“God of Carnage” – March 23, 2016

As theatergoers, we occasionally attend plays we never previously liked, and end up changing our minds by the end. Maybe the acting and directing somehow assist the script in transcending its limitations, altering the show to make some powerful social statement, finding some new way to show us something we’d not noticed in previous productions. […]

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – March 17, 2016

I am, in a moment, going to talk about spelling, as in spelling bees, as in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ a musical that is currently running in two different productions in the North Bay. But first, let me delve further into the disciplines of vocabulary with a few stage-related definitions. I’d like […]

Oregon Shakepeare Festival – March 2, 2016

Many playwrights strive to create poetry on stage, hoping to put such elegant words in the mouths of their characters that audiences will sit stunned and shaken, transported from their seats to some new world. If only all playwrights began as poets—as did San Francisco’s Marisela Treviño Orta—then all of our stages would be singing […]