She Kills Monsters: Nov. 7-9 and 14-16, Las Lomas High School, 1460 South Main St., Walnut Creek. In this comedy, Agnes Evans journeys through her dead sister’s game diary. She must battle goblins, monsters and dragons. $8-$15. http://bit.ly/2OfUKW7. Suds: ‘60s Musical Soap Opera: Nov. 7-Dec. 2, The Colligan Theater, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz. This high-energy musical tells the story of a down-on-her-luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love. $27-$50. www.JewelTheatre.net.
“Downward Dog” (8 p.m., ABC), “Victorian Slum” (8 ballet flats glitter p.m., PBS), “WWE SmackDown” (8 p.m., USA), “iZombie” (9 p.m., The CW), “Prison Break” (9 p.m., Fox), “Deadliest Catch” (9 p.m., Discovery), “Below Deck Mediterranean” (9 p.m., Bravo), “Imaginary Mary” (9:30 p.m., ABC), “Chopped” (10 p.m., Food Network), “Born This Way” (10 p.m., A&E), “48 Hours: NCIS” (10 p.m., CBS)..
Of the zillion or so movies that have been made into stage musicals, some seem more likely candidates than others. A story about a young boy with an exceptional aptitude for ballet growing up in a rough English mining town, the 2000 British movie “Billy Elliot” seemed like a natural fit. And indeed, it wasn’t long before “Billy Elliot the Musical” premiered on London’s West End in 2005, with libretto and lyrics by the original screenwriter, Lee Hall, and music by Elton John. After racking up Olivier and Tony awards for best musical, the show finally hit San Francisco on its U.S. tour in 2011, and now Berkeley Playhouse gives “Billy Elliot” its East Bay premiere at the Julia Morgan Theater.
It was Week 7 and, unfortunately, three couples — Hayes Grier and Emma Slater, Tamar Braxton ballet flats glitter and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas — were in jeopardy by the end of the show, We are now to the point in the show when one by one, good dancers will be sent home because the viewers didn’t vote for them, For Hayes and Emma, who danced well tonight and ended up tied for second place on the leaderboard, tonight was the night they were eliminated, The show was running long and with only 20 seconds left, Tom told Hayes, “You go out on a night when you excelled, You did such great dancing tonight, Any quick thoughts?” Hayes, who was visibly saddened, said, “All of those guys are brilliant people, This meant so much to me,” as his voice broke, And he was seen wiping his eyes when the other dancers surrounded him in a group hug..
There are some challenges in creating this set in the Lohman Theatre, although scenic designer Yusuke Soi overcomes most of them. But the screen used in the opening (and one other number) needs to be deeper, because the side audiences can see behind it. Other than that, the set is remarkably adaptable, not easy to create on a small stage and with the ever-increasing girth of the insatiable plant. Michael Rooney’s lighting and Ken Kilen’s sound are effective, save for the aforementioned orchestrations overpowering the singers’ melodious efforts.