A Reconstruction

A Reconstruction

Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man sees a wounded Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves scraping together a makeshift Passover seder just a day or two after the Civil War. You know, like you do.  Marin Theatre Company gives the play its local premiere, and my review is in today’s Marin Independent Journal. 

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Stood Up Comedy

Stood Up Comedy

I went to see Waiting for Godot at Marin Theatre Company, and the headliner didn’t even bother to show!  That’s just rude. Despite a promising cast, I wasn’t wild about this one, and you can head over to today’s Marin Independent Journal to find out why.  So, shall we go? Yes, let’s go.

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Children of Godot

Children of Godot

It’s the first time kids have been in a Marin Theatre Company show in well over a decade, so what’s the youth-friendly vehicle in question? Annie? Oliver!? Peter Pan? Of course not. It’s Waiting for Godot! I have an article in today’s Marin Independent Journal about all the logistics of having minors in a major cast, so let’s go take a look. Well, shall we go? Yes, let’s go.

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Jewels of the North

Jewels of the North

When I posted my Top Ten shows of the year earlier this week, one may or may not have noticed that there weren’t any North Bay shows on my list, despite my part-time gig as theater critic for the Marin Independent Journal.

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On the Radio

29 November, 2012 Theater No comments
On the Radio

Hey, remember last week when I linked to my feature in the Marin Independent Journal about It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Marin Theatre Company and said I’d be reviewing it this week?  Well, that happened in today’s Marin IJ, so you can read all about it over yonder.

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Live on Radio on Stage

22 November, 2012 Theater No comments
Live on Radio on Stage

I interviewed the cast, director and set designer of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Marin Theatre Company, and the feature is in today’s Marin Independent Journal. I know it says “Theater review” up top, but just ignore that; the review won’t be until next week. It looks like my “‘Tis the season” lead didn’t pass muster–dunno if it was that pesky initial apostrophe or just too corny.

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Other Than That, Mr. Lincoln

Other Than That, Mr. Lincoln

Two brothers named Lincoln and Booth–well, this will end well. Marin Theatre Company does Suzan-Lori Parks’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog, and I review it in today’s Marin Independent Journal. One point of interest for me is that a lot of it is about Three-card Monte and whether the mark ever has a chance to win. As a guy who actually fell for that con when I was 13, I learned the hard way that it doesn’t matter how closely you look. When money’s on the line, nothing’s left to chance.

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Baker’s Quarter-Dozen

Baker’s Quarter-Dozen

For someone whose work was unseen in the Bay Area before this year, East Coast playwright Annie Baker is suddenly all over the place: Body Awareness at Aurora in February, The Aliens at SF Playhouse in March, and now Circle Mirror Transformation at Marin Theatre Company. I reviewed the latter in the Marin Independent Journal, conveniently readable right over here.

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Billie con Carnage

Billie con Carnage

I have not one but two reviews in today’s Marin Independent Journal: Cinnabar Theater’s rollicking revival of Born Yesterday, featuring a hilarious Heather Gordon as Billie Dawn, and Marin Theatre Company doing Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage just a couple of months after San Jose Rep gave the play its local premiere. So what are you waiting for? Click on the links in that first sentence to read all about ‘em.

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