All for One and One for All

Buckle your swashes for a rip-roaring good time at Ferndale Rep

(October 3, 2019) France was still embroiled in revolution when the story of The Three Musketeers first appeared in 1844. So, even though the story itself is set in the early 17th century,...

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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave ...

Agatha Christie's Spider's Web delights at NCRT

(September 19, 2019) If you're looking for lighthearted entertainment that will have you wondering who did it right until the very end, you'll have a lot of fun with North Coast Repterory...

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The (French) Women's Revolution

A herstorical perspective at Redwood Curtain Theatre

(September 12, 2019) The Revolutionists takes a fresh look at the French Revolution through the experiences of four women, three real and one composite. Two are familiar: Queen Marie Antoinette (Kaitlyn Samuel Rosin)...

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Fool Me Once

Tartuffe at NCRT

(July 25, 2019) First performed in France in 1664, Molière's Tartuffe is a comedy for the ages — a hypocritical individual seeks to relieve an impressionable gentleman of his wealth, possessions and social...

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Honoring Humboldt's Knight of Musicality

Dell'Arte's Turning Gray Skies Blue

(June 27, 2019) This year's Mad River Festival kicked off on a rather different note than previous years. Instead of the usual biting satirical drama, Dell'Arte is celebrating someone who's been a...

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In Transition

Dell'Arte Thesis Festival and NCRT's Cabaret

(May 23, 2019) Thesis Festival Dell'Arte's annual Thesis Festival represents the graduating MFA students' transition to the world beyond school — a world to which they will bring the totality of their three-year...

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Happy Families

The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Mamma Mia!

(May 9, 2019) The Fantastic Mr. Fox The best writers of children's books tend to come from rather curious backgrounds and Roald Dahl had that part of the CV down pat. A...

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Who Wants to be 15 Again?

Prodigal Son at Redwood Curtain Theatre

(May 2, 2019) Playwright John Patrick Shanley describes 15 as a "special, beautiful room. In hell," in Prodigal Son, now playing at Redwood Curtain Theatre. The play sets a teenage boy's search for...

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A Shakespearean Tragedy-Comedy Cocktail

And a straight shot of '50s nostalgia

(March 21, 2019) The Winter's Tale The canon of William Shakespeare is mostly discussed by superfans and laypeople alike as split between dramas — be they blood-soaked epics of kings or more intimate...

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The Women Have It

Adoration of the Old Woman at HSU and Iphigenia 2.1 at the Inn at 2nd & C

(March 6, 2019) It's International Women's Day this Friday, March 8, so it's particularly appropriate that Humboldt theater-goers have two very different female-centric productions to choose from. At Humboldt State University's Gist Hall...

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Who's Who?

Everybody at Redwood Curtain Theatre

(February 28, 2019) Buddhism tells us that we are like a bunch of flowers: When we die, we become the raw material to make new flowers. But the original is never coming back....

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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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