One night with her

It’s not so easy to say goodbye when you just won’t leave!

It’s not so easy to say goodbye when you just won’t leave!

Photo By Terri Brindisi

California Stage

1723 25th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 451-5822

Rated 4.0

Think of all the relationships you’ve had that didn’t work out—and then imagine reliving them in a single night. Fortunately, this play is comedy, not horror, despite the premise. Green Valley Theatre Company’s new production of Michael Cristofer’s The Lady and the Clarinet, directed by Kara Ow, takes on the challenge of turning a nightmare into a laughfest as a clarinetist (Christopher Cook) wordlessly listens to the entirety of lonely Luba’s (Deni Scofield) romantic life. We meet each of her lovers, from the awkward but energetic Paul (David Chernyavsky) to the already-married ad man Jack (Mark Ettensohn). The cast plays out the events from Luba’s past as she steps out to directly narrate for the audience. The music makes the show especially memorable, with the talented clarinetist setting the mood for each scene.

The Lady and the Clarinet; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; $15. Green Valley Theatre Company at the California Stage, 1723 25th Street; (916) 736-2664; <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,103,114,101,101,110,118,97,108,108,101,121,116,104,101,97,116,114,101,64,121,97,104,111,111,46,99,111,109,34,62,103,114,101,101,110,118,97,108,108,101,121,116,104,101,97,116,114,101,64,121,97,104,111,111,46,99,111,109,60,47,97,62)) } </script>. Through June 26.