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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.*

Comments welcomed as long as they’re in the spirit of respectful suggestion or collegial debate. I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason and to block unruly visitors.

I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I enjoy posting them.

 

 

My Fair Lady

Sonoma Arts Live
Runs in Sonoma through July 28

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Possessing some of the finest hummable songs in musical theatre, My Fair Lady has charmed audiences since 1956, and sometimes been called “the perfect musical.” But anyone who sings “I Could Have Danced All Night” in the shower knows how deceptively difficult Frederick Loewe’s score can be, especially with that high note at the end. Fear not, the production at Sonoma Arts Live has Sarah Wintermeyer as Eliza, who will regale you with her superb delivery of all those “Loverly” songs, with a voice of liquid gold and her spunky charm.

Shining star Wintermeyer isn’t alone, thank goodness— local favorite Larry Williams also excels in one of his best roles yet, as the curmudgeonly Henry Higgins. Tim Setzer does a lively turn as Eliza’s father Alfred Doolittle, and Chad Yarish enjoys the stuffy likability of Colonel Pickering. A small, accomplished ensemble of well-voiced actors fills out all the other roles, including the Covent Garden “undeserving poor,” servants in Higgins’ household, and Asccot attendees, happily capering with sprightly choreography by Staci Arriaga. Ryan Hook is a particular standout as Freddy Eynsford-Hill. . . .

To continue reading about this production, see the full review at Sonoma County Gazette:
My Fair Lady