AMADEUS – a murderous musical rivalry

AMADEUS, now playing at North Coast Repertory Theatre is a spellbinding tale of talent, jealousy, madness, and revenge that is not to be missed. The 38th season opener for the theatre playing through October 6th brings the talent and the troubles between Salieri and Mozart to spectacular life. It might be coincidence that the saying…

THE VIRGIN TRIAL

Usually, I have to wait on BBC America or Netflix for the newest installments of dark and tormented dramatic thrillers, like “Luther” or “Broadchurch”- where you never quite know who to trust or who is telling the truth.  So imagine my delight that Director Rob Lufty and his talented cast of THE VIRGIN TRIAL have…

THE COAST STARLIGHT

Ever sat on a plane, or a train, or even in a theatre seat and wondered about the lives, choices, and stories of the strangers around you?  How your life, and theirs could be impacted by a simple action like saying “hello”?  THE COAST STARLIGHT, by Keith Bunin is making its world-premiere at The La…

AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP

 AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP, now playing through August 25th by Backyard Renaissance is an intriguing and thought provoking exploration on scientific discovery, the cost in the pursuit of that knowledge, and a mystery to solve. Set in a stately English home in Newcastle, where both families past and present have a healthy curiosity…

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, by Samuel D.Hunter is a dark comedy about connection, decisions made, consequences earned, and trying to find profit in retail while one employee is actively trying to summon the Prophet and praying for The Rapture.  Set in the break room of a Hobby Lobby, the play opens with manager Pauline (Holly…

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – London Edition

Dear Jo, Can I call you Jo? J.K. Rowling just feels so formal and Jo just feels right considering I’ve been reading your books, seeing movies, and now attending your play in London written by your pen.  It’s the false closeness of social media I suppose.  Anyways Jo, here’s the thing…through HARRY POTTER AND THE…

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at The Old Globe

In this age of social media when a person can be flooded with a million chattering voices, it seems that it is a rare commodity to feel truly heard. For someone to connect and listen is a potent thing. Which is what makes TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, now playing at The Old Globe through March 17th, so…

FADE at MOXIE Theatre

FADE is a two person play that tackles some timely questions on balancing culture, success, and authenticity both in real life and in the La La Land known as Hollywood now playing at MOXIE Theatre through November 11th. Hollywood is the land of dreams, tv shows, palm trees and sunshine.  Lucia (Sofia Sassone) a Mexican…

SMOKEFALL by Backyard Renissance

SMOKEFALL, by Backyard Renaissance and playing through September 16th is a dark comedy that is looking to explore some weighty topics. The play, written by Noah Haidle, opens with a narrator character called Footnote (Brian Mackey) introducing the family, the events, and the area to the audience in a way that feels like Rod Serling…

EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Cygnet Theatre

Like every good list, it starts at the number one and moves on from there. Ice cream EVERY BRILLIANT THING, playing at Cygnet Theatre through September 16th, has a premise that seems incongruous at first.  This is an amazing, and emotional, immersive storytelling experience that explores such topics as depression and attempted suicide, but leaves…

VOYEURS DE VENUS at MOXIE Theatre

History is written, and perceived through the lenses of those that have the privilege to tell the story. VOYEURS DE VENUS, now playing at MOXIE Theatre through September 9th is a stunning and provocative show that makes the audience reflect on when exploitation has masqueraded as exploration, science and prejudice has gone hand in hand,…

THE FATHER brings a misty water colored memory

Usually the audience is in the best seats in the house, at least information wise during a play.  We are privileged to see as everything unfolds, and watching as every angle develops while we wait for the other characters to catch up.  In THE FATHER, playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre through June 24th,…