Review: “The Book of Will” in Healdsburg

William Shakespeare, who wrote a couple of plays, never had one actually published in his lifetime. They existed, often in pieces, in hand-scrawled scripts and in the memories of the actors who performed them. If not for Shakespeare’s friends and colleagues’ efforts to preserve his work for posterity, high school drama students would have a…

KSRO Interview – The Raven’s “ScripTease”

My “Theatre Thursday” guests on the January 27 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Steven David Martin, Artistic Director for Healdsburg’s Raven Players, and Gabriel Fraire, playwright, for a discussion about the Raven Players Scriptease program and the January 31, 2022 staged reading of John and Gabriel Fraire’s Cesar Died Today.…

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…

Reviews: “Twelfth Night” in Mill Valley & “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” in Healdsburg

For theatre lovers who prefer their Shakespeare ‘al fresco’ – or for those who are still hesitant about venturing inside – two North Bay companies are presenting free outdoor productions of Bard-centric plays. They are adhering to all city, county, and state COVID protocols and the casts and crews have been fully vaccinated. Mill Valley’s…

North Bay Theaters Get $ome Relief

Theaters throughout the North Bay have finally started to receive disbursements from the Federal Government’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, was signed into law in December 2020. It offers substantial grants to producing organizations and entertainment venues to replace lost revenue as a result of COVID-19…

Curtain Going Up Again at North Bay Theatres

With the Kincade fire no longer posing an imminent threat and with PG&E enlisting a full contingent of wheel-running squirrels to power up the area, North Bay theatre companies that were forced to shutter their productions last week are looking forward to resuming their runs this weekend. Here’s the status of all Sonoma and Marin…