. Your interest is primarily wanted. We can teach you the rest.

Opportunities at CCT:

  1. Grant WritersRussian River Hall Audition
  2. Stage Managers and Stage hands
  3. Lighting and/or Sound Designers and Technicians
  4. Set Designers/Builders: Carpenters, Electricians, Painters, etc.
  5. Costumers and people who can design and sew
  6. Box Office managers
  7. Publicity and Electronic Media hounds
  8. Graphic Artists
  9. Volunteers for mailings, pasting labels and stamps
  10. Any other function missed in this long list

 

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BUY YOUR 2018 SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW and $AVE

January 22, 2018 by  
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The exciting next Season will thrill you beyond your wildest imagination.

“The Language of Flowers” by Gavin Kayner

March 2 – 24

(A California Premiere)
Directed by Michael Tabib

This is one of the most tantalizing plays in recent years. Two sisters, with a horrific mystery they share, must shut themselves away from the world until an unintentional intruder shatters their proverbial walls, culminating into unexpected revelations and surprises. Chock full of literary sensuality and dark humor, Mr. Kayner’s masterpiece is a must for the discerning theater goer. Adult situations. Don’t miss it!

“Bullshot Crummond”

June 1 – 23

by Ron House, Diz White, John Neville Andrews, Alan Shearman, and Derek Cunningham
Directed by Avi Lind

A parody of the 1930s low-budget grade “B” detective movies, this production derives its humor from the audacious attempt to transport effects normally reserved for films to the stage. Follow the fearless and somewhat dim-witted Captain Crummond through a series of adventuresome mishaps, alongside a damsel in distress, many colorful characters, and three deliciously nasty villains, to the long awaited conclusion of love, romance, and the saving of jolly old England from total annihilation. Fun for the whole family.

“Count Dracula” by Ted Tiller

October 5 – 27

Directed by Nadja Masura

The classic tale of the ultimate vampire, based on Bram Stoker’s horror novel, comes to life with some unexpected melodramatic humor and surprises. Special effects and colorful characters will add to your Halloween Season enjoyment. Bring the kids and come in costume for prizes and treats.

“Mrs. Warren’s Profession” by George Bernard Shaw

November 24 – December15 (10 performances only)

Directed by Michael Tabib.

Shavian humor and irony disguise this typical situation comedy of many a parent-child relationship. Not a Holiday play by any stretch of the imagination, but a lesson in life by any standard. A woman’s dishonorable past morphs into the failure of her life with the one important object of her being, her daughter. Or so she thinks! The dilemma that many parents must face with their children when the time comes for truth and reconciliation with their decisions for survival and self respect. Parents, beware of being judged by your own children! 

Join us for another exciting Season at Curtain Call Theatre and $ave by purchasing all plays in advance. 4 plays for the price of 3 plus bonus tickets. We are offering also a new theater club group special. Don’t wait!

Call 707-867-6866 today and reserve your subscription with Avi Lind, our Subscription Guru.

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Rapture, Blister, Burn

October 25, 2017 by  
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Curtain Call Theatre’s next production : “Rapture, Blister, Burn” opens Dec 1. 2017.

Rapture, Blister, BurnAfter grad school, Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Years later, each woman covets the others life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen’s husband. This comedy takes an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.

Rapture, Blister, Burn PostCardThe recent New York sensation is a hilarious and insightful look at sex, feminism, relationships, marriage, and a whole lot of other juicy subjects. It is also a re-assessment of our modern mores, seen through the eyes of three generations of women from the eras of Germaine Greer to Phyllis Schlaffley. An exciting evening awaits you with some wallops for laughs.

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