At one riotous lunch, Mrs. Clandon, a famed feminist author and lecturer, is accidentally reunited with her estranged husband, while her high-minded eldest daughter tries to stave off a smooth-talking dentist’s advances. Originally set at a stuffy seaside resort, director Lisa Peterson moves Shaw’s off-beat comedy out of the drawing room and into the Bay Area! Identities are confused, ideals are challenged, and mischief is afoot in this turn-of-the-century romantic farce. What could possibly happen? As a wise waiter continuously, and hilariously, observes, "You never can tell!"
You Never Can Tell runs 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.
Scenic Designer—Erik Flatmo
Costume Designer—Melissa Torchia
Lighting Designer—York Kennedy
Sound Designer/Music Director—Paul James Prendergast
Stage Manager—Laxmi Kumaran
Assistant Director—LeeAnn Dowd
Production Assistant—Celeste Jacobson-Ingram
Matthew Baldiga—Valentine, a dentist
Elizabeth Carter—Mrs. Clandon, a famous Feminist
Khalia Davis—Dolly Clandon
Anthony Fusco—Finch McComas
Lance Gardner—Philip Clandon
Danny Scheie—Walter, head waiter at the Marine Hotel
Michael Torres—Fergus Crampton
Sabina Zuniga Varela—Gloria Clandon
Liam Vincent—Parlor Maid, Busboy, and Justice Bohun
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Maureen & Cal Knight
Craig & Kathy Moody
Shelly Osborne & Steve Tirrell
Jim & Nita Roethe
Kate Stechschulte & David Cost
Frank & Carey Starn
Steve & Tish Harwood, Randy & Beverly Hawks, Alan Schnur & Julie Landres
The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Managers in the United States.
Get a First Look into our process the week before performances begin! Enjoy the groves on a Saturday evening, where Artistic Director Eric Ting will moderate a Q&A with our artists.
First Look: Saturday, August 6
Be part of the process by seeing Much Ado About Nothing before opening night at deeply discounted prices. The first preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling the day of the show
Previews: Wednesday, August 10; Thursday, August 11; and Friday, August 12
Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.
Opening Night: Saturday, August 13
MEET THE ARTISTS
This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.
Meet the Artists: Sunday, August 14 and Sunday August 28
Cal Shakes is to continue to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2016 productions. Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.
Open Captioning: Wednesday, August 17
Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following the show and is free and open to the public.
Insight Matinee: Sunday, August 21
September 4, 2016
May the Farce Be With You—George Heymont, Huffington Post
August 19, 2016
Little-know G.B. Shaw play has the last word on love at first sight—John Wilkins, KQED Arts
August 17, 2016
'You Never Can Tell' charms at Cal Shakes—Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register
August 17, 2016
Cal Shakes toys with classic George Bernard Shaw comedy—Karen D'Souza, The Mercury News
August 17, 2016
You Never Can Tell an entertaining revival—Charles Brousse, Pacific Sun
August 16, 2016
Review: You Never Can Tell—Adam Brinklow, Edge Media Network
August 14, 2016
Best Is Worth the Wait in Shaw Gone Wild at Cal Shakes—Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle
August 9, 2016
1896 Feminism Piercingly Relevant at Cal Shakes—Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle</a>
We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.
Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.