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By: Janet and Lanny Lowery
May 17, 2019

As seasons wind down for theater groups in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Petaluma, many opportunities exist for some fine viewing of final productions.  6th Street Playhouse’s fine showing of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ends Sun., May 19.  “Faceless” opens Fri., May 17.  And “West Side Story” will play from June 7 through June 30.   Call for tickets at (707) 523-4185 x103 or go online:  6thstreetplayhouse.com.

Spreckels’ “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” runs through May 26.  (See our review on this page.)   And look for the classic opera “The Barber of Seville” to begin June 7 and play through June 23.  Call the Box Office for tickets at (707) 763-8920 or go online: at www.cinnabartheater.org. The Summer Rep Theatre Festival at Santa Rosa Junior College begins in June with the musical “Mamma Mia!” a remarkable love story which brings friends together along with the bride’s mother’s three former lovers.  This is followed by another musical “Bonnie & Clyde,” the story of some modern star-crossed lovers whose path takes a downward turn as the lovers become more reckless as they pursue their dreams and are pursued by law enforcement.  Then a third musical appears midsummer: “Pippin,” the story of Charlemagne’s son whose quest to find true happiness causes him to encounter temptations of the flesh as he seeks honor on the battlefield and deals with court politics.  

Two straight plays, a comedy and a mystery, provide a balance to the three musicals.  A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” offers comic relief as a husband and wife deal with a found dog whose common sense “street smarts” creates marital problems for the couple.  The other play, “The 39 Steps,” based on John Buchan’s famous novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s more famous film, presents a spy story with some bizarre humor and a lively quick moving mystery.  The Summer Rep Festival begins June 21 and ends in August.  Tickets and ticket packages can be ordered by phone at (707) 527-4307 or online at www.summerrep.com or by mail:  Summer Rep Box Office, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.