Details: Sept. 23-24 at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; and Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco; program repeats in Mountain View and Carmel in March; $25-$68; 925-943-7469, www.smuinballet.org. Details: Sept. 30-Oct. 2; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley; $36-$126; 510-642-9988, http://calperformances.org. Details: Oct. 15—23; Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco; $35-$45; 415-392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com. Details: 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts; 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; $45-$65; www.theatreflamenco.org.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Playful People Productions presents Shakespeare’s comedy, Feb, 21-24, Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave, $14-$18 at http://www.playfulpeople.net; $16-$20 at the door, Jessica Lang Dance: The New York City-based dance company in one of its final performances before it disbands at the end of its current season, Feb, 23, 7:30 p.m, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, $37-$61, www.hammertheatre.com, 408-924-8501, Catherine Russell: The Grammy Award-winning vocalist performs with the ballet slippers size 13 SJSU Jazz Orchestra, presented by San Jose Jazz, Feb, 24, 5 p.m, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, $13-$20, www.hammertheatre.com, 408-924-8501..
Dragon Theatre. “Take Me Out.” July 11-July 20. By Richard Greenberg. “Darren has it all. He’s one of the biggest baseball stars on the planet. … And then he decides to come out of the closet.” Directed by Ken Sonkin. Featuring Brandon Jackson, Ryan O’Donnell, Dale Albright, Rory Strahan-Mauk, Russell Johnson, Jon Deline, Tony Ortega, Bobby Lopez, Ric Forrester, Drew Reitz and Andrew Chung. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. $15. $100 for VIP box (seats 4, includes champagne and chocolates). http://dragonproductions.net/.
Featuring Rachna Nivas and Rina Mehta, “Speak” marks the debut of the Leela Dance Collective, which they founded ballet slippers size 13 with three other disciples of Pandit Chitresh Das, the great Bay Area dancer, choreographer and kathak evangelist who died two years ago, The Leela Dance collaboration with Dorrance and Sumbry-Edwards builds on the pioneering tap/kathak encounters created by Das and tap maestro Jason Samuels Smith with 2005’s “India Jazz Suites” and 2007’s “India Jazz Progressions” (in which Das made a point of showcasing rising women dancers)..
Broadway San Jose. “Rock of Ages,” Jan. 29-Feb. 3, $20-$75. Blue Man Group, April 2-7, $20-$82. “Billy Elliot The Musical,” May 7-12, $20-$75. Green Day’s “American Idiot,” June 4-9, $20-$75. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. 408-792-4111 or www.broadwaysanjose.com. Dragon Productions. “After Ashley.” By Gina Gionfriddo. Directed by Dale Albright. Jan. 25 through Feb. 17. First production in the Dragon’s new theater. Ribbon-cutting ceremony with Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. Featuring Patrick Barresi, Tim Garcia, Sean Gilvary, Meredith Hagedorn, Evan Michael Schumacher, and Caitlyn Tella. $15-$35. 650-493-2006, ext. 4, or www.dragonproductions.net.