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: 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
Posted: Nov. 21, 2017


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


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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 Previews: Ensemble Theatre Company Closes Season with Dance Musical SYNCOPATIONBWW Previews: Ensemble Theatre Company Closes Season with Dance Musical SYNCOPATION
Posted: Jun. 6, 2017


BWW Review: THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE at UCSB Theatre DepartmentBWW Review: THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE at UCSB Theatre Department
Posted: Jun. 10, 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 Previews: ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL at HFFBWW Previews: ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL at HFF
Posted: Jun. 2, 2017


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


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.

BWW Previews: ANAS, A DANCE OPERA  at The New Vic Theater
August 31, 2017

After a successful turn at the Avignon L'Off Festival in France, Anais, A Dance Opera, presented by Mixed eMotion Theatrix, comes to Santa Barbara's New Vic Theater September 8th and 9th. Anais explores the beguiling, nonconformist life of writer, Anais Nin, through music, modern dance, and theatre.

BWW Review: ON THE VERGE SEASON 3 at CAW: Community Arts WorkshopBWW Review: ON THE VERGE SEASON 3 at CAW: Community Arts Workshop
August 17, 2017

A community's point of view is expressed through the local art scene, and Santa Barbara's On The Verge Festival promotes underrepresented points of view by producing theatre by female playwrights, LGBTQIA playwrights, and playwrights of color. In its third year, On The Verge's company of young artists delivers an enthusiastic community atmosphere and theatre that's accessible in cost and pertinent in subject matter.

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

Rooted in a fearless, purposeful approach bridging the gap between player and viewer, the festival incorporates work from up-and-coming visual artists, musicians, and theatre makers who have focused their message on community engagement.

BWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at SBCC Theatre GroupBWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at SBCC Theatre Group
July 21, 2017

While concepts in High Society may have been viewed as 'kitschy' when the play premiered two decades ago, in the age of Instagram stars and The Real Housewives, these characters, who are charming in their relative innocence as compared to the shameless celebrities of the information age (even our president is a faux-lebrity real estate mogul-turned-reality show host), seem tame. High Society is a pleasant enough way to spend an evening, but it doesn't really go anywhere. There are no risks, no extraordinary thrills: just a very safe presentation of feel-good music from a bygone era.

BWW Previews: SWEENEY TODD at ShowstoppersBWW Previews: SWEENEY TODD at Showstoppers
July 18, 2017

An intricate and demanding musical for even a cast of seasoned adults, Sweeney Todd is an exciting, ambitious theatrical undertaking that is sure to push the young cast to discovery in their craft. "Having a young cast is certainly the most challenging aspect of this process," says Marian Azdril, Showstoppers board member and costumer for Sweeney Todd. "There are many layers to this sophisticated and complex story. We hope this cast learns to do the homework, and come prepared to every rehearsal!"

BWW Review: Elements Theatre Collective Presents STUPID FUCKING BIRDBWW Review: Elements Theatre Collective Presents STUPID FUCKING BIRD
July 14, 2017

'Stupid Fucking Bird,' which runs this weekend and next at various locations throughout Santa Barbara, offers a self-aware, fourth-wall-indifferent show with a wicked sense of humor.

BWW Review: THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE at UCSB Theatre DepartmentBWW Review: THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE at UCSB Theatre Department
June 10, 2017

There's a lot to unpack from director and professor Simon Williams' production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, the Brecht epic that expands a parable into a detailed exploration of how well human kindness fares in a lawless land of political upheaval within a universe marked by an stylistically absurd mercilessness.

BWW Previews: Ensemble Theatre Company Closes Season with Dance Musical SYNCOPATIONBWW Previews: Ensemble Theatre Company Closes Season with Dance Musical SYNCOPATION
June 6, 2017

The final piece this season, Allan Knee's Syncopation, features two distinct couples: Anna and Henry, the main characters who are learning to ballroom dance together; and a narrative told through the interlacing of theatre and dance. Where more conventional styles of musical theatre include lyrics to continue the story between scenes of spoken dialogue, Sycopation uses narrative choreography, bringing an unusual (and exciting, for those fans of ballroom dancing) theatrical experience to the New Vic.

BWW Review: The Big F: Elaine Gale Reminds Us That We Are All ONE GOOD EGGBWW Review: The Big F: Elaine Gale Reminds Us That We Are All ONE GOOD EGG
June 4, 2017

Elaine Gale's one-woman show, One Good Egg, offers Santa Barbara a frank conversation about gender and the female experience. One Good Egg is about Gale's journey toward motherhood-one that delivers an important narrative about handling a very specific type of failure: the inability to have a child. Motherhood is a potent topic in a culture facing a fast-evolving definition of gender identity and gender roles, and One Good Egg is an exploration of the female experience in direct relation to fertility and creating a legacy.



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