Review: “West Side Story”

Much has been written about the recently released Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner version of West Side Story. While the reviews have been rapturous, its box office can be described as lukewarm at best, and the term “flop” has been bandied around by some. Its failure to find an audience (at least so far) has been attributed…

Review: “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol” in Napa

As TV regularly demonstrates, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol can be adapted into just about any scenario. For theatre, just take the plot points and characters, plop them into a modern-day situation and locale, add some songs and – voila! – instant Christmas show! It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s basically what…

Review: “Murder for Two” in Santa Rosa

One way theatre companies have responded to the pandemic and its related restrictions is to produce smaller shows. Solo performances, two-handers, small-cast dramas and comedies and stripped-down musicals have been the season openers on most local stages. Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse opens their GK Hardt Theatre with Murder for Two, a title that neatly…

Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions Announces 2021/22 Season

Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions has announced their 2021/2022 season. Their seven-show season opens on September 10, 2021 and concludes on June 12, 2022. The season is music heavy with two Broadway musicals, one television musical adaptation, a “jukebox”‘ musical, and one play with music. An original short-play festival and a single “straight” play fill out…