An August Ensemble

14 September, 2016 Theater No comments
An August Ensemble

Marin Theatre Company kicks off its 50th season with August: Osage County.

Read my review in the Marin Independent Journal.  Read more

A Midsummer Night’s Sequel

A Midsummer Night’s Sequel

Shakespeare is a hard act to follow.

Read my review of Demetrius Unbound in the San Jose Mercury News. Read more

Guvnors Is a Ball

Guvnors Is a Ball

Swinging ’60s update of Servant of Two Masters brings belly laughs to Berkeley Rep.

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Ali vs. Fetchit

Ali vs. Fetchit

Muhammad Ali takes on Stepin Fetchit in Marin Theatre Company’s Fetch Clay, Make Man.

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Old-Fashioned Politics

Old-Fashioned Politics

A new political drama at TheatreWorks already seems sorely outdated. My review is on KQED Arts.

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Vamping the Vampire

Vamping the Vampire

He may be long in the tooth, but he never gets old. The big daddy of all vampires, Count Dracula is one of those characters that everyone knows, and his story has been told time and time again, never quite in the same way. Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula has been adapted hundreds of times for every imaginable medium. According to the program, Center REPertory Company’s production at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts uses the earliest stage version by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane, but this is balderdash. Some scenes remain from the 1927 play that starred Bela Lugosi on Broadway in the 1920s and Frank Langella in the 1970s, leading to their respective Dracula movies*, but the bulk of it has been so radically rewritten for this production that it’s bizarre to see no adaptor credited.

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