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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Dispelling the Princess Myth

Disenchanted at Redwood Curtain Theatre

(September 14, 2017) As a child, I wasn't much for princesses and happy-ever-after fairytales, and most Disney interpretations of princessdom passed me by, so I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to...

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Dating Advice for the Cursed

HLOC's Ruddigore

(August 17, 2017) Nobody ever said finding a mate was easy. In some places, the absence of suitable suitors or a dating pool up to snuff is more prevalent than elsewhere. Heck,...

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Tangled Tales of Love

Love's Labour's Lost at Redwood Park

(August 3, 2017) What happens when King Ferdinand of Navarre and his three companions decide to improve themselves by dedicating three years to study and fasting, forswearing women by forbidding any member of...

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Alternative Farce

The Liar at NCRT

(July 27, 2017) The truth is a tricky thing. It can be objective or subjective, slippery or elusive. It can be deep and bitter and hard to hear. It is rarely absolute. More...

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The Drag King

The Legend of Georgia McBride takes the stage at Redwood Curtain

(July 13, 2017) Drag shows, and even drag itself, are in a sense as old as theater itself, for varied reasons ranging back countless centuries. Be it a lack of female performers for...

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This Land Belongs To ... Whom?

Dell'Arte's State of Jefferson Picnic

(June 22, 2017) It's coming up on the Fourth of July and the MacBurn family has checked into KOALA (Kampground Of American Liberty for All) for their annual State of Jefferson Picnic, courtesy...

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Hello, Sailor

HMS Pinafore at NCRT

(May 25, 2017) The genre of light opera may seem like an odd one to 21st century audiences but only if you think about it too much. Productions in that niche pop...

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Four Journeys of Love and Loss

Dell'Arte International's Thesis Festival

(May 25, 2017) Each May, the graduating students in Dell'Arte's MFA program in ensemble-based physical theatre put the sum of their talents and training on the stage at the Carlo Theatre in...

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