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 – “Atlas, the Lonely Gibbon”

My guests on the first of two “Theatre Thursday” segments on the August 11 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Sheri Lee Miller, director, and Deborah Yarchun, playwright, for a discussion about the Spreckels Theatre Company’s season-opening world premiere production of Atlas, the Lonely Gibbon. Click below to listen: ********** Click…

Review: “Matilda the Musical” in Rohnert Park

After a two-year pandemic-induced delay, Matilda the Musical finally hits the expansive Codding Stage at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale of a gifted little girl navigating a treacherous world runs through May 22. Matilda Wormwood (played by Gigi Bruce Low, alternating with Anja Kao Nielsen)…

KSRO Interview – “Matilda, the Musical”

My guests on the May 5 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Sheri Lee Miller, Madison Scarbrough, Gigi Bruce Low, and Anja Kao Nielsen from the Spreckels Theatre Company production of Matilda, the Musical. Click below to listen: ********* Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Almost, Maine” in Rohnert Park

Welcome to Almost, Maine. You won’t find it on a map as its citizens were never organized enough to get it declared an official town. The almost-town has a mill, a bar, a snowmobiling club, and a couple of dozen residents whose main activity is falling in (or out) of love.  That’s the premise behind…

Review: “Galatea” in Rohnert Park

Science fiction has long been the purview of film and, to a lesser extent, television.  Live theatrical productions of the genre have been few and far between, undoubtedly because of the challenges in staging what we have become accustomed to seeing on screen via the CGI extravaganzas of the past few decades. Local playwright and…

KSRO Interview – “Galatea”

My guests on the first of two theatre segments on the Thursday, August 26 broadcast of KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon were director Marty Pistone and actor Abbey Lee from the upcoming Spreckels Theatre Company production of Galatea. Click below to listen: *********** 

North Bay Theaters Get $ome Relief

Theaters throughout the North Bay have finally started to receive disbursements from the Federal Government’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. The program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, was signed into law in December 2020. It offers substantial grants to producing organizations and entertainment venues to replace lost revenue as a result of COVID-19…