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John Craven and Shannon Rider in Heisenberg. Photo by Argo Thompson.
John Craven and Shannon Rider in Heisenberg. Photo by Argo Thompson.

Heisenberg Has a Heart
A Breath of Spring in Midwinter and 
Selections from the “Good Bets” Department

Dec 27, 2019
by Jeanie K. Smith , San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle


Heisenberg Has a Heart

Heisenberg at Left Edge TheatreBritish playwright Simon Stevens is best known for his mega-hit,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, but you should get to know his more recent work, Heisenberg, presented by Left Edge Theatre  opening January 24. Quirky, funny and smart, the plot follows two very different people as they embark on an unlikely romance. 

Georgie (Shannon Rider) spots an attractive older man in the train station (John Craven) and impulsively plants a kiss on his neck— thus sparking conversation and intrigue as the two strike up a tentative friendship that promises possibility. Independent and idiosyncratic, both characters navigate their way into this curious relationship, taking baby steps or big leaps of heart. Surprises and twists make for a bumpy road and opportunities for reflection on the mysteries of love.

As LET Artistic Director Argo Thompson notes, “I was attracted to this play because of the writing. It’s fresh and unexpected and took me off guard. The characters are oddballs and make choices that keep the audience guessing about who they are and what will happen next. And, I enjoy the correlation with the uncertainty principal. There is no real way to measure subatomic particles nor can we measure these characters and the choices they make. They keep changing right before our eyes.”

Left Edge’s commitment to mounting recent plays that haven’t been produced in Sonoma County continues to bring us new and exciting works fresh from Broadway, and this one is a great example. You’ll enjoy the humor and ultimately the heart of Heisenberg.


Runs Jan. 10 - Feb. 2

Left Edge Theatre

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa 95403

(707) 546-3600

A Breath of Spring in Midwinter

Katie Kelley plays Lotty Wilton in Enchanted April.January days still short on daylight, rain and grey skies clouding our vision— why not take a brief vacation to sunny Italy, via the theatrical treat. Enchanted April  presented by Sonoma Arts Live? 

Lotty Wilton (Katie Kelley) and her friend Rose (Lyndsey Sivalingam), tired of the English weather and marriage strife, spot an ad for renting an Italian villa on the Mediterranean coast. A dream of sunshine leads them to enlist other women to join in this hoped-for respite from gloom. Four ladies make their way to Italy, discovering a hillside haven blooming with bougainvillea and much-needed relaxation. 

As sunshine and blossoms work their magic on tired souls, the women unravel thorny life issues, conflicts with each other, and begin to blossom themselves — until the arrival of unexpected male guests threatens the healing and peace. Amusing, a lot of fun and yet thoughtful, Matthew Barber’s sweet play encourages all of us to find our own respite from weariness and a return to sunshine and love.

Katie Kelley plays Lotty Wilton in Enchanted April.Director Larry Williams tells me he’s enjoying the rehearsal process with his excellent cast. “I love that this is a female driven show. There aren’t  that many around that have such fulfilling characters. This cast knows what the show and the characters are about and are pouring themselves in to the characters!”

A sure cure for winter doldrums, Enchanted April’s  lively humor and gentle ode to the enduring power of love takes us on a welcome journey with these delightful characters. 


Enchanted April at Sonoma Arts Live.Enchanted April

Runs Jan. 24 - Feb. 9

Sonoma Arts Live

Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center

276 E. Napa St., Sonoma 95476

(707) 939-9018


“Good Bets” department:

More entertainment options for January…

The Buddy Holly Story

Runs Jan. 10 - Feb. 9

6th Street Playhouse

G.K. Hardt Theatre

52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa 95401

(707) 523-4185

Mary’s Wedding

Runs Jan. 10 - Feb. 1

Main Stage West

104 N. Main St., Sebastopol 95472

(707) 823-0177

The Wolves

Runs Jan. 24 - Feb. 9

Raven Players

115 North Street

Healdsburg, CA 95448



Runs Jan. 31 - Feb. 16

Cinnabar Theater

Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma 

(707) 763-8920



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