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Review: The kids shred in Broadway San Jose’s ‘School of Rock’

There are some things in Broadway San Jose’s touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock” that positively shred. That part of the show starts and finishes with a … Continue reading Review: The kids shred in Broadway San Jose’s ‘School of Rock’

For Taccone and Leguizamo, musical farce is the thing in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Kiss My Aztec!’

Outgoing Berkeley Repertory Theatre artistic director Tony Taccone is not shy to share his aversion to the genre of musical theatre. He remembers going with his mother when he was … Continue reading For Taccone and Leguizamo, musical farce is the thing in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Kiss My Aztec!’

Review: A beautiful ‘Silent Sky’ at City Lights shines bright

What is it about the stars that inspires endless fascination? Peek into the vast darkness that hovers above on a clear night, and the magical wonderment of the hundreds of … Continue reading Review: A beautiful ‘Silent Sky’ at City Lights shines bright

Bublitz’ ‘Ripped’ at Z Space looks at the complexities of consent

The month of May is a thrilling time for a college-bound high school senior. College decisions sweep through the latest senior class, graduations and summertime looms large, and campuses big … Continue reading Bublitz’ ‘Ripped’ at Z Space looks at the complexities of consent

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Good Book’ a thrill that looks at the good and not so good

There is a ferocity that lies within the Catholic priest, a man for whom there is no bend. In a small confessional in the back of the church, he and … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Good Book’ a thrill that looks at the good and not so good

Review: Celestial beauty abounds in A.C.T.’s grand ‘Weightless’

It is truly hard to pinpoint what exactly makes the American Conservatory Theater production of “Weightless” so beautiful, so majestic. It takes a hint of time at the onset to … Continue reading Review: Celestial beauty abounds in A.C.T.’s grand ‘Weightless’

Musica y raíces of the Bay Area’s Afro-Cuban community on full display in Flores’ very personal ‘We Have Iré’

Paul S. Flores draws a clear delineation between the stories of Cuban exiles and those of Cuban immigrants. An exile story has themes such as Fidel Castro and the city … Continue reading Musica y raíces of the Bay Area’s Afro-Cuban community on full display in Flores’ very personal ‘We Have Iré’

Review: A foggy Chinatown the backdrop for Palo Alto Players’ delightful ‘Flower Drum Song’

It only takes a single viewing of the opening tableau of the Palo Alto Players production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song” to feel the richness of what’s to come. … Continue reading Review: A foggy Chinatown the backdrop for Palo Alto Players’ delightful ‘Flower Drum Song’

For the Kilbanes, A.C.T.’s ‘Weightless’ is a marriage made in music heaven

Like so many artists who marry, musicians Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses met, made beautiful music together, fell in love as a result, and are now creating shows all over … Continue reading For the Kilbanes, A.C.T.’s ‘Weightless’ is a marriage made in music heaven

O’Toole’s great talent leads her to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Good Book’

It is hard, maybe impossible even, to think of a book that has influenced the world more than the Bible. “The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined … Continue reading O’Toole’s great talent leads her to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Good Book’

Review: Curran’s white-hot ‘Jungle’ forces us to look within our souls

“You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” – Warsan Shire It is a haunting, brutal image. Blue … Continue reading Review: Curran’s white-hot ‘Jungle’ forces us to look within our souls