Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates is a writer, editor, and theatre artist. She has a BA in theatre and performance studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She works for Out of the Box Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, and is a production associate for the annual On The Verge Theatre Festival. She previously worked with The Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley.

Maggie is an editor for Rocky Nook Inc. She is a theatre critic and arts writer for Broadwayworld.com and the Santa Barbara Independent.




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BWW Review: ANA?S, A DANCE OPERA  by Mixed eMotion Theatrix In Association With Diana RaabBWW Review: ANA?S, A DANCE OPERA by Mixed eMotion Theatrix In Association With Diana Raab
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017


BWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre CompanyBWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre Company
Posted: Apr. 2, 2018


BWW Review: HUSBANDS AND WIVES at Ensemble Theater CompanyBWW Review: HUSBANDS AND WIVES at Ensemble Theater Company
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Westmont Theatre DepartmentBWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Westmont Theatre Department
Posted: Oct. 27, 2017


BWW Previews: ON THE VERGE FESTIVAL at CAW: Community Arts WorkshopBWW Previews: ON THE VERGE FESTIVAL at CAW: Community Arts Workshop
Posted: Jul. 28, 2017


BWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Ensemble Theatre CompanyBWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
Posted: Dec. 9, 2017


BWW Previews: COOKIN' AT THE COOKERY: THE MUSIC AND TIMES OF ALBERTA HUNTER at Ensemble Theatre CompanyBWW Previews: COOKIN' AT THE COOKERY: THE MUSIC AND TIMES OF ALBERTA HUNTER at Ensemble Theatre Company
June 4, 2018

This music-infused interpretation of the Alberta Hunter's life is a true American rags-to-riches success story. Hunter, a jazz and blues singer, achieved critical and commercial acclaim in the 1920s-50s. In the late 1950s, she abruptly abandoned music to become a nurse. Several decades later, Hunter retired from nursing and returned to the stage for a two-week engagement at renowned New York blues bar, The Cookery. At age 82, this jazz legend rekindled the public's love for her powerful voice and spirit-her two-week stint at the Greenwich Village nightclub stretched into a multi-year, late-in-life comeback.

BWW Review: NEW WORKS LAB at UCB Department Of TheatreBWW Review: NEW WORKS LAB at UCB Department Of Theatre
May 25, 2018

The year-end New Works Lab at UCSB, which challenges students to write, direct, design, and perform short plays, gives students a chance to experiment with form, style, and collaboration. This year's plays offered comedy, drama, and an excursion into the absurd, while expressing insecurities about the future on both a personal and global level.

BWW Review: OUTLAW at Center Stage TheaterBWW Review: OUTLAW at Center Stage Theater
May 9, 2018

Christie's presentation is a colorful, and at times poignant, journey through personal memoir; his gruff-but-likeable stage presence and interesting story make for a thought-provoking evening in the theater. It's a casual style of performance, with a minimal use of traditional theatrical conventions, for an effect of live, un-cut documentary. Christie is an engaging speaker with good material from a life lived on the fringe.

BWW Previews: THE INVISIBLE HAND at Ensemble Theatre CompanyBWW Previews: THE INVISIBLE HAND at Ensemble Theatre Company
April 10, 2018

The Invisible Handplays out events in a market atmosphere without stringent guidelines, in which capitalism can run amuck. 'Pakistan is the wild west,' says Tufts. 'How will capitalism thrive in an unregulated environment? It thrives with enormous consequence.' Directed by Jonathan Fox, The Invisible Handalso stars Mujahid Abdul-Rashid and Sarang Sharma. This Southern California premiere runs at the New Vic Theater April 12-April 29th, and then moves to the English Theater Frankfurt in May.

BWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre CompanyBWW Preview: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Out Of The Box Theatre Company
April 2, 2018

Punk's not dead! So says Out of the Box Theater Company, who brings Green Day's American Idiot to Center Stage Theater April 6-15.

BWW Previews: NEWSIES at Dos Pueblos Theatre CompanyBWW Previews: NEWSIES at Dos Pueblos Theatre Company
April 1, 2018

High school theater programs are faced with an interesting set of challenges that professional or community theatre companies don't necessarily experience. The age and commensurate maturity of the student actors limits the type of works that can be meaningfully and effectively produced, and there's the practical consideration of aligning the choice of production with the available student population, whether that be an overabundance or dearth of performers. Beyond that, program directors are also educators, thus beholden to the cultural regulations of the school's environment. Finding a quality play that meets these requirements can be challenging, and often the options are 'experienced' classics that have little situational relateability to a cast born in the new millennia.

BWW Review: COMMUNICATING DOORS at SBCC Theater GroupBWW Review: COMMUNICATING DOORS at SBCC Theater Group
March 10, 2018

Alan Ayckbourne's 'Communicating Doors,' produced by the SBCC Theatre Group, follows Poopay (Felicia Hall), a blue-collar London dominatrix who shows up at a luxury hotel to service wealthy business mogul, Reece (Matt Smith), but instead gets pressured into witnessing his deathbed confession of embezzlement and murder. On the run from Reece's homicidal business partner, Julian (George Coe), who isn't keen on being outed for his part in the murder of Reece's two deceased wives, Ruella (Leslie Gangle Howe) and Jessica (Brittany Harter), Poopay hides in a hotel closet. The closet houses a time portal that takes her back twenty years to the night of Ruella's murder, in the very same hotel suite. Poopay and Ruella team up to prevent the murder, thus changing the past and altering the future for everyone.

THE CITY OF CONVERSATION at Ensemble Theatre CompanyTHE CITY OF CONVERSATION at Ensemble Theatre Company
February 6, 2018

In an era defined by a population split by divergent ideologies and heated, propagandistic rhetoric, in which productive discussion about political issues seems impossible, Ensemble presents Anthony Giardina's 'City of Conversation,' a play that brings both sides of the political agenda to the dinner table.

BWW Previews: TRUMP: A ONE MAN SHOW at Center Stage TheaterBWW Previews: TRUMP: A ONE MAN SHOW at Center Stage Theater
January 10, 2018

Trump: A One Man Show runs at Center Stage for one nigh only, Monday January 15th at 6:30 p.m., and also features a brief opening set by magician James Lantiegne, owner of the House of Magic Foundation of the Arts in Ventura. Don't miss this satire extravaganza; it will be a huge, huge, bigly night!

BWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Ensemble Theatre CompanyBWW Review: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Ensemble Theatre Company
December 9, 2017

Ensemble's Pemberley boasts an attractive set, beautiful costumes, and a talented cast who maintain a smooth, frothy sugarplum taste throughout. But with so little at stake for over two hours and a concerning level of emphasis on a woman's place Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley seems too long and too late for audiences looking for theatre with teeth.

BWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at UCSB Department Of Theater And DanceBWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at UCSB Department Of Theater And Dance
November 21, 2017

Though Shakespeare and Miller wrote their plays several centuries apart, the combo is fitting both plays articulate the struggles of frustrated protagonists trying to understand their function in a shifting social scape and their priorities within dysfunctional familial relationships.

BWW Previews: Out of the Box Theatre Company's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Center Stage TheaterBWW Previews: Out of the Box Theatre Company's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Center Stage Theater
October 29, 2017

Halloween is upon us, and Out of the Box Theatre Company is staging the infamous Rocky Horror Show at Center Stage Theater to celebrate! The Rocky Horror Show open on Halloween and runs through Saturday, November 4th, giving Santa Barbara a whole week of Timewarping with the ghastly show-ghouls of Frank'N'Furter's castle of salacious pleasures. A high-energy cult-classic, The Rocky Horror Show is a rock n roll sci-fi fantasy that runs on a fuel of filth and glamour.

BWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Westmont Theatre DepartmentBWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Westmont Theatre Department
October 27, 2017

Sophisticated and engrossing, 'Resistible Rise' is about more than a glory-hungry henchman for whom the price of power is never too high it's about the price tag of power (in this case: justice) and how quickly a desperate population will turn a blind eye to corruption and put their faith in a charismatic terrorist.

BWW Review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at SBCC Theater GroupBWW Review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at SBCC Theater Group
October 22, 2017

'One Man, Two Guvnors' is based on Carlo Goldoni's 'Servant of Two masters,' a 1746 commedia dell'arte piece featuring the Truffaldino harlequin as a prospecting errand boy who works for two different men, constantly confusing what tasks he's supposed to be performing for which boss. As the title suggests, 'Guvnors' mirrors this plot, though the action takes place in 1960s Brighton. Francis (Michael Bernard) is a portly loafer who stumbles into the employ of Rosco Crabbe (who is actually Rosco's dizygotic twin, Rachel (Shannon Saleh), in drag). Francis, who suffers from a constant, voracious appetite (and an equally anorexic bank account), takes another gig on the sly: working for Stanley Stubbers (Dillon Yuhasz), Rachel's boyfriend and Rosco's killer.

BWW Previews: Dogstar Theater Presents THE FOREIGNER at Center Stage TheaterBWW Previews: Dogstar Theater Presents THE FOREIGNER at Center Stage Theater
October 19, 2017

The Foreigner, Larry Shue's battle-of-the-hillbillies farce, brings slapstick situation comedy to Center Stage Theater October 20 22. Produced by Dogstar Theater Company, who introduced themselves to Santa Barbara with last spring's charming rendition of Last Train to Nibroc, The Foreigner spins stereotypic Americana into a physical comedy-based battle between good and evil.

BWW Review: HUSBANDS AND WIVES at Ensemble Theater CompanyBWW Review: HUSBANDS AND WIVES at Ensemble Theater Company
October 13, 2017

'Husbands and Wives,' Woody Allen's film--and now, Ensemble Theater Company's adaptation by Jonathan Fox--examines the slings and arrows of long-term pairing through the relationships of two middle-aged couples in crisis.

BWW Previews: Ensemble Theater presents HUSBANDS AND WIVES at The New VicBWW Previews: Ensemble Theater presents HUSBANDS AND WIVES at The New Vic
October 3, 2017

Ensemble Theater Company's season opener is a brand new adaptation of Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, rendered for the stage by ETC's artistic Director, Jonathan Fox.

BWW Previews: STAND UP STORIES  MULTICULTURAL TALES TO LIVE BY at Boxtales Theater Company
September 26, 2017

Stand Up Stories Multicultural Tales to Live By is a collection of parables that brings to life stories from the Greek, Chinese, Native American, and African traditions. Stand Up Stories opens at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theater this weekend, and runs for two nights only: Friday, September 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m.

BWW Previews: DISGRACED at Center Stage TheaterBWW Previews: DISGRACED at Center Stage Theater
September 24, 2017

Disgraced examines the American experience from a variety of viewpoints: a Jewish-American man, an African-American woman, a white woman, and Amir, the play's tragic lead, who is from an Islamic background the child of Middle-Eastern immigrants. Disgraced is an award-winning piece of literature that delivers an intense, intelligent discourse about race and privilege, and a jarring exploration of the stratifications and compartmentalization of American culture.

BWW Review: ANAS, A DANCE OPERA  by Mixed eMotion Theatrix In Association With Diana Raab
September 11, 2017

Ana s: A Dance Opera is a multimedia collaberation featuring the life story of writer, intellectual, and provocateur, Ana s Nin.



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