Barry Willis is  Executive Editor of ASR’s Theater section. He is also an Executive Writer & Editor at Aisle Seat Review.

Barry is also a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and president of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.

Mr. Willis has worked extensively as a writer/editor for publications and websites including Stereophile, Guide to Home Theater, Ultimate AV, AudioVideo Interiors, Home Theater, Photographic Magazine, The Absolute Sound, The Perfect Vision, and DTV Magazine. Since 2007 he has been American correspondent for British audio-and-music journal Hi-Fi News.

He is also an occasional contributor to Food Arts, garnering a nomination for a James Beard Award in Journalism.

Formerly the art-and-theater critic with the Pacific Sun newspaper, he currently writes theater reviews for the Marin Independent Journal newspaper.



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Kris Neely is a former voting member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle (SFBATCC) and also served as a Theater Bay Area (TBA) Adjudicator.

At ASR, he serves as owner and Editor-in-Chief.

He is a stage director who earned an SFBATCC Best Director award (Lend Me a Tenor, Ross Valley Players) in 2013, an Outstanding Production Shellie Award nomination for directing A Case of Libel for Pittsburg Community Theater, and his direction of Leading Ladies for Novato Theater Company was listed as one of the “10 Best Plays of 2014 in the North Bay” by the Marin Independent Journal newspaper. Kris has also won an Honorable Mention Best Actor award from Fringe of Marin.

Plays Mr. Neely has directed have been nominated for over 17 arts achievement awards, winning multiple times.

He has worked with Ross Valley Players, Pittsburg Community Theater, Novato Theater Company, Fringe of Marin, Playwright Center of San Francisco, Ensemble Repertory Company, San Francisco Jewish Community Center Players,  Left Coast Theater, and Aurora Theater Company (The Global Age Project.)

Mr. Neely plays a mean game of cribbage.


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Nicole Singley is a voting member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC), Sonoma County’s Marquee Theater Journalists Association (MTJA), and the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA).

Nicole is a Sr. Contributing Writer and Editor for Aisle Seat Review’s Theater section. Her work has also appeared in the North Bay Bohemian, Marin County’s Pacific Sun, and online at Talkin’ Broadway.

She studied English literature and creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Sonoma County.



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Victor Cordell writes theater and opera reviews. He is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association, and a Theatre Bay Area adjudicator. He has been on the boards of directors of three small opera companies (Monterey, San Francisco Lyric, Island City) and San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater.

Dr. Cordell holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Houston. In the course of his career he has worked in both international banking and academe, most recently as a professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and an administrator at San Francisco State University.

Vic is a Contributing Writer and Editor at Aisle Seat Review’s Theater section.

Having lived in New York, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Washington, D.C., Houston, Monterey and elsewhere, Dr. Cordell has enjoyed performing arts of many ilks worldwide.


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Cari Lynn Pace is a Contributing Writer and Editor for Aisle Seat Review.

Ms. Pace is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and writes for the Marinscope Newspaper Group in the North Bay.

By day, Ms. Pace is a well-respected real estate broker and speaker. Her articles have appeared extensively in industry publications, including CA Real Estate Law Journal and Inman Publications. Ms. Pace has contributed to a pair of real estate agent training books, and authored the popular reference book “Don’t Shoot Me…I’m Just the Real Estate Agent!”

Ms. Pace also owns Professional Publishing LLC and producing real estate transaction forms.



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Team ASR is composed of a selection of writers, directors, actor, musicians, dancers, technicians, stage managers, and a host of other arts folks.

We don’t name names for obvious reasons — and Team ASR often buys their own tickets and do not announce their presence as such at a performance — but it is important to note that each Team ASR review is screened by one or more ASR Editors to insure a ‘fair’ review, warts and all, when appropriate.

The goal of Team ASR Reviews is to communicate directly with the technical staffs who are largely ignored by most reviewers. These behind the scenes folks work their collective butt’s off to mount a show, and they deserve well-intentioned constructive criticism from fellow artists as appropriate — and ditto for well-earned praise.


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