Reflections on Joan Schirle's World

(March 31, 2022) Every morning when I sit at my dining table, I see the card Joan Schirle sent me this last holiday season. "Hope to see you in the New Year in...

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Laughing in Shakespeare's Shadow

Cal Poly Humboldt's Something Rotten!

(March 31, 2022) It only took close to 500 years for a musical that enacts my unpopular opinion that Shakespeare has become a model of elite and pompous thespian culture in which good...

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Scrappy Dreamers

Ferndale Repertory Theatre's Man of La Mancha

(March 24, 2022) If you come to Man of La Mancha knowing nothing more than it was a Broadway hit and Tony winner that spawned the hit song and eventual standard "The Impossible...

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Clint Rebik's Legacy of Kindness

And the future of Redwood Curtain Theatre

(March 17, 2022) The celebration of life for Clint Rebik at Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace on Dec. 4, 2021, was a lively one. The venue was packed with masked attendees from...

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Growing Old, Humboldt Style

(February 24, 2022) Let's face it, care homes for seniors do not have the greatest reputation. But perhaps that's because they're not run by a belatedly woke and gender-fluid CEO and an events...

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Noises Off! Hits the Mark

Ferndale Rep reopens with delightful farce

(February 3, 2022) For the first show since shuttering its doors two years ago due to COVID-19, Ferndale Repertory has staged playwright Michael Frayn's popular farce Noise Off. It's an ambitious choice —...

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Don't Wait, Go

Waiting for Godot at Synapsis

(December 9, 2021) Last week, I went to Tin Can Mailman in Arcata and purchased a used copy of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and started reading it again for the first time...

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Slings and Arrows

After a 16-month wait, NCRT's Hamlet triumphs at last

(August 5, 2021) You may know more lines from William Shakespeare's Hamlet off the top of your head than you think you even do; it's just that great packed with excellent lines...

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Quick and Wordy

The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspre (Abridged) (Revised)

(July 29, 2021) The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspre (Abridged) (Revised) — hereinafter referred to as CWWS for the sake of my fingers — was assembled by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess...

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Longshadr Emerges from the Shadows

(July 15, 2021) Michael Fields is at pains to point out that Longshadr, his newly unveiled theatrical venture, is not a production company. Rather, it is project-based, existing solely for the purpose of...

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Social Dis-Dancing

How Humboldt dancers kept moving in the pandemic

(June 24, 2021) They danced in their kitchens, in their tiny bedrooms, on their porches with the dog running around their feet. Amid a pandemic, Humboldt County's dancers kept dancing, even though...

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