Act Now!Theater Company, Walnut Creek
Comedy reigns in Greater Tuna (through September 22), a tall tale about a day in the third-smallest town in Texas, with two talented actors playing 52 different characters. Look for Act Now! to present A Christmas Carol spoof in December. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-7469, www.actnowtheatre.org.
Civic Arts Stage Company, Pleasanton
The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast, set to music, and The Boxcar Children, about the adventures of four orphaned siblings who run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Dates to be announced, www.amadortheater.org.
CTA Crossroads Theatre, Walnut Creek
If you enjoyed the Oscar-winning movie, you’ll love Driving Miss Daisy in its original form (October 19–November 17). Alfred Uhry’s play about the relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish lady and her African American chauffeur won the author a Pulitzer Prize. 1277 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, (925) 944-0597, www.ctacrossroads.org.
Onstage Theatre Company, Pleasant Hill
Onstage launches its 28th season with Artichoke (October 28–November 19), a dramatic comedy about a family coming to terms with a long-standing problem. Directed by Helen Means. School House Theatre, 2050 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 944-9006, www.pleasanthillrec.com.
The company opens its busy 24th season with the classic black comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace (September 21–October 14), performed at Studio Theatre. Alien plants lead to miracles in the hilarious, ’50s-style Little Shop of Horrors (October 19–November 4, at Livermore High School. Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Ste. 309, Pleasanton, (925) 462-2121, www.pleasantonplayhouse.com.
Role Players Ensemble, Danville
This 32-year-old company, housed in Danville’s Village Theatre, has a new artistic director, Bay Area stage veteran Sue Trigg, along with a mission to share contemporary theater with a new generation of theatergoers. Thus, we can indulge in Ruthless! The Musical (October 12¬–November 3), a wicked melodrama (The Bad Seed meets All About Eve) about a child actress who would literally kill for a part. Role Players, 233 Front St., Danville, (925) 314-3400, www.danvilletheatre.com.
San Ramon Community Theater
At the 90-seat Front Row Theater in San Ramon, local thespians perform the family-pleasing adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (September 28–October 14). 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon, (925) 389-7529, www.sanramoncommunitytheater.org.
Town Hall Theatre of Lafayette
Lafayette’s beloved company also strives to cater to diverse tastes. Bleacher Bums (August 16 – October 14), is “a nine-inning comedy” for die-hard baseball fans. The play, by film and Broadway actor Joe Mantegna and originally produced by Chicago’s renowned Organic Theatre Company, runs on alternating weekends with Conor McPherson’s The Weir (August 30 – October 27), a tale of Ireland’s ghostly past, directed by Artistic Director Kevin T. Morales. Town Hall Theatre Company of Lafayette, 3535 School St. near Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 283-1557, www.thtc.org.