Review: “The Government Inspector” in Ross

The good ol’ USA has never had a lock on corrupt, windbag politicians as evidenced by Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector. Originally published in 1836, Gogol’s takedown of the dishonesty, greed, and stupidity that runs rampant in government is considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest comedies. Director Lisa Morse…

KSRO Interview – “Matilda, the Musical”

My guests on the May 5 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Sheri Lee Miller, Madison Scarbrough, Gigi Bruce Low, and Anja Kao Nielsen from the Spreckels Theatre Company production of Matilda, the Musical. Click below to listen: ********* Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” in Sonoma

The Borscht Belt comes to wine country with the Sonoma Arts Live presentation of Saturday Night at Grossinger’s. The musical with book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by Claibe Richardson runs in Sonoma through May 8. It’s co-directed by Larry Williams and SAL Artistic Director Jaime Weiser Love. The Borscht Belt is an…

Review: “The Wedding Singer” in Santa Rosa

To some in the theatre world, the sourcing of an Adam Sandler movie as the basis for a musical was the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse. Needless to say, American musical theatre did not come to an end with the arrival of The Wedding Singer on Broadway. The show managed to snag five Tony nominations,…

KSRO Interview – “The Wedding Singer”

My guests on the April 21 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Laura Downing-Lee, Max Bohlke-Slater, Ileene Christianson-Torres, and Reed Martin from the Santa Rosa Junior College production of The Wedding Singer. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Three Tall Women” in Petaluma

Playwriting is often a form of artistic exorcism. Many a play have been written to bring a form of closure to unresolved conflicts, strained relationships, or traumatic experiences and to release the hold that personal demons have on their authors. For playwright Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), that demon happened to be his…

A new season brings change to Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre

Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre has announced their 2022/2023 season and a change in company leadership and staffing. Argo Thompson, the company’s founding Artistic Director, is turning over the artistic reins to the team of David L. Yen and Sandra Ish. “Left Edge has a plan for growing the company”, said Thompson. “I have decided…

Review: “Hotter Than Egypt” in Mill Valley

Mill Valley’s Marin Theatre Company has been presenting top-notch productions of often provocative plays for years, so color me a bit surprised by their latest offering. They are currently hosting the world premiere co-production (with Seattle’s ACT) of Yussef El Guindi’s Hotter Than Egypt. Selected by MTC’s new Associate Artistic Director Nakissa Etemad, the John Langs-directed…