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Comment Archives: stories: Music, Arts & Culture: Theater

Re: “Short and Sweet

Taylor diffenderfer is absolutely stunning, been a fan of hers for awhile. Everyone's good, great play

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gordon Burbank on 02/04/2016 at 1:55 AM

Re: “Naughty and Nice

Hard to call it a "solitary boo" when a comment gets 7 likes.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Andrew Cronin on 11/01/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Naughty and Nice

To Serena Goldsmith's quibble over the "blatantly edited" use of a critical review. Agreed that the review is carefully worded, but the producers leave out the critic's issues with Coward's play which are notoriously difficult for modern audiences. Your consternation reminds me of a review of the original 1941 production: "London received Mr. Noel Coward's ghoulish farce with loud, though not quite unanimous acclaim. There was a solitary boo – from an annoyed spiritualist, presumably."

The performance at 6th Street that I saw was polished, well-paced, uniformly well-performed with a very hard veneer that Coward is known for.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by MJFargo on 10/31/2015 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Naughty and Nice

This review of Blithe Spirit is diplomatically written but translates as overall negative to any intelligent reader.

So it's disturbing (and more than a little offensive) that 6th Street Playhouse manages to twist it into a positive review by taking some of the more diplomatic words out of context. Hours after the Bohemian hit stands, the theater sent a promotional email to its distribution list that included this blatantly edited version of the review:
".....the Rocky Horror of drawing-room comedies......delightfully engaging performances by David Yen as optimistic author Charles, Gina Alvarado as the ghostly femme fatale Elvira and Lennie Dean as the well-meaning medium Madam Arcati..... visually magical."---David Templeton, The Bohemian

This is a mockery of the original. As a former theater critic, I cry foul.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Serena Goldsmith on 10/29/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “It's the Future!

www.bttfcruise.com or http://cruisetoendparkinsons.com/

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jeffrey Weissman on 08/19/2015 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Sheldon Norberg

Sheldon whats up man been long time i was wondering if you ever hear from robert chavez I've been looking for him for years I found his brother but he won't give me any info

Posted by dino on 07/07/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Funny Stuff

That's more of a summary than a review.

Posted by GlassMonkey on 05/20/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Funny Stuff

One man, two GUVNORS...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by David Urquhart on 05/20/2015 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Pretty Theft

It's always struck me as odd that ppl in Santa Rosa won't drive from Montgomery Village to Railroad Square to see a show, because "It's too far". But plenty will travel to SF and points beyond.

Posted by Chris Alexander on 04/03/2015 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Pretty Theft

Saw all four shows two weekends ago and they are as stated...terrific! Pericles and Much Ado were our favorites as much for the stellar acting as for the magnificent stages/sets and lighting. Don't miss these shows!!

Posted by SusieMiller on 03/25/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Pretty Theft

Love your description of Pericles! Best I've read... And you make me want to see this production of it...

Posted by Jeanie K. Smith on 03/25/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Final Curtains

I watched Bonnie and Clyde last Friday and loved it! Great cast and the music is awesome and gets in your head in a good way. Congrats to 6th Street Playhouse!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by leesamunger on 02/25/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Topsy Turvy

Carousel....where the moral of the story is that you can hit your wife, attempt to rob and murder someone, then commit suicide and when you get to "heaven's back gate" they'll let you go back down to earth to beat your daughter too. Just be sure to say you love them and then step right up to heaven. Yep well done Speckles on your musical promotion of domestic violence! It was awful.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by NorCal Lover on 02/14/2015 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Barn Raising

BIG things are happening with Lucky Penny. Barry and Taylor have put their all into creating a permanent home for theatre in Napa and the North Bay. Support it in whatever way you can.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lucas Sherman on 01/21/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Family Ties

As a viewer and participant in North Bay Theater for the past 15 years, I highly recommend this production. Do not miss its limited (2 weekend) run. http://www.ci.rohnert-park.ca.us/index.asp…

Posted by Chris Alexander on 01/07/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Nineteenth Century Onstage

Jolly Juliana at 6th Street Playhouse dates and location are incorrect. Correct dates are Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2014 at G.K. Hardt Theatre.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Caudex on 12/05/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Out of Town

Thanks David!

Posted by Tim Kniffin on 11/20/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “An Ideal 'Husband'

I have never been to a play. Not even a high school play. I have never been interested in seeing a play. Until now. Oscar Wilde and this title ... I'm intrigued!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by 42carma on 09/04/2014 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Jacques and Awe

Um, how did he attend the 50th anniversary of the show? He died in 1978 and 50 years after 1968 hasn't even happened yet. Did you mean 5th?

Posted by NorCalGal on 12/31/2013 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Hat Trick

Hi David, thank you for this review. I notice that, based on the photo, the cast features long-time local actor Norm Hall (with whom I've worked in musical theater productions). It seems a shame that Norm is not name-checked *somewhere* either in the review or in the photo caption. I just felt I needed to mention it. Thanks again!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chris Alexander on 11/25/2013 at 2:24 PM

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