Press News, Previews and Reviews


 2015 Season 

7/23/2015: Review of Into the Woods in the Monterey County Weekly: Into the Woods’ fantasy world mirrors our own real world in uncomfortable and satisfying ways.”

7/22/2015: Review of Into the Woods in the Salinas Californian: Into the Woods delights with magic, music.”

7/14/2015: Review of Into the Woods in Performing Arts Monterey Bay: “Beautifully sung and acted, a bright visual surprise and an excellent piece of dramatic storytelling.”

7/9/2015: Preview of our innovative 2×4 BASH theatre series in the Monterey County Weekly: “Western Stage brings back its younger, edgier 2x4BASH theater company”

7/9/2015 Preview of Into the Woods and 2X4 BASH in the Monterey County Herald: “Theater preview: Western Stage goes ‘Into the Woods,’ kicks off 2X4 Bash”

7/8/2015: Preview of Into the Woods in the Salinas Californian: “‘Into the Woods’ opens at The Western Stage”

6/17/2015 Review of You Can’t Take It With You in the Monterey County Weekly: “The Western Stage does justice to Hart and Kaufman”

6/5/2015 Feature on You Can’t Take It With You actor Fred Herro by Elaine Hesser of the Carmel Pine Cone (page 29): “Everybody enjoys a good Act 2”

6/3/2015 Review by Dodie Barkley of the Monterey County Herald: You Can’t Take It With You rivals modern comedies”

6/1/2015 Review by Philip Pearce of Performing Arts Monterey Bay: “A warm and exuberant production of Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can’t Take It With You

5/27/2015 Preview by Joe Truskot of the Salinas Californian: Western Stage opens with You Can’t Take It With You

5/22/2015 Feature on the 2015 season by Joe Truskot of the Salinas Californian: Jon Selover & Melissa Chin-Parker talk Western Stage

1/19/2015 Scott MacClelland of Performing Arts Monterey Bay interviews TWS Actress Pat Horsley —Performing Arts People

2014 Season 

12/4/14 Review by Elaine Hesser of the Salinas Californian “A Christmas Story: The Musical” harkens back to simpler times

11/29/14 Monterey County Weekly:  The local play or musical to get you into the holiday mood

11/25/14 Review by Dodie Barkley of the Monterey County Herald: Theater review: The Western Stage’s ‘Christmas Story’ a well-knit, nostalgia-inducing musical 

11/23/14 Review by Monterey County WeeklyA Christmas Story at Western Stage

11/17/14 Review by Phillip Pearce of Performing Arts PeopleA Christmas Story

11/13/14 Preview by Joe Truskot of the Salinas CalifornianA Christmas Story: The Musical brings holiday cheer

11/3/14  Review by Phillip Pearce of Performing Arts PeopleHarvey 

10/30/14 Monterey Herald Go! Magazine — Theater preview: Key Western Stage figures return for ‘Harvey’

10/30/14 Monterey County Weekly  Hot Pick– Harvey at Western Stage Mainstage Theater

10/30/14 Preview by Joe Truskot of the Salinas CalifornianHarvey Hops into Salinas

09/18/14 Review by Joe Truskot of the Salinas Californian — Arsonists’ displays creative talent of Western Stage

09/18/14 Review by Walter Ryce of the Monterey County Weekly– A Swiss playwright traumatized by World War II creates a warning siren.

09/18/14 Review by Dodie Barkley of the Monterey County Herald (Critics Circle) — Theater review: ‘The Arsonists’ takes audience back to Theatre of the Absurd

09/15/14 Review by Phillip Pearce of PerformingArtsMontereyBay.com (Theater Reviews)The Arsonists

09/11/14 Preview of by Joe Truskot of The Salinas Californian  “Arsonists” promise to set Salinas on fire

08/21/14 Review by Joe Truskot of The Salinas Californian — West Side Story pleases in many ways

08/13/14 Review by Walter Ryce of Monterey County Weekly (Reviews) — Western Stage Nails West Side Story for their 40th Anniversary

08/13/14 Review by Dodie Barkley of The Monterey County Herald (Critics Circle) — Theater Review: Dancers Soar in West Side Story at Western Stage

08/11/14: Review by Phillip Pearce of Performing Arts Monterey Bay (Theater Reviews) — Western Stage’s West Side Story

08/10/14: Review of by Paul Myrvold of Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes West Side Story a Triumph at The Western Stage

08/07/14 Preview of West Side Story by Marjorie Lowry, FacebookReview of  Preview — West Side Story

08/05/14 Scott MacClelland of Performing Arts Monterey Bay interviews TWS Artistic Director Jon Selover —Performing Arts People

06/19/14: Review of Woody Guthrie’s American Song by Joe Truskot of The Salinas Californian — Guthrie’s Song Fest Invigorating

05/22/14: Review of Picnic by Joe Truskot of The Salinas Californian — William Inge’s ‘Picnic’ will bring back memories

2012 Season

05/31/12: Preview of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Lily Dayton  (Monterey Herald – GO! Magazine) — Western Stage opens season celebrating 50 years of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

 2011 Season

11/18/11:  Inside Chicago – Not a Review by Paul Myrvold  (Out and About Magazine) — Inside Chicago – Not a Review

11/3/11:  The Adding Machine at The Western Stage by Paul Myrvold  (Out and About Magazine) — The Adding Machine at The Western Stage

9/24/11:  Curtains at The Western Stage by Paul Myrvold  (Out and About Magazine) — Curtains at The Western Stage

9/22/11: Preview of Curtains by Lily Dayton  (Monterey Herald – GO! Magazine) — The Western Stage parts the ‘Curtains’ for musical mystery comedy

9/15/11: Preview of Sunsets and Margaritas by Lily Dayton  (Monterey Herald – GO! Magazine) — New play takes a comedic look at  intergenerational conflicts facing modern Latino family

9/17/11: Review by Paul Myrvold  (Out and About Magazine) — “Sunsets and Margaritas” at The Western Stage

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