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ShakesBEERience
Reber, Kopp, Pinto
Tony Lacy-Thompson / Regarding Arts
James Reber, Lee Kopp and Keith Pinto, from left, as "The Rude Mechanicals" of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," as performed by ShakesBEERience at Café Stritch in San Jose on Monday, April 17, 2017. Lolling about on the floor are Gendell Hing-Hernandez as Pyramus and Skylar Collins as Thisbe.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is usually performed, ya know, with costumes and scenery. At ShakesBEERience in San Jose, they don't bother with that. But they have beer. Lots of beer. And a talented cast. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Sakata, Kuroda
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Jeanne Sakata, left, as Natsuko, and Emily Kuroda as Noriko in "Calligraphy." The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production runs March 8 through April 2, 2017, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
"Calligraphy" has some lovely moments, but the feeling persists that TheatreWorks could have done a better job with it. John Orr saw it almost at the end of its run, and reviews.

Kit Wilder
Kit Wilder
Courtesy of Kit Wilder
Kit Wilder directs a show at City Lights, circa 2015. His adaptation of "Frankenstein" opens March 25, 2017, and runs through April 23, 2017, at City Lights in San Jose.
Kit Wilder, playwright, director, actor — all things theater — talks with John Orr about adapting Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" for the stage. In previews tonight, it opens on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at City Light in San Jose. Read the story.

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil
Laurence Labat / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil
The acrobatics are amazing in the "Luzia" show staged by Cirque du Soleil.
"Luzia" is the latest powerful extravaganza from Cirque du Soleil, a feast of sight and sound under Le Grand Chapiteau, currently parked in San Jose. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

Keith Pinto
WolfKlain, Pinto
Tracy Martin / Diablo Theatre Company
Melissa WolfKlain, left, and Keith Pinto in "Singin' in the Rain," at Diable Theatre Company in 2013.
Keith Pinto is a song-and-dance man who has been excellent in musicals all across the nation and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's just finishing up a stellar performance in "Cabaret," is next to direct "Altar Boyz" and there will be more shows to come. Read John Orr's profile of Keith Pinto.

Hillbarn Theatre
Kit Kat girls
Mark & Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Entertaining at the Kit Kat Club in "Cabaret" are, from left, Catrina Manahan, Noelani Neal, Gabbi Traub, Melissa Wolfklane, Rachelle Abbey, Jessica Maxey, Jessica Whittemore and Christine Baker. The show runs January 19 through February 5, 2017, at Hillbarn Theatre.
"Cabaret," one of the greatest, most important musicals of the 20th century, is getting a fabulous production with an excellent cast at Hillbarn Theatre. John Orr said he wished he had more eyes in his head to see it all. Read his review.



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