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 […]

Novato Theater Company Presents Sweeney Todd (Aired: November 13, 2019)

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd is an exceedingly difficult show to produce.  More opera than musical (San Francisco Opera actually did a production in 2015), the vocal demands alone create a significant casting challenge for most theatre companies. The complexities of Sondheim’s score and the requirements of the set design add to the […]

Wait Until Dark at 6th Street & Between Riverside and Crazy at Left Edge (Aired: November 6, 2019)

Local theatres seem to be in a New York state of mind with two very different shows set in the Big Apple running on North Bay stages. 6th Street Playhouse brings the somewhat ironically titled Wait Until Dark to their Monroe Stage while Left Edge Theatre puts their audiences somewhere Between Riverside and Crazy. Wait […]

Luna Gale at the Cinnabar Theater (Aired: October 23, 2019)

The term “MacGuffin” was popularized by Alfred Hitchcock to describe objects or events that took place in his films that were necessary to begin the plot and motivate the characters but were essentially irrelevant. It may be harsh to refer to a baby as a MacGuffin, but the title character in Luna Gale, running through […]

Sovereignty at Marin Theater Company (Aired: October 16, 2019)

There aren’t a lot of plays that explore Native American history or the modern-day social and political issues that continue to challenge that community. Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Sovereignty, running at the Marin Theatre Company through Oct. 20, attempts to do both in about two hours. Sarah Ridge Polson (Elizabeth Frances) returns to the Cherokee Nation […]

Gypsy at the 6th Street Playhouse (Aired: October 9, 2019)

In sports, the term ‘ringer’ generally refers to the practice of using a clearly superior competitor in order to gain an unfair advantage. In theatrical terms, it can be used to describe the importation of outside talent in the hope of drawing a larger-than-normal audience. In both cases, the hope is that the player/performer will […]

Merman’s Apprentice – October 2, 2019

It’s a virtual Merman-palooza in the North Bay as two theatre companies present ‘musical fables’ with Ethel Merman connections. Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse has Gypsy running through October 20 while Sonoma Arts Live has Merman’s Apprentice, an original musical with Merman a character, running through Oct. 13. Merman’s Apprentice is a throw-back to the […]