Review: “Galatea”

Science fiction has long been the purview of film and, to a lesser extent, television.  Live theatrical productions of the genre have been few and far between, undoubtedly because of the challenges in staging what we have become accustomed to seeing on screen via the CGI extravaganzas of the past few decades. Local playwright and…

Review: “Patty from HR: A Zoom with a View”

Patty from HR is pissed. After being fired from her dream job as the Human Resources Director at The New Yorker magazine, she’s been reduced to conducting Zoom training sessions for the uninformed. Well, she will be if she can get past her inaugural session/audition. That’s the premise of Patty from HR: A Zoom with…

KSRO Interview – “Patty from HR: A Zoom with a View”

My guests on the second of two theatre segments on the Thursday, August 26 broadcast of KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon were Producing Artistic Director Keith Baker and writer/director/performer Michael Phillis from the Main Stage West production of Patty from HR: A Zoom with a View. Click below to listen: *********** 

KSRO Interview – “Galatea”

My guests on the first of two theatre segments on the Thursday, August 26 broadcast of KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon were director Marty Pistone and actor Abbey Lee from the upcoming Spreckels Theatre Company production of Galatea. Click below to listen: *********** 

What’s coming up in the Fall?

Fall is the time when a theatre company’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of a new season. Announcements are made, rehearsals are scheduled, and the sound of buzzing returns to auditoriums as audiences enter and take their seats in support of live performance. After being dark for a year-and-a-half, California’s June “reopening” gave theatre artists…

Review: “Love, Loss, And What I Wore”

Rarely does a play’s title capture the complete essence of a script better than Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The Ephron sisters’ adaptation of the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman is Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse’s season opener and runs live, on stage through August 29.…

KSRO Interview – David Templeton

My guest on the Thursday, August 12 theatre segment on KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon was journalist/playwright David Templeton for a discussion on Bay Area theatres’ reaction to the Delta variant and on the much-delayed production of his newest play Galatea. Click below to listen: *********** 

North Bay Theaters Get $ome Relief

Theaters throughout the North Bay have finally started to receive disbursements from the Federal Government’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, was signed into law in December 2020. It offers substantial grants to producing organizations and entertainment venues to replace lost revenue as a result of COVID-19…