Review: “The Marvelous Wonderettes” in Napa

Napa’s Lucky Penny Community Arts Center has been transformed into a high school gymnasium dolled up for the prom for their presentation of Roger Bean’s The Marvelous Wonderettes. The nostalgic jukebox musical runs through Mar. 13. It’s 1958 and Springfield High’s Songleader Squad has been asked to entertain at the Senior Prom. The four perky…

Review: “Hair” in Santa Rosa

Remember the good ol’ days when all a teenage boy had to worry about was being drafted into the military, trained to kill, shipped off to a foreign land, and die defending corporate interests in the name of democracy? Well, you can relive the grand old ‘60’s by attending the 6th Street Playhouse production of…

Truncated Top Torn Tix of 2021

2021 was supposed to be the year that live theatre came roaring back, and it did… for a while. By the end of the year, that roar had been replaced by a hacking cough symptomatic of exposure to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Theatres once again began to cancel or postpone performances as casts…

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…