Not to Be

Theaters and performers adjust toa season cut short by COVID-19

(March 26, 2020) Leira Satlof and her team chose Clue: The Musical for Ferndale Repertory's 2020 season because they thought people needed some fun. "We chose it because things were already kind of...

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Time is Many Notes, All Played at Once

Bloomsday at Redwood Curtain

(February 27, 2020) Just as time is a somewhat fluid concept in James Joyce's Ulysses, so it is in Steven Dietz's hauntingly moving 2015 play Bloomsday, now in production at Redwood Curtain Theatre....

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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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