Summer arts preview: Theater 

It's summertime and the Bay Area theater scene is jumping. The variety of shows hitting local stages these months is astonishing. Broadway musicals, Shakespeare comedies, solo shows, world premieres and long-awaited local debuts are among the many offerings coming our way.

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures: Playwright Tony Kushner and director Tony Taccone reunite for the West Coast premiere of this family drama set in Brooklyn, N.Y. Through June 29, $29-$99. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2900,

Macbeth: We Players remounts its epic, site-specific interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy at Fort Port. The atmospheric walk-through show is a collaboration with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. June 5-June 29, $30-$75. Fort Point, 999 Marine Drive, S.F., (415) 547-0189,

PEN/MAN/SHIP: Magic Theatre presents a world premiere by Christina Anderson, the company's 2011 playwright in residence. Through June 15, $20-$60. Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (415) 441-8822,

A Raisin in the Sun: Lorraine Hansberry's classic American drama opens California Shakespeare Theater's 40th season. Through June 15, $20-$72. Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, (510) 548-9666,

Each and Every Thing: Dan Hoyle's new solo show explores the drive to connect in the digital age. Friday through July 12, $15-$50. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 282-3055,

Triassic Parq: Ray of Light Theatre presents the Bay Area premiere of Marshall Pailet's musical about dinosaurs dealing with love, sex and evolution. Friday through June 28, $15-$36. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.,

The Orphan of Zhao: Tony Award winner B.D. Wong stars in James Fenton's acclaimed drama of sacrifice and revenge, based on a Chinese legend and directed by Carey Perloff. June 4-29, $20-$120. American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F., (415) 749-2228,

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro: Pianist-actor Felder portrays the legendary conductor-composer. June 5-22, $29-$87. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949,

Failure: A Love Story: Actors, puppets and live music animate the West Coast premiere of Philip Dawkins' whimsical play set in 1920s Chicago. June 5-29, $37-$58. Marin Theatre Co., 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, (415) 388-5208,

God Fights the Plague: Up-and-coming theater artist Dezi Gallegos interviewed subjects from nine religions for his solo show on faith and humanity. June 7-Aug. 10, $15-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 282-3055,

American Buffalo: David Mamet's drama of small-time crooks with big ambitions features James Carpenter, Paul Vincent O'Connor and Rafael Jordan. June 13-July 13, $32-$60. Aurora Theatre Co., 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 843-4822,

Once: Sweet and tuneful, the Broadway musical about songwriters in love -- based on the hit 2006 film of the same name, featuring songs by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova -- makes its San Francisco debut. June 17-July 13, $40-$210. Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.,

In the Heights: Broadway By the Bay presents the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical about life and love in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. June 20-July 6, $35-$55. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 579-5565,

Love Is Crazy: Cabaret legend and trans-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond celebrates l'amour in a solo show. June 21-22, $35-$50. Feinstein's at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F., (866) 663-1063,

Into the Woods: Stephen Sondheim and James Lepine's darkly enchanting musical revisits Grimm's fairy tales. June 24-Sept. 6, $20-$100. SF Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F., (415) 677-9596,

The Taming of the Shrew: Free Shakespeare in the Park presents outdoor performances of the Bard's Italy-set comedy. Note: Redwood City performances are weekends in August and San Francisco shows are weekends in September. June 28-Sept. 21, free. Bay Area parks, (415) 558-0888,

As You Like It: Mark Rucker directs Shakespeare's comedy to open Santa Cruz Shakespeare's three-play summer season. July 1-Aug. 10, $16-$48. Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, UC Santa Cruz, (831) 459-2159,

Les Misérables: Woodminster Summer Musicals opens its 48th season in the East Bay with the phenomenally popular stage adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel. July 11-20, $28-$59. Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, (510) 531-9597,

South Pacific: Foothill Music Theatre serves up Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. July 24-Aug. 10, $10-$32. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, (650) 949-7360,

Twelfth Night: Jon Tracy directs Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy. July 9-Aug. 10, $8-$25. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, (510) 841-6500,

As You Like It: Shakespeare's comedy is presented in the open air in pay-as-you-like performances. July 5-Aug. 10, free, donations requested. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael, (415) 499-4488,

Matilda the Musical: Based on Roald Dahl's novel, the hit Tony Award-winning show about a daring young girl arrives in The City. July 15-Aug. 15, $40-$210. Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.,

New Works Festival: TheatreWorks brings playwrights and composers from across the country to the 13th installment of this popular event. Aug. 9-17, $49-$65 festival pass, $19 single tickets. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, (650) 463-1960,

Fetch Clay, Make Man: Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit meet in this West Coast premiere by San Francisco's own Will Power. Aug. 14-Sept. 7, $37-$58. Marin Theatre Co., 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, (415) 388-5208,


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