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…

Review: “The Drowsy Chaperone” in Sonoma

“I hate theatre.” No, that’s not the long-suspected confession of a theatre critic. It’s the opening line from Sonoma Arts Live’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.  The show runs through July 31.   That line, followed by a litany of complaints about modern theatre (shows are too long, actors shouldn’t interact with the audience, Elton John,…

Review: “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” in Sonoma

The Borscht Belt comes to wine country with the Sonoma Arts Live presentation of Saturday Night at Grossinger’s. The musical with book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by Claibe Richardson runs in Sonoma through May 8. It’s co-directed by Larry Williams and SAL Artistic Director Jaime Weiser Love. The Borscht Belt is an…

Sonoma International Film Fest Recap

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first Sonoma International Film Festival. The festival, which celebrated its 25th year, ran for five days March 23 through March 27. More than 120 films were screened with more than 80 of them premiering at the festival. Films were screened at seven different venues, all within a…

Review: “Master Class” in Sonoma

The name Maria Callas means little these days to people unversed in the world of opera, but to those in the know the American-born Greek soprano will always be “La Divina”. Callas passed away in 1977 at the age of 53. Memories of her might have faded completely from the stage but for playwright Terrence…