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Onstage: Woodminster, Transcendence, Santa Cruz Shakes
Here are three live outdoor shows theater fans should know about. Note: Before going to any live production, check the company’s website for COVID-related safety precautions.
Woodminster Summer Musicals: Although live performances of Jan de Hartog’s comedy-drama “The Four Poster” have been halted at Castro Valley’s Chanticleers’ Theatre (the production can still be streamed), the musical version of the show about marriage comes to the Oakland Hills beginning this weekend. “I Do, I Do: A Musical About Marriage,” adapted from the original play by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, follows a couple through the ups and downs of 35 years of marriage. Woodminster is presenting the show Friday through Aug. 22. Details: 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays; Woodminster Amphitheatre at Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland; $20-$40; www.woodminster.com.
Santa Cruz Shakespeare: The company’s live outdoor summer series features two revolving productions: “RII,” Jessica Kubzansky’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of corruption and its violent results, “Richard II”; and Mat Smart’s “The Agitators,” which recounts the tumultuous relationship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Details: Through Aug. 29; Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park, Santa Cruz; $22-$66; santacruzshakespeare.org.
Transcendence Theatre: The company’s popular annual “Broadway Under the Stars” musical revue returns to Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma. This year’s show, “Road Trip,” promises a mix of jazz, pop and musical theater favorites. Details: Friday through Aug. 29; 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen; $49 general, $129 VIP (includes preferred parking, pre-show lounge, drink tickets); transcendencetheatre.org.