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‘Shrew,’ ‘Alice’ are productions worth seeing

A turning toward autumn

On a recent early morning my friend, blogger Stephanie Sugars, alerted me to the slight chill in the air, a turning toward autumn. She expresses it as the “arc into autumn,” and suggests we “look up at the sky and stand close to a plant.”

Just then, in our yard I noticed beyond the towering oak, above the encircling hedge, a leggy cherry plum tree already turning a fiery red. Later that evening, driving down Arnold, south toward Sonoma, the setting summer sun emblazoned the adjacent oak-covered hillside of the regional park with a golden light.

Yes, the turn is ahead, and yet there is still time to revel … in summer’s passing, in autumn’s turning and in the bountiful beauty that life and art have to offer.

In that realm, I have two suggestions for your August enjoyment. Both of my favorite local theater companies are presenting shows that you won’t want to miss. The inventive and revolutionary modern theatre group Narrow Way Stage Company features the original play “Alice: The Rebellion of Wonderland,” written by Tony Ginesi and directed by Nick Christenson at the Sonoma Community Center this month. And just down the road at Boisset’s beautiful Buena Vista Winery, the zany and lively Avalon Players perform a “circus, gypsy, modern” version of Shakespeare’s most popular play, “The Taming of the Shrew.” Kate Kennedy, a master director remains true to the Bard’s very word but always take her shows to the edge, keeping a modern audience, young and old alike, entertained.

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