Review: “Crimes of the Heart” in Ross

The Ross Valley Players conclude their 89th season with a production of Crimes of the Heart, running in Ross through August 11. Beth Henley’s tragicomedy won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was followed by a film adaptation starring Sissy Spacek that nabbed three Oscar nominations. The Magrath sisters have gathered at their grandfather’s…

Review: “Measure for Measure” in San Rafael

  The Marin Shakespeare Company opens its 30th season with Measure for Measure. The Bard’s take on justice and mercy would seem to be a perfect fit for a company that brings their Shakespeare for Social Justice program to eight California State Prisons. Officially labeled as a comedy, it’s considered by some to be one…

Review: “Half Life – A Love Story” in Sebastopol

Two world premiere works by North Bay theatre artists are about to conclude their runs on local stages. Sebastopol’s Main Stage West is hosting the musical Half Life – A Love Story, while Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre is presenting the comedy Drumming with Anubis. Both shows end their runs on June 30. If you’ve…

Review: “Cabaret” in Napa

Is there a darker or more depressing Broadway musical than Cabaret? Kander and Ebb’s 1966 musical (with book by Joe Masteroff) won eight Tonys for its original run and four more for its 1998 revival. It’s become a staple of regional and community theatres, as evidenced by the umpteen productions throughout the Bay area in…

Review: “Faceless” in Santa Rosa

Courtroom dramas have long been a staple of mass entertainment. From TV’s Perry Mason to plays and films like The Caine Mutiny Court Marshall and A Few Good Men, audiences have long enjoyed the compact drama provided by a judicial trial. Playwright Selina Fillinger has written a worthy addition to that canon with Faceless, running…