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Review: ANNIE is Earning Ovations at Broadway Sacramento Photo Review: ANNIE is Earning Ovations at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - April 17, 2024

America’s most endearing, optimistic orphan is back in Sacramento and she has a powerful posse of bunkmates backing her up. Almost fifty years after her debut, Annie is as relevant as ever and still stealing hearts with her smarts and sass. After taking home seven Tony Awards in 1977, the show went ...

Review: ROBIN HOOD at the B St. Theatre is Fun for the Whole Family Photo Review: ROBIN HOOD at the B St. Theatre is Fun for the Whole Family
by Courtney Symes - April 16, 2024

Robin Hood, that English ruffian, is back over 700 years after first appearing in Sherwood Forest. His story has undergone several transformations, including the addition of Maid Marian and Friar Tuck in the 15th century. It continues to evolve to encompass 21st century ideas in Jerry Montoya’s new ...

Review: GHOST QUARTET at Valkyrie Theatre Company Photo Review: GHOST QUARTET at Valkyrie Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - April 09, 2024

I’m still not sure what I watched on Saturday night at the Valkyrie Theatre Company, and I don’t know that I’ll ever fully figure it out. Strangely enough, I feel inclined to go back to gather more pieces of the puzzle. Apparently, such is the norm for viewers of Ghost Quartet, a theatrical song cyc...

Review: THE PENELOPIAD at Women's Theatre Collective Photo Review: THE PENELOPIAD at Women's Theatre Collective
by Courtney Symes - March 27, 2024

Margaret Atwood’s play, The Penelopiad, is a fascinating glimpse into an oft overlooked character. The book of the same name was published in 2005 as part of the Canongate Myth Series, in which contemporary authors write their version of ancient myths. Atwood’s story concerns Penelope, wife of Odyss...

Review: FADE is in Focus at Capital Stage Photo Review: FADE is in Focus at Capital Stage
by Courtney Symes - March 26, 2024

Capital Stage’s season of “True Identity” continues with Tanya Saracho’s social commentary, Fade. The semi-autobiographical piece explores the inner turmoil that comes with feeling adrift in one’s culture and the struggle to reconcile that with class disparities and unrelenting ambition. Like last m...

Review: THE BOOK OF WILL at Big Idea Theatre Photo Review: THE BOOK OF WILL at Big Idea Theatre
by Courtney Symes - March 24, 2024

John Heminges and Henry Condell aren’t names that are immediately recognizable, but they should be. Without them, some of our favorite titles would be lost to history. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet wouldn’t exist today. No one would know the name William Shakespear...

Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Placer Community Theater Photo Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Placer Community Theater
by Courtney Symes - March 14, 2024

Sibling rivalry, unrealized dreams, and learning to age gracefully are some themes currently on display in Placer Community Theater’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christopher Durang’s nod to the works of Anton Chekhov premiered on Broadway in 2013 and won the Tony Award for Bes...

Review: COSMO ST. CHARLES IS DEAD AND SOMEONE IN THIS ROOM KILLED HIM Premieres at B Photo Review: COSMO ST. CHARLES IS DEAD AND SOMEONE IN THIS ROOM KILLED HIM Premieres at B St. Theatre
by Courtney Symes - March 09, 2024

An interactive whodunit with comedy, intrigue, and love triangles? Yes, please! Nicole Zimmerer’s captivating new play, Cosmo St. Charles is Dead & Someone in This Room Killed Him, was a finalist at the 2022 B Street New Comedies Festival and is currently thrilling audiences with its world premiere ...

Review: AN HONEST APOLOGY Premieres at FreeFall Stage Photo Review: AN HONEST APOLOGY Premieres at FreeFall Stage
by Courtney Symes - February 22, 2024

Being the first to review a new work is always a pleasure, particularly when that work is as engaging as James Van Eaton’s An Honest Apology. This play is a mixture of Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, full of witticisms and satire directed towards those who are concerned with their place in high society...

Review: SAFE AT HOME: THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY at Valkyrie Theatre Company Photo Review: SAFE AT HOME: THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY at Valkyrie Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - February 09, 2024

When Black History Month coincides with the Dodgers kicking off spring training, it’s a perfect time to celebrate one of the most important names in baseball history. Safe at Home: The Jackie Robinson Story is an engaging history lesson about the man who changed the Major Leagues with his quiet stre...

Review: AMERICAN FAST Lights the Beam at Capital Stage Photo Review: AMERICAN FAST Lights the Beam at Capital Stage
by Courtney Symes - February 03, 2024

Capital Stage is starting the new year off with a winner. American Fast. by Kareem Fahmy, is making its Sacramento premiere and running through February. Its themes of competition, self-reflection, and navigating relationships are particularly relevant, as many immigrants struggle to honor familial ...

Review: SIX Scores a Perfect Ten at Broadway Sacramento Photo Review: SIX Scores a Perfect Ten at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - February 01, 2024

Some powerful Tudor women have taken Sacramento by storm; Six of them, to be exact. The former wives of Henry VIII have come back from the dead to tell their side of the story in this powerful musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. ...

Review: RESCUE ME Debuts at B Street Theatre Photo Review: RESCUE ME Debuts at B Street Theatre
by Courtney Symes - January 26, 2024

Championing new works can be a risky undertaking, but B St. Theatre’s dedication to the cause continues to pay off. Kicking off the 2024 season is Rescue Me, a finalist in the 2022 B Street New Comedies Festival.  It is penned by two B Street fixtures, Tara Sissom-Pittaro and Peter Story, who infuse...

Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL is 'Perfect' at Broadway Sacramento Photo Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL is 'Perfect' at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - January 03, 2024

What you oughta know is that Broadway Sacramento is starting off the New Year with a bang. Raw, emotional, and energizing are the words to kick off 2024, as the National tour of Jagged Little Pill, The Musical hits Sacramento this week. It was inspired by Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album of the same n...

Review: CINDERELLA Charmed at Sierra Rep Photo Review: CINDERELLA Charmed at Sierra Rep
by Courtney Symes - January 02, 2024

While the curtain has closed on Sierra Repertory Theatre’s holiday production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, I would be remiss in not acknowledging the quality of another successful SRT show. As most probably know, Cinderella was the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that was made speci...

Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL is Stealing Our Hearts at Broadwa Photo Review: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL is Stealing Our Hearts at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - December 29, 2023

It came after Christmas, bringing with it good cheer. It even brought Whos and Max the Reindeer. A trailer it pulled, full of sets and bright dresses. Whoville, wrapped presents, and sky-high coiffed tresses. A makeup designer and green fur hairdresser, the Grinch couldn’t wait to sing out and impre...

Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes the Year at Celebration Arts Photo Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes the Year at Celebration Arts
by Courtney Symes - December 29, 2023

When Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1959, she became the first African American woman to have a play performed on Broadway. Its themes of discrimination and resiliency continue to be as relevant now as they were when it was written, and it i...

Review: Experience the Magic of Christmas with GEORGIANA AND KITTY: CHRISTMAS AT PEMB Photo Review: Experience the Magic of Christmas with GEORGIANA AND KITTY: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Capital Stage
by Courtney Symes - December 11, 2023

Who doesn’t love a great sequel? We all do, as evidenced by the popularity of franchises such as Scream and National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Even re-imagined backstories of classics, like Wicked, have seen incredible success. When we find characters that resonate with us, we are loath to give the...

Review: Warm Up With SNOW FEVER: A KARAOKE CHRISTMAS at B Street Theatre Photo Review: Warm Up With SNOW FEVER: A KARAOKE CHRISTMAS at B Street Theatre
by Courtney Symes - December 02, 2023

It’s back! The most wonderful time of the year (besides baseball season), which brings with it a slew of the most wonderful theatre offerings. The B Street Theatre is premiering one of them, Snow Fever: A Karaoke Christmas by Robert Caisley, as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premi...

Review: See the Explosive AFTER THE BLAST at Big Idea Theatre Photo Review: See the Explosive AFTER THE BLAST at Big Idea Theatre
by Courtney Symes - November 13, 2023

It wasn’t that long ago that novels like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road would have been considered farfetched.  A post-apocalyptic wasteland, previously only imaginable, now seems not only plausible but eventually probable. Zoe Kazan takes it a bit further with her stark rendering of the future of Ameri...

Review: Get Ready for AIN'T TOO PROUD at Broadway Sacramento Photo Review: Get Ready for AIN'T TOO PROUD at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - November 10, 2023

One of the most recognizable names in recording history has been immortalized in another jukebox musical. What makes this one different, however, is the infectious energy of the cast, the widespread appeal of the music, and the unparalleled enthusiasm of an insatiable audience. Ain’t Too Proud, The ...

Review: LES MISERABLES is Revolutionary at Broadway Sacramento Photo Review: LES MISERABLES is Revolutionary at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - October 26, 2023

As Les Misérables turns thirty-eight this year, it shows no signs of aging. Performances in Sacramento have almost sold out, and it makes one wonder how a show whose content is serious and dark can have such staying power. When it opened in London in 1985, critical reviews were mixed. What it had on...

Review: THE GRADUATE is an Affair to Celebrate at Sierra Rep Photo Review: THE GRADUATE is an Affair to Celebrate at Sierra Rep
by Courtney Symes - October 24, 2023

A delicious confection of nostalgia and excess awaits you at the historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia. Sierra Repertory Theatre (SRT) has staged a titillating throwback to a time when societal norms were being questioned and the country was on the precipice of change. The Graduate is perhaps kn...

Review: ARCHDUKE Reigns at Capital Stage Photo Review: ARCHDUKE Reigns at Capital Stage
by Courtney Symes - October 21, 2023

Tuberculosis and assassination may seem like an odd combination, but they pair surprisingly well in Rajiv Joseph’s Archduke, a historical re-imagining of the pivotal event that helped to ignite World War I....

Review: JUMP to See this Relevant New Work at B Street Theatre Photo Review: JUMP to See this Relevant New Work at B Street Theatre
by Courtney Symes - October 06, 2023

Following in the wake of a play like The Play That Goes Wrong is no easy feat. It would be easy to fall into the shadows and be overlooked, and B Street Theatre’s Executive Director, Lyndsay Burch, took a calculated risk in choosing a drama filled with some loaded content. After seeing the new work,...



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