This spring was lighter than some previous seasons. Tonight I saw Maple and Vine at Cap Stage, opening night of the last play of their season. I’ve not been to an opening night before, but the house was packed, many of the people actors and close followers. The play, about people who intentionally live as though in another time, was a chance for me to reflect on what we’ve lost and what we’ve gained, and to see the humorous and weird side of the historical dance I do. I think my favorite of the season was Hamlet at Galatea, a company that I’ve never seen before, though two of the four actors were familiar from other companies in Sacramento. I’m gradually doing a survey of the professional companies in the bay area, with two plays at A.C.T. this season, one at Berkeley Rep last season, and one upcoming at San Francisco Playhouse. I wouldn’t say the quality is any higher than in Sacramento, but I get a kick out of going to plays in the bay area. The theatre buildings are definitely a wonderful resource that Sacramento lacks. I’ve bought a new season membership at Cap Stage, but otherwise am just seeing plays one by one, usually as they get good reviews in the Sacramento News and Review.
- 2014-06-21 Cap Stage: Maple and Vine
- 2014-06-20 Big Idea Theatre: The Submission
- 2014-06-07 ACT: The Orphan of Zhao
- 2014-05-29 Cap Stage: Good People
- 2014-05-16 Green Valley: A New Brain
- 2014-05-08 B Street: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
- 2014-05-02 ACT: The Suit
- 2014-04-25 Galatea: Hamlet
- 2014-04-24 Big Idea Theatre: Inventing Van Gogh
- 2014-04-02 Cap Stage: 4000 Miles
My previous seasonal posts on theatre and plays can be accessed through the Theatre category. The seven seasonal posts are only part of what I’ve seen, but that is as far back as I was keeping track.