Review: “Ham for the Holidays” in Sebastopol

North Bay audiences seeking a little lightweight, somewhat-holiday-themed entertainment would do well to head out to Sebastopol and check out Ham for the Holidays. Written by Santa Rosa High School dropout-turned-game-show-contestant-turned-college-professor Shad Willingham, it runs at Main Stage West through Dec. 30. It’s Christmas Eve, 1939, and the tiny hamlet of Hamlin, GA is buried…

Three North Bay Shows Shuttered by Illness

North Bay theatre companies continue to take illness-related hits with announced cancellations at three different companies. Sebastopol’s Main Stage West lost this weekend’s performances of Ham for the Holidays to an undisclosed illness. The company hopes to reopen the show on Thursday, December 22 and close with a final performance on Friday, December 30. Rohnert…

KSRO Interview – “Scrooge in Love”

My guests on the second of two ‘Theatre Thursday” segments on the December 1 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon & Harry Duke on KSRO were Jeff Coté and Erin Solorio from the 6th Street Playhouse production of Scrooge in Love. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Gypsy, A Musical Fable” in Ross

About once a year now, The Mountain Play comes down from atop Mt. Tam’s 3,750-seat Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre and joins forces with the Ross Valley Players to present a classic Broadway musical in the 99-seat Barn Theater at the Marin Art and Garden Center. This year it’s Gypsy, A Musical Fable, the Arthur Laurents/Jule Styne/Stephen…

KSRO Interview – “Gypsy”

My guest on a special “Theatre Wednesday” segment on the November 23 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon & Harry Duke on KSRO was Dyan McBride from the Mountain Play/Ross Valley Players production of Gypsy. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “The River Bride” in Santa Rosa

Folks who like their fairy-tale endings in the “and they lived happily ever after” vein may find themselves challenged by Marisela Treviño Orta’s The River Bride. Part Brazilian folklore and part Brothers Grimm at their grimmest, it’s the tale of two sisters and the men in their lives. Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse has a…

Marin Theatre Company’s AD to depart after 17 years

The Marin Theatre Company (MTC) Board of Directors and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Meredith Suttles announced today that Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis will depart the North Bay theatre company after 17 seasons at the helm. “I am honored to have served as the artistic leader of this organization for 17 incredible seasons,” said Minadakis. “It has been…