Preview: “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” in Healdsburg

The Raven Players bring live outdoor entertainment to Healdsburg’s Downtown Plaza with their production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song: A Truly American Musical. Peter Glazer’s adaptation of the writings and songs of “America’s premiere folk poet” runs weekends July 1 through July 10. The show, which premiered in 1988, has Northern California roots as playwright…

Review: “9 to 5, the Musical” in Santa Rosa

It’s been over 40 years since Dolly Parton made her film debut in 9 to 5 and the title tune topped the charts. The film and song (which garnered Parton an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song) became markers in the struggle for parity in the workplace for women. Thank goodness it was achieved…

KSRO Interview – The California

My guest on a special June 17 “Theatre Friday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO was Argo Thompson for a discussion about The California, a new downtown entertainment venue and the future home of Left Edge Theatre that’s scheduled to open in September of this year. Click below to listen: ********** Click…

Review: “The Sound Inside” in Mill Valley

Audiences who don’t mind leaving a theatre a bit unsettled would do well to check out the West Coast premiere of Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside at Mill Valley’s Marin Theatre Company.The Jasson Minadakis-directed show runs through June 19. The lights come up on a solitary female figure. “A middle-aged professor of undergraduate Creative Writing…

Review: “Wink” in Sebastopol

Feline conspiracy theorists who believe that cats are plotting to take over the world might count playwright Jen Silverman as an ally to their cause with Wink, Silverman’s absurd look at the nature of human transformation… and a vengeful cat.  Sebastopol’s Main Stage West has a production running through June 25.    Sophie (Ilana Niernberger)…

KSRO Interview – “La Traviata”

My guests on the June 9 Theatre Thursday segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were director Elly Lichenstein and actor Gene Wright from the Cinnabar Theater production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Hello, Dolly!” on Mt. Tam

The Mountain Play returns to the Cushing Memorial Amphitheater atop Mount Tamalpais with a boisterous production of the Jerry Herman classic Hello, Dolly! Directed by Jay Manley, the quintessential American musical runs Sundays (and one Saturday) though June 19. Matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi (Dyan McBride) has been hired by well-known Yonkers, New York half-a-millionaire and…