“Hold, please!”

Omicron and a Health Order put North Bay theatre on pause (again) North Bay theatre came back with a vengeance in mid-2021 when restrictions were lifted and theaters could once more welcome audiences inside. Almost every theatre company in the region returned to live production with solo shows, comedies, and the occasional musical. The New…

Truncated Top Torn Tix of 2021

2021 was supposed to be the year that live theatre came roaring back, and it did… for a while. By the end of the year, that roar had been replaced by a hacking cough symptomatic of exposure to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Theatres once again began to cancel or postpone performances as casts…

Review: “West Side Story”

Much has been written about the recently released Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner version of West Side Story. While the reviews have been rapturous, its box office can be described as lukewarm at best, and the term “flop” has been bandied around by some. Its failure to find an audience (at least so far) has been attributed…

Review: “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol” in Napa

As TV regularly demonstrates, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol can be adapted into just about any scenario. For theatre, just take the plot points and characters, plop them into a modern-day situation and locale, add some songs and – voila! – instant Christmas show! It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s basically what…

Review: “Scrooge in Love!” in Santa Rosa

The ghost of an English author passed haunts North Bay theaters this holiday season with a couple of Charles Dickens-inspired productions running on local stages. Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse presents the musical Scrooge in Love! through Dec. 19. It’s Christmas Eve again and Ebenezer Scrooge (Brian Herndon) has spent the past year living a…

KSRO Interview – Redwood Theatre Company

My “Theatre Thursday” guests on the Wednesday, November 24 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Carmen Mitchell, Lorenzo Alviso, and Madeline Brown from the Redwood Theatre Company and Redwood Ice Theatre Company to discuss their upcoming shows events and shows. Click below to listen: ***********