Old Haunts

Taking Steps at Ferndale Repertory Theatre

(January 31, 2019) We've all been there. You're a middle-aged "retired" (read, talentless) dancer, furtively packing to leave your husband for the umpteenth time, trying to convince your brother this one will stick...

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Border Dispute

Native Gardens at NCRT

(January 24, 2019) Neighbors can be odd. Next-door neighbors even more so. You're not under the same roof, like siblings. But you are expected to get along with them, albeit for reasons of...

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The Aftermath of Wars

Radioman at Dell'Arte's Carlo Theatre

(January 17, 2019) The Vietnam War shaped Eric Hollenbeck. American "missions" in Iraq, Afghanistan and countless others since have shaped generations of veterans who struggle to function in a world that has little...

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Space Force

Robin Hood's holiday panto at the Playhouse

(December 13, 2018) As a Brit, I'm a sucker for a good pantomime and this year's offering at the Arcata Playhouse is up there with the best. Robin Hood - Knight of the...

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Fra-gee-lay Nostalgia

A Christmas Story: The Musical at FRT

(December 6, 2018) Taking place just after the Great Depression in a small Indiana town, the 1983 movie A Christmas Story tells the tale of one young man's fevered quest for a toy...

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It's a Mad, Mad World Out There

Dell'Arte's Around the World in 80 Days

(November 29, 2018) Steamships and railroads ushered in an era of mad adventuring in the 19th century, so it's no surprise that Phileas Fogg, a gentleman of means, decides to circumnavigate the globe....

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Word Play

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at NCRT

(November 15, 2018) As a young boy, I lost a classwide spelling bee on the word "broccoli." My teacher said I spelled it with two 'l's (I didn't, and I will die on...

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Epic Battles

Ripcord and Evil Dead: The Musical

(November 1, 2018) Ripcord David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord, the current production at Redwood Curtain, reunites three local favorites, director Cassandra Hesseltine and lead players Peggy Metzger and Susan Abbey, who teamed up for Lindsay-Abaire's...

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Herr Monster

Young Frankenstein at Ferndale Rep

(October 4, 2018) There's a monster in the Cream City, und as long as ze young Frankenshtein walks the earth, ve vill never be safe! That's right Dear Reader, Mel Brooks' musical Young...

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Murder Mystery with an English Twist

Dial 'M' for Murder at NCRT

(September 20, 2018) There's nothing quite like a good murder mystery (especially a British one — I admit I may be biased on this point). That's just what's on offer with the latest...

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In the Prime of (Artificial) Life

Marjorie Prime at Redwood Curtain

(September 13, 2018) Anyone who's spent any time online in the last few years has undoubtedly encountered a chatbot — that helpful cyber-entity that's always ready to (try to) answer your questions. Now...

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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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