Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ full of warmth and humanity at Broadway San Jose

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” the latest production that is spending this week at Broadway San Jose, is not a show I would fit into my personal demographic. But as someone … Continue reading Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ full of warmth and humanity at Broadway San Jose

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ is loaded with ferocity and heart

My paternal grandfather was a legend in the Oakland flea market community. When I was a kid of nine, he and I would take off every Sunday morning to hunt … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ is loaded with ferocity and heart

African-American Shakes is having a late summer Midsummer Carnival

There are plenty of significant marriages that are being worked out in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” And for San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company, the marriage of the show’s … Continue reading African-American Shakes is having a late summer Midsummer Carnival

Kingston navigates new territory in Opera San Jose’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’

When she was first presented with the opportunity, Amanda Kingston had her reservations about singing the role of Fiordiligi in the Opera San Jose production of opera buffa “Cosi fan … Continue reading Kingston navigates new territory in Opera San Jose’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’

Review: A rich sound is the star of Hillbarn’s ‘Hunchback’

Clopin enters the stage with a seething ferocity, a balladeer ready to hunker down and tell the tale of Quasimodo, the fiendishly ugly yet gentle hunchback man who is resigned … Continue reading Review: A rich sound is the star of Hillbarn’s ‘Hunchback’