Heisenberg at Left Edge Theater (Aired: January 22, 2020)

Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre kicks off the New Year with Simon Stephens’s Heisenberg. The two-character dramedy about a May – December romance runs through February 2. The title does not refer to either character, but to German physicist Werner Heisenberg. The Nobel Prize winner is best known for his 1927 uncertainty principle that, in […]

Harry’s Top Torn Tickets of 2019, Part 2 – The Plays (Aired: January 15, 2020)

Comedies and dramas occupied North Bay stages for the bulk of 2019. Here, in alphabetical order, are my Top Torn Tickets, the best and/or most interesting comedic and dramatic stage work done in Sonoma and Napa counties in the past year: After Miss Julie (Main Stage West) Just one of several outstanding productions at this […]

Harry’s Top Torn Tickets: The Musicals (Aired: January 8, 2020)

After having attended over one hundred Bay Area theatrical productions in 2019, it’s time to clear out the file cabinet of a year’s worth of theatre programs and select my Top Torn Tickets. Here, in alphabetical order, is my list of the best and/or most interesting work done in the musical genre by wine country […]

Cinnabar’s The World Goes ‘Round and 6th Street’s Fully Committed (Aired: January 1, 2020)

North Bay theatres ring out the old and welcome in the New Year with music and comedy. The World Goes ‘Round to the beat of Broadway showtunes at Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater while Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse is Fully Committed to bringing the laughs. Both shows run through January 5. You’re probably more familiar with […]

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Aired: December 25, 2019)

North Bay residents seeking refuge from a rainy and cold December might find it worth their while to head over the bridge and spend a Summer afternoon or evening in the city. Donna Summer, that is, as BroadwaySF hosts the touring company of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.  It runs through December 29 at San […]

Two Musicals: A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street (Aired: December 18, 2019)

Musical adaptations of Christmas movie classics close out the year with two shows running through Dec. 22. Sonoma Arts Live presents A Christmas Story, The Musical while Lucky Penny Productions brings Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical to Napa. Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story was a moderate film success back in 1983. Based on the […]

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by the Spreckels Theater Company (Aired: December 11, 2019)

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s “continuation” of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, made quite a splash at the Marin Theatre Company in 2016 and since then has become a staple of holiday theatre programs. The Spreckels Theatre Company brings it to Rohnert Park with a production running through December 15. […]

Marin Theater Company’s “Mother of the Maid” (Aired: December 4, 2019)

What’s a mother to do when her daughter says she hears the voice of an angel instructing her to lead an army to war? ‘Love her unconditionally’ is the short answer provided by playwright Jane Anderson in Mother of the Maid, running at Marin Theatre Company through December 15. The tale of Joan of Arc […]

Mountain Play and the Ross Valley Players Present “She Loves Me” (Aired: November 27, 2019)

It’s been almost 85 years since two of Marin’s oldest theatre companies joined forces to present a full theatrical production. Apparently, it worked so well that the Mountain Play and the Ross Valley Players have decided to do it again. Their co-production of She Loves Me, the 1963 musical adaptation of the 1937 Hungarian play […]

Oliver! at the 6th Street Playhouse (Aired: November 20, 2019)

North Bay theatre patrons are well aware of the numerous performances cancelled because of the Kincade fire and PG&E power shutoffs. What they may not know is the impact those factors had on shows in the middle of their rehearsals.  There’s no doubt that loss of critical time can be attributed to some – but […]