Fairytales and Nightmares

Jack and the Holiday Beans and columbinus

(December 8, 2016) Pantomime evolved from the Italian commedia dell'arte into a peculiarly English theatrical style that takes a well-known folk tale and adds cross-dressing actors, slapstick, musical interludes and audience participation...

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Through a Humboldt Looking Glass

Dell'Arte's Alice in Wonderland

(December 1, 2016) Each year, Dell'Arte MFA students create a holiday show that plays, largely free of charge, to the community from Point Arena to Cave Junction. The students not only write, design,...

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A Country Murder

Agatha Christie's The Hollow at NCRT

(November 24, 2016) The mystery novel, that great niche of fiction, has no greater name to represent it than the late Agatha Christie. North Coast Repertory Theatre's The Hollow is a staging of...

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Taming the Tamer?

Taming of the Shrew(s) at Redwood Curtain

(November 3, 2016) Scholars have argued for centuries as to when, or even whether, Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew. What's not in doubt is that John Fletcher, Shakespeare's successor as house...

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The Neverland You Never Knew

Peter and the Starcatcher at HSU

(October 27, 2016) Did you know Neverland was a sailing ship before it was Peter Pan's forever home? Me neither. But that's just one of the fascinating details to emerge in Peter and...

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Rocky of Ages

The Rocky Horror Show at Ferndale Rep

(October 6, 2016) I have a long relationship with the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I'll try to keep short. Midnight shows as a teen in the mid-1980s were my first...

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Opposites Detract

The Odd Couple mixes it up at North Coast Rep

(September 22, 2016) Ahh, opposites. Not all of them exist in complete diametric opposition to one another, as many adhere closer to "one of these is not like the other" observation. Yin and...

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Survival of the Fittest?

After Darwin at Redwood Curtain

(September 15, 2016) Charles Darwin almost did not join HMS Beagle's round-the-world voyage as the official naturalist. Professing a fear of blood, dissection and taxidermy — not to mention never having been to...

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Wild Women

The Secret Life of Spantsa and The Roaring Girl

(August 25, 2016) Here on the North Coast, we are familiar with the tattooed bars on the chins of Native American women. But imagine the reaction of mid-19th century men and women seeing...

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Opera to Opry

HLOC's Phantom of the Country Opera

(August 4, 2016) Phantom of the Opera traces its lineage back to to a 1910 novel of the same name by French author Gaston Leroux. For many people, the point of creation...

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Almost Famous

Moon over Buffalo at NCRT

(July 28, 2016) The traveling stage family was once a commonplace American archetype, from high classical theater to Shakespearean companies taking dusty journeys around the 19th-century frontier, and then onto the scrappy times...

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It's All About the Egg

Blood spatter, quiche porn and women kissing at Redwood Curtain

(July 14, 2016) It's the superficially idyllic 1950s in post-war Middle America. The role of women is to be decorative and do good works. Lesbianism does not exist (after all, Queen Victoria said...

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The River and the Serpent

Winding along at Dell'Arte and Ferndale Rep

(June 23, 2016) The Big Thirst It's been said that water is today's oil/gold/your choice of valuable commodity. Water is a lot simpler — and a lot more complicated — than that....

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This Joint is Jumpin'

Reefer Madness at NCRT

(May 26, 2016) The motion picture Reefer Madness has spent so much time as a camp classic that it's sometimes easy to forget it was once presented with a straight face in 1936...

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Thesis Pieces

Dell'Arte's three-year plan

(May 19, 2016) Incoming MFA students at Dell'Arte embark on a journey that takes them from learning physical awareness and responsiveness, voice, movement, improvisation and ensemble play, to using those techniques toward character,...

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