Joanne Engelhardt, Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Past articles by Joanne:

Several local theatrical productions are announced for this spring

Mountain Community Theater’s production of “The Humans” by Stephen Karam, one of many upcoming local theatrical productions, opens March 17 and runs four weekends through April 9 at Park Hall in Be… → Read More

‘Little Heart’ at Jewel Theatre an effective, if uneven, production

“Little Heart” tells the story of Corita Kent – a name that may not be familiar to many unless they are familiar with silkscreen art. → Read More

Santa Cruz: Second part of short play festival reaches higher ground

Sentinel theater critic Joanne Engelhardt writes that Santa Cruz Actors Theatre has a winner with its annual “8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival,” and Part 2 is even better than Part 1. → Read More

Santa Cruz welcomes back short play festival after three years

Big crowds have welcomed back the 8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival from Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre at Center Stage in downtown Santa Cruz after it took three years off due to COVID-19. → Read More

Santa Cruz theater companies welcome 2023 with new productions

Santa Cruz theater companies are greeting 2023 with two play openings in January as well as the announcement of an upcoming season of summer theater productions by Santa Cruz Shakespeare. → Read More

‘Now and Then’ sparkles with dynamic dialogue, actors

There’s so much more than first meets the eye in Sean Grennan’s fascinating play “Now and Then,” which Mountain Community Theater is producing at Santa Cruz County Actors’ Theatre through Dec. 11.… → Read More

Four musical voices meld majestically in Jewel Theatre’s ‘Forever Plaid’

“Forever Plaid” is now running through Dec. 11 at Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz. → Read More

Review | Lots of shenanigans, foot-tappin’ music in ‘The Robber Bridegroom’

“Bridegroom” runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Oct. 23. Tickets are $30 – $35 plus a service fee. See more information and how to order tickets at www… → Read More

“Arms and the Man” captivating at Jewel Theatre

“Arms” audiences get to experience small surprises and delightful performances without grandiose fanfare. → Read More

Santa Cruz Actors Theatre brings ‘Reboot! 8 Tens @ 8’

The fast-paced production of its popular short-play festival called “Reboot! 8 Tens @ 8” runs Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday matinees through Oct. 2. → Read More

Original play and more theatre productions coming soon

“White Sky, Falling Dragon” about a father’s return from World War II to his home in Watsonville. → Read More

Review | ‘The Formula’ brings a mix of Shakespeare’s plays

You wouldn’t think that watching adults fall in-and-out of love in seconds would be so funny but it is, thanks to “The Formula’s” clever dialogue and fine cast. → Read More

Review | Santa Cruz Shakespeare offers jazzy version of ‘Twelfth Night’

Overall, this “Twelfth Night” is a satisfying and reasonably accessible production of one of the Bard’s most famous comedies. → Read More

Review | Wild, wacky, wonderful ‘Candide’ lands at Cabrillo Stage

Sit back and enjoy this rush of images, outlandish people doing outlandish things. → Read More

Success of ‘Deathtrap’ stretches to Santa Cruz’s Jewel Theatre

After last Sunday’s matinee performance, audience members were overhead raving about the excellence of the production. → Read More

Santa Cruz Shakespeare returns with full season

Santa Cruz Shakespeare returns with a full-sized acting company and three productions for the 2022 season which runs through Aug. 28. → Read More

Review | Jack Bloome as Danny in Cabrillo’s ‘Grease’ is ‘the real deal’

Originally somewhat raunchy and raw, it’s now been sanitized, and several hostile scenes were removed. → Read More

Upcoming plays and musicals include ‘Empty Chair,’ showcasing the founding of Calvary Episcopal Church

Directed by Matt Mathews, the production will be offered at 4 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 532 Center St. Donations are welcome. → Read More

Actor Patty Gallagher carries Jewel Theatre’s ‘An Iliad’

But “An Iliad” is not as easy play to sit through despite the multitude of facial machinations the multi-talented Gallagher shows off. She is both spellbinding and irritating, not personally but be… → Read More

In Memoriam | Audrey Stanley remembered for her love of all things Shakespeare

Audrey Stanley later did graduate work in drama at the University of California at Berkeley and eventually was its first Ph.D. drama graduate. That led her into directing productions at Berkeley Sh… → Read More