Review: “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” in Sonoma

The Borscht Belt comes to wine country with the Sonoma Arts Live presentation of Saturday Night at Grossinger’s. The musical with book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by Claibe Richardson runs in Sonoma through May 8. It’s co-directed by Larry Williams and SAL Artistic Director Jaime Weiser Love. The Borscht Belt is an…

Review: “The Wedding Singer” in Santa Rosa

To some in the theatre world, the sourcing of an Adam Sandler movie as the basis for a musical was the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse. Needless to say, American musical theatre did not come to an end with the arrival of The Wedding Singer on Broadway. The show managed to snag five Tony nominations,…

KSRO Interview – “The Wedding Singer”

My guests on the April 21 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Laura Downing-Lee, Max Bohlke-Slater, Ileene Christianson-Torres, and Reed Martin from the Santa Rosa Junior College production of The Wedding Singer. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Hotter Than Egypt” in Mill Valley

Mill Valley’s Marin Theatre Company has been presenting top-notch productions of often provocative plays for years, so color me a bit surprised by their latest offering. They are currently hosting the world premiere co-production (with Seattle’s ACT) of Yussef El Guindi’s Hotter Than Egypt. Selected by MTC’s new Associate Artistic Director Nakissa Etemad, the John Langs-directed…

Review: “Native Gardens” in Santa Rosa

“Good fences make good neighbors” is an aphorism whose origins are debated but whose truth is generally accepted.  Where the fence actually runs, though, can be a test of neighborly relations as it is in the Left Edge Theatre production of Karen Zacarias’ Native Gardens. The Jenny Hollingworth-directed comedy runs in Santa Rosa through April…

Review: “Almost, Maine” in Rohnert Park

Welcome to Almost, Maine. You won’t find it on a map as its citizens were never organized enough to get it declared an official town. The almost-town has a mill, a bar, a snowmobiling club, and a couple of dozen residents whose main activity is falling in (or out) of love.  That’s the premise behind…

Review: “Apologia” in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa’s Roustabout Theater is best known as one of the leading theatrical training and performance programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a focus on youth ages 11 to 20, their Apprentice Program and Summer Theater Camp productions lean toward lighter fare, like this summer’s scheduled production of The SpongeBob Musical. Roustabout also…