Keeling continues his passion for doo-wop in Center REP’s ‘Life Could be a Dream’

Derek Keeling was a young man of 22 when he went to an audition of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, a place where non-equity actors can audition for a multitude of … Continue reading Keeling continues his passion for doo-wop in Center REP’s ‘Life Could be a Dream’

Fraser finds new challenges in Broadway San Jose’s ‘Wicked’

In anticipation of the return of “Wicked” to the Bay Area this week, Alison Fraser, playing Madame Morrible, sat down to answer questions via email about the show, her character … Continue reading Fraser finds new challenges in Broadway San Jose’s ‘Wicked’

Review: A joyous take on the mystique of ‘Babs’ in ‘Buyer and Cellar’

The young, semi-employed, full-time struggling actor Alex More waits for a customer. Like many hopeful actors who take jobs outside of their field, those with Masters degrees in acting who … Continue reading Review: A joyous take on the mystique of ‘Babs’ in ‘Buyer and Cellar’

Review: Music is the star of the show in disjointed ‘Motown’

The notes cascade from the heavens, a soulful comfort food that feeds the famished, that distinguished sound in all its regal glory. The bass line that leads into the Temptations … Continue reading Review: Music is the star of the show in disjointed ‘Motown’

Jackson, Jr. set to return home in SHN’s ‘Motown: The Musical’

When native San Franciscan Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr. attended shows at the Orpheum Theatre, there was something about members of those casts that he discovered later. Jackson, Jr. remembers fondly … Continue reading Jackson, Jr. set to return home in SHN’s ‘Motown: The Musical’

Review: ‘Sweet Maladies’ at Brava is searing, powerful

“For we colored people did not know how to be free and white people did not know how to have a free colored person about them.” – freedman Houston Hartsfield … Continue reading Review: ‘Sweet Maladies’ at Brava is searing, powerful