Reviews: ‘The Sunshine Boys’ and ‘The Odd Couple’

Last weekend, two Neil Simon plays opened in the North Bay, each a demonstration of the legendary playwright’s mastery of rat-a-tat dialogue, skillful one-liners and flawed but relatable characters. At San Rafael’s Belrose Theater, Marin Onstage presents The Sunshine Boys, Simon’s 1972 hit about a long-feuding former vaudeville duo lured into reuniting for a television special.…

Review: MTC’s ‘Peerless’

The poster art for Marin Theatre Company’s current production of the high-school comedy “Peerless” is mischievously ingenious. It features an illustration: a pair of smiling school girls, a silhouetted rat and crow, and a cartoonish x-eyed corpse – all so cutely and crisply drawn one might assume that – rats, crows and corpses aside –…

A conversation with Mouths of Babes

“Our band motto is ‘All of the feelings, all the time,’” laughs Ingrid Elizabeth, one-half of the contemporary folk duo Mouths of Babes, adding, “We totally think we’ve achieved that goal with our new CD. It’s definitely an emotional ride.” Titled “Brighter in the Dark,” the album is the first full-length release from Mouths of…

Talking Pictures: Stage Director Jay Manley (of the Mountain Play) on new movie version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

As the Sunday afternoon sun reaches into the lobby of the movie theater, a stray shaft of light briefly illuminates a massive cardboard display propped up against the wall. It vividly depicts actress Emma Watson—who briefly glows in the sunlight—posed alongside an array of gesticulating clocks, candelabras, teapots and feather dusters, plus an enormous, forlornly…

North Bay theater artist Caitlynn Adlard on helping create the hairpieces at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“These, over here,” points Caitlynn Adlard, smiling modestly as she gestures to a nearby array of shelves, “are our heads.” Well, yes they are. Those are heads. To be specific, mannequin heads. Lightbulb-shaped and largely featureless, the disembodied crania are mostly bald at the moment, though several of them do boast wildly elaborate and very…