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Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates Maggie Yates is a writer, editor, and theatre artist. She studied theatre at UC Berkeley and writing at the University of San Francisco. She is an editor at Rocky Nook Inc., a Santa Barbara-based publishing company. She previously worked with The Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley, and currently works for Out of the Box Theatre in Santa Barbara. She is enthusiastic about all kinds of drama, from petty and absurd to universal and thematic of the human condition.
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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!
Posted: Mar. 31, 2015


BWW Reviews: Impro Theatre Presents JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED with Hilarious ResultsA talented company and incredible cast, I look forward to Impro Theatre's return to Santa Barbara
Posted: Apr. 3, 2015


BWW Preview: THE WILD PARTY: Give Me a Bottle of Bourbon and Half a Chicken and I'll Conquer the World!BWW Preview: THE WILD PARTY: Give Me a Bottle of Bourbon and Half a Chicken
Posted: Apr. 1, 2015


BWW Blog: The Westmont Fringe Festival Celebrates the Creative ProcessThe Westmont Fringe Festival is a medley of work that celebrates the collaborative creative process.
Posted: Apr. 17, 2015


BWW Preview: WOYZECK Explores the Price of Humanity StrippedBWW Preview: WOYZECK Explores the Price of Humanity Stripped
Posted: Apr. 8, 2015


BWW Blog: 24 Hours of Power, Influence, and HandcuffsBWW Blog: 24 Hours of Power, Influence, and Handcuffs
Posted: Mar. 31, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Preview: AMADEUS Aspires to Create Work of Enduring SignificanceBWW Preview: AMADEUS Aspires to Create Work of Enduring Significance
Posted: Oct. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE TELEPHONE is an Enticing, Operatic ApéritifBWW Reviews: THE TELEPHONE is an Enticing, Operatic Apéritif
Posted: Aug. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: Dos Pueblos Theatre Presents the Wild and Wondrous Circus of ALICE IN WONDERLANDDos Pueblos Theatre's Wild and Wondrous ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Posted: Nov. 13, 2014


BWW Review: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Shows the Evolving Female Role in Society'Five Women' illustrates female culture finding comfort in empowerment.
Posted: Jul. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews: Lit Moon Successfully Scales the Everest of THE CHERRY ORCHARDBWW Reviews: Lit Moon Successfully Scales THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Posted: Sep. 9, 2014


BWW Blog: The Westmont Fringe Festival Celebrates the Creative ProcessBWW Blog: The Westmont Fringe Festival Celebrates the Creative Process
April 17, 2015

Fast, raw, and entertaining, the Westmont Fringe Festival is view of artistic creation that allows the audience to see more of the creative journey than just the final destination.
BWW Preview: WOYZECK Explores the Price of Humanity StrippedBWW Preview: WOYZECK Explores the Price of Humanity Stripped
April 8, 2015

'Woyzeck' has evolved beyond original playwright Buchner's vision. It's an evocative production that emphasizes the importance of dignity as a defining aspect of humanity-and the price paid when that humanity is stripped.
BWW Reviews: Impro Theatre Presents JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED with Hilarious ResultsBWW Reviews: Impro Theatre Presents JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED with Hilarious Results
April 3, 2015

Impro Theatre's production featured talented performers with a flare for biting, Austenian wit and an impressive aptitude for physical humor. The performance was swift and dynamic, and it conceptually captured the spirit of Austen's literary universewithout omitting the inherent comicality inevitable in the confluence of modern and antiquated cultures represented simultaneously.
BWW Preview: THE WILD PARTY: Give Me a Bottle of Bourbon and Half a Chicken and I'll Conquer the World!BWW Preview: THE WILD PARTY: Give Me a Bottle of Bourbon and Half a Chicken and I'll Conquer the World!
April 1, 2015

'The Wild Party' is a dark and sexy theatrical presentation; a bold, sleek adaptation of the show that proves that all you need to throw a wild party is wild company.
BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!
March 31, 2015

Santa Barbara high school students bring audiences a range of exciting musicals, including Legally Blonde, Crazy for You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Young Frankenstein.
BWW Blog: 24 Hours of Power, Influence, and HandcuffsBWW Blog: 24 Hours of Power, Influence, and Handcuffs
March 31, 2015

Congratulations to all the actors, writers, and directors on a successful showcase--and congratulations to Elements on a successful event!
BWW Review: LIGHT UP THE SKY Takes the Thespian Caricature Too FarBWW Review: LIGHT UP THE SKY Takes the Thespian Caricature Too Far
March 20, 2015

'Light up the Sky' would have been more interesting as a show that functioned on two levels: a fun period farce and a smart satire about a play that's a smart satire. Instead, 'Light up the Sky' is fluffy and pointless; a superficial farce too unrelatable to be mindlessly funny, and not self-aware enough to be satirically comical.
BWW Review: THE INSECT COMEDY Exposes Humanity's Most Basic Needs and DesiresBWW Review: THE INSECT COMEDY Exposes Humanity's Most Basic Needs and Desires
March 12, 2015

'The Insect Comedy' is a series of clever scenes about the emblematic interactions that guide the direction of our lives by showing motivation within the structures of our existence.
BWW Blog: SMELLS LIKE BOURBON: My Offering to  Elements Theatre Collective's 24-Hour Play FestivalBWW Blog: SMELLS LIKE BOURBON: My Offering to Elements Theatre Collective's 24-Hour Play Festival
March 12, 2015

And from the printer and my exhaustion will come forth a one-act play called 'Smells Like Bourbon' (loosely based on my willingness but inability to produce a play overnight).
BWW Preview: JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED--Theatre/Literature Double Majors Rejoice!BWW Preview: JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED--Theatre/Literature Double Majors Rejoice!
March 9, 2015

'Jane Austen UnScripted' is a performance-based dalliance into the charmingly erudite world of Austenian wit and social propriety, executed via improvisational implementation.
BWW Preview: LIGHTS OUT MACBETH Turns out the Lights; Turns up the VolumeBWW Preview: LIGHTS OUT MACBETH Turns out the Lights; Turns up the Volume
March 9, 2015

In 'Lights Out Macbeth,' teenagers in search of a party enter an abandoned building. The Lights go out. The experience of Macbeth ensues, and the party begins.
BWW Review: IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER Explores Community, Ritual, and RemembranceBWW Review: IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER Explores Community, Ritual, and Remembrance
March 4, 2015

'In the Red and Brown Water' functions on several levels to allow the audience to be emotionally involved in the saga of Oya's search for meaning.
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Reinforces Belief in MagicBWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Reinforces Belief in Magic
March 3, 2015

'Peter and the Starcatcher' is a fun, well-executed production that shows the joys and trials of the hero's journey inevitable to us all: growing up.
BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and the Importance of Purposeful TrivialityBWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and the Importance of Purposeful Triviality
February 20, 2015

Wilde's play about the triviality of Victorian culture has been produced everywhere, by everyone. It's a staple of the English-speaking theatrical repertory in the way that Don't Stop Believing is a staple of the karaoke repertory. Mercifully, 'Earnest' has the potential to be a great playthe main characters all share Wilde's gift for witticism; the play is purposeful in its absurdity; and it's intelligently written.
BWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL Shows a Colorful View of Social StratificationBWW Review: INTIMATE APPAREL Shows a Colorful View of Social Stratification
February 12, 2015

Both writing and staging of 'Intimate Apparel' illustrate the overlapping layers of class, race, religion, and gender in New York City, 1905.
BWW Review: TALES OF WOO AND WOE, A Graceful, Intelligent interpretation of ShakespeareBWW Review: TALES OF WOO AND WOE, A Graceful, Intelligent interpretation of Shakespeare
February 12, 2015

Shakespeare's work is a good fit for DramaDogs, a theatre company whose performance style is characterized by precise, representative movement that unites the intellectual, emotional, and physical aspects of their productions.
BWW Review: THE NINA VARIATIONS is 'Theatre for Theatre People'BWW Review: THE NINA VARIATIONS is 'Theatre for Theatre People'
February 11, 2015

'The Nina Variations,' while certainly investigative of the various ways people can behave in a relationship, lacked connective tissue.
BWW Review: NIXON'S NIXON - A Humorous and Disturbing Abuse of PowerBWW Review: NIXON'S NIXON - A Humorous and Disturbing Abuse of Power
February 10, 2015

While Nixon's blustering is made somewhat ridiculous by his impending political impotence, this type of disquieting abuse of power reminds the audience how natural political corruption becomes when those in power are left unchecked.
BWW Reviews: Westmont's NIGHT AT THE OPERABWW Reviews: Westmont's NIGHT AT THE OPERA
February 6, 2015

Westmont's one-act operas are an example of student theatre that takes risks and introduces conversations about the diverse range of possibilities within the sphere of the theatrical arts.
BWW Preview: NIXON'S NIXON Gives Shape and Nuance to American HistoryBWW Preview: NIXON'S NIXON Gives Shape and Nuance to American History
February 2, 2015

C-Span may be boring, but presenting the intricacies of the political engine via theatre has the perpetual potential for dramatic greatness.


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