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Altarena Playhouse
Across from Lincoln Park 1409 High Street Alameda, CA 94501
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2 reviews
3 stars
We brought a picnic, parked across the street from the theatre and had a lovely picnic in Lincoln Park's lovely rose garden.
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11 stars
No bad sitting, it's a compact theater and the stage is right there a few feet away
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Reviews & Ratings

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
18 ratings
4.6 average rating
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819 events
421 reviews
431 stars
attended Mar 25 2011

This was soooo much fun! The dialogue is witty, funny, and full of adult humor. Be prepared, you may be picked to be part of the actual spelling bee. It was interesting to see how the different audience members reacted. My favorite...continued

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13 reviews
124 stars
attended Apr 01 2011

You know when you see a play or a performance and then days later, you're still quoting a piquant or poignant line, or commenting on a particular actor's unique interpretation of a character or lauding the smart story and directing? Well, that's...continued

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9 reviews
8 stars
attended Mar 25 2011

This production of Spelling Bee done completely in the round was the most fun version of the show that I have seen. Every cast member is terrific and hilarious. You will laugh until you cry! Don't miss it.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Doing for geeks what A Chorus Line did for hoofers." —The Washington Post
Learn more about the "history ": _Spelling Bee. _
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee started as a non-musical play entitled C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E_, done by the improvisational group “The Farm.” It was playwright Wendy Wasserstein (_The Heidi Chronicles) who encouraged the creators to take it to the next level._ _


Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by Stewart Lyle

Musical Direction by Armando Fox

This witty, Tony Award-winning musical follows six bright young misfits thrust suddenly into the competitive spotlight. Overcoming their fears, they learn that winning isn’t everything, losing doesn’t make you a loser, and it’s all about the journey. As The New York Times put it, “Can you spell ‘irresistable’? Drat, I mean, ‘irresistible’?”