Review: “Sunset Boulevard”

Billy Wilder’s 1950 film noir classic Sunset Boulevard reeks of cynicism. The story of a hack Hollywood writer who stumbles into an opportunistic relationship with a faded silent screen star is a tragedy of operatic proportions. The film’s star, Gloria Swanson, spent years trying to bring a radically altered musical version to the stage and…

Review: “Murder for Two”

One way theatre companies have responded to the pandemic and its related restrictions is to produce smaller shows. Solo performances, two-handers, small-cast dramas and comedies and stripped-down musicals have been the season openers on most local stages. Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse opens their GK Hardt Theatre with Murder for Two, a title that neatly…

Review: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

What’s a community theatre to do when it wants to put on a large-scale family musical in the age of COVID? Well, if you’re Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions, you hire Scottie Woodard to direct the show and follow his lead in assembling a really creative design team and cast. Their production of Disney’s The Little…

Reviews: “Cry It Out” and “Ripcord”

The circle of life takes center stage in the North Bay with two plays featuring females dealing with challenges ranging from child rearing to senior living. Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater invites you to Cry It Out while the Ross Valley Players would love for you to come and pull a Ripcord. Proof of COVID vaccination and…