The Sonoma County Stage One Theatre Arts Awards – July 22, 2015

It is better, they say, to give than to receive. That must be why so many groups gather so often to give so many awards to so many people for their efforts in so many different art forms connected to so many different award-worthy fields of endeavor. Though most people in show business are buzzing […]

“Twelfth Night;” “Cymbeline” – July 8, 2015

There’s an old Latin saying. “Aestivo Tempori est Shakespeare!” Roughly translated: There’s no better time to watch Shakespeare than in the summertime! I don’t know when summer became so connected to the Bad Bard of Avon, but there’s no denying that the moment the weather gets nice, along comes a troupe of iambic-pentameter talking actors […]

“The Count of Monte Cristo;” and “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” – July 6, 2015

One of the cool things about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the current season of which I have been reporting on lately, is the way it often programs shows that cleverly comment on each other in interesting ways. This year’s festival, which runs through November 1st up in Ashland, Oregon, has one particularly creative pairing of […]

“Antony and Cleopatra;” and “Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land” – July 2, 2015

The good, the bad and the ugly. It’s not just the name of an old Clint Eastwood movie. It’s also a fitting way to think about this year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival, currently running in Ashland on OSF’s three world-class stages. Yesterday I talked about the VERY GOOD “Head Over Heels,” a new musical by Jeff […]