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Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - March 2017


Film and Theater Review - March 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. “X-men fans will most likely go opening night! Also opening March 3rd is “The Shack” based on the international best seller. Hugh Jackman in LoganIt stars Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. Bring your Kleenex. Shirley MacLaine fans will be happy she’s starring in a new movie called “The Last Word” where she plays a retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her including her own obituary. It also opens March 3rd. “King Kong” fans will be happy the new sequel opens March 10th. It stars John Goodman and last year’s Oscar winner Brie Larson. The franchise moved from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. in September 2015. The expectation is future “Kong” films may cross over with,“Godzilla” films, which Warner Bros. owns that franchise. The live action version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opens March 17th. It stars

Emma Watson and Emma Thompson. Perfect film for the whole family to see together. Opening March 24th is “ChiPS” based on the TV show which ran on NBC from 1977-1983. It stars Dax Shepard and Michael Pena and it’s directed by Shepard. I’m very excited to see this! Opening March 31st is “The Boss Baby”, an animated film starring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Jimmy Kimmel. The preview is hilarious.

Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast

My favorite film festival from last year returns March 23rd and goes to March 26th. It’s the 10th Annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. The opening night film, “Sacred” explores cultural and religious ritual as it relates to life’s cycles: birth, adolescence, marriage and aging. It will be held at SCA Brent Auditorium 282 S. High St. Sebastopol, CA. Go to their website for more information.

March is also a busy month for live theater. The best musical director in Sonoma County can not be found at the 6th Street Playhouse or Spreckels or even at a high school. Noelle Huberty has been directing musicals at Forestville School & Academy for at least 20 years and every show is a knockout. From March 10th through March 19th you can enjoy “Beauty and the Beast” performed with a large cast including my nephew, Gustavo Padilla, and Destiny Taylor, granddaughter of our own publisher, Vesta Copestakes. I guarantee you and your family will love this show. Call 707 887-2279 for tickets. St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco opens my favorite musical, “The Music Man” on March 29th and closes April 8th. Call 415 731 7500 for tickets. My good friend Debi Durst is directing “The Sunshine Boys” in Pacifica, CA At the Pacifica Spindrift Players. It opens March 10th and closes March 26th. Go to their website for more information. “Eclipsed” opens at the Curran in San Francisco March 7th and runs through March 19th. “Eclipsed” is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. Call 415 358 6450 for tickets. Continuing at the 6th Street Playhouse is “A Little Night Music” closing March 19th. Directed by the talented Craig A. Miller this show won four Tony Awards will delight you. Go to their website for more information. Finally, for you Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley fans, there is a benefit for Spreckels Theatre Company called “Cash  & King” on March 11th. Performed by Steven Kent, this promises to be a fun night. 

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