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This Month's Theaters performances include Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Talley’s Folly.
This Month's Theaters performances include Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Talley’s Folly.

Live Theater Review — March 2020
by Jeanie K. Smith

Feb 23, 2019
by Jeanie K. Smith , San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle

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Sweeney Todd at 6th Street Playhouse

Daniela Innocenti-Beem plays meat-pie baker Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Photo by vrsThis production of Stephen Sondheim’s famously ghoulish musical promises to be different from others you may have seen, in an innovative, minimalist staging. The casting is stellar, with Pedro Rodelas as vengeful barber Sweeney Todd,   Andre Amarotico as lovelorn Anthony Hope, and  Daniela Innocenti-Beem as Mrs. Lovett, the gleeful baker of questionable meat pies. Sweet-voiced   Gillian Eichenberger   plays trapped Johanna, and Larry Williams gets to wax evil as corrupt Judge Turpin. Helmed by director.   Patrick Nims (Oliver!last Fall), the show has already created buzz in the local theatre community. 

In rehearsal, Andre Amarotico as Anthony Hope and Pedro Rodelas as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd at 6th Street Playhouse. Photo by Cheryl King.In a nutshell, Todd is really Benjamin Barker, determined to avenge his wife’s rape and death and rescue his daughter from the loathsome judge. When Mrs. Lovett restores his barbershop tools to him, the two hatch a devilish plot to satisfy both their needs. It’s epic, demonic, and even surprisingly humorous as the macabre fable unfolds. Put this one on your calendar now, as it’s sure to sell out.

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Book by Hugh Wheeler, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Runs Mar. 6 - Apr. 5

Presented by 6th Street Playhouse

G.K. Hardt Theatre

52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa 95401

(707) 523-4185

https://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/home/


Talley’s Folly a Sweet Treat in Cloverdale

Sandy Ziviani as Sally and Jonathan Graham as Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly. Photo by Rod Hammersley.

Sally Talley is falling in love, just when she’d given up on Cupid at the “old” age of 31— with a man of whom her family disapproves. One, he’s Jewish, very forbidden in her adamantly Christian milieu; and two, he’s much older than she is, by eleven years. But Matt Friedman has been doggedly pursuing Sally ever since he met her a year before, sending her love letters every day. And now he’s shown up, on the July 4th, 1944, determined she will accept his proposal of marriage. A sweet, touching comedy, the play by American playwright   Lanford Wilson is guaranteed to deliver a feel-good glow. The show runs approx. 97 minutes without  intermission. 

Talley’s Folly 

Talleys Folley PosterRuns Mar. 7, 14, 21 at 7:30pm and Mar. 8, 15, 22 at 2:00pm.

Presented by Cloverdale Performing Arts 

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale 95425

(707) 894-2214

https://www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com


The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Curtain Call Theatre

Jamie Colleran as daughter Maureen and Avi Lind as mother Mag. Photo by Lorri Levy Comer.This dark tale from Irish playwright   Martin McDonagh  continues to win  awards whenever produced, testifying to its raw emotional power and veracity. The first of McDonagh’s plays and the first in hisLeenanetrilogy, the story features a bitter, aged mother and her lonely spinster daughter caught in a dysfunctional dynamic neither can change. Visits from neighboring brothers appear to offer escape— but might just raise false hopes and deepen the gulf between mother and daughter. Authentic characters and relationships paint a somber portrait of lives lived in desperation in a brilliant script by McDonagh, hailed as today’s greatest Irish playwright. 

The production features  Avi Lind  as mother Mag,  Jamie Colleran  as daughter Maureen,   Jake Hamlin  as Pato Dooley, and Chris Reid  as Ray Dooley, with direction by Michael Tabib.  Only 10 performances. 

Jake Hamlin as Pato Dooley, romanced by Jamie Colleran as Maureen. Photo by Lorri Levy Comer.The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Runs Mar. 13 - Apr. 4

Presented by Curtain Call Theatre 

Russian River Hall

20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio 95462

(707) 524-8739

https://www.russianriverhall.com




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