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Theater - Performing Arts

Live theater thrives in Sonoma County with stages in every city and even small towns. From entertaining musicals to deep dramas, performers bring entertainment into our lives in intimate theaters. Harry Duke and Greg and Suzanne Angeo review performances to Gazette readers.
Al Kaplan, Kevin Keita Review – Visiting Mr. Green at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa - by Harry Duke
March 23, 2017
There’s a nice, little show running in the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theatre right now.  You’ve probably never heard of it, though it’s been around a little over 20 years. In those twenty-plus years, it’s been translated into 23 languages and been produced all over the world to the tune of about 500 productions. Just this year, it’s played or is currently playing in such far-away places as Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Romania. Which brings us back to Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California, where Visiting Mr. Green is running through April 2.
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Ryan Sayler, Roberto Perez Kempton Review – The Servant of Two Masters at SRJC – by Harry Duke
March 17, 2017
Silliness and slapstick take the stage of the Burbank Auditorium at Santa Rosa Junior College with their production of The Servant of Two Masters, running now through March 19. The Carlo Goldoni commedia has been around since 1746 and has gone through multiple adaptations since then. It may be most familiar these days as the source material for the Broadway hit and regional theatre staple One Man, Two Guvnors. This production uses the Jeffrey Hatcher and Paoli Emilio Landi version first produced in 1999.
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Dorian Locket, Jazmine Pierce Review – RACE at Left Edge Theatre in Santa Rosa – by Harry Duke
March 14, 2017
David Mamet is as much a brand name to modern dramas as Andrew Lloyd Webber is to the musical. Mamet’s trademark is his dialogue – fast, precise, repetitive, edgy and profanity-laden – so much so that the style has earned its own term – “Mamet Speak”. He writes roles that actors long to play and plays that - because of their quality, name recognition value and the plethora of actors stepping over each other wanting to do them - companies like to produce. Which brings us to Race, a fairly recent Mamet piece (2009) now running at Santa Rosa’s Left Edge Theatre. 
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ART by Raven Players in Healdsburg Review – ART by Raven Players in Healdsburg – by Harry Duke
March 11, 2017
I’ve always had a soft spot for theatre done outside of the confines of a standard theatre. Often referred to as “site specific” theatre, plopping a theatrical production in a non-traditional space can lead to all sorts of interesting challenges and atmospheric influences, both for the performers and for the audience.
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THEATER, Performing Arts  - Sonoma County CALENDAR THEATER, Performing Arts - Sonoma County CALENDAR
March 1, 2017
by Vesta Copestakes

Creativity thrives on Stage & Screen. Whether your participate or observe, there's something here for you.

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Murder Mystery at Curtain Call Murder Mystery at Curtain Call
March 1, 2017
This romantic comedy by John Van Druten comes just in time for the fun and frolic of the Halloween Holiday. The New York Times called it an “....impish fantasy.”
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Boss Baby Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - March 2017
March 1, 2017
March is a busy month at the movie theater. Opening March 3rd is “Logan” starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart where Logan cares for an ailing Professor X.
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L-R---Dan Stryker (LENNY),  Andrea Rosales-Jacinto (CLAIRE) Rumors at Cloverdale performing Arts - Reviewed by Malena Eljumaily
February 21, 2017
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center opens its 10th season with the Neil Simon comedy, Rumors. It's a good choice since Simon is so reliable. We know we're going to laugh, be entertained and not have to over think in order to enjoy the play. 
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“Buyer & Cellar” at 6th Street Playhouse Review – “Buyer & Cellar” at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa – by Harry Duke
February 20, 2017
What’s an actor to do if he’s understudied a roll for months and then have the show close without ever getting the chance to take the stage? Well, if you’re Patrick Varner – a former Santa Rosa resident and Montgomery High School grad, now based in Boston -  you contact your old home-town theatre company and offer to do the show there. That’s how Buyer & Cellar ended up at 6th Street Playhouse, where it’s about to enter its closing weekend.
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“Stage Kiss” at 6th Street Playhouse “Stage Kiss” at 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa CA
January 26, 2017
Acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl is known for her provocative, intelligent vision laced with humor. Her 2011 play “Stage Kiss” touches on some familiar and not-so-familiar themes: does art imitate life (or vice versa); do you ever really fall out of love; is there any point in cornball melodrama; can a peanut butter and jelly sandwich bring world peace? It also provides an occasionally intriguing and often comical glimpse into the backstage world of theatre.
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Film and Theater  by Don Gibble - August 2016 Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - January 2017
January 4, 2017
Happy New Year Sonoma County! The Golden Globe nominations came out and this month is a perfect chance to catch up on the nominated films you were too busy to see last month. If you only see one, “La La Land” is the one. 
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A Look Back at Sonoma County Theatre in 2016 A Look Back at Sonoma County Theatre in 2016
January 4, 2017
by Harry Duke
Tis that time of year again where critics post their “Best of…”, “Top Ten…”, etc. lists and give artists and audiences something to argue about. I continue to resist that urge and instead offer something a little different. It’s awards season, so I thought I’d throw a few more out there post-Marquee Journalists and Pre-SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Awards.
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Si Kahn at Main Stage West, Sebastopol, CA HOPE by Si Kahn at Main Stage West. Sebastopol CA
December 10, 2016
The world premiere of “Hope” at Main Stage West is yet another heartfelt and rousing work by noted poet, songwriter, social activist and playwright Si Kahn. As Artist in Residence since 2011, it’s his fifth show to be presented at MSW (all directed by his long-time friend, MSW Artistic Director Elizabeth Craven). His “Mother Jones in Heaven” a few seasons back was a sensational hit with audiences and critics alike.
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Bret Palmer - Mr. Toad's Adventure The Adventures of Mr. Toad at Cloverdale Performing Arts
December 3, 2016
Yes, we're all busy this holiday season and who has time for a family outing to the theater? My advice is to make time to see The Adventures of Mr. Toad, a warm-hearted musical by Piers Chater-Robinson. Based, of course, on the 1908 classic The Wind in the Willows and playing for the next three weekends at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - December 2016
November 25, 2016
The Napa Valley Film Festival was amazing as always. The highlights were “Lion” starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.
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Theater Review: Run For Your Wife Marquee Theater Journalists Awards
November 24, 2016
On November 14, a gathering of Sonoma County actors, directors and designers took place at the Local Barrel taproom in Santa Rosa for the inaugural awards presentation of the newly formed Marquee Theater Journalists Association.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Analy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Analy
October 26, 2016
Ever wonder what would happen if Shakespeare met The Beatles and Led Zeppelin? You’ll just have to come see Analy Arts’ fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
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Review- “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Golden Gate Theatre – by Harry Duke Review- “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Golden Gate Theatre – by Harry Duke
October 26, 2016
by Harry Duke
My first experience with Hedwig and the Angry Inch was in 2001, when the film adaptation of the 1998 John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask Off-Broadway rock musical was released with expectations of becoming the next Rocky Horror Picture ShowThe film flopped (much like Rocky Horror), but my friends and I were quite taken by Hedwig’s story, from her identity struggles, her relationships, her botched sex change operation, her abandonments to her personal triumph and survival, all set to a terrific rock score. 
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