Familiar stories from stage to film, then back to stage

  • 6th Street Playhouse is proud to present Victor/Victoria in the GK Hardt Theatre beginning January 10 and playing through February 2, 2014. Directed by Michael Ross; stars Tim Setzer as Toddy and Taylor Bartolucci DeGuilio in the title role.

In its endless quest for stories to film, the movie industry uses up a lot of material from many sources, including stage plays and Broadway musicals.

True devotees of theater will argue that you really haven't seen a show until you've seen it performed live onstage.

"There are so many technical aspects of film making that can manipulate your perception of what is happening on the screen," said Michael Ross, director the current 6th Street Playhouse production of "Victor/Victoria."

"In live theater, there's a one-on-one connection, between the person on the stage and each person in the audience," said Ross, in his second year as artistic director of the Napa Valley Playhouse.

Sonoma County's theater scene offers a wide range of live plays and musicals this month and next month, many of them previously adapted as films.

Here's a quick look, with some film trivia inserted here and there to jog your memory:

Opened Jan. 10 and runs through Feb. 2 -#8212;"Victor/Victoria," book by Blake Edwards, music by Henry Mancini, adapted from the 1982 film. 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Based on the career of Parisian entertainer Victoria Grant, who posed as a man who in turn became a star female impersonator, this current production features Taylor Bartolucci DeGuilio in the role created for the screen by Julie Andrews. $15-$35. 523-4185, 6thStreetPlayhouse.com.

Opened Jan. 10 and runs through Sunday -#8212; "Taste," by Jody Gehrman. Raven Players at Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. A radical young New York activist inherits a California winery and clashes with its passionate head winemaker, in a new work written by Gehrman, who grew up in Healdsburg. Don't look up the movie version. You won't find one -#8212; yet. $15. 433-6335, raventheater.org.

Opened Dec. 31 and runs through Jan. 26 -#8212; "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. This musical revue paying tribute to the Belgian songwriter debuted on Off-Broadway in 1968, and a French-Canadian film version was released in 1975. The Cinnabar production has sold out its original run, and added additional performances. $25-$35. 763-8920. cinnabartheater.org.

Jan. 24-Feb. 16 -#8212; "Dr. Cook's Garden," by Ira Levin. Pegasus Players at Rio Nido Lodge, 4444 Wood Road, Guerneville. From the author of "Rosemary's Baby," "Stepford Wives" and "Deathtrap" comes a suspenseful drama about a beloved doctor in an idyllic small town. The 1971 film starred none other than Bing Crosby as the good doctor. Frank Ferris plays the part for Pegasus Players. $15-$30. 583-2343, pegasustheater.com.

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