Humor and poignancy mingle in a superb ‘Ordinary Day’

Humor and poignancy mingle in a superb ‘Ordinary Day’

In the News, Ordinary Day
Napa Valley Register Review, rosemarie kempton, October 10, 2018 Is a play that focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and “dying well or badly” — something most of us try not to think about — one I’ll recommend to my friends? I’ll admit that before seeing the world premiere of “Ordinary Day,” written by Bay Area playwright Lorraine Midanik, I would not have given an affirmative answer to that question. Last Saturday night’s outstanding performance by members of Valley Players, directed by June Alane Reif, convinced me to strongly encourage others to see this worthwhile play that gently raises issues that need to be addressed. A minute before the opening scene at the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, the audience was told that it would be “OK to laugh” because the…
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‘Ordinary Day’ is no ordinary play: World premiere in Yountville deals with dying well

‘Ordinary Day’ is no ordinary play: World premiere in Yountville deals with dying well

In the News, Ordinary Day
Napa Valley Register Review, Marty Nemko, September 26, 2018 “Maude, there’s no need to traipse to Yountville. There’s plenty to do here. Hell, why not just stay home and watch a movie?” With the ever-worsening traffic, I can understand. Yet you just might want to make an exception. You see, for two weekends starting Oct. 5, a play about something we’d all be wise to think about, will be performed at Yountville’s Lincoln Theater. What’s the issue? Well, here are hints: If you’re a young person, it could be your grandparent. If you’re middle-aged, it could be your parent, and if you’re older, it could be you or someone you care about: learning how to die well. (more…)
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Valley Players ‘Old Friends’: Go see this play

Valley Players ‘Old Friends’: Go see this play

In the News, The Old Friends
Napa Valley Register Review, John Henry Martin, July 11, 2018 Go see this play. You’ll be glad you did. It’s called “The Old Friends,” by Horton Foote, and it is a dramatic potboiler filled with adultery, money and marital strife, all submerged in a sea of alcohol. The play is virtually a river of cocktails, fueling alcoholic rages and general misanthropy that will make even a teetotaler want to go to an AA meeting. The Valley Players perform it for one more weekend at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. (more…)
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Thanks to all from Valley Players

Thanks to all from Valley Players

In the News, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Napa Register, Letter to the Editor, June Alane Reif, February 14, 2018 Once again, Valley Players has had a successful run at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. We feel we cannot thank them enough for their generosity and kindness. We are also grateful to the Arts Council Napa Valley for the grant that helped us produce "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." (more…)
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Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit

Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit

In the News, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Napa Valley Register Review, Dan Monez, February 7, 2018 The Napa Valley’s newest theater company has hit the mark again. Their latest production, Christopher Durang’s “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike”, just finished its opening weekend at Lincoln Theater and moves to Vallejo’s Mira Theater this week for two additional performances. “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” is a clever mashup parody of Anton Chekhov themes and characters. But, don’t let that scare you. You don’t need to have ever read a word of Chekhov to appreciate this hilarious Durang take on our common human frailties. That is not to say that it isn’t helpful to getting some of the jokes to at least be somewhat familiar with Chekhov’s themes. But, the program does a decent job of giving the audience a…
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Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep

Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep

In the News, The Lover at Bay Area Stage Theater
The Daily Republic Review, Tony Wade, September 8, 2017 VALLEJO — I’m always excited when a new theater company springs forth on the local scene. I’ve had the good fortune to see a few, including On the Fringe, The Left Hand Theatre Co. and once fledgling, now veteran Bay Area Stage. Valley Players is a brand spankin’ new company that has as its mission “empowering women over 40 through the theater arts.” What impressed me the most about Valley Players’ production of “The Lover,” presented at Bay Area Stage’s Broadway Theatre in Vallejo, was how polished and well-presented the production was. They had a three-day run in Napa this year, but it came across more like they had performed it for at least three months. Kudos to director Debbie Baumann.…
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