For the second show of its 2023 season, Transcendence Theatre Company had decided to do a strip-down affair—literally—with their production of the Broadway hit The Full Monty. Based on the 1997 Academy Award-nominated sleeper hit by the same name, The Full Monty finds a father who needs to raise some quick cash to maintain custody of his son hatching a plan to become strippers with an unlikely group of lovable misfits. As in the film, comic hijinks ensue, but now with singing and dancing. Directed by Josh Walden, with music direction by Matt Smart, the show opens this Friday, July 28, and runs through Aug. 20 at Beltane Ranch, 11775 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tickets start at $35, with group discounts available. For tickets and more information, visit BestNightEver.org.
With Oppenheimer opening last week, the world has entered a new Atomic Age—in the arts. Celebrate with New York City-based Subatomic Sound System, featuring Jamaican MC and vocalist Screechy Dan performing at the Sweetwater Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 4. The set highlights the band’s collaborations with the late, great Lee “Scratch” Perry, known for his work with Bob Marley & the Wailers, as well as performances of tracks with Screechy Dan, including “Champion Sound” and “Babylon Soon Fall.” Leveraging cutting-edge technology, the band has innovated a performance style that defies the traditional boundaries between DJing and live-band performances. The all-ages show starts at 8pm at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. Tickets are $23 and available in advance at bit.ly/subatomic-MV.
Beloved North Bay-based band Dirty Cello, led by Rebecca Roudman on the band’s namesake instrument, has performed everywhere from Iceland and Israel to China and much of the U.S., not to mention the occasional castle in Scotland. See them locally this Friday when the band plays the Rio Nido Roadhouse, infusing their cello-driven music with rock idioms reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Bill Monroe. Oakland Magazine characterized the band’s music as “funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, textured, and only occasionally classical.” Dirty Cello performs at 7pm Friday, July 28, at the Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon 2 Rd. Tickets are $10, cash only, at the door.
Breakdown, A New Musical—a comedy that explores societal insanity and mental illness, courtesy of the lauded San Francisco Mime Troupe—follows Yume, a homeless woman living “in a city that seems to have more paperwork than compassion,” with help “always just around the Kafkaesque labyrinthine corner,” as the show’s PR sardonically reminds. The troupe offers two North Bay performances: 7pm Thursday, July 27, in the Backlawn of the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto; and 2pm Saturday, Aug. 12, at La Plaza Park, 5 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. Both shows are free and open to the public. For more information, visit sfmt.org/show-archive/breakdown.