Review: Humor-filled ‘Native Gardens’ a mostly green affair

I have had these conversations. Believe you me, I have had these conversations. Sometimes being a person of color means people don’t always know what to make of you. In … Continue reading Review: Humor-filled ‘Native Gardens’ a mostly green affair

Howdy neighbor: Playwright Zacarías dives into proximity battles in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Native Gardens’

There are few things worse than a war with a neighbor. Playwright Karen Zacarías started quite a conversation at a dinner party a few years ago while discussing a new … Continue reading Howdy neighbor: Playwright Zacarías dives into proximity battles in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Native Gardens’

Review: Both infuriating and inspiring, TheatreWorks’ ‘Hold These Truths’ is also powerful

Five minutes to eight. For anyone else, five minutes to eight means exactly that. But when you are Japanese-American in 1942, just mere months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, … Continue reading Review: Both infuriating and inspiring, TheatreWorks’ ‘Hold These Truths’ is also powerful

Review: Virtuosity of Hershey Felder is apparent in TheatreWorks’ stellar ‘Our Great Tchaikovsky’

When looking at the life of the great composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, there are many stories to be told. One is of the man and influences that inspired decadent concertos … Continue reading Review: Virtuosity of Hershey Felder is apparent in TheatreWorks’ stellar ‘Our Great Tchaikovsky’

Review: Curmudgeonly Crumpet searches for humanity in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s delightful ‘Santaland Diaries’

There is a serious drinking game going on right now at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. It involves an elf by the name of Crumpet. In the pantheon of great elf names, … Continue reading Review: Curmudgeonly Crumpet searches for humanity in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s delightful ‘Santaland Diaries’

Review: A sharp examination of the role of journalism in TheatreWorks’ ‘Confederates’

One of the earliest journalism lessons I ever learned took place in my days as a cub reporter. A reporter in our office did an interview with the family of … Continue reading Review: A sharp examination of the role of journalism in TheatreWorks’ ‘Confederates’

Review: All sides of the music are solid in TheatreWorks ‘Triangle’

To take in the history of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is to learn about its haunting tragedy, with some parallels to September 11th of 2001. Both were in … Continue reading Review: All sides of the music are solid in TheatreWorks ‘Triangle’

The Drama Guy’s top 10 of ’13

It has been a stellar year in the Bay Area for theatre. So many wonderful productions, so many amazing performances, and just another year confirming that if you are a … Continue reading The Drama Guy’s top 10 of ’13

Review: TheatreWorks’ ‘Wild With Happy’ a showcase of joy and love

The wife and I are planning to go on our very first trip to Disney World with our daughters next summer. And I must admit, starting the research on this … Continue reading Review: TheatreWorks’ ‘Wild With Happy’ a showcase of joy and love