By the Horns

Beauty and the Beast at Ferndale Rep

(May 11, 2017) Beauty and the Beast has evolved into some sort of larger-than-life thing of its own in the past quarter century. It really owes all this to Disney's 1991 animated film,...

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Hiding Behind Closed Minds

Third at Redwood Curtain

(May 4, 2017) Picture, if you will, a small liberal arts college. A feminist professor of literature. A white male undergraduate on an athletic scholarship. Unconscious bias kicked in yet? Such unthinking assumptions...

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Viva las Mujeres!

Real Women Have Curves at HSU

(April 27, 2017) It is September 1987, and the Reagan Administration has recently passed the Simpson-Rodino Amnesty Act, enabling thousands of undocumented immigrants to become legal residents. Such is the case for the...

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Glow and Flow

Luminescence at the Van Duzer

(April 13, 2017) An impressive variety of 11 choreographed pieces with 50 dancers compose Luminescence, the Humboldt State University Dance Program's spring concert. The production is the culmination of original student and...

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A Bloody End

Richard III at NCRT

(March 30, 2017) The final years of Richard of Gloucester, in which he became Richard III and was crowned king of England, were violent, tumultuous ones. They served as the final chapter of...

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Stitching Together a Life

Quilters at Ferndale Repertory Theatre

(March 16, 2017) It would be a mistake to think of Quilters as a play — rather, it is a metaphor for the lives of pioneer women of the 19th century Midwest....

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The Power of Faux News

Julius Caesar at Humboldt State University

(March 9, 2017) Political intrigue is timeless fodder for dramatists and with an overtly political play like Julius Caesar, it's tempting to start correlating key characters with members of the current administration. Is...

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Dance Off

Dancing Stars of Humboldt returns

(February 23, 2017) On Saturday, 21 dance groups and soloists will hit the stage at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, each hoping to take home prize money to further their goals...

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The Lady Doth Persist

Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight at Redwood CurtainBy Pat Bitton

(February 16, 2017) Emilie du Châtelet is an all but forgotten figure whose contributions to scientific knowledge brought together physics, philosophy and gender in a challenge that continues to resonate today. She met...

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Family Circles

Eleemosynary, All My Sons and Shirley Valentine

(February 2, 2017) Don't hold Eleemosynary's title against it. It's a clever device by playwright Lee Blessing (whose Going to St. Ives was a popular production at Redwood Curtain Theatre last year)...

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O-o-oklahoma!

Rogers and Hammerstein sweep into NCRT

(January 26, 2017) The play Oklahoma! and I go back a ways. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's famed play was, at the age of 8, the very first live theater I ever saw....

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Fairytales and Nightmares

Jack and the Holiday Beans and columbinus

(December 8, 2016) Pantomime evolved from the Italian commedia dell'arte into a peculiarly English theatrical style that takes a well-known folk tale and adds cross-dressing actors, slapstick, musical interludes and audience participation...

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Through a Humboldt Looking Glass

Dell'Arte's Alice in Wonderland

(December 1, 2016) Each year, Dell'Arte MFA students create a holiday show that plays, largely free of charge, to the community from Point Arena to Cave Junction. The students not only write, design,...

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A Country Murder

Agatha Christie's The Hollow at NCRT

(November 24, 2016) The mystery novel, that great niche of fiction, has no greater name to represent it than the late Agatha Christie. North Coast Repertory Theatre's The Hollow is a staging of...

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Taming the Tamer?

Taming of the Shrew(s) at Redwood Curtain

(November 3, 2016) Scholars have argued for centuries as to when, or even whether, Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew. What's not in doubt is that John Fletcher, Shakespeare's successor as house...

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