ASR Picks Archive


Here you’ll find an archive of ASR writers & editors picks of noteworthy events in the bustling art worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area!

Aisle Seat Review Theater Pick Archive

Barry Willis Picks Archive:

“Dancing Lessons” — Written by Mark St. Germain. Directed by John Browning. Cinnabar Theater.

“Noises Off” — Written by Michael Frayn. Directed by Sheri Lee Miller. Spreckels Theatre Co.  

September 2021 — Patty from HR: A Zoom with a View. Written and Directed by Michael Phillis.

September 2021 –“Galatea” — Written by David Templeton. Directed by Marty Pistone, assisted by Andy Templeton.

September 2021 –“Cry It Out” — Written by Molly Smith Metzger. Directed by Molly Noble.

September 2021 –“Sunset Boulevard” — Directed by Carl Jordan.

February 2020 — Urinetown, the Musical. Written by Mark Holman and Greg Kotis. Directed by Jay Manley. Spreckels Performing Arts producing at Spreckels Performing Arts Center.

February 2020 — Tiny Little Things. Written by: Adapted by Nia Vardalos from the book by Cheryl Strayed. Co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos.  Directed by Bill English.  At SF Playhouse, in San Francisco

February 2019 — Ripcord. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by James PelicanCinnabar Theatre

December 2019 — “Mother of the Maid” at Marin Theatre Company. Written by Jane Anderson.  Directed by Jasson Minadakis.

December 2019 — “The Sound of Music“, Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel CrouseMusic by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Laura Downing-Lee. Produced by Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts in conjunction with Sonoma State University.

December 2019 — “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.Written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John TiffanyMusic and Lyrics by Benj Pakek and Justin Paul. Directed by John Tiffany. At the Curran Theater.

Summer 2019 —“Top Girls” at American Conservatory Theater.  Written by Caryl Churchill. Directed by Tamilla Woodard. 

Summer 2019 —Manhattan Theatre Club presented at the Biltmore Theatre The Marin Theater Co. production was co-produced with Out of Joint.

Summer 2019 — “Cabaret” at SF Playhouse. Directed by Susi Damilano. Written by Joe Masteroff.  Music by John Kander and Fred Eb. SF Playhouse San Francisco, CA 94102

Summer 2019 — “The Year of Magical Thinking”, starring Stacy Ross, at Aurora Theatre Company,  Berkeley, CA.

Dec 2018 — “Polar Bears” — Written & Directed by David Templeton. Left Edge Theater Co., at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA.

Dec 2018 “The House of Yes” Written by Wendy Macleod. Directed by Elizabeth Craven. Main Stage West, Sebastopol, CA.

Oct 2018 — “Olso” — Written by J.T. Rogers. Directed by Jasson MinadakisMarin Theater Co. Mill Valley, CA.

Oct 2018“The Addams Family – A New Musical” — Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Directed by Carl Jordan. Spreckels Performing Arts Center.

Oct 2018 — “Detroit ’67” by Dominique Morisseau. Directed by Darryl V. Jones. Aurora Theater Company Berkeley, CA.

Sept 2018 — “Savage Wealth” by Bob Duxbury. Directed by John Shillington. Main Stage West Sebastopol, CA.

Aug/Sept 2018 — “Sunday in the Park with George” by James Lapine. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Bill English. At SF Playhouse, San Francisco, CA.

July 2018 — “Always, Patsy Cline” by Ted Swindley. Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma, CA.

June/July 2018 — “A Walk on the Moon” by Pamela Gray; Music by Paul Scott Goodman; Directed by Sheryl Kaller. American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA

May/June 2018 — An Entomologist’s Love Story by Melissa Ross. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli. at SF Playhouse, San Francisco, CA.

May 2018 —Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison. Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll at Marin Theatre Company, San Rafael, CA.

Feb. 2018 — “Equus” by Sir Peter Shaffer. Directed by Lennie Dean. At 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA.

Feb. 2018 — “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. Directed by Carl Jordan. At Novato Theater Company, Novato, CA.

Feb. 2018 — “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar. Directed by Phoebe Moyer. At Left Edge Theatre, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa CA.

Feb. 2018 — “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau. Directed by Jade King Carroll. At Marin Theater Company, Mill Valley CA.

Nicole Singley Picks Archive:

September 2019 — “Eureka Day” Written by Jonathan Spector. Directed by Elizabeth Craven. Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 

January 2019 “Swallow” – Written by Stef Smith. Directed by Missy Weave. At Main Stage West. Production at Main Stage West, Sebastopol, CA.

Nov 2018 “Hand to God”  Written by Robert Askins. Directed by Chris Ginesi.  Left Edge Theater. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA.

June/July 2018 — Savannah Sipping Society by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. Directed by Tina Taylor.  At Ross Valley Players, Ross, CA.

May 2018 — “Tinderella” Book by Rose Oser.  Music by Christian B. Schmidt. Lyrics by Weston Scott. Choreography by Meredith Joelle Charlson. Directed by Ken Savage at Custom Made Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA.

Kris Neely Picks Archive:

Feb. 2018 “Red Speedo” by Lucas Hnath. Directed by Markus Potter. At Center Repertory Company, Walnut Creek, CA.

Cary Lynn  Pace Picks Archive:

September 2021The Gala — Broadway Under the Stars. Directed by Luis Salgado. 

September 2021Twelfth Night — Curtain Theatre Company. Directed by Michele Delattre. 

August 2021 — Road Trip — Transcendence Theater Co. Choregraphed & Directed by Jessica Lee Coffman.

April 2020 –The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Directed by David Abrams. Producing Company Ross Valley Players.

March 2020 — The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Directed by Lisa Morse. Produced by College of Marin. 

March 2020 — Daddy Long Legs.  Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon.  Book by John Caird. Directed by Michael Ross. Sonoma Arts Live.

Feb 2020 — “Five Course Love”. Written by Gregg Coffin. Directed by Heather Buck. Lucky Penny Productions.

November 2019 — “She Loves Me!” Written by Miklos Laszlo, directed by Nicole Helfe at Ross Valley Players. In conjunction with The Mountain Play Association.

December 2019 A Christmas Story – The Musical.” Written by Joseph Robinette, based on Jean Shepard’s book. Directed by Larry Williams. At Sonoma Arts Live.

December 2019 — Broadway Holiday Spectacular 2019. Written by Transcendence Theater Co. Directed by Tony Gonzalez. Producing Company: Transcendence Theatre Co. December 14-15, 2019 at Lincoln Theater, Yountville, California.

Fall 2019 — “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder!” Written by Steven Lutvak, Robert L. Freeman, directed by Michael Ross at Spreckels Performing Arts.

Summer 2019 — “The Rocky Horror Show”,  Written by Richard O’Brien, Directed by Jenny Boynton, Producing Company Marin Musical Theater Company.

August 2019“Those Dancin’ Feet”, directed by Roy Lightner. Transcendence Theatre Company at Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen (Sonoma).
July 2019 “My Fair Lady”Sonoma Arts Live.  Sonoma Community Center.