Review: OSF’s season-opening ‘Julius Caesar,’ vigorous, powerful, bloody, and kinda weird.

It snowed last night in Ashland, Oregon, where the temperature outside ultimately dropped to a low of 20 degrees. Meanwhile, on stage inside the Angus Bowmer Theater, the temperatures and blood pressures were increasingly high, as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival kicked off its 2017 season with a vigorous, high-energy, decidedly weird staging of William Shakespeare’s…

Reviews: ‘One Stone’ and ‘1776’

Ideas don’t get much bigger than the nature of democracy or the theory of relativity. But two local theater companies are successfully wrestling those brain-busting subjects into highly enjoyable, stage-sized entertainments. 1776, the seldom-produced 1968 musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards (Spreckels Theatre Company), combines an enormous cast, clever projections and elaborate costumes to…

Interview: Jim Jarrett discusses ‘Home Front,’ and putting a face on PTSD

“Before we called it PTSD, people with post-traumatic stress syndrome were just considered weirdos, people who couldn’t or wouldn’t shake off their bad experiences,” says Sonoma director-actor-teacher Jim Jarrett. He’s the director of the acclaimed wartime drama “Home Front,” which will be running five consecutive days next week at Andrews Hall, presented by Sonoma Arts…

Talking Pictures: The creators of ‘La La Land’ talk about movies, musicals and the politics of hopefulness

Last October, on opening night of the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF)—and months before La La Land was officially released in theaters—its writer-director, Damien Chazelle, was in Marin with his leading lady Emma Stone, and composer Justin Hurwitz. During a pre-screening press conference, Chazelle was asked about the Oscar potential for the film, a musical about artists…

Sneak Peek reading of ‘Mary Shelley’s Body: the Play,’ Wed. Feb. 15 at Main Stage West

Last October, the North Bay Bohemian profiled and presented excerpts from the recent anthology book ‘Eternal Frankenstein,’ a collection of 16 stories published by Petaluma’s Word Horde Books. One of those stories was the novella-length ‘Mary Shelley’s Body,’ written by playwright and Bohemian contributor David Templeton. With Templeton’s history of writing and performing one-man plays and other theatrical efforts,…