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Theater - Performing Arts

Theatrical entertainment is alive and well in Sonoma County, with over 23 venues offering everything from musicals to one-man shows, drama, comedy, new works, and more. Our region is blessed with an abundance of live performance, including community, educational, and professional companies. With so much to choose from, Jeanie Smith provides previews and features for our print edition to showcase upcoming productions, and posts reviews on the website all month long of shows currently running. See the most recent reviews on this page, or search JEANIE SMITH.

For past reviews, search ALEXA CHIPMAN (2018-2019) or HARRY DUKE (2017-2018).

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2020-05-30May 30, 2020

Left Edge Theatre's website asserts the ongoing mission to bring contemporary works to Sonoma County, adding: “There is a long-standing theatre tradition that states, ‘THE SHOW MUST GO ON.’ In light of the current world health crisis, we have moved all our shows, classes and meetings online. It’s not “theatre,” and it’s not “television,” but a new hybrid born from the necessity for keeping actors, crew, and viewers safe in their own homes. Thompson and his team, including technical director April George,  production director  Vicky Martinez, associate artistic director Paige Picard and a host of other theatre artists, continue working to create something worthy of their reputation for excellent production values.

2020-02-10Feb 10, 2020

American playwright  Arthur Miller  wrote  A View from the Bridge  based on a true story related to him by a Brooklyn lawyer. An epic tale with tragic proportions, it still has power today, warning of the perils of obsession and familial love that exceeds its native bonds. An uneven but worthy effort runs at  6th Street Playhouse  through Feb. 23, paying homage to Miller’s classic.

2019-02-23Feb 23, 2019

This Month's Theaters performances include 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; The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Runs Mar. 13 - Apr. 4, Presented by Curtain Call Theatre, Russian River Hall; and Talley’s Folly Runs Mar. 7, 14, 21 at 7:30pm and Mar. 8, 15, 22 at 2:00pm. Presented by Cloverdale Performing Arts.

2020-05-25May 25, 2020

Summer begins without movies in the movie theater. What a loss. At least you can see amazing movies in the comfort of your own home. Lots to watch in the comfort of your own home: “the Wife”, “Forrest Gump”, “Meet Joe Black”, “After the Wedding”, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, The Birdcage”, “Boogie Nights” , "A Clockwork Orange" and many many more. AlsoBroadway is suspended till September 6th, but you can find your favorite Broadway stars on television.  

2020-04-28Apr 28, 2020

As you may have heard, 2020-2021 begins a new era for Main Stage West. Effective immediately we begin the transition of handing over the artistic and administrative duties of the theater to  Keith Baker  and  Ivy Rose Miller. Main Stage West is in great hands for weathering the pandemic and maintaining its valued place in West County's vibrant cultural landscape. 

2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020

Some theatre companies are managing to offer videos of either cancelled or past productions.  Creativity is still alive and well — YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and other social platforms are suddenly teeming with new channels and links to videos showcasing singers, actors performing in their living rooms, improvisation sessions on Zoom. You can’t keep an artist down for long. Browsing some home-grown entertainment proves a thoroughly productive and enjoyable use of your SIP time.


2020-03-13Mar 13, 2020

All the cancellations are the right thing to do in an uncertain environment. Even if Covid-19 isn’t stopped in its tracks, slowing its spread will give our healthcare resources valuable time to continue ramping up what’s needed to deal with this looming crisis. Hopefully flattening the curve means the system won’t be overwhelmed with too many cases at once. “Social distancing” seems to be working in other countries — let’s hope that all the radical steps taken voluntarily by so many organizations will do the same. Below is the information I have on cancellations as of today March 13, 2020. Smaller venues are going to be hurting, loosing much-needed revenue. If you can donate your pre-purchased tickets please do so.

2020-03-09Mar 9, 2020

Talley’s Folly, by Lanford Wilson, now playing at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, could be described as a romantic comedy. It’s romantic and it’s funny, but one hesitates to call this little gem a rom-com because of all the baggage movies of that ilk carry with them. This play is more subtle, refined, profound, and of course, no Meg Ryan.

2020-02-28Feb 28, 2020

“Transported.” That’s the word for how this feel-good, quirky musical carries you away, to a different place and time, into an intriguing story promising romance alongside portraits of determination, courage, resilience, and finding one’s own truth. It’s also a two-person show, and the production at  Sonoma Arts Live  features performers perfect for their roles, superb actors with stellar voices. The bad news? It only runs through March 8, so you need to hurry for your  tickets  to this rare treat.


2020-02-24Feb 24, 2020

Never mind the title, never mind the subject matter, never mind if you’ve seen it before — the show currently running at Spreckels will have you laughing out loud and enjoying a delightful staging of this wacky musical. You’ll fall in love with the entire cast as they spoof other musicals, declare with deadpan earnestness the most implausible statements, and dance up a terrific storm for you. Totally zany and decidedly funny, it’s a treat you don’t want to miss.

2020-02-21Feb 21, 2020

The State of California is concerned that the ever-expanding growth of what is now called ‘the gig-economy’ new opportunities for misclassification have emerged. It seems that this is the underlying reason and push for the implementation of AB 5. A person providing labor or services for remuneration shall be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor unless the hiring entity demonstrates that ALL of the are satisfied in the ‘ABC Test’ or ‘Three-part test.

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