Review: Rude, crude ‘Book of Mormon’ also delights at Broadway San Jose

“The Book of Mormon” kicked off the early part of the decade as fierce satire, highly offensive, rude and crude. And years later, as the end of the decade is … Continue reading Review: Rude, crude ‘Book of Mormon’ also delights at Broadway San Jose

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’

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

Review: Tennessee females rule in San Jose Stage’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Brick and Maggie both take up space in the sweltering static bedroom that resides within the Mississippi Delta, satin sheets adorning the soft mattress that have gone unused by the … Continue reading Review: Tennessee females rule in San Jose Stage’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’ entertains, yet falls a bit flat

In the history of theatre, we have learned that William Shakespeare was a lot of things – namely a playwright, director and poet. What we didn’t bank on was that … Continue reading Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’ entertains, yet falls a bit flat

Review: No easy answers in strong ‘Mothers and Sons’ at City Lights

When Katharine’s son Andre played Hamlet in New York, there was a moment when he uttered these words: “There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it … Continue reading Review: No easy answers in strong ‘Mothers and Sons’ at City Lights

Review: San Jose Stage’s bloody ‘Lieutenant of Inishmore’ turns black comedy red

There is nothing Mad Padraic does that’s not loaded with passion. It’s one of the joys of the 2001 Tony-nominated Martin McDonagh play “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” now running through Oct. 21st at San Jose Stage. Take … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s bloody ‘Lieutenant of Inishmore’ turns black comedy red

Review: Visceral beauty abounds in magical Cirque du Soleil ice extravaganza ‘Crystal’

The ice at SAP Center in downtown San Jose is usually reserved to big dudes with bigger beards skating very fast, with solid, frozen rubber spheres flying around the rink. … Continue reading Review: Visceral beauty abounds in magical Cirque du Soleil ice extravaganza ‘Crystal’