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Macbeth (2018)

Macbeth is plenty powerful when read on page, but it of course reaches its full expression when performed on stage. Sacramento Theatre Company’s stunning new production pays proper tribute to the tragedy with a talented cast and near-magical use of 21st-century theater lighting, sound and set design, all adding to an captivating experience.” – Mitchel Benson, The Sacramento Bee Read Review

“Sacramento Theatre Company has given us a not-surprising excellent production, continuing its commitment to bringing Shakespeare to a new generation of theatergoers.” – Bev Sykes, Davis Enterprise Read Review

Kings of America (2017)

“There are times when theater can be a therapeutic escape from the day’s troubles and challenges. But Sacramento’s theater companies have been extraordinarily topical as of late, producing dramas that serve as an echo chamber to reflect rather than deflect contemporary concerns.” Mitchel Benson, The Sacramento Bee Read Review

“Sacramento Theatre Company is a regional treasure, unique in the fact that they support and develop local talent. Each season they produce an original work by an area artist. Their 2017-18 season theme of Fate, Fantasy and Forgiveness currently features a play by Sacramento native Sean Patrick Nill entitled Kings of America.” Courtney Symes, Broadway World Read Review

“And, yes, the production works to highlight—and then question—our tendency to glorify or vilify those occupying the office of the US presidency, depending on our own ideological biases.” Dave Kempa, Voices: River City Read Review

The diary of anne frank (2017)

“This production highlights the strengths of Sacramento Theatre’s commitment to blending seasoned professional actors with participants in its Young Professionals Conservatory. (Each of the three teenage roles will be shared by two youth conservatory members throughout the run.)” Mitchel Benson, The Sacramento Bee Read Review

“Maddy Wood shines in her role as an effervescent Anne Frank. She shows an understanding beyond her 14 years by capturing the playfulness and childlike curiosity that Anne shows in her early diary entries, while seguing to a more mature Anne towards the end of the play.” Courtney Symes, Broadway World Read Review

THe Donner Party (2017)

“Having a strong male cast in musical theatre is always a treat to see, and Michael RJ Campbell as James Reed and Jerry Lee as George Donner showed off powerhouse vocals (Wagon’s Roll) as well as impeccable acting.” Courtney Symes, Broadway World Read Review

“By the third song, ‘Wagons Roll,’ most audience members will likely be holding their breath, whispering ‘Wow!'” Bev Sykes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

The Glass Menagerie (2017)

“There can’t have been a better choice than Janis Stevens to play the faded Southern belle, Amanda Wingfield, a woman rooted in the days of the “gentleman caller,” a cross between a strong matriarch and a flighty debutante. There is no doubt that Stevens knows who she is and gives a memorable, beautiful performance. She shines in her belle-of-the-ball finery, dressing up to meet a real gentleman caller, exuding all of the Southern charm she remembers from her youth.” Bev Sykes, The Davis Enterprise Read Review

The Tempest (2017)

“Aaron Galligan-Stierle directs the intricate story in a way that makes it all easily understood and enjoyed despite its sometimes dense language and complicated cast of characters” Jim Carnes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

“All in all, there are many lovely discoveries to enjoy in this production of ‘The Tempest.'” Jeff Hudson, Capital Public Radio Read Review

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2017)

“It boasts a heck of a cast, giving its all. Melinda Parrett, Jennifer Morrison, David Crane and Jake Mahler play a variety of characters in various pairings and each has a fine voice.” Jim Carnes, Sacramento Press Read Review

Cinderella (2016)

“With the brilliant Michael RJ Campbell reprising his role as wicked stepmother Mrs. Badden-Rotten, and a cast of irresistible characters led by the worst stepsisters ever (deliciously over-the-top performances by Emily Serdahl and Brandi Lacy) and a quirky Good Fairy (Miranda D. Lawson), this is sure to be a hit with audiences.” Bev Sykes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

I Ought to be in Pictures (2016)

“One of the reasons this production is so good is thanks to Kate Brugger, a member of STC’s Young Professionals troupe, as daughter Libby. She exudes a self-assurance that seems to come naturally to her.” Bev Sykes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

To Kill a Mockingbird (2016)

“With solid acting and tense courtroom scenes this production is made even more compelling thanks to the original music performed by its lead characters. It’s a classic story from the Old South that can still hold contemporary audiences spellbound.” Jeff Hudson, Capital Public Radio Read Review

“Here director Buddy Butler’s production effectively engages its audience through the fine, gentle performances of the veterans [Sam] Misner and [Megan Pearl] Smith, and the cheeky composure of [Fiona] Gillogly.” Marcus Crowder, Sacramento Bee Read Review

HOUND_ARCH_20160429_078The Hound of the Baskervilles (2016)

“What elevates this production even more is its imaginative set, colorful costumes and captivating lighting and sound elements that transport the audience from the streets of London to the dark parlors and foggy moors of a spooky and mysterious English countryside.” Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

The Fantasticks (2016)

The Fantasticks is a simple and endearing show, done beautifully and, simply put, a must-see for Sacramento theater buffs.” Bev Sykes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

TWELFTH_ARCH2_20160311_155Twelfth Night (2016)

“A romantic comedy streaked with melancholy, the play moves from tragedy to celebration in a beautifully performed new production at Sacramento Theatre Company, which captures the robust comic spirit of the play and often unveils its divided soul.” Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee Read Review

Driving Miss Daisy (2016)

“Alfred Uhry’s play Driving Miss Daisy is many things: a benign odd-couple drama, a delicate exploration of the South’s changing civil-rights scene, a warmhearted study of an unlikely friendship. In the production of the play now on stage at the Sacramento Theatre Company, it is all these things and a touching commentary on aging—the fears and frailties that come with time.” Jim Carnes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

Cinderella (2015)

“It’s still a fun, naughty-and-nice mashup that appeals to both kids and adults.” Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

KITES_ARCHIVE_20151204_289Of Kites and Kings (2015)

“This show has a lot of humor without being a comedy. It has a lot of serious situations without being a drama, and it discusses a bit of history without being a historical drama. What it is is a fun evening of theater by a top-notch cast.” Bev Sykes, Davis Enterprise Read Review

Sense and Sensibility (2015)

“Lenne Klingaman’s compelling Elinor… gives the story its most gripping anchor… as she eloquently translates Elinor’s wrenching inner life through sharp gestures, reactions and tightly wrought dialogue. Her performance pulls you to the edge of your seat with hope and anticipation.” Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee Read Review

PIRATES_ARCH_20150515_142The Pirates of Penzance (2015)

“This show is so tightly directed and so exquisitely choreographed… I’ve been following Gilbert & Sullivan around the world for some 40 years and I think this ranks up there as one of the best productions of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ that I have seen.” Bev Sykes, Davis Enterprise Read Review

The Whipping Man (2015)

“…[T]he imaginative set, costumes, lighting and sound effects of The Whipping Man all work seamlessly together to capture a time, place and people haunted by their past, present and imagined future.” Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

Julius Caesar (2015)

“Co-directors Kirk Blackinton and Brian Harrower… conceived this modern adaptation that revels in Shakespeare’s words but juices the tragedy with enough technical savvy (excellent sound effects and inventive slow-motion action) to make it even more compelling. ” Jim Carnes, Sacramento News & Review Read Review

STC Nunsense DNunsense (2015)

“… [T]his two-hour farce kept the audience in stitches and praise was heaped on the show as people left the theater…” Bev Sykes, Davis Enterprise Read Review

KATE (2014)

“[Janis Stevens] exudes Hepburn’s indomitable spirit without trying to become a caricature. She doesn’t just play Hepburn, she is Hepburn. Treat yourself to this once-in-a-lifetime performance. You won’t be sorry.” Bev Sykes, Davis Enterprise Read Review

Wrath 3The Grapes of Wrath (2014)

“This robust production – combining good acting, a classic American saga, and stylish new songs – makes for a solid evening of live theater.” Jeff Hudson, Capital Public Radio Read Review




The Donner Party Directors Michael Laun and Margaret Rose on KFBK with Kitty O’Neal Listen to Interview

Of Kites and Kings cast members Ted Barton and Dan Fagan on Insight with Beth Ruyak Listen to Interview

Kate (2014) featured on Good Day Sacramento Watch Video

The Grapes of Wrath (2014) Musicians, Misner & Smith, on Insight with Beth Ruyak Listen to Interview

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