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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Behind the Mask of the Universal Soldier

Ruzzante Comes Home from the War at Dell'Arte

(June 21, 2018) The connection between the title of this year's Mad River Festival summer show Ruzzante Comes Home from the War and Dell'Arte International may seem a bit of a stretch, but...

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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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