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’

Kingston navigates new territory in Opera San Jose’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’

When she was first presented with the opportunity, Amanda Kingston had her reservations about singing the role of Fiordiligi in the Opera San Jose production of opera buffa “Cosi fan … Continue reading Kingston navigates new territory in Opera San Jose’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’

Review: City Lights’ ‘Elephant Man’ is effective, insightful

John Merrick stands firmly at attention, a pair of khaki shorts, no shirt, staring blankly into space. This particular tableau is a bit striking in its simplicity. But slowly, as … Continue reading Review: City Lights’ ‘Elephant Man’ is effective, insightful

Laughs of substance aplenty in City Lights’ ‘Tigers Be Still’

It was just a few days before Thanksgiving, when Virginia Drake and her cast of the City Lights Theater Company production of “Tigers Be Still” had a pleasant, joyful read-through … Continue reading Laughs of substance aplenty in City Lights’ ‘Tigers Be Still’

Review: Easy to feel the love at Broadway San Jose’s ‘Lion King’

What is about Disney’s “The Lion King,” that makes it so special? For starters, it remains one of the most inventive retellings of a Disney cartoon anywhere. Original director Julie … Continue reading Review: Easy to feel the love at Broadway San Jose’s ‘Lion King’

City Lights’ ‘Truce’ a reminder of what is possible in times of war

The holidays have long been a magical time of year. Despite the annual cynicism that comes with Christmas songs in August and Black Friday that starts on regular Wednesday, the … Continue reading City Lights’ ‘Truce’ a reminder of what is possible in times of war

‘Wicked’ in San Jose is solid and sentimental

I have a fairly illustrious history with the musical “Wicked,”  the inventive prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.” I had bought tickets to attend the open-ended run in San Francisco … Continue reading ‘Wicked’ in San Jose is solid and sentimental

Sad day in the South Bay – curtain closes on venerable San Jose Rep

San Jose Repertory Theatre, one of the largest regional theatre companies in the Bay Area, has ceased operations amid growing financial woes. The 34-year-old downtown San Jose company released a … Continue reading Sad day in the South Bay – curtain closes on venerable San Jose Rep