ARTICLES BY Cy Ashley Webb

Cy spent the ‘80’s as a bench scientist, the tech boom doing intellectual property law, and the first decade of the millennium, aspiring to be the world’s oldest grad student at Stanford where she is interested in political martyrdom. Presently, she enjoys writing for Stark Insider and the SF Examiner, hanging out at Palo Alto Children's Theatre, and participating in various political activities. Democracy is not a spectator sport! Cy is a SFBATCC member.
No naked jugglers dipped in chocolate here
by on 03.23.15

While our negativity threshold saves us, sometimes we need to get psychically beaten to get a bit of truth in now and then. Stupid Fucking Bird does precisely that.

Art imitating Life
by on 03.23.15

If you’ve been petutzed by the DC clowns, so devoid of the Christian virtues they claim to profess, Tartuffe will have a salutary effect on your blood pressure – at least temporarily.

Exceeds expectations
by on 03.10.15

Like North Pool and Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, the characters of Lake Effect take a heightened form of the imperfect journey we all take when crossing into uncomfortably different worlds.

Again with the Greeks!
by on 03.09.15

Loper is the sort of actor who’s totally in the moment, absorbing what other cast members put out there and responding to it.

Hold the orange juice
by on 03.03.15

Varon’s gift is that he wraps it up in a bow and delivers it to you. That he puts a San Francisco patina on the old country (aka NYC) is one more balm for us displaced right coasters.

Inside the sound
by on 03.02.15

Tonight, however, it was impossible not to appreciate the intense attack that began the first movement of this four movement quartet, and the color evident throughout it. Incredibly rich and complex, as performed by the IQ, it seemed impossible that this was a string quartet.

Clowns gone wrong
by on 02.27.15

Dystopic though it may be, there’s forward energy here, if only out of the struggle for more lines, and the rights to those lines.

Look out Mick!
by on 02.24.15

Schiff’s intense concentration in the slow beginning – not ponderous, but deliberate, taking time to deliver the maximal impact of every note – provided the perfect contrast for the technically complex, bombast section that followed.

Art isn't easy
by on 02.23.15

Tyler Bennett’s performance of Seurat had such depth and nuance that it recalls the old Anna Deavere Smith bit about good acting being the furthest thing from lying that she’s encountered.

by on 02.17.15

This could be real stagy stuff, but Schiff is too much the magician for that. Rather that forcing a dramatic overlay, he just stays centered in the notes, not anticipating, not giving anything away. The result is a frothy delight.