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May 18, 2022

Faithful Friends: Gunderson’s ‘Book’ opens in Healdsburg

William Shakespeare never had a play actually published in his lifetime. They existed, often in pieces, in hand-scrawled scripts and in the memories of...
Photo by Jeff Thomas MIRACLE CHILD Anja Kao Nielsen stars as one of the Matildas.
May 11, 2022

Kids in Revolt – Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ in Rohnert Park

After a two-year pandemic-induced delay, Matilda the Musical finally hits the stage at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The musical adaptation...
Photo by Miller Oberlin BORSCHT BELTERS The cast of ‘Saturday Night at Grossinger’s,’ now playing at Sonoma Community Center.
May 4, 2022

Mrs. Saturday Night: Catskills come to Sonoma

The Borscht Belt comes to wine country with the Sonoma Arts Live presentation of Saturday Night at Grossinger’s. This musical by Stephen Cole (Merman’s...
Apr 27, 2022

‘Wedding’ Jitters

Sandler movie becomes a musical To some in the theatre world, the sourcing of an Adam Sandler movie as the basis for a musical was...
Apr 19, 2022

Maternal strife staged at Cinnabar

Playwriting is often a form of artistic exorcism. Many a play has been written to bring a form of closure to unresolved conflicts, strained...
Apr 13, 2022

‘Native Gardens’ grow at Left Edge

“Good fences make good neighbors” is an aphorism whose origins are debated but whose truth is generally accepted. Where the fence actually runs, though,...
Apr 5, 2022

Juke Joint: ‘Hank’ hits 6th Street

Jukebox musicals tend to be happy, peppy shows, where the hits of an artist or genre are strung together with a minimal story to...
Almost, Maine - Jeff Thomas
Mar 30, 2022

Love Stories: Hearts Melt in the Snow at Spreckels

Welcome to Almost, Maine. You won’t find it on a map, as its citizens were never organized enough to get it declared an official...