Review: “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage”

Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, running at Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre through Nov. 21, is a tough play to synopsize.   The show opens in the living room of the suburban New Jersey home of Jane and Michael (Angela Squire and Anthony Martinez). They are gathered around their coffee table with…

Review: “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Directors will often change the setting or time period of an older, well-known play in the hopes of making it more accessible to contemporary audiences. Modernized Shakespeare plays are usually the best examples of this practice. Similarly, the Novato Theater Company has taken Oscar Wilde’s community-theatre staple The Importance of Being Earnest and plopped it…

Review: “Fully Committed”

“Fully Committed” is the term a pricey New York restaurant demands its reservations clerks use to inform potential guests that there’s no room for them at the table. It also describes what an actor has to be to take on 40 characters in a solo show that centers on the harried life of one of…

Review: “Noises Off”

There may be no group more deserving of a laugh right now than the theatre community as pandemic-related closures and cancellations led to a general lack of mirth for folks who enjoy going to theatre and the artists who create it. North Bay companies are aiming to bring the funny back by programming several broad…

Review: “The Beard of Avon”

The centuries-old debate on just who did write the plays attributed to William Shakespeare takes center stage at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center with their presentation of Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon.  Freed comes down squarely on the side of those who think Edward De Vere deserves the lion’s share of the credit and…

Review: “Sunset Boulevard”

Billy Wilder’s 1950 film noir classic Sunset Boulevard reeks of cynicism. The story of a hack Hollywood writer who stumbles into an opportunistic relationship with a faded silent screen star is a tragedy of operatic proportions. The film’s star, Gloria Swanson, spent years trying to bring a radically altered musical version to the stage and…

Review: “Murder for Two”

One way theatre companies have responded to the pandemic and its related restrictions is to produce smaller shows. Solo performances, two-handers, small-cast dramas and comedies and stripped-down musicals have been the season openers on most local stages. Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse opens their GK Hardt Theatre with Murder for Two, a title that neatly…