Bullshot Crummond Review

June 19, 2018 by  
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Sonoma County Gazette’s Review on Bullshot Crummond

Bullshot CrummondBULLSHOT CRUMMOND playing at the Russian River Hall in Monte Rio (Sonoma County) got a great review from Sonoma County Gazette!

Alexa Chipman of Sonoma County Gazette gave a review in Russian River Hall’s Bullshot Crummond.

“Join the adventurers for an evening with ‘Bullshot Crummond’ and boisterous participation in live theater. The humor is on the lewd side, so I would not encourage children to attend. If you enjoy raunchy entertainment with duels, intrigue and romance, Curtain Call Theatre is a prime summer destination.”

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Bullshot Crummond

May 17, 2018 by  
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Bullshot Crummond at Curtain Call Theatre

Before James Bond, before Austin Powers, before Clouseau, there was Captain Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond.

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This dashing, determined, deliriously funny detective is a former Olympic champion, flying ace, auto racer,, and all-round sporting chap who fights the forces of evil wherever he encounters them.

When a beautiful damsel-in-distress asks him to rescue her scientist father, who was abducted and is being held prisoner, Bullshot leaps into action against his archnemesis, the devious Count Otto Von Brunno.

What ensues is a hilarious “tour-de-farce” in this rapid fire British comedy classic presented in contemporary Victorian Steampunk costuming and props.

Director’s Note

Have you laughed at the antics of Boris and Natasha, Dudley Do-right and Sweet Nell, or Snoopy vs. the Red Baron?

You’ll love Bullshot Crummond with the dashing (and not too bright) Bullshot, sweet Rosemary, evil Otto and Lenya, a senile inventor, and various other whacky characters.

Here at Curtain Call Theatre, we love bringing you various styles of theatre and, with this farce we stretch ourselves, hopefully to your delight, to bring the broadest comedy we may have done to date.

Bullshot CrummondWritten in 1974, Bullshot Crummond is anything but politically correct, intentionally poking fun at, well, just about everything and everyone. I assert that we need to be able to laugh at just how seriously we take ourselves at times, in order to renew our commitment to human rights and justice. So enjoy!

Avi Lind, Director

Bullshot Crummond, a parody of low-budget 1930s detective movies, is playing from June 1-23, 2018 at Russian River Hall.

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Flying Leap

April 9, 2018 by  
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Flying LeapDear Theater Lovers,

Put April 14 on your calendars. Flying Leap Improvisational Troupe will entertain you one night only at Russian River Hall; 20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio, CA 95462 at 8 PM. Admission only $15 . (See attached Flyer for reservations)

Improvisational Theater at its best. Be part of the creativity and have fun suggesting wild and improbable ideas and see them unfold right before your eyes.

Tell your friends! They will enjoy it too.

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The Language of Flowers Review from Sonoma County Gazette

March 22, 2018 by  
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The Language of FlowersThe critic Alexa Chipman has published her review of The Language of Flowers on the website of the Sonoma County Gazette.

“‘The Language of Flowers’ is an eccentric evening of profound ideas through a macabre story of passion and revenge. The decomposing garden parallels the women who tend it, and Michael Tabib’s attentive direction brings out elements of dark humor. He worked with Hamlin on the set design, with a stained refrigerator, smoke damaged walls, and well-worn furnishings. This odd, yet captivating play will leave you with thought-provoking questions after the curtain has gone down.”

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The Language of Flowers

February 20, 2018 by  
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“The Language of Flowers” by Gavin Kayner

March 2 – 24, 2018
(A West Coast Premiere)

by Michael Tabib


This is one of the most tantalizing plays in recent years. Two sisters, with a horrific mystery they share, must shut themselves away from the world until an unintentional intruder shatters their proverbial walls, culminating into unexpected revelations and surprises.

A hauntingly beautiful play! Chock full of literary sensuality and dark humor, Mr. Kayner’s
masterpiece is a must for the discerning theater goer. Adult situations. Don’t miss it!

The Language of FlowersSelected by the Long Beach Playhouse as a finalist for New Play Prize. 

Come see what critics have called, “…a hauntingly beautiful play (with exceptionally sensual lines) that operates on many inter-woven levels.” and Highly recommended for those who thrive on fine theater.”

The Language of Flowers







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Rapture, Blister, Burn

October 25, 2017 by  
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Curtain Call Theatre’s next production : “Rapture, Blister, Burn” opens Dec 1. 2017.

Rapture, Blister, BurnAfter grad school, Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Years later, each woman covets the others life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen’s husband. This comedy takes an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.

Rapture, Blister, Burn PostCardThe recent New York sensation is a hilarious and insightful look at sex, feminism, relationships, marriage, and a whole lot of other juicy subjects. It is also a re-assessment of our modern mores, seen through the eyes of three generations of women from the eras of Germaine Greer to Phyllis Schlaffley. An exciting evening awaits you with some wallops for laughs.

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The Elephant Man Critic Reviews

September 14, 2017 by  
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The Elephant ManEncountering the Other in Curtain Call Theatre’s ‘The Elephant Man’

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance received a 4.5 of 5 stars rating, from Alexa Chipman. Author of YA books, theatre critic, travel writer, and resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Finding humanity in those who are radically divergent is a struggle for society; if someone looks or acts differently from what we are used to, it challenges our comfort zone. Historically it has been difficult to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and respected equally, as recent news attests to. With the severely disfigured “elephant man” it is easy to react with fear, revulsion, or pity, rather than recognizing him as an intelligent equal worthy of normal attention and dignity. Click here to read more.

Harry Duke Review

Harry Duke is an actor, director, teacher, and theatre critic whose reviews can be seen online at the For All Events website and in print in the Sonoma County Gazette. A member of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and American Theatre Critics Association.

In the opposite side of the budget spectrum lies Monte Rio’s Curtain Call Theatre. Housed in the Russian River Hall on the north side of Highway 116 just this side of the coast, they’ve impressed me in the past with what they’re able to do with minimal resources. Their current production of The Elephant Man utilizes projections more so than set pieces to evoke a sense of time and place and, because of the playwright’s desire to not recreate the physical deformities that afflicted the title character, allows the audience to get past that potential distraction by displaying photographs taken of John Merrick and his condition. To read more click here.


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The Elephant Man

July 31, 2017 by  
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The Elephant ManThe Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educates him and introduces him to London society, Merrick changes from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized.

The Elephant Man PostcardBernard Pomerance is a young American playwright born and raised in New York City. While a number of his plays have been produced in London, The Elephant Man is his first major American production. During its opening season, The Elephant Man won all the major drama awards, including three Tonys, three Obies, the Drama Desk Award, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

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Give Back Tuesday August 1

July 30, 2017 by  
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Give Back Tuesday August 1 Dear Theater Lovers,

It’s our privilege to be hosted at The Rainbow Cattle Company local bar in Downtown Guerneville this coming Tuesday August 1 for our whopping Fundraising Event.

Join us at 6PM for a terrific Buffet, only $5 donation, then partake in the exquisite and imaginative gift baskets and valuable items offered at a raffle.

We have a lot of fun doing this twice a year as a benefit for Curtain Call Theatre, your all-volunteer local theater company.

The “Rainbow” will also donate 10% of their bar proceeds that evening to CCT, so the more you support them, the more we benefit.

It’s a win-win. So come along to this friendly place and enjoy a delightful time with us. Everyone is welcome. No reservations necessary.

Pass it on to everyone you think might also be interested in supporting our local theater company.

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Catastrophe Turns Comedic in ‘Noises Off’

June 6, 2017 by  
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Noises Off at Curtain CallNoises off by Michael Frayn received a 4 of 5 stars rating, and a rave review from Alexa Chipman. Author of YA books, theatre critic, travel writer, and resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Noises Off is a hysterical story about a theater troupe’s misadventures. As actors in this play-within-a-play rehearse, forgotten lines, dropped trousers and lost plates of sardines create onstage pandemonium. Meanwhile, it is total chaos backstage as love triangles, petty bickering and ruined affairs lead to pratfalls, flying props and more than one bloody nose. In the end, at the frenetic final performance, everything merges into one perfectly ravaged and wholly uproarious theatrical nervous breakdown.

In rehearsal for a flimsy, trope heavy farce, with actors ready to walk on the project, Noises Off is an attempt to put on the play within a play Nothing On. What begins as slight technical glitches and the occasional missed line becomes a disaster by the final act, with axe wielding actors, incorrect cast members on stage during crucial scenes, and sardines everywhere.

Directing this barely contained mayhem is Avi Lind, who stages humorous tableaux, particularly in the second act, when Michael Tabib and Jake Hamlin’s set design shifts into a backstage setting. What is amusing to the audience is doubly so for those of us who have participated in productions where similar fiascos occurred. Nadja Masura’s haunted, stressed expression upon realizing the rest of the cast has no idea what to say, and she must take up the torch to keep the play moving is all too familiar.

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