Welcome to the Fun House

(January 30, 2020) Or rather Fun Home – the Bechdel kids' name for the inherited funeral home they grew up in and the latest production at Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Alison Bechdel, oldest of...

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Is This the Real Life?

Life is a Dream at NCRT

(January 23, 2020) Are we here right now? And if we are, can we trust what we see before us? The idea of life as a complete or occasional dream state isn't new...

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Together, We Are Strong

Three productions showcase Humboldt theater's range

(December 12, 2019) Scout's Honor: The Whichever Scouts vs. The Energy Monster This year's holiday show at the Arcata Playhouse, Scout's Honor: The Whichever Scouts vs. the Energy Monster, combines traditional English pantomime...

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Brave Girls

Dell'Arte's Return to Oz and FRT's Matilda

(December 5, 2019) Return to Oz After battling high winds on State Route 299, I was braced for Dell'Arte's 2019 holiday show, Return to Oz, and the on-stage hurricane that carries Dorothy away...

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Christian Rock

Jesus Christ Superstar at NCRT

(November 14, 2019) Before Evita, before Cats, before becoming a household name from the West End to Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber made a mark a half-century back in the nascent genre of rock...

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Grief, Loss and Parallel Universes

Redwood Curtain's Rabbit Hole and Synapsis' Cave

(November 7, 2019) Rabbit Hole When we hear the phrase "going down a rabbit hole" today, we tend to think of the endless distractions dangled in front of us by the internet. But...

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Heathers is Very

An '80s movie adaptation sings at HSU

(October 31, 2019) The 1980s are a decade remembered as a little more feckless, joyous and callow than they in fact were. In line with that recollection is a whole era of teen...

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All for One and One for All

Buckle your swashes for a rip-roaring good time at Ferndale Rep

(October 3, 2019) France was still embroiled in revolution when the story of The Three Musketeers first appeared in 1844. So, even though the story itself is set in the early 17th century,...

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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave ...

Agatha Christie's Spider's Web delights at NCRT

(September 19, 2019) If you're looking for lighthearted entertainment that will have you wondering who did it right until the very end, you'll have a lot of fun with North Coast Repterory...

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The (French) Women's Revolution

A herstorical perspective at Redwood Curtain Theatre

(September 12, 2019) The Revolutionists takes a fresh look at the French Revolution through the experiences of four women, three real and one composite. Two are familiar: Queen Marie Antoinette (Kaitlyn Samuel Rosin)...

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Fool Me Once

Tartuffe at NCRT

(July 25, 2019) First performed in France in 1664, Molière's Tartuffe is a comedy for the ages — a hypocritical individual seeks to relieve an impressionable gentleman of his wealth, possessions and social...

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Honoring Humboldt's Knight of Musicality

Dell'Arte's Turning Gray Skies Blue

(June 27, 2019) This year's Mad River Festival kicked off on a rather different note than previous years. Instead of the usual biting satirical drama, Dell'Arte is celebrating someone who's been a...

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In Transition

Dell'Arte Thesis Festival and NCRT's Cabaret

(May 23, 2019) Thesis Festival Dell'Arte's annual Thesis Festival represents the graduating MFA students' transition to the world beyond school — a world to which they will bring the totality of their three-year...

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Happy Families

The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Mamma Mia!

(May 9, 2019) The Fantastic Mr. Fox The best writers of children's books tend to come from rather curious backgrounds and Roald Dahl had that part of the CV down pat. A...

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Who Wants to be 15 Again?

Prodigal Son at Redwood Curtain Theatre

(May 2, 2019) Playwright John Patrick Shanley describes 15 as a "special, beautiful room. In hell," in Prodigal Son, now playing at Redwood Curtain Theatre. The play sets a teenage boy's search for...

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