Review: “Silent Sky” in Ross

While reward often requires sacrifice, best not to forget that hard work and persistence are required as well. That’s one of the takeaways from Bay Area-based playwright Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky. The historical drama is being presented by the Ross Valley Players in Ross through Feb. 9. Gunderson’s look at America’s first female astronomers predates…

Review: “Noura” in Mill Valley

It’s Christmas Eve and a family readies their home for guests. Gifts are placed under a tree. Food is prepared. Mass will be attended. Millions of Americans will do the same.  This is the first Christmas this family will spend as American citizens. Eight years after fleeing Iraq, Noura (Denmo Ibrahim), Tareq (Mattico David) and…

Marin’s Top Torn Tickets of 2019

Compared to neighboring counties, Marin has relatively few regularly-producing theatre companies. Ah, but quantity does not equal quality as my ‘Top Torn Tickets for 2019’ list proves. Here, in alphabetical order, are the best and/or most interesting works done in the past year by that handful of Marin-based companies: A Bright New Boise (College of…

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…