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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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Hail The Snow Queen

Dell'Arte's 2017 holiday show melts the hardest hearts

(November 30, 2017) Dell'Arte's 37th annual touring production is a delightful take on a familiar story of good triumphing over evil, with plenty of magic and other shenanigans along the way. Director Michael...

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Circus within a Circus

Pippin at NCRT

(November 16, 2017) Plays offer a look into a different era, with modern productions taking on material written centuries ago. But Pippin affords a chance to see a dual track on that: The...

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The Luck of the Irish?

Good People at Redwood Curtain

(November 2, 2017) South Boston is blue-collar Irish through and through. A combination of shop work, factory work, informal childcare and bingo is how most of the community gets through life. Every so...

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A Microcosm of Life on Avenue Q

HSU's coming-of-age story for the ages

(October 26, 2017) Avenue Q is a puppet show with humans. Or a human show with puppets. Whichever way you look at it, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx's musical, now playing at...

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Little Shop's Creepy Charm

Killer plants and strange love at Ferndale Rep

(October 5, 2017) With the changing weather and darkening skies, October in Humboldt is well suited to those who relish turning their attention to gruesome subjects, culminating in the finale on Oct. 31,...

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Conversations Across Time and Space

Arcadia at North Coast Repertory Theatre

(September 21, 2017) My good friend Tom is very much a man of science and mathematics, and also the smartest person I know. I talk with him about all manner of things and...

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