Review: Golabek captivates in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’

Everything Mona Golabek does on the stage is methodical. The ebony and ivory keys that encompass the grand Steinway sit silent, resting, while Golabek presents herself downstage to an eager … Continue reading Review: Golabek captivates in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’

Golabek’s family history through music returns to the Bay Area in ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Mona Golabek received piano instructions from her mother, Lisa Jura, as a small child, but learning to play was only a fraction of the lessons she learned as she sat … Continue reading Golabek’s family history through music returns to the Bay Area in ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Review: Viewing the way we connect in strong ‘Language Archive’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

One of the most tender moments in a play loaded with them takes place between the linguist George and his wife Mary, a couple in danger of becoming two passing … Continue reading Review: Viewing the way we connect in strong ‘Language Archive’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Love, Francis: Jue brings his passion for communication to TheatreWorks’ ‘The Language Archive’

Francis Jue loves to love. If there’s ever a time you come across a comment he makes on Facebook, you’ll know it’s him. It’s not because his name and picture … Continue reading Love, Francis: Jue brings his passion for communication to TheatreWorks’ ‘The Language Archive’

Review: A fantastical world and endless possibilities in wonderful ‘Tuck Everlasting’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Little Winnie is like any young girl, delightfully ornery and innately curious. She drives her mother and grandmother crazy, boredom and monotony settling into her and her laconic little town. … Continue reading Review: A fantastical world and endless possibilities in wonderful ‘Tuck Everlasting’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Tachis returns as the infamous Crumpet in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Santaland Diaries’

One of the first things that strikes you when it comes to meeting Crumpet the Elf is his ability to throw back the booze. His traveling bar, with plenty of … Continue reading Tachis returns as the infamous Crumpet in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Santaland Diaries’

Review: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Fun Home’ soars

Bruce (James Lloyd Reynolds) shares a piece of treasure with his daughter Small Alison (Lila Gold), a memory that Alison (Moira Stone) draws at her drafting table in “Fun Home,” … Continue reading Review: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Fun Home’ soars

Stone’s love for Alisons of all sizes is strong in TheatreWorks’ ‘Fun Home’

Moira Stone is in awe of Alison Bechdel. It’s not just Bechdel’s obvious talent as an author, illustrator, and her critical role in popular culture. It’s not simply her inspiration … Continue reading Stone’s love for Alisons of all sizes is strong in TheatreWorks’ ‘Fun Home’

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