Review: “Galatea”

Science fiction has long been the purview of film and, to a lesser extent, television.  Live theatrical productions of the genre have been few and far between, undoubtedly because of the challenges in staging what we have become accustomed to seeing on screen via the CGI extravaganzas of the past few decades. Local playwright and…

Review: “Patty from HR: A Zoom with a View”

Patty from HR is pissed. After being fired from her dream job as the Human Resources Director at The New Yorker magazine, she’s been reduced to conducting Zoom training sessions for the uninformed. Well, she will be if she can get past her inaugural session/audition. That’s the premise of Patty from HR: A Zoom with…

Review: “Love, Loss, And What I Wore”

Rarely does a play’s title capture the complete essence of a script better than Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The Ephron sisters’ adaptation of the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman is Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse’s season opener and runs live, on stage through August 29.…

Review: “The God of Hell”

With the lifting of most restrictions on in-door gatherings, the curtain continues to slowly rise on live, in-person theatre in the North Bay. Many companies have made their season announcements and plan to re-open their houses to audiences with productions that will be opening from mid-August to early September. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center gets…

Review – “Slow Food”

It’s been fifteen months since local audiences could set foot inside a theatre. Pandemic-necessitated closures and restrictions have limited performing arts organizations to streaming their shows to remain active and connected to their patrons. Try as they might, though, that “style” of production is simply not a replacement for live, in-person theatre.    With the availability…

Review: “Eat the Runt”

A well-crafted theatre review should contain a hint of plot, introductions to the characters, and evaluations of the performances, direction, and stagecraft. This is all to give a potential audience member some idea what they can expect to experience should they spend some of their hard-earned money on a ticket with the caveat that each…

Review: “overcome, a devised play”

What do you get when you bring a group of theatre arts students together to produce a show and all you have to begin with is a title? You get a ‘devised play’ called overcome. It’s the Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Program’s Spring production and it streams on You Tube through May 2.…