Review: A bloody fantastic ‘Sweeney Todd’ at San Jose Stage

The degree of difficulty on Stephen Sondheim’s exquisite masterpiece “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is sublimely high. The tight harmonies and aggressive, rhyming syncopation that pulses through … Continue reading Review: A bloody fantastic ‘Sweeney Todd’ at San Jose Stage

Review: San Jose Stage’s strong ‘Fool for Love’ is grimy and guttural

The relationship between Eddie and May is a disaster. Toxicity and tequila oozes through them like a vicious, running stream, and when they kiss, their lips don’t just meet. Their … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s strong ‘Fool for Love’ is grimy and guttural

Review: It doesn’t get much funner than San Jose Stage’s highly-skilled ‘Avenger’

Watching San Jose Stage’s phenomenal production of “The Toxic Avenger” has all the joy of getting a root canal. That is, if getting a root canal is your favorite way … Continue reading Review: It doesn’t get much funner than San Jose Stage’s highly-skilled ‘Avenger’

Review: Things heat up in San Jose Stage’s ‘The Wild Party’

It doesn’t take long at all for the audience to realize how wild this wild party is going to get. The party I refer to is “The Wild Party,” Andrew … Continue reading Review: Things heat up in San Jose Stage’s ‘The Wild Party’

Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Addams Family’ puts the fun in dysfunctional

There is something wholesomely charming about a family that is utterly uncharming. You have a dashing, debonair husband, a wife that is anything but, and kids that find such joy … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Addams Family’ puts the fun in dysfunctional

Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Venus in Fur’ a delicious pas de deux

Thomas Novachek doesn’t waste any time with his critique of actresses today. They are self-absorbed. Lacking of skill. And not just acting skill, but skill of life. Shortly after sharing … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Venus in Fur’ a delicious pas de deux

Trust is a key component in ‘Venus in Fur’ at San Jose Stage

It was Oscar Wilde who said, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” The intellectually gifted and suffocatingly arrogant playwright Thomas Novachek seems to … Continue reading Trust is a key component in ‘Venus in Fur’ at San Jose Stage