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 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: HIGH SOCIETY at SBCC Theatre GroupBWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at SBCC Theatre Group
Posted: Jul. 21, 2017


BWW Previews: SWEENEY TODD at ShowstoppersBWW Previews: SWEENEY TODD at Showstoppers
Posted: Jul. 18, 2017


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BWW Breakdown: Phi Phi is a Sore Winner and Loser (Truth) on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACEBWW Breakdown: Phi Phi is a Sore Winner and Loser (Truth) on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE
Posted: Sep. 26, 2016


BWW Breakdown: The HERstory of the World According to RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARSBWW Breakdown: The HERstory of the World on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS
Posted: Sep. 12, 2016


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: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at UCSB Department Of Theater And DanceBWW Review: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at UCSB Department Of Theater And Dance
Posted: Mar. 10, 2017


BWW Preview: Instant Karma Improv Comedy Presents SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY at Center StageBWW Preview: Instant Karma Improv Comedy Presents SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY at Center Stage
Posted: Mar. 17, 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: ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL at HFFBWW Previews: ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL at HFF
Posted: Jun. 2, 2017


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.

BWW Previews: ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL at HFFBWW Previews: ZOMBIE CLOWN TRUMP: AN APOCALYPTIC MUSICAL at HFF
June 2, 2017

After a zombie apocalypse, the President (or 'Zombie Clown-in-Chief,' as the creator describes him) is up for re-election, running against action-hero staple, Dwayne Johnson. Described as a protest by the production company, Zombie Clown Trump is a testimony of the power of free speech. Check out the cheek at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Santa Monica, at the OMR Theatre June 2, 8, 9, 16, 17, and 24th.

BWW Previews: ONE GOOD EGG at Center Stage TheaterBWW Previews: ONE GOOD EGG at Center Stage Theater
May 4, 2017

One Good Egg features a female perspective of the contemporary American experience, especially the complicated relationship between feminine identity and parenthood. Yet, the egg is a broader symbol-one that represents manifestations of fertility beyond pregnancy and childbearing. Gale's intent is to explore the personal and societal imperative to create legacy-whether it be passing on ideas or DNA. One Good Egg invites audiences to accept (and appreciate) the optimism that can flourish in even the most absurd or aching moments.

BWW Preview: Out Of The Box Theatre Company Presents HIGH FIDELITYBWW Preview: Out Of The Box Theatre Company Presents HIGH FIDELITY
April 21, 2017

'What came first? The music or the misery?' asks Rob Gordon, sad-sack hipster and star of Out of the Box Theatre Company's upcoming musical, 'High Fidelity.'

BWW Review: RICHARD III by Lit Moon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: RICHARD III by Lit Moon Theatre Company
March 24, 2017

Lit Moon's highly stylized version of 'Richard III' is strangely appealing (albeit disjointed and inaccessibleespecially for those without a fairly thorough grasp of the narrative). This envisioning of the play tends more toward a performance-art installation than overtly representational theatre.

BWW Previews: GLORIOUS! at Lompoc Civic TheatreBWW Previews: GLORIOUS! at Lompoc Civic Theatre
March 24, 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins: you may have heard her name from a recent resurgence in popularity due to being portrayed by the un-ignorable Meryl Streep in the 2016 biopic. But before there was the movie, there was the play, Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, The Worst Singer in the World by Peter Quilter, which begins its run in Lompoc this weekend at the Civic Auditorium, and has performances until April 9.

BWW Feature: DramaDogs Presents: FROM EVE'S FAIR HAND at The Faulkner GalleryBWW Feature: DramaDogs Presents: FROM EVE'S FAIR HAND at The Faulkner Gallery
March 23, 2017

A company with a persistent ambition to prioritize social justice in their work, DramaDogs has adopted a format for short, dramatic presentations that inform and entertain, and encourage audience engagement. Their production of From Eve's Fair Hand, by local writers Jinny Webber and Terre Ouwehand, shares (through monologue) the voices of female writers who left their mark on our cultural history. An appropriate celebration of Women's History Month, From Eve's Fair Hand introduces women like Amelia Bassano Lanier; Lady Mary Wroth; Aphra Behn; George Sands (nom-de-plume of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin); Gertrude Stein; Virginia Woolf; and Vita Sackville-West; women who dared to write-while-female in eras when that act was considered one of non-conformity or rebellion.

BWW Preview: The Producing Unit Presents a Staged Reading Of AMERICAN DREAMS at The Alhecama TheaterBWW Preview: The Producing Unit Presents a Staged Reading Of AMERICAN DREAMS at The Alhecama Theater
March 22, 2017

The Producing Unit presents a staged reading of American Dreams, a performance piece exemplifying the broad and varied brands of "American" living. Directed by Peter Frisch and featuring Bill Egan, Tom Hinshaw, Meredith McMinn, Robert Riechel, Jeremy Tristan, and Ivy Vahanian, this series of monologues from a dozen different characters invites audiences to consider the very concept of the "American Dream," and how this socially constructed entitlement varies for each individual-yet exists consistently as a vital thematic goal.

BWW Preview: Instant Karma Improv Comedy Presents SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY at Center StageBWW Preview: Instant Karma Improv Comedy Presents SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY at Center Stage
March 17, 2017

Instant Karma and Friends return to Center Stage Theater to present one night of spontaneous musical hilarity on Saturday, March 18th at 8:00pm

BWW Review: RENWOMEN: WHAT MODERN RENAISSANCE WOMEN HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT LIVING RICH, FULFILLING LIVES by Dale Griffiths Stamos & W. Scott GriffithsBWW Review: RENWOMEN: WHAT MODERN RENAISSANCE WOMEN HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT LIVING RICH, FULFILLING LIVES by Dale Griffiths Stamos & W. Scott Griffiths
March 15, 2017

Stamos defines the modern RenWoman as a woman with the availability to master many crafts--an adapt-or-perish breed. With the ability to apply seemingly unrelated skills to new positions, RenWomen can thrive in a variety of situations. Creativity is a RenWoman's strength in what Stamos refers to as an information-on-demand society.

BWW Preview: DRAMA DOGS PRESENTS: FROM EVE'S FAIR HAND at Faulkner Gallery, SB Public LibraryBWW Preview: DRAMA DOGS PRESENTS: FROM EVE'S FAIR HAND at Faulkner Gallery, SB Public Library
March 10, 2017

Celebrate Women's History Month with a staged Reading of 'From Eve's Fair Hand'! By local writers Jinny Webber and Terre Ouwehand, and produced by DramaDogs, 'From Eve's Fair Hand' introduces audiences to important women of history through lyrical narrative and music.

BWW Review: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at UCSB Department Of Theater And DanceBWW Review: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at UCSB Department Of Theater And Dance
March 10, 2017

In the UCSB Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, The Simpsons is not only significant, it's a currency that determines characters' livelihoods--and potentially their survival. Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, written by Anne Washburn and directed by Tom Whitaker, shows a glimpse of a future post-nuclear disaster, when electricity is an almost-extinct amenity. The play shows how the survivors of the disaster rebuild culture in an astonishing, yet inevitable, way.

BWW Review: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont Theatre DepartmentBWW Review: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont Theatre Department
March 8, 2017

The earthy aesthetic of this production suits the pastoral lifeblood of the play. Theset, designed by Yuri Okahana andbuilt in layers of depth, gives thefeeling of expanse and isolation. Performerscreatea slowly shifting backdrop of gentle choreography. In this setting,Lorca's tale of a love triangle and family feudhas the feel of amelancholic folk ballad.

BWW Preview: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont CollegeBWW Preview: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont College
February 24, 2017

'Blood Wedding,' a drama about the tremendous influence of love and marriage, shows the ecstasy and tragedy of passion that exists outside of societally sanctioned associations.



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