Not in Kansas

HLOC's The Wizard of Oz

(August 9, 2018) Director Victor Fleming's 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, when one thinks about it, may be the most famous ever made. Its characters, lyrics and even throwaway lines...

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Portrait of the Wizard as a Young Man

The Legend of Young Merlin in Redwood Park

(August 2, 2018) Myths and legends can hold more truth than any history book, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the 12th century monk who first wrote down the story of young Merlin, the...

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Wilde's Ernest Wit

(July 19, 2018) Oscar Wilde was a world-class wit, back when such a term seemed more relevant, and he lived just 46 years until his early death in 1900. A poet and playwright,...

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Hedda Gabler Breaks the Sisyphean Loop

A satirical, dark-hearted romp at Redwood Curtain Theater

(July 12, 2018) The lights of the Redwood Curtain Theater go down and a woman's voice comes out of nowhere, "I hear what you are saying, Tesman. But how am I to...

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Behind the Mask of the Universal Soldier

Ruzzante Comes Home from the War at Dell'Arte

(June 21, 2018) The connection between the title of this year's Mad River Festival summer show Ruzzante Comes Home from the War and Dell'Arte International may seem a bit of a stretch, but...

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Thesis Festival Time

Crossing the Vortex at Dell'Arte

(May 24, 2018) May is always an exciting month at Dell'Arte. It's when the multinational class of graduating students stages its final ensemble creations — the culmination of the school's three-year MFA program....

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Hedwig Rocks

Guts and glitter at NCRT

(May 17, 2018) As a bridge between the rock, pop and soul music of the 1960s and the explosion of punk in the late 1970s, and the myriad subgenres that followed, there...

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Free Spirits

The House That Will Not Stand and Chicago

(May 10, 2018) The House That Will Not Stand The 2014 play The House that Will Not Stand, written by poet/playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley and now playing at Redwood Curtain Theatre...

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Hay Fever Breaks Out at HSU

Noel Coward's classic not to be sneezed at

(May 3, 2018) The Bliss family at the center of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, now playing at Humboldt State University's Gist Hall Theatre, is the epitome of English eccentricity and over-the-top-ness. Judith (Susan...

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NCRT's The Tenth Muse Reminds Us to Take Nothing for Granted

Breaking down barriers

(March 22, 2018) In the late 17th century in what is now Mexico City, the convent of San Jeronimo was home to one of the most extensive libraries in the New World, presided...

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Nunsense: Sisters Doin' it for Themselves

Ferndale Rep picks up habits for a musical comedy

(March 15, 2018) The Little Sisters of Hoboken are a welcoming lot, meeting and greeting us audience members as we obediently file into the auditorium and locate our seats for the opening of...

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It's a Woman's World

Women in Jeopardy! and Charlotte's Web

(March 8, 2018) Who among us has not winced at a friend's seemingly inadvisable romantic choice? Fortunately, however, most of us to do not as a result find ourselves at the center of...

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On the Rocks

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Ferndale Rep

(February 1, 2018) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? looms large in the collective mind. Born as a Tony Award-winning play from the pen of the great Edward Albee in 1962, it was adapted...

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Crowns and Coke

An '80s King Lear at NCRT

(January 25, 2018) The meaning of the word "Shakespearian" is elusive when tossed around by wags and pundits, and it's occasionally used with a little laziness. It's dispatched to label something as being...

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Grown-up Problems

Arcata Playhouse's fun fable and HSU's Peanuts drama

(December 7, 2017) The Grasshopper and the Aunt Pantomime is a proud European tradition that I'm happy to see gaining a foothold in the U.S., thanks to theatrical funsters like James Peck, Amy...

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  • Re: Not in Kansas

    • My wife and I loved the HLOC's production of the Wizard of Oz. The Munchkins…

    • on August 14, 2018
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    • Almost a complete review. Would love to hear your thoughts on the music and musicians…

    • on August 9, 2018
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