Review: “The Music Man” in Rohnert Park

American musical theatre doesn’t get any more old-fashioned than it does with The Music Man. Broadway is currently hosting a revival of Meredith Willson’s melodic tale of con man Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian but North Bay audiences looking to travel back to turn-of-the-century River City, Iowa need only head to Rohnert Park. The…

KSRO Interview – “Stand and Deliver”

My guests on the September 22 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon & Harry Duke on KSRO were Elizabeth Dale and Miriam Valencia from the SRJC Theatre Arts production of Stand and Deliver. Miriam’s dad Carlos joined in the conversation to tell of his experience meeting Jaime Escalante. Click below to listen:…

Review: “Circle Mirror Transformation” in Novato

If you’ve ever glanced at a flyer hanging from a community center bulletin board that offers an acting   course and worried about the time commitment required, playwright Annie Baker’s got you covered. In Circle Mirror Transformation, now running at the Novato Theater Company through September 25, Baker covers in two hours what most courses do…

COVID outbreaks leading to show cancellations

Sonoma County theatre is taking a beating at the hands of the continuing COVID pandemic. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center/Raven Players presentation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was cancelled before it opened and the Left Edge Theatre run of Fun Home was cut short. Both had cast members come down with COVID.…

KSRO Interview – “The Music Man”

We did a special “Theatre Thursday”segment on the Friday, September 15 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon & Harry Duke on KSRO with Michael Ross, director of the Spreckels Theatre Company production of The Music Man. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more information:

KSRO Interview – “Cabaret”

My guests on the September 15 “Theatre Thursday” segment of The Drive with Steve Jaxon & Harry Duke on KSRO were Erin Solorio and Michael Strelo-Smith for a conversation about the 6th Street Playhouse production of Cabaret. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “The Realistic Joneses” in San Anselmo

Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses is a difficult play to categorize. Is it a drama or a comedy? Realistic or surrealistic? Life-affirming or death-obsessed?  The answer to all these questions is “yes”. You can decide for yourself by attending the Jolee & Too Soon Old production that’s running at the Playhouse in San Anselmo through…

Review: “Fun Home” in Santa Rosa

The California Theatre, the North Bay’s newest entertainment venue, hosts Left Edge Theatre’s season-opening production of Fun Home. The musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name took home five Tonys, including Best Musical, for its 2015 Broadway run. The show is scheduled to run through September 18. Bechdel’s original work,…

KSRO Interview – “Ain’t Misbehavin'”

My guests on the September 1 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon & Harry Duke on KSRO were Aja Gianola-Norris and Selena Elize from the upcoming Sonoma Arts Live production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Contrary to what I say at the opening of the interview, the show opens on September 9. Click below…