Marcos Rivas Sanchez effortlessly embodies the wide-eyed Juan José, a modern-day stranger in a strange land. The play, originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, reminds us of that striking American notion: all people are created equal.… Read More »
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That’s the idea behind Sonoma State University’s “Heroines,” which opened Thursday at the Everett B. Person Theatre. The college has a wealth of talented young female voices, so instructors Lynne Morrow and Jane Erwin Hammett decided to take songs from a variety of works from the 1880s to the 1930s in order to put together the many roles needed.… Read More »
What makes the two young women of Victorian England say “yes” to the men who have come to court them? It’s not their males’ social status, character, charm or good looks, but their (supposed) name: Ernest. There is, both women confess, something in that name that inspires “absolute confidence,” so much so that one bride-to-be in her diary declared herself engaged to her Ernest before ever having actually met him. When the two lovebirds do meet, she tells her bewildered… Read More »
Santa Rosa Junior College give us an intimate and enjoyable look at love in “Prelude to a Kiss.”… Read More »
If last week’s production of “La Cage aux Folles” is any indication, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Summer Repertory Theatre is going to have another super season.… Read More »
Was “Monty Python’s Spamalot” custom made for the college stage? It seemed so Thursday night after the cast at Santa Rosa Junior College nailed its presentation of this whacky musical.… Read More »
An aristocratic Russian family in 1904 is broke and about to lose the estate that its ancestors have owned for generations. After a long absence, they return to the land shortly before it will be sold to pay off the mortgage. However, they seem ill prepared to do much more than beg relatives to help save it. The estate’s radiant, white-blossomed cherry orchard becomes a symbol of all they have lost.… Read More »
An interview with Dana Gioia, a nationally known artist and part-time Sonoma County resident.… Read More »
Thursday’s packed house and prolonged standing ovation attest that this show is one for the ages for the college’s Theatre Arts department. The cast, crew and orchestra have shown they can pull off with style one of the more demanding musical blockbusters of our era.
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