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…

Review: “The Importance of Being Earnest” in Novato

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” in Healdsburg

“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…