“Here There Be Dragons” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

Drew Vandiver is an extraordinary raconteur, utterly charming and enormously bright. For an hour plus in his theatrical memoir, Here There Be Dragons, he commands the stage with tales of his career from early childhood in Georgia to his current life in California as a writer/performer. Eschewing W. C. Fields’ famous proscription, “Never work with … Continue reading “Here There Be Dragons” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

“Ruben Guthrie” at The Matrix Theatre

It’s all about the booze, the beer, the ‘caine, and the pills, with the accompanying sickness of hangover, not to mention stupid, risky behavior and, ultimately, self-destruction. The title character in the Australian Theatre Company’s Ruben Guthrie (magnetic Nathan Sapsford), an ad man with a quirky imagination, shows up on stage battered and bruised with … Continue reading “Ruben Guthrie” at The Matrix Theatre

“Mary Poppins” at Pacific Repertory Theatre

It has been more than a half-century since the whole world learned the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” invented for the award-winning film Mary Poppins created by the Disney Studio after the notoriously long, arduous negotiations with author P. L. Travers. When the author finally gave in to pleas for a musical stage version, she stipulated that only … Continue reading “Mary Poppins” at Pacific Repertory Theatre