Review: CMTSJ’s strong ‘Matilda’ flies through the imagination

Young Matilda is a bit like Kevin McAllister from “Home Alone.” She is the smartest person in the room, unflappable, loaded with presence and in control at all times in … Continue reading Review: CMTSJ’s strong ‘Matilda’ flies through the imagination

Review: A longer summer is needed for Broadway San Francisco’s ‘Summer’

It seems a bit odd to advocate for a play’s run time to be longer. Yet for as many things that Donna Summer’s musical does well, one of the show’s … Continue reading Review: A longer summer is needed for Broadway San Francisco’s ‘Summer’

Review: Despite some lull, Curran’s ‘Cursed Child’ is a jaw-dropping tour through Harry’s world

One of the greatest appeals of the character of Harry Potter is how ordinary he is despite his elevated status in the wizarding world. His bespectacled face, consternation towards his … Continue reading Review: Despite some lull, Curran’s ‘Cursed Child’ is a jaw-dropping tour through Harry’s world

Review: A magical mouse is the hero in wonderful ‘Despereaux’ at Berkeley Rep

Early in the wonderfully magical Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of “The Tale of Despereaux,” the narrator, aka the Librarian laments the plight of Despereaux, the little runt of a mouse … Continue reading Review: A magical mouse is the hero in wonderful ‘Despereaux’ at Berkeley Rep

Review: The life of Townsend compels in The Marsh’s ‘Living the Shuffle’

Throughout the 90 consecutive minutes of Hollywood pioneer Robert Townsend’s autobiographical one-man show “Living the Shuffle,” it’s easy to see that in every way possible, he is a complete product … Continue reading Review: The life of Townsend compels in The Marsh’s ‘Living the Shuffle’

Review: Shotgun’s magical ‘Elevada’ lifts its souls off the ground

There are two dueling realities that exist in the delightfully charming and poignant production of “Elevada” from Shotgun Players in Berkeley. First, there is a love story that hits off … Continue reading Review: Shotgun’s magical ‘Elevada’ lifts its souls off the ground

Review: San Jose Stage’s joyful ‘Rocky Horror’ embraces every ounce of cult classic camp

For those who know very little about “The Rocky Horror Show,” and there are certainly some virgins out there who have yet to consummate with the show’s charms, it’s a … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s joyful ‘Rocky Horror’ embraces every ounce of cult classic camp

The game of cricket serves as a metaphor in A.C.T’s ‘Testmatch’

Lipica Shah never considered herself a fan of cricket. But ask her about a game she never really watched or grew up with and she gets positively giddy, even pointing … Continue reading The game of cricket serves as a metaphor in A.C.T’s ‘Testmatch’

Townsend lives the Hollywood dream in ‘Living the Shuffle’ at the Marsh

“You know, let me just say this…” Robert Townsend is a thoughtful gent. Before answering any question, he ponders it deeply in order to give the most accurate answer possible. … Continue reading Townsend lives the Hollywood dream in ‘Living the Shuffle’ at the Marsh

Gundunas connects with all of her lives in ‘Nine’ at San Jose’s 3Below

Susan Gundunas is quite the artist. She’s a professional actor, a vocalist specializing in a wide variety of styles including opera, and a voice teacher who runs a classical singer … Continue reading Gundunas connects with all of her lives in ‘Nine’ at San Jose’s 3Below