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Re: “High Drama

As harsh as this will be, It'll probably help A LOT if the same actors weren't cast in all the shows. People don't want to go to see the same person every time they go and want to enjoy an amazing show. That's why no one wants to pay/donate. And no one wants to audition for things, knowing that they aren't going to get what they want anyway. Things are never going to change for the theatres, 6th street mostely, if things don't change casting wise.

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Posted by live_655321 on 01/21/2015 at 1:53 PM

Re: “High Drama

I have heard that comment, about using the same actors repeatedly, from subscribers and theatre-goers, not just actors. Audience-fatigue is real. People want to see new talent, and a theatre will never grow if it becomes too inclusive, and the community doesn't feel it's "their community theatre." If I go to see Kiss Me Kate, Spamalot, Victor, Victoria, Boeing Boeing, Scoundrels,Funny Girl, etc. how likely is it I will want to see the same cast in Bonnie and Clyde? The talent is there, but even Barbra Streisand wore people out after a while, before she took a much-needed break.

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Posted by BoHo reader on 01/21/2015 at 3:59 PM

Re: “High Drama

The elephant in the room not discussed in this fine article is the question of just how much theatre this area can support and the oversaturation of one particular genre. How practical is it to have every large house doing a Broadway musical (some classics, others not so) and often simultaneously? I too have heard the complaints about repetitive casting from inside and outside the community, and I think it points more towards the issue of repetitive show styles than anything else. Then there's the issue of "recycling" shows throughout the area. Theatre companies often claim that "their" audience isn't another company's audience so there should be no problem in mounting a production of a show that was done elsewhere just last year. So much for growing your audience and reaching out to the larger community. This area has a lot of talented theatre artists who work with many of the local theatre companies. If they really want to survive and thrive, the local theatre companies need to figure out a way to work with each other, too.

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Posted by Yeah, it's me... on 01/21/2015 at 10:29 PM

Re: “The Heretic

Folks who know how to actually practice Holistic Management planned grazing somehow get much better results than university researchers who don't understand it.
I've visited Neil Dennis and Blain Hjertes ranches in Saskatchewan - they are part of a study of 7 farms that over a 3 year period sequestered nearly 9 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year. As Blain says. "All of these farms have had increases in grass production, had a decrease in inputs, are holding more water in the soil and producing more nutrient dense food. Clearly farmers are more profitable, consumers have better food and society has more water holding capacity mitigating floods and mitigating climate change. To view results check out the web site at"

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Posted by Tony McQuail on 03/12/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “The Heretic

My name is Duane Thompson. I have been applying HM principles to our mixed farming SYSTEM in the Parkland region of Saskatchewan for about 15 years. I density graze 1000 cow/calf pairs moving them every 1-4 days on 40-80 acre padocks. Organic Mater levels in this area can commonly be below 2%. We have taken it to 6% on some land that has been in the SYSTEM the longest. We have healthy animals and grow more and more forage every year, more than I ever dreamt posible. I realy have to wonder how much field scale practical experience the critics of the Savory system have. I know I won't be changing anytime soon as our operation is more profitable and supporting more households than ever before.

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Posted by Duane Thompson on 01/16/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “High Drama

Thank you for this great article. Please help keep local theatre alive.

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Posted by Lucas Sherman on 01/21/2015 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Heavy Load

After reading (trusting?) David's reviews for some time now, I must say this scathing commentary shows little to do with reality. I saw this production this past weekend and found it to be totally wonderful. The Circus pre-show was totally unique (and fun) and I was fascinated to see this small 'experimental' theatrical space so easily transformed into many diverse locations - "three to four minute scene changes" is also fictitious. The characters were real and the acting was engaging and there wasn't one person in the audience with me that did not appear to be emotionally touched. My hat goes off to Mr. van der Horst and his marvelous cast for taking something cinematic and bringing it to life for a grateful audience. From now on I'll take David Templeton's reviews with a block of salt.

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Posted by Erma on 10/08/2012 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Heavy Load

With all due respect to the Bohemian, I also had the absolute incredible fortune of attending The Elephant Man at Spreckles this Sunday afternoon and was nothing short of impressed. I found the performance excellent, and thought it honored John Merrick's legacy beautifully. Not an easy play to pull off, and not light fare, granted. Excellent acting, great scenery (no three or four minute scene changes, nor any actors who took an accidental misstep only to find it publicly written about(!)), took risks that paid off, and excellent costuming. BRAVO! Apparently my sentiments weren't alone given the standing ovation from every audience member. I'm kind of hard on plays too, admittedly. I have spent time onstage myself, teach children's theater, grew up attending theater (thanks, mom!!) and most likely have higher expectations than the average attendee. The play affected me emotionally afterwards, as this play should. I highly recommended it if you appreciated the film by the same name. The experimental side show at the beginning was the risk that paid off! We were instantly transformed into Merrick's world upon entering the space, and walked through an old fashioned carnival freak show just to get to our seats! I feel strongly about putting in a good word here after the obvious dedication of the cast, crew and director has largely gone unacknowledged, or worse, ruined. The one thing I do, however, agree on is David Templeton's take on Peter Warden's performance. ABSOLUTELY STELLAR! Really and truly. What talent! Everyone involved should be proud, proud, proud. All I can think is perhaps this review is strangely akin to Merrick's misunderstood life. Catch it while you can!!!

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Posted by Caroline on 10/08/2012 at 3:44 PM

Re: “The Heretic

Its not a system but holistic management. Anyone who tries to turn it in to a system will fail - as the trial showed.

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Posted by Høgni Iversen on 02/18/2015 at 8:21 AM

Re: “High Drama

Please listen to what these people are saying. I do not think it is negative and people should not be put down for saying what they believe. Try to figure out why Cinnabar can fill its theater and extend many shows an extra week while 6th Street can't fill its 184 seats. I am a senior and now try to go on Thursday nights because of the increase in ticket prices the last few years. The past two shows on a Thursday night where half full or less. One being about a third full. Look at ticket prices at the JC, Main Street, Spreckels, etc and see if you have priced out a segment of your attending audience of years ago.
What I would like to see improved is amplified sound quality. Harsh unnatural sound, which especially seems to affect female performers is a negative for me. I stopped going to performances at the Raven Theater after one musical a few years ago where the sound was so bad---my group tried a variety of seat locations during the performance---that we stopped going. If there is an equipment problem how about a campaign for new equipment such as was done for a new light board a while back.
You have a very nice facility and good people working there I hope that your financial difficulties are resolved soon and I can enjoy many more years of great performances.

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Posted by Johnny You on 01/22/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Under the Radar

The July 2nd show sounds rad! I'm glad LMC is helping bring back a decent music scene to Santa Rosa since there are already so many great bands, there just needs to be more great venues.

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Posted by Neal Mckenzie on 06/25/2014 at 8:05 AM

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.

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Posted by Serena Goldsmith on 10/29/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “And the Winner Is . . .

Curious as to why Craven would doubt that SSU students would see shows outside of SSU. Young actors in Sonoma County make up an incredibly huge part of the theatre scene outside of scholastic environments. It's hers and Lichtenstein's self centered, exclusive and closed mindset that's keeping the North Bay theatre community shut out from the world of legitimate Bay Area theatre. Even though it might not be a perfect model for an awards group, Briano's efforts to be inclusive and celebrate the community are inspiring. And it's not surprising that it's a young person championing unity in our arts community. Much of the most exciting, effective and daring theatre being produced in the North Bay comes from companies that are largely run by folks under 40. I say Bravo.

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Posted by TheatreGoer on 02/27/2013 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Not Fade Away

I know Erma Murphy personally and she is just such a delight to work with that it is no wonder she has arisen to such a level of measurable success in the industry.I am sooo proud to know her and call her my friend.She is a true treasure to this community.

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Posted by Dawn McIntosh on 02/13/2013 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Take It Outside

Napa Porchfest is the best (and the first) in the West! Thank you for this sweet article. Permit me to correct a couple of things in it:
The idea got rolling not during a comparison of regional architecture, but after a Facebook post on Jan. 11, 2011, about the proposed Porchfest in Somerville, Mass. — one of many in the East inspired by the original Ithaca Porchfest. Facebook users can see it at
I commented that Napa didn't have enough porches, but was quickly corrected by friend and architect Juliana Inman, a city council member (now vice-mayor) and boardmember of a local preservation trust, who pointed out the city's many historic neighborhoods where porches are everywhere.
Music-loving Thea Witsil of Wildcat Vintage Clothing was the other person who jumped in right away to say "Let's do it here!"
We were soon joined by other community members including Rachael Clark, Mark Lucas of the Napa Bicycle Coalition and innkeeper Jamie Cherry; I wish I could list everyone.
Napa Porchfest was the first I ever attended and I still think it's the best, but this year I finally got to enjoy the Somerville fest that also started in 2011 and inspired all of us in Napa.

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Posted by Louisa Hufstader on 07/16/2014 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Not Fade Away

Erma and Daniel have created so many venues that have been taken from them by people with more money behind them. What pisses me off is that they have NEVER BEEN GIVEN CREDIT for ESTABLISHING these places as good venues for music. Erma and Daniel should be recognized as the people who saw the possibilities and made it happen in these places. No one could have been sure it would work at the Masonic, the Seafood Peddler or the Larkspur Cafe without their insight and hard work.
That said, Sweetwater is amazing, as is Terrapin and I am happy for their success. Could we have some appreciation that their success is because Erma and Daniel made them a viable venue in the first place?

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Posted by Huli on 03/13/2013 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Top Torn Tix 2012

I have seen every show on this list including Osage County, and speaking only as a patron I am disgusted with the comments I see here. Yes Osage County was a great performance, but BATB was hardly "amateur." The vocals were precise and the level of talent, not only from the leads but from the supportive cast was astounding (babette, wardrobe, lefu etc). That show is iconic and to attempt it is risky at best. The costumes were astounding especially when you consider the fact that they were made primarily by students. It was the only show last year I wanted to see twice. It was on par with most professional theater. The top comment from the "member of that intrepid cast" its distasteful at best. If you have a problem with this list perhaps you should question some of the other choices, not attack a show purely because it was performed by a college......don't be THAT actor, your audience doesn't appreciate it.

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Posted by theatrgoer37 on 01/03/2013 at 9:13 AM

Re: “The Heretic

"Slates coverage of food systems is made possible in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation."

Well, so much for Slate.

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Posted by DebH on 05/23/2017 at 6:59 AM

Re: “A New Purpose

Excellent article, thank you for your neat perspective on a place that is putting Fulton on the map through the work and amazing talent of local sonoma county artists.

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Posted by Sandy Zabaneh Batarseh on 04/14/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Metal Head

We might have to make a trip up north just to check out one of these shows!!! Awesome!

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Posted by Sandi O'Brien on 01/20/2016 at 8:09 AM

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