Mountain Play Cancels 2021 Season

Marin County’s Mountain Play announced the cancellation of their 2021 season via Twitter. The two-part Tweet read as follows: “In support of the health and well-being of our community and staff, the Mountain Play announces the cancellation of our 2021 Season Production of INTO THE WOODS. We will safely return to Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on…

Truncated Top Torn Tix of 2020

‘Tis the time for critics of all ilks to release their “end of year” lists. For almost twenty years, this publication has presented a “Top Torn Tickets” list featuring the year’s best North Bay theatrical productions. Those years, however, had the advantage of having an entire calendar year’s worth of shows to consider. With the…

Marin Theatre Company Announces 54th Season

Marin Theatre Company artistic director Jasson Minadakis has announced MTC’s 54th Season lineup including the third installment of the Lauren Gundeson/Margot Melcon Christmas in Pemberley series. Initial programming for the 2020/2021 season will be offered digitally while theatres remain closed due to COVID-19. They hope to return to live, audience-attended productions in their Boyer Theatre…

Performing Arts in the North Bay Today – 05/16/20

Four events taking place today (Saturday, May 16) in the North Bay (and viewable around the world!) 1. 4:30 p.m. Dirty Cello Dirty Cello performs love as part of Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol’s new “In The Meantime’ love concert series. It happens on the Hopmonk Tavern Facebook page. Watch the show, send Rebecca Roudman and company…

Looking for theatre this weekend? There actually is some.

Pushing back against the tide of cancellation of most North Bay theatre, a handful of companies have opted to move forward with their productions.   Despite cancelling classes for the rest of the winter term, the curtain will apparently still go up on the College of Marin‘s well-received production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Closing weekend…

North Bay Theatres React to Public Health Concerns

Numerous North Bay Theatre companies have reached out to their subscribers and potential theatre-goers to address their concerns about attending productions in the wake of the Coronavirus. Theater companies, many of whom operate with very thin margins, are assuring their audiences that they are taking all the recommended steps to ensure the health and safety…

Review: “Ghosts of Bogota” in San Rafael

A vacant downtown San Rafael storefront is being haunted by the Ghosts of Bogotá. They are characters in playwright Diana Burbano’s darkly comic autobiographical look at a group of siblings dealing with some disturbing family history. It’s AlterTheater Ensemble’s latest “pop-up theatre” and runs through Feb. 23. Siblings Lola (Livia Gomes Demarchi), Sandy (Carla Pauli),…

Review: “Our Town” in Novato

There is no more quintessential piece of American theatre than Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Written in 1938 and set decades earlier, Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning look at the inhabitants of small-town America has become a staple of school drama programs and community theatres. The Novato Theater Company has a production running through February 16. The play’s…

Rafael screens ‘Her’; local ‘Millennials Talk Cinema’ critics to appear on panel

Argus-Courier’s film-loving “Millennials” on stage for live screening: Three of the four local film reviewers responsible for the Argus- Courier’s weekly “Millennials Talk Cinema” columns will take to the stage on Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., for a (no doubt) lively post-film conversation following a screening of the science-fiction film “Her,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy…