KQED's Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for great shows around the Bay Area this week.
Both David and I are a bit groggy after a late evening at the opening of Fiasco Theater’s excellent stripped down production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods. Details for the run at SHN's Golden Gate Theater through April 2 are here. I'm also stoked to see Aaron Diehl and Cecile McLorin Salvant celebrate the music of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin. They're at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford, Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, the Mondavi Center in Davis and SFJAZZ -- with details here.
March 11: Meklit Hadero is one of the Bay Area’s most adventurous singers and songwriters. She's Ethiopian-born, and a TED Fellow who brews her music out of jazz, soul, R&B and world music. Hadero has been busy lately curating The Nile Project (a touring group of Nile Delta musicians) and Undercover’s tribute to Lauryn Hill, so it's nice to see her focusing again on her own music -- especially in the intimate setting of Bing Concert Hall's new Rehearsal Studio, with its cocktail lounge feel. Details for Hadero's show Saturday are here.
March 7–19: Eclipsed is a play about the brutal violence of the Liberian Civil War and the bitter lives of women held as sex slaves by a rebel officer. The show is remarkable as the first on Broadway produced by an all-black, all-women creative team, including former director (and former Berkeley Rep Associate Director) Lisel Tommy and playwright and Zimbabwean-American Danai Gurira (who’s also one of the stars of the TV series The Walking Dead, and slated to appear in the upcoming Marvel Black Panther movie). Gurira started writing because she didn't think there were enough plays about Africa on American stages (you think?), and has won nothing but praise for her work. Eclipsed is the second show at the renovated Curran Theatre (after Fun Home), and more proof that owner Carole Shorenstein Hays is making good on her promise to bring important, serious shows to San Francisco. Each performance of Eclipsed will be dedicated by name—in a post-show presentation—to abducted girls around the world. Details here.