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Re: “Over-Oaked Theater


Thank you. A thoughtful post.

Had I set out to interview people for this piece in the usual way (and yes, I am the author) I would have certainly contacted as many women as men. Check my 22 years of journalism, easy to find on the the web.

But in this piece, as described from the first line, I simply gleaned the most pertinent remarks from the 20+ responses I got from my Facebook posting to several hundred friends, roughly half-of-which are women.

As relatively few women responded (more did, but presented thoughts beyond the scope of the piece) I was in a position of using only what I had at hand.

I doubt though, since the people I DO quote present a fairly even balance of opinion (some pro-musical, some pro-nonmusical, most liking a balance of both), that additional voices—female, or otherwise—would have much changed the tone of the piece.

Are you saying that women are more, or less, inclined toward musicals than men?

Had I interviewed only women, would the consensus have been skewed more toward plays than musicals?

Other than noticing that more men responded to my question than women, what, exactly, would the final conclusion—left un-concluded in the piece—have been?

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Posted by David Templeton on 07/16/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Maybe testosterone poisoning is also a contributing factor to what's killing North Bay theater. In a 2300-word piece, writer/critic David Templeton (male) apparently couldn't find a single female actor or director to interview for it. He quotes a Nick, a Matt, another David, a Larry, a Gene, a Harry, a Conrad, a Dan and an Adam. That's 10. The lone female voice, a Karen, is a publicist and event marketer whose input is worth less than a column inch. A whopping 16 words. Really?? Come on. You don't have to look long or far in the North Bay to find talented women who act or direct, or both, and some are even intelligent and articulate enough to have an opinion worth including. But what do you expect from the Bohemian, a newspaper that itself tips the testosterone scale toward obese. The paper's page 4 list of names with either "editor" or "contributor" in their title include a Dan, a Stett, a Tom, a Gary, a Charlie, a Rob, an Eric, a James, a David (of the theater piece) and a Tom. Again, 10. And then there's a Flora (presumably female) who writes the restaurant reviews. Fine, but that's not exactly hard news, guys. I do use the word "guys" intentionally. Sonoma County is considered progressive. Let's please see that reflected here with a wee bit of gender equity in the writers and the stories they produce.

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Posted by Quinn Trudeau on 07/16/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Flag Waiving

Good on you Dixon! You are "truthiness" personified! Colbert would be proud! Is the spelling correct in the title? It looks odd to me.

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Posted by Sandra Murphey on 07/16/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Musicals are a genre of their own and audiences need to remember that. Instead, people will only see a show if it's a musical. Well, what about the rest of us that have true acting talent that can't be hidden behind a song? No one wants to see that kind of show anymore.
I also believe you can have great and terrible productions of both anywhere.

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Posted by Vanessa on 07/15/2015 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

It may be frustrating to have small houses, but it is hardly the fault of too many musicals. That is a logical fallacy. I have never seen where more of one branch of any performing art means less of another. And to think that large houses for a musical is the cause of smaller houses for "serious" theatre misunderstands the genres and the audience. The very long and steady decline of theatre attendance begins with film, continues through television, and accelerates with cable/internet.

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Posted by Richard Pallaziol on 07/15/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Love this discussion. Same phenomenon applies in South Bay, where three different companies are staging West Side Story within a month of each other-- but of course they don't know that when they apply for the license-- so I think it's a licensing issue as well.

I particularly like Palafox's note re Main Stage West, as that has also been the formula for my home theatre, the Pear Avenue Theatre, that has done quality theatre for 13 seasons and is still going strong. Classics, contemporary, world premieres, short plays, readings-- everything BUT musicals... Focusing on the best quality work possible, with simpler production values... Always trying to maintain that trust with the audience, that we will bring them something worth seeing...

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Posted by Jeanie K. Smith on 07/15/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Great piece - so true and so frustrating. I went and saw the opening night performance of Jake's Women as part of the Sonoma Arts Live season. It was the best theater performance in Sonoma in ages - and it wasn't sold out - this was opening night!!

I'm bias - I've never been a big musical fan. I appreciate what people are doing to bring all types of performance to Sonoma County, but, when you offer fancy wine and food and the events sell out every weekend and a local theater producing a Neil Simon play can't even fill the small theater? It's so frustrating..

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Posted by Sarah Stierch on 07/15/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Excellent article - again: thanks for putting quality reporting on important local issues in your weekly.
So S.R. has bylaws against sleeping in cars? Too bad; often a car is the only thing keeping a person from full-fledged homelessness! With a working vehicle it's possible to look for more work (and get to the part-time, lowpaying job one already has) while hopefully managing to put money aside. The downside - keeping clean, finding toilets - is nothing compared to the advantages of having mobility, safety, and independence. And, of course, the possibility of locating permanent shelter.
To Jacqueline:
Yes, the homeless move around, and areas with better services will be a magnet to them. Of course a solution is to not provide services; more humane and ultimately, more responsible, is for communities to have housing, mental health, and food programs in place. And this is happening!

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Posted by leslie 2 on 07/14/2015 at 2:32 AM

Re: “Letters to Editor: July 8, 2015

Here is the correct link

Posted by TeresaRomero on 07/13/2015 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

The homeless population has increased because of the obvious reasons, but i can't help but question if there aren't people coming from other areas to live on our streets. The increase in encampments, drugs, unsupervised dogs ect.... is out of control.

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Posted by Jacqueline Smith on 07/13/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Dying Behind Bars

That is terrifying. I can not believe that our jails are being contracted out to FOR PROFIT MEDICAL SERVICES! This is an abomination to humankind and is morally corrupt! For profit medical must me STOPPED!

Mother Theresa would be ASHAMED OF YOU!

Posted by Crystal Alexander on 07/11/2015 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Dying Behind Bars

That is terrifying. I can not believe that our jails are being contracted out to FOR PROFIT MEDICAL SERVICES! This is sn abomniation to humankind and is morally corrupt! For profit medical must me STOPPED!

Mother Theresa would be ASHAMED OF YOU!

Posted by Crystal Alexander on 07/11/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “On the Right Trail

This is something our local public agencies should be pursuing, not leaving it all up to non-profits. Sonoma is a very conservative region, conservatives hate ped/bike infrastructure "multi-modal" transit is the planning term. Of course the "pro-business" Chamber of Commerce Republicans see walkable communities as a threat to their auto-centric, sprawl type philosophy. Their type of thinking, in which everything needs to be about profit, is what has plagued land-use policies in California for decades.

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Posted by Pet65 on 07/10/2015 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Homewrecker

This is disgusting. We need to remember, the housing crash was a result of unscrupulous business practices by people like Blum and greedy bankers; not the other way around.

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Posted by Pet65 on 07/10/2015 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

I just discovered this article. A week back I covered the topic briefly with a few photos.


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Posted by Frank Simpson on 07/10/2015 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

I've never defended horseback riding, as you claimed. I don't support it. All I said is that mountain biking harms hikers and equestrians, which is FACT. Of course, it also harms mountain bikers! I'm for protecting mountain bikers, too, but you and mountain bikers never say anything about that.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/10/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your original post stated this: "The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and EQUESTRIANS -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks)."
Who's the liar, Mike?

BTW, I am not a mountain biker and I agree that they should not be allowed on hiking trails. Feel free to hate me regardless.
Your total lunacy is duly noted.

Posted by Park User on 07/10/2015 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your libel is duly noted.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/09/2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

I've said NOTHING about equestrians, LIAR. All I said is that horses have the right to go wherever they want to, just like any wildlife. BIKES, of course, have NO rights, and don't belong off of pavement. Why can't mountain bikers EVER tell the truth???

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/09/2015 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Homewrecker

California is a community property state. Feinstein owns exactly fifty percent of every dollar of Blum's many assets, including his lucrative deals with Saudi Arabian state terrorists. What a racket!

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 07/09/2015 at 7:13 PM

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