Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Baskerville’

Victorian England produced some spectacularly bloody and murderous literature. Some was written and published, some began as the stuff of urban legend before being translated for the stage or to the cheap and popular ‘penny dreadful’ magazines that were filled with stories of the macabre, the sensational, the bloody, the mysterious. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock…

Preview: ‘I Hate Hamlet,’ at Sonoma Arts Live

Here’s a good “theater world” question.   What’s harder and more intimidating to have to accomplish on stage – the simple, basic acting of a scene? Or the wielding of a sword in a choreographed, highly physical sword-fight, designed so the participants are dodging furniture and other cumbersome set pieces, all while trying not to…

Reviews: ‘The Big Meal’ & ‘August Osage County’

The unpredictable combustible power of people eating dinner together is prominently featured in two notable stage plays currently running in the North Bay. Marin Theatre Company’s August Osage County, directed by Jasson Minadakis, is a solid, well-performed, but oddly distant and frequently unsatisfying staging of the 2008 Pulitzer winner from Tracy Letts. Usually presented with…