Anna Jensen has a Ph.D. in Theater Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She has translated and adapted plays by Henrik Ibsen, including Hedda Gabler and When We Dead Awaken. She has served as production dramaturg for many productions, some of her favorites include Macbeth (dir. Jonathan Fox), Good People (dir. Jenny Sullivan) and The Baltimore Waltz (dir. Tom Whitaker).
On stage at Solvang's Festival Theater, PCPA presents the comic play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The title, a list of the Russian names of the main characters, suggests that it parodies the works of the great Naturalist playwright, Anton Chekhov, author of Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard. The very American-sounding name 'Spike' in the title tips us off to the oddball comic spin that writer Christopher Durang adds to Chekhov's melancholic themes.BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME-A NEW MUSICAL at Solvang Festival Theater June 20, 2018
PCPA's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame - A New Musical, now on stage in Solvang's Festival Theater, delights audiences with its overtly theatrical storytelling style. If you are only familiar with the Disney film based on Victor Hugo's epic novel, this Hunchback includes new music, deeper characterizations, and plot elements to suit the taste of today's theater audiences.BWW Review: CRIMES OF THE HEART at SBCC Jurkowitz Theatre April 20, 2018
A Delightful Southern Treat. SBCC's production of CRIMES OF THE HEART by Beth Henley, Directed by R. Michael Gros. April 11-28, 2018, Jurkowitz Theatre, SBCC West Campus, 900 block of Cliff Dr. 805-965-5935 or www.theatregroupsbcc.com for tickets and information.BWW Review: TROUBLE IN TAHITI AND GALLANTRY at Center Stage Theater April 18, 2018
A rare treat this weekend only, Opera Santa Barbara presents an evening of one-act comic operas in the intimacy of Center Stage Theater. Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti will be performed along with Douglas Moore's broadly comic work, Gallantry. Both showcase the talents of Opera Santa Barbara's Chrisman Studio Artists (Chelsea Melamed, Byron Mayes, Elle Valera, and Jonathan Walker-VanKuren) in featured roles. Opera Santa Barbara's Artistic Director, Kostis Protopapas, praises these singers for their 'charisma and charm combined with impeccable comedic timing.'BWW Review: THE INVISIBLE HAND at New Victoria Theater April 16, 2018
The punk rock musical American Idiot, now on stage at Center Stage, gives Green Day fans an opportunity to immerse themselves into the titular album through dance, imagery, and, of course, music. American Idiot does not tell a story so much as it performs the gesture of punk rock: a clench-fisted rebellion against the banality of American society and culture.BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Marian Theatre, Santa Maria February 21, 2018
Critic A.C. Bradley claimed that of all of Shakespeare's tragedies, King Lear was too sublime for the stage. For Bradley, King Lear's depiction of madness, stormy landscapes, filial deception, and treachery went to extremities best conjured by a reader who can imaginatively fill in the breadth of Shakespeare's vast tragic landscape. The turn-of-the-century stage practice that Bradley would have experienced, however, aspired to visual verisimilitude. In trying to depict everything for the audience's eyes, these theaters could only betray the expansive world of Lear.BWW Review: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at San Marcos High School November 18, 2017
Murder and mystery staged by San Marcos High School under the direction of Riley Berris