When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through July 19 2008
Pinole Community Players take on such time-honored themes of American musical theater as domestic violence and suicide in a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic. Based on the 1909 play Liliom by Hungarian playwright FerencMolnár,Carouselwas said by both Rodgers and Hammerstein to be their favorite of their collaborations -- and when one takes into account South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and The King and I, that's saying something. This curiously bleak 1945 Broadway musical gave us such tunes as "If I Loved You," "Soliloquy" (or "My Boy Bill"), "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "A Real Nice Clambake," and the English footie anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone," as well as an object lesson in social class tensions, the rules of the afterlife, and why good girls should stay away from carnies. June 20 through July 19 at Pinole Playhouse (601 Tennent St., Pinole).PinolePlayers.com or 510-724-3669.