Review: ‘God of Carnage’

As theatergoers, we occasionally attend plays we never previously liked—and end up changing our minds by the end. Maybe exceptional acting somehow assists the script in transcending its limitations, or the directing cleverly alters the show to make some powerful social statement, finding some new way to show us something we’d not noticed in previous productions. For me,…

Jim DePriest Memorial planned for Friday, March 25

When word spread earlier this month that Jim DePriest had died at 79 there were those in the Sonoma County theater community who expressed more than just shock and sadness. To many, the tireless actor and director had given the impression that he might never die, so relentless was his commitment to local theater. “It’s…

Review:’Swimmers’

SWIMMERS (Marin Theatre Company) Rating: ★★★★½ (Out of five) Swimmers, by Rachel Bonds, is a gorgeously poetic play about that specific form of crushing loneliness that can only be felt in the presence of other people, and it’s beautifully performed by a large company of 11 actors. Presented by Marin Theatre Company and directed with detailed precision…

Review: ‘Spelling Bee’ and . . . ‘Spelling Bee’

I am, in a moment, going to talk about spelling, as in spelling bees, as in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ a musical that is currently running in two different productions in the North Bay. But first, let me delve further into the disciplines of vocabulary with a few stage-related definitions. I’d like…

Earlier start times and free childcare – MTC continues to innovate and experiment with how theater is done (and when)

Forget what you know about daylight savings time. Marin Theatre Company is springing back. Which may be a shrewd move forward. Beginning last January, all evening shows at Marin Theatre Company are starting at 7:30 p.m. (instead of 8:00, as has been the tradition since, well, forever). This makes MTC the first theater in Marin County to…