Tag Archives: Silicon Valley Performing Arts

REVIEW- The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – San Jose Repertory Theatre

A play is like kind of like a recipe. You take some ingredients, you mix them all about, you let it bake, you serve it up and you hope that everyone (whose taste buds are as individual as finger prints) … Continue reading

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REVIEW – Jane Austen’s Persuasion – San Jose Stage

There were two very short periods in my life when I read for pleasure. 8th grade, when a very smart teacher introduced me to the likes of fantasy/sci-fi authors Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Douglas Adams and Ray Bradbury, and then … Continue reading

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REVIEW- BLUE MAN GROUP – BROADWAY SAN JOSE

Aside from an unexpected and upsetting allergic reaction to Dramamine one time, I’ve never done hallucinogenic drugs, nor do I condone their use, but having seen Blue Man Group, I kinda feel like I know what a good experience with … Continue reading

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REVIEW- I HATE HAMLET – BROADWAY WEST THEATRE COMPANY

If I could make a living laughing, I totally would. If laughing could actually pay the bills, dude, I’d be all over that. I’d be first to claw my way to the front of the line to apply and I’d … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Disconnect – San Jose Rep

There’s perfect metaphor for every live theater experience and for the San Jose Rep’s Disconnect, this metaphor was a giant novelty gumball machine. While that should be a totally sufficient description and require no further explanation, I’ll elaborate just in … Continue reading

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REVIEW – SHERLOCK HOLMES THE FINAL ADVENTURE – DOUGLAS MORRISON THEATRE

I went into Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at the Douglas Morrison Theater, having never read the books or seen another live production and with no significant exposure to the various television manifestations of this literary icon. In fact, my only … Continue reading

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REVIEW – CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN – BROADWAY SAN JOSE

If someone told me a female gymnast who attended the 1968 Olympics was going to play Peter Pan on stage and that I’d not only believe the performance, but would be totally sucked in by it, I’d probably tell them to … Continue reading

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REVIEW – Boom – Renegade Theater Experiment

Mother fucker.  Let me repeat in case you missed it. Mother.  Fucker.  If you’re going to see Boom, presented by Renegade Theater Experiment, you’re going to need to embrace this word. You’re not only going to need to embrace it, … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Race – San Jose Stage

If you’ve ever seen the infomercials for the INSANITY WORKOUT, you come close to understanding what performing David Mamet is like for an actor and by some literary version of the transitive property, what he is for an audience to … Continue reading

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REVIEW – Collapse – Renegade Theatre Experiment

Collapse. Was there ever a more perfect title for a play to open a Renegade Theatre Experiment season which takes on an apocalyptic theme for its 2012-2013 duration? I say no. And, contrary to what the title might indicate, this production’s … Continue reading

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