Review: “Middletown” in Kentfield

Welcome to Middletown. Population: stable. Elevation: same. The main street is called Main Street. The side streets are named after trees. Things are fairly predictable. People come; people go. That paraphrasing of some of the introductory dialogue from Middetown, running now at the College of Marin through December 8, is as much of a plot…

Review: “Oliver!” in Santa Rosa

North Bay theatre patrons are well aware of the number of performances cancelled because of the Kincade fire and the PG&E power shutoffs. What they may not know is the impact those factors had on shows in the middle of their rehearsal process.  There’s no doubt that loss of critical time can be attributed to…

Review: “She Loves Me” in Ross

It’s been almost 85 years since two of Marin’s oldest theatre companies joined forces to present a full theatrical production. Apparently, it worked so well that the Mountain Play and the Ross Valley Players have decided to do it again. Their co-production of She Loves Me, the 1963 musical adaptation of the 1937 Hungarian play…

Review: “Matilda the Musical” in Napa

Author Roald Dahl’s children’s stories usually feature an exceptional child living in an unexceptional world of abusive adults and oppressive institutions. Whether it’s James traveling in a giant peach or Charlie touring a chocolate factory, the young protagonists usually triumph with the help of a loving grown-up. That formula is at work again in Matilda…

Review: “Bluff” in San Rafael

Writers have been dressing up the “boy meets girl, boy loses girl” trope for centuries now from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to every Hallmark Channel movie. Playwright Jeffrey Sweet took his shot at it twenty years ago with Bluff, running now at The Belrose in San Rafael through November 16. Sweet, long connected with Chicago…