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: San Jose Stage’s compelling ‘Disgraced’ does not allow for an escape

Amir Kapoor identifies as an apostate. In this case, he denies his former religion, and denies his heritage. In the cutthroat world of law and partnerships, trying to make partner … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s compelling ‘Disgraced’ does not allow for an escape

A ‘Citizen’ of the ‘Cinema:’ Val Kilmer’s long journey as Mark Twain comes through San Jose

Val Kilmer is one of those actors that spans multiple generations, with transcendent, star-making performances on the radar since the early 1980s. He is a movie star who has the power to … Continue reading A ‘Citizen’ of the ‘Cinema:’ Val Kilmer’s long journey as Mark Twain comes through San Jose

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 ‘Boeing Boeing’ is slick and quick

  If I were a betting man, I would bet your enjoyment of San Jose Stage’s production of French playwright Mark Camoletti’s“Boeing Boeing” is based on your own taste in … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Boeing Boeing’ is slick and quick

Review: ‘Valley of the Heart’ a sweeping epic at San Jose Stage

  Benjamin looks longingly at the beautiful Thelma, gazing at her while beads of sweat protrude down her gentle face. While hours are spent under the sunny blaze of the … Continue reading Review: ‘Valley of the Heart’ a sweeping epic at San Jose Stage

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

San Jose Stage’s King gears up for iconic role in ‘Death of a Salesman’

There are certain actors who, if their careers last long enough, find themselves in the throes of a specific pantheon of roles when reaching a certain age. Characters like Hamlet … Continue reading San Jose Stage’s King gears up for iconic role in ‘Death of a Salesman’

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