Review: Initially confounding ‘Humans’ at SHN accelerates quickly with passion, pathos and purpose

At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of things. Circular dialogue that seemed to go nowhere in one of those New York Chinatown apartments that have a million … Continue reading Review: Initially confounding ‘Humans’ at SHN accelerates quickly with passion, pathos and purpose

Broadway Review: A whole lot right in Broadway’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Recently, I attended the American Theatre Critics Association conference in New York City, where I saw four Broadway shows for review. The third of my four reviews is “The Play That … Continue reading Broadway Review: A whole lot right in Broadway’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Hedwig and Hall are a match made in rock and roll Heaven.

It’s been one helluva year for San Francisco native Lena Hall. She was part of an amazing run in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” where Hall played loyal husband … Continue reading Hedwig and Hall are a match made in rock and roll Heaven.

Review: Exquisite ‘Clybourne Park’ in Palo Alto confronts issues of race with humor and heartbreak

There is sadness in the eyes of Bev. While she takes in the activity that surrounds her preparation to move out of her house, Bev is devastated to find out … Continue reading Review: Exquisite ‘Clybourne Park’ in Palo Alto confronts issues of race with humor and heartbreak

Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Once’ is a powerful musical experience

“How do you say, ‘Do you still love him’ in Czech?” It’s a critical question that Guy asks Girl in “Once,” the Tony Award winning musical that makes a stop … Continue reading Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Once’ is a powerful musical experience

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’

Parry finds the zany in Coward’s farcical ‘Blithe Spirit’

“Blithe Spirit” is a play that never seems to age. It’s a play that still maintains its freshness and hilarity despite being written in six days in 1941 by prolific … Continue reading Parry finds the zany in Coward’s farcical ‘Blithe Spirit’