Tigers Be Still
an offbeat comedy by Kim Rosenstock
directed by Virginia Drake
Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2016. South Bay Premiere!
See photos from the show.
“This is the story of how I stopped being a total disaster.” -Sherry Wickman in Tigers Be Still
Why you should see Tigers Be Still
Because laughter is the best medication.
Because even when your relatives sing Bette Midler at the top of their lungs, you still love them.
Because playwright Kim Rosenstock brings to life such quirky, real characters that you instantly want to have brunch with them. Case in point: her work on TV’s New Girl.
Because actor Sean Okuniewicz was a showstopper singing “Gee, Officer Krupke” this summer. Now he’s back on our stage playing the troubled teen Zack in Tigers Be Still.
Because you’ll get to hear the question “Zack, do you think you can outrun a chihuahua?”
When you’re stuck in a rut, it’s time to do something. Anything. In this comedy about depression, “Top Gun” and chihuahuas, Sherry Wickman has recently earned a degree in art therapy—only to find herself moving back in with her family, where she retreats to her bed until a job opportunity gives her renewed purpose. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her first patient would do one of his assignments, her boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect.
What people are saying about our production
“Fiercely funny … real and relatable … uniformly endearing.” -Karen d’Souza, San Jose Mercury News
“All the characters are damaged and flawed, but the audience truly roots for them to break through the depression, anger and anxiety to become their better selves. … Charmingly offbeat.” -Karla Kane, Metro
The character of Zack (Sean Okuniewicz) “is more than just a source of laughs for us. His presence is intensely felt by a facial expression that maps a deep hurt unexpressed, by his earnest pleas for help that have no words to them and only come from his eyes, and by an occasional opening up of a flood of words … For anyone who has ever had a teenage son in the house, this Zack is the real deal in all his craziness, aloofness, and emotional vulnerability.” -Eddie Reynolds, Talkin’ Broadway
“The marvel of this show is the performance by (Melissa) Weinstein, who takes Sherry through emotions at the speed of light, changing the entire emotional truth of the story as needed, faster and more accurately than a heartbeat. It is a bravura performance.” -John Orr, Regarding Arts
“You will laugh, you will cringe, and most importantly you will see yourself in there somewhere. You can’t ask for much more than that.” -Yousif Kassab, Spartan Daily
Clockwise from top left: Akemi Okamura as Grace, Melissa Weinstein as Sherry, Keith Marshall as Joseph, and Sean Okuniewicz as Zack.
More information and special events
Tigers Be Still runs Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2016: Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. (No show on Jan. 24.) The show runs 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Tickets: $17-$32. Discounts for seniors, students and educators. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.)
We are currently adding a $2 facility fee to non-student tickets to help cover maintenance and upgrade costs on our aging building. Thank you for your support!
Parking and seating:
Parking is provided for $5 on most dates across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance). Please note that no parking will be available at the school on Feb. 6. View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose. Seating is general admission, and the theater is wheelchair-accessible.
Thursday, Jan. 21: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, Jan. 22: Preview Night ($17).
Saturday, Jan. 23: Opening Night celebration: $35 general, $30 seniors/educators, $17 students.
Sunday, Feb. 7: Support the Silicon Valley Pet Project, our nonprofit partner for this production, by attending the Feb. 7 matinee of Tigers Be Still. We’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from this performance’s regular-priced single tickets to the organization. Come up on stage afterward for a reception to celebrate SVPP’s first anniversary!
Be sure to visit SVPP’s “Adoption Wall” display on the theater’s back wall, too.