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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.

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2017-05-20May 20, 2017

If you’re a fan of politics, theatre, or Elizabeth Warren, you should try and check out “Ann”, which has just two more performances out in Sonoma. Being presented by Sonoma Arts Live, it’s a one-woman show based on the life and career of Ann Richards, who stole the spotlight at the 1988 Democratic Convention from Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (admittedly, not a difficult thing) with her keynote speech takedown of then Vice-President George H. W. Bush. From there, she managed to become the 45th Governor of Texas.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

Opening April 7: “Going in Style” which is a remake of the George Burns movie from the ‘70s. This one stars the awesome Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

2017-02-10Feb 10, 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. 

2017-05-16May 16, 2017

Big shot Broadway producer Jerry Cobb has a problem. He’s in desperate need of a big comedy hit to impress the Hollywood bigwigs and pave his way to fame and fortune on the left coast. He’s rented a suite in one of Arizona’s finest hotels where he and Charlie Bascher, his assistant, await the arrival of Broadway wunderkind playwright Danny “Nebraska” Jones. Things aren’t going well as there are slight temperature control issues with their rooms and things don’t get much better when Jones arrives. Seems that he is in a bit of a funk. He’s experienced a painful loss and his best idea for a comedy begins with a child being devoured by wolves. What lengths will producer Cobb, assistant Bascher and a surprise visitor go to in getting the script they want?

2017-05-14May 14, 2017

In recent years, when you entered the Spreckels Performing Arts Center’s Codding Theater you found yourself in an undersea world, or on the deck of the Titanic, or in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Currently, you’ll find yourself in an African jungle as the Spreckels Theatre Company presents Disney’s Musical Tarzan, running now through May 21.

2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017

If you are a younger person who avoids theatre because you think it doesn’t speak to you in a language of music or movement or story that you speak in, there’s a show you should see.

2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017

Songs for a New World is not a typical piece of American musical theatre. There is no book or “story”, per se, with a standard beginning, middle and end. There are no characters to follow from Act I to Act II.  There are no lavish production numbers and set and costuming are minimal.

2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017

FILM: When I think of May, the first thing that pops up in my mind is Mother’s Day. I am very fortunate that my mom loves movies almost as much as I do so our tradition is to go to a movie on Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day, Goldie Hawn will star in her first movie in 15 years!

2017-04-21Apr 21, 2017

Anyone who doubts the emotional and cathartic power of live theater needs to see Cloverdale Performing Arts Center's production of Agnes of God by John Pielmeier. Directed by Amy Lovato, the play is a fascinating character study of three women as they confront their own demons and desires in search of truth.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

There’s a nice, little show running in the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theatreright now. You’ve probably never heard of it, though it’s been around a little over 20 years.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

A title like The Sugar Bean Sisters may conjure up images of sweet Southern belles, mint julips, or quaint sibling rivalries that end in hugs, forgiveness and tears. Perhaps it invokes memories of the female singing groups of by-gone days like the Andrews Sisters.

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