Review – “West Side Story” in Santa Rosa

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been the source material for umpteen movies and plays. The tale of star-crossed lovers had its most successful theatrical iteration with the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story. It’s running now through July 7 at Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse. Groundbreaking at its time for innovations in dance and music…

KSRO Interview: “A Chorus Line”

David Templeton guest-hosted the Thursday, June 13 theatre segment on KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon.  His guests were actress Alicia Albright and resident artist and assistant to the Artistic Director Meggie Cansler Ness from the Transcendence Theatre Company production of A Chorus Line. Click below to listen: **********

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: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in San Francisco

Most folk’s exposure to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came through reading the book or watching the somewhat renamed 1971 Gene Wilder film. “Charlie” purists rejected Tim Burton’s 2005 cinematic take on the tale as too dark and weird. Well folks, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. San Francisco’s SHN Golden Gate Theatre is…