Going Rogue At Last

NEW NEWS: Adding a section of my website devoted to fiction and creative non-fiction writing. Hoping to participate in a few “flash fiction” competitions. Working my way towards that first book… (October 2019)

FURTHER UPDATE! As of June 2019, I am now the theatre critic for the Sonoma County Gazette. Happy to make the switch to a media outlet that is both print and online, and that has a wide readership throughout the County. I’ve been faithfully reading the Gazette for over six years, enjoying its compilation of resources for literally everything that’s happening in our region, and excited now to be part of the team bringing information about live theater to the public. Editor Vesta Copestakes built the publication from the ground up, and manages both print and online editions with a generous spirit– she’s given me such a nice welcome. As always, I will still post excerpts from reviews here, and other articles as well. See my new page HERE.

UPDATE: In mid-January 2018, I was named a North Bay theatre correspondent for Talkin’ Broadway, charged with seeing as much theatre as I can in the North counties and posting reviews for this revered source of theatre news and reviews. I will continue to post reviews on my own site when there’s no conflict; and, I’m permitted to post the first two paragraphs of a Talkin’ Broadway review, with a link to the full review, after it has been published. I’m delighted to have this platform for my reviews, and eager to work again with the TBC team of Patrick Thomas, Richard Connema, Eddie Reynolds, and editor Ann Miner.  Go here to check out the amazing national website:  Talkin’Broadway.com

December, 2017:  It’s finally time to launch my own website as a venue for sharing my reviews of theatre productions, my thoughts on culture and the arts, and some fun stuff too. After decades of writing for media outlets such as the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Talkin’Broadway.com, and the San Jose Metro, I’m happy to transition to At Large status, where I won’t worry about word count or other limitations.*

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A Christmas Story, the Musical

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
Runs through December 22, 2019

Tuolumne Bunter, Morgan Harrington, Joseph Atchley. Photo by Miller Oberlin. 

The theatrical theme this holiday season seems to be Fun with a capital F, with shows that chase away melancholy and anxiety in favor of warmth, charm, and laughter. A Christmas Story, the Musical presented by Sonoma Arts Live is no exception, delivering as much fun as it can muster, adding a dose of nostalgia and impossibly cute (and talented!) children.

Based on the 1983 film that became a Christmas favorite in the ‘90s, as well as the book by Jean “Shep” Shepherd that inspired it (In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash), the musical captures 1940’s Americana and the innocence of childhood wrapped up in a loving look at an imperfect family’s imperfect, but ultimately wonderful Christmas. The story centers on 9-year-old Ralphie (Tuolumne Bunter) and his obsession with the one Christmas gift he desires: a Red Ryder Carbine-Action BB gun. In“Ralphie to the Rescue,” his fantasies focus on rescuing damsels from evil criminals, garnering him hero status and hometown accolades.

Certain his parents won’t approve, Ralphie launches an arduous campaign to persuade The Old Man (Rick Love) and Mother (Morgan Harrington) that he deserves this awesome gift. Mom can only say, “Oh no, you’ll shoot your eye out,” the eternal refrain of all moms regarding BB guns; and Dad’s preoccupied with seeking his own fame in puzzle contests (“The Genius on Cleveland Street”). Ralphie enlists his little brother Randy (Joseph Atchley), his teacher Miss Shields (ScharyPearl Fugitt), numerous school chums and even Santa in his quest. …

To continue reading about this production, see the full review at Sonoma County Gazette:
A Christmas Story, the Musical