‘Mother Jones’ Benefit Announced for March 1

Benefit concert announced to send Mary Gannon Graham’s ‘Mother Jones in Heaven’ to the Dublin Fringe Festival this Fall January 30, 2016 — In two sold-out Sonoma County productions of Si Kahn’s award-winning musical ‘Mother Jones in Heaven,’ actress-singer Mary Gannon Graham knocked out crowds with her stellar voice and heartbreaking performance. No she’s planning on taking…

Taylor Bartolucci on untangling ‘Gidion’s Knot’

The shaky state of America’s education system gets a less-than-passing grade in a new drama, now playing at the Sonoma Community Center, “Gidion’s Knot,” by playwright Johnna Adams, was named by the American Theatre Critics Association as one of the top three new plays of 2012. Charged with urgent, ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy, the twisty two-actress drama…

Talking Pictures: Daedalus Howell on ‘Spotlight’ and the enduring power of good, persistant journalism

“Happy New Year,” says Daedalus Howell, author and journalist, toasting with a glass of his favorite, delicious red wine. “I’ve really been looking forward to talking about Spotlight, ever since I first saw it in November.” Howell, a Petaluma native, has spent years in Hollywood (his IMDB profile is crammed with short films bearing unusual names), followed…

Review: ‘Gem of the Ocean’

The late August Wilson’s penultimate play, the supremely lyrical and gorgeously written 2003 drama Gem of the Ocean, may be set in 1904, but its themes stretch purposefully back in time to the beginning of New World slavery and reach forward to the present, when African Americans are still fighting many of the same struggles. This…

Review: Left Edge’s ‘A Steady Rain’

Good cop. Bad cop. It’s a formula so mainstream that it was the basis of a character in the ‘The LEGO Movie,’ where Liam Neeson voiced the dual-personalities of a tiny plastic policeman, named Good Cop-Bad Cop, who was literally two-faced, depending on the situation. Even when kind of disturbing, he was kind of adorable.…

On Playwrights Displaying Their Shorts

There’s one especially good thing about a short play, aside from the fact that it’s, you know, short—so if you’re watching one and it turns out to be bad, you don’t have to wait so long for the torture to end. No, the best thing about a short play is that it gives a beginning playwright…