Bard Party: Local stages celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare

On April 23, William Shakespeare will have been dead for exactly four full centuries. “This is so exciting,” says Leslie McCauley, director of Santa Rosa Junior College’s upcoming presentation of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’ McCauley’s enthusiasm has less to do with 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death than the fact that her new Shakespearean production will be…

Reviews: ‘Silent Sky’ and ‘All My Sons’

(This review originally appeared in the North Bay Bohemian) Two commanding dramas—one a classic, one destined to be—are now playing in the North Bay. Each is worth discovering. In 1948, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons became his first critical hit. Not an easy show to pull off, Miller’s ingeniously unfolding post-WWII drama gets a solid, emotionally truthful…

Review: ’10 Cloverfield Lane’

Three people are trapped in a bunker underground after what may, or may not, be a massive nuclear or chemical attack on America. Unless, of course, it’s an alien invasion. Or an attack by giant monster like the one in ‘Cloverfield,’ the genetically related predecessor to ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ which was filmed in relative secret…

Review: ‘Time Stands Still’ at Cinnabar Theater

War is not just about bombs and bullets and blood. It’s also about politics and position and power. Playwright Donald Margulies is not particularly interested in either the politics of war or the gory details of modern warfare. From his Pulitzer nominated play ‘Collected Stories’ to his Pulitzer-winning play ‘The Dinner Party,’ Margulies has always…

Upcoming theater production of ‘Calendar Girls’ inspires local women to shoot their own ‘tastefully suggestive’ calendar

“The movie ‘Calendar Girls’ is about women who stepped out of their comfort zone,” says Jaime Love, executive artistic director of Sonoma Arts Live, “so we’re offering the women of Sonoma an opportunity to follow that example, by stepping out of their own comfort zones.” This, of course, means stepping out of their clothes. According…