Review: “Hands on a Hardbody” in Napa

Ten down-on-their-luck Texans gather on a car lot to compete for a cherry red Nissan pickup. They must lay their gloved hands upon the truck and, except for scheduled breaks every six hours, never let go. The last person standing wins. That’s the premise behind Hands on a Hardbody, a 2012 musical now in its…

Main Stage West Announces 2018 – 2019 Season

Main Stage West revealed its 2018 – 2019 season at a season announcement party held Sunday night at its Sebastopol theatre. Artistic Director Elizabeth Craven announced the following productions: Savage Wealth – a world premiere comedy by Bob Duxbury running August 31 through September 16 and directed by John Shillington The Night Alive – Conor McPherson’s…

Review: “Mamma Mia!” on Mount Tamalpais

High atop Mt. Tamalpais, at about the 2,000 foot level,  sits the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre where the “great outdoor theatre adventure” known as The Mountain Play has been produced for the past 105 years. Your all-day adventure includes a slow, winding ride up the mountain, a hike to the 4,000 seat amphitheatre and a trek…

With ‘Natural Shocks,’ Lauren Gunderson’s act of theatrical activism strikes a nationwide chord

By David Templeton On Friday, April 20, Marin Theatre Company (MTC) acknowledged the 19th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, with a casual but keenly poignant reading of playwright Lauren Gunderson’s one-woman-play, Natural Shocks. On the same evening, all across the country, hundreds of schools, theaters and nonprofits gave simultaneous readings…