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Quirky romance, family shows come to Sutter Street

By: Eileen Wilson, Telegraph Correspondent
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With the most romantic month of the year fast approaching, Sutter Street Theatre opens two great shows this month – one is a hilarious comedy musical in which three actors play 15 characters, all  looking for love in all the wrong places. The second show is an award winning play that will bring to audiences the special enchantment of childhood.

“Five Course Love,” directed by Connie Mockenhaupt, is the perfect show to take in with your special valentine.

On a hunt for true love at a number of restaurants and diners, blind dates, mob bosses, and a dominatrix attempt to find their perfect matches, along with a host of other crazy characters.

“It’s a romantic comedy, but also a musical with a little bit of everything,” Mockenhaupt said. “The show is wild, corny, and it’s just wonderful fun.”

Mockenhaupt said that settings include slices of culture – from a Texas barbeque, to a 50s diner, to restaurants with European flair, and everything in between – with fabulous themed music to match.

“The show features audience favorites, Jenna Cook, from ‘Musical of Musicals,’ Aaron Boyer, from ‘The Producers,’ and David Holmes, from ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,’” Mockenhaupt said. “All three are wonderful singers and the PG13 show includes constant action.”

There will be a special Valentine’s Day show on Thursday, Feb. 14.

For audiences too young to look for love, Allen Schmeltz directs the family friendly “Still Life with Iris.”

The show follows a young girl as she tries to regain her memory and find her home. Of course, she meets incredible people who are willing to help along the way.

Set in the fictional land of Nocturno, the fantastical adventures take place in a magical land that is made anew each night after everyone falls asleep.

“Still Life with Iris” won the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award – the first play for young audiences to do so.

“I had this play on my shelf for a number of years. I thought it was a great play for a number of reasons – the fantastical characters and a plot along the same lines as Alice in Wonderland,” Schmeltz said. “The show offers highly appealing characters that will really engage kids and adults alike.”

Schmeltz describes the show as a delightful story that teaches a lesson about how our memory defines who we are, and how our past defines us, as well.

Still life will feature a mixed cast of adults and youth.