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Palo Alto Players
Mahle, Shelby
Joyce Goldschmid / Palo Alto Players
Chris Mahle as Banjo, left, and James Shelby as Sheridan Whiteside in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” staged by the Palo Alto Players June 15 through July 1, 2018, at the Lucie Stern Theatre.
"The Man Who Came to Dinner" is a very funny Kaufman & Hart play from 1939 that it getting a very entertaining revival at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson was there on opening night, and reviews.

"The Man Who Came to Dinner" was also reviewed by Regarding Arts' John Orr, for the Palo Alto Weekly. Read that review at the Palo Alto Weekly.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Vivino, Sicular
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks
Donna Vivino as Natalie, left, is questioned by Robert Sicular as Representative Walter on the witness stand in "Finks," presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, June 6 to July 1, 2018.
"Finks" offers song, dance, jokes and some grim history of a bad time in the 1950s when entertainers were hurt by the very unamerican activities of Congress. TheatreWorks is staging the California premiere of Joe Gilford's play. Joanne Englehardt reviews.

"Finks" was also reviewed by Regarding Arts' John Orr, for the Palo Alto Weekly. Read that review in the Palo Alto Weekly.

Madeline Lee and Jack Gilford
Courtesy of Joe Gilford
Madeline Lee Gilford and Jack Gilford in 1949.
Writer Joe Gilford grew up as the son of Jack and Madeline Lee Giford, who were both very funny and very talented, but who had been victims of the 1950s Hollywood blacklists. He wrote a play, "Finks," which takes a fictionalized look at that era. It's getting its California premiere at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Joe Gilford talked with John Orr. Read the story.

Broadway San Jose
Wexler, Antico, Greenan, Stevens
Joan Marcus photo
Jonny Wexler, Tommaso Antico, Corey Greenan and Chris Stevens, from left, in "Jersey Boys," playing at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, June 5-10, 2018.
"Jersey Boys" is leading Baby Boomers on a nostalgia journey at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, carried on waves of great harmonies. Georgette Silver reviews.

San Jose Stage Company
Keith Pinto
Dave Lepori / San Jose Stage Company
Keith Pinto as Hedwig in San Jose Stage Company’s production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” playing May 30 through July 22, 2018.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is getting a powerful, totally entertaining production at San Jose Stage Company, thanks to a great cast led by Keith Pinto and Ashley Garlick, a fabulous band, and director Allison F. Rich. John Orr reviews.

Broadway by the Bay
Nick Kenrick
Alicia Jeffrey / Broadway by the Bay
Nick Kenrick rehearses his role as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet," which opens on Friday, June 8, and closes on June 24, 2018, at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Photo made on May 29, 2018, at the TheatreWorks rehearsal space in Redwood City.
Nick Kenrick is a terrific musical theater performer who was an absolute knock-out as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet" for Palo Alto Players. Now he is reprising the performance for Broadway by the Bay in the huge Fox Theatre in Redwood City. John Orr thinks the show will be great. Read the interview with Kenrick.

San Jose Stage Company
Keith Pinto
Dave Lepori / San Jose Stage Company
Keith Pinto stars as Hedwig in the San Jose Stage Company production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which opens in previews on May 30 and runs through July 22, 2018.
Keith Pinto is troweling on the makeup (with help from Ashley Garlick) to play the lead rol in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The powerful rock musical opens in previews tonight (May 30, 2018). Pinto talked about the show with John Orr. Read the story.

The Pear Theatre
Smith, Brown, Aronica
Michael Craig / The Pear Theatre
What do hot dogs have to think about? Ask Kyle Smith, Matt Brown, and Ariel Aronica, clockwise from upper left, who are convenience store hot dogs contemplating weighty issues in Paul Braverman's "Stuck in the Middle," part of Pear Slices 2018. The show runs through May 20, 2018. John Orr, of Regarding Arts, reviewed for the Palo Alto Weekly.
"Pear Slices 2018" was fun, funny and often quite thought-provoking at Mountain View's The Pear Theatre. John Orr reviewed for Palo Alto Weekly.

Hillbarn Theatre
Jepoy Ramos
Mark and Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Jepoy Ramos in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of “The Full Monty,” running May 3-20, 2018.
"The Full Monty" is getting a revealingly good production at Hillbarn Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson was there on opening night, and reviews.

Palo Alto Players
Mason, Nguyen, van Gastel, Kelly, LaFever
Joyce Goldschmid / Palo Alto Players
Jimmy Mason as Stacee Jaxx is surrounded by, clockwise from upper left, Amanda Nguyen, Breanna van Gastel, Shannon Kelly, and Jessica LaFever in Palo Alto Players’ production of “Rock of Ages,” playing April 27 through May 13, 2018.
"Rock of Ages," as a musical, isn't as good as the cast, band, set and costumes built for it by Palo Alto Players. John Orr reviews.

3Below Theaters
the Warsaw gang
Kersh Branz photo
"The People in the Picture" include "The Warsaw Gang." In front are, from left, Brian Watson and Jim Ambler; in the second row, from left, are Stephen Guggen Heim, Susan Gundunas and Krista Wigle; from left in back are F. James Raasch and John Minagro. The show runs April 26-May 13, 2018, at 3Below Theatre in San Jose. In the background, from left, are percussionist Aharon Wheels Bolstra, keyboardist Tom Tomasello and violinist Kymber Gillen.
"The People in the Picture" is playing at 3Below Theaters in San Jose, a touching sometime funny tale of European Jews escaping the Holocaust to live in New York. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

Brad Satterwhite
Noble, Satterwhite, Neuenfeldt
Mark & Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Elspeth Noble as Margaret, left, and Brad Satterwhite as Richard Hannay hide their handcuffs from Ross Neuenfeldt as the innkeeper lady in "The 39 Steps" at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, October 16 through November 2, 2014. It was Satterwhite's first role in the area, after college at UCLA and a couple of years as an actor in the Los Angeles area.
Brad Satterwhite is building a strong career as an actor and singer on Peninsula stages, not to mention being very productive as a novelist. And, working a day job. Busy fella. He is starring in "The Full Monty," which opens on May 3, 2018, at Hillbarn Theatre. John Orr interviewed him.

Mick Berry
Mick Berry
Courtesy photo
Mick Berry peforming in “Keith Moon: The Real Me.”
"Keith Moon: The Real Me" is writer/performer Mick Berry's tribute to one of the classic bad boys of rock. Tony Lacy-Thompson spoke with Berry. Read the story.

San Jose Stage Company
Rich, Williams, Sicular
Dave Lepori / San Jose Stage
Allison F. Rich as Cora, Johnathan Rhys Williams as Frank, and Robert Sicular as Nick in San Jose Stage Company’s production of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," April 11 through May 6, 2018, at The Stage.
"The Postman Always Rings Twice," in a new adaptation by Jon Jory, is getting its world premiere at San Jose Stage Company, and the show is a powerhouse of excellent acting. John Orr reviews.

Allison F. Rich
Rhys Williams, Rich
Dave Lepori / San Jose Stage
Jonathan Rhys Williams, left, and Allison F. Rich in "The Postman Always Rings Twice," which runs April 11 through May 6, 2018, at San Jose Stage.
Allison F. Rich captures an audience's interest immediately with her striking beauty, but it is her talent, charisma and craft that keeps them watching. She opens tonight (April 14, 2018) in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" at San Jose Stage. John Orr interviewed her. Read on.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Richardson, Hess
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks
Rob Richardson as Robert, left, and Joan Hess as Francesca (Joan Hess) share a special bottle of brandy in "The Bridges of Madison County" presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, April 4-29, 2018.
"The Bridges of Madison County," a musical based on the popular romantic novel, has opened for TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and Tony Lacy-Thompson was there to review.

Palo Alto Players
LaFever, Klein
John Orr / Regarding Arts
Jessica LaFever, left, and Izetta Klein, who both will be appearing in the Palo Alto Players production of "Rock of Ages," opening on April 28, 2018, chat at the Players' gala benefit at Mitchell Park Community Center on March 24, 2018.
Palo Alto Players raised some money and it looked like everybody had fun at the troupe's third annual fundraising gala, March 24, 2018, at Mitchell Park Community Center. John Orr dropped in and wrote about the event. Read on.

The 2018 Palo Alto Players fundraising gala is called "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" in honor of a play the troupe plans to produce, "The Man Who Came To Dinner." And, to celebrate some surprise performers who will be at the colorful event. Read more about it.

Dragon Productions Theatre Company 2nd Stage Series
Keller, Caulfield, Gage, Lockett
Kimberly Wadycki / Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Hannah Mary Keller, Pat Caulfield, Martin Gagen, and Dorian Lockett, from left, in "Race" at The Dragon Theatre in Redwood City, March 16 through April 8, 2018.
David Mamet's "Race," producted as part of Dragon Theatre's 2nd Stage Series, doesn't entirely hold together. Joanne Engelhardt reviews.

Brian Herndon
Gough, Herndon
Taylor Sanders / City Lights Theater Company
Brian Herndon as the moneylender Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice," staged at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose, March 22 through April 22, 2018. In the background is Tom Gough as the Duke of Venice.
Brian Herndon is taking on the role of Shylock in City Lights Theater Company's production of "The Merchant of Venice." He is well aware of the heritage of the famous role, and its meaning in an age when antisemetism has been raising its ugly head. He talked about it with John Orr. Read the story.

Jeffrey Lo
Jeffrey Lo
Mark Kitaoka photo
Portrait of director Jeffrey Lo at Hillbarn Theatre in January 2018, as he was working on "Peter and the Starcatcher." He is directing "Cowboy Versus Samurai," which just opened at The Pear.
Jeffrey Lo was recently named casting director at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, but is still completing his work on directing "Cowboy Versus Samurai" at The Pear. The busy, busy man spoke by phone with John Orr. Read the story.

Jessica Rosa Maxey
Jessica Rosa Maxey
Berenice Sullivan / Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre
Jessica Rosa Maxey as Peggy Sawyer in the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre production of "42nd Street," which ran November 4 through November 19, 2017, in the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.
Jessica Rosa Maxey is a knock-out as a dancer, singer and actor in musicals all around the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, she is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at Stanford. It can be said that both sides of her brain work very well. Read an interview with her.

Allie Townsend
Hurley, Townsend
David Allen photo
Allie Townsend as Doralee Rhodes, right, gives Aaron Hurley as her manager Franklin Hart Jr. a piece of her mind in a pre-production publicity photo for Dolly Parton's "9 to 5 The Musical," presented by Foothill Music Theatre at the Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills, March 1 through March 18, 2018.
Allie Townsend is a successful, modern working person who thinks highly of what Dolly Parton did with "9 to 5: The Musical." Townsend is playing the Parton part in a production of the show at Foothill Music Theatre. She spoke with John Orr. Read the story.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Robert Kelley
CarlaBefera photo
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley describes the company's 2018-19 season during a session Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018-19 season lineup was announced on Monday, and it's a really promising bunch of plays and musicals that are likely to entertain and illuminate. John Orr writes about the season.

San Jose Stage Company
Allison F. Rich
Dave Lepori photo
Buckets of blood! Allison F. Rich as Mrs. Lovett in San Jose Stage Company’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” running February 7 through March 18, 2018, at The Stage.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is getting an excellent production at San Jose Stage Company through March 18, 2018. Get your tickets soonest! Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
"Our Great Tchaikovsky" is the latest of Hershey Felder's brilliant, great composers series to come to TheatreWorks. John Orr reviews.
Hershey Felder
Courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents
Hershey Felder portrays and performs as Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in "Our Great Tchaikovsky." TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is bringing the show for its Bay Area premiere to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, January 10 through February 11, 2018.
Hershey Felder is a proven treasure of music and theater, with his brilliant, inimitable, one-man shows about great composers. He is bringing his "Our Great Tchaikovsky" to TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and took the time to talk with John Orr about it. Read the story.

Hillbarn Theatre
Mark and Tracy Photography
What happens when fish swim through water full of starstuff? They turn into mermaids and perform a Broadway style song-and-dance number, in "Peter and the Starcatcher," at Hillbarn Theatre. The show runs January 18 through February 4, 2018.
"Peter and the Starcatcher" can be a great, hilarious show. The production of it at Hillbarn Theatre has its moments of greatness and hilarity, but also has some bits that just don't work. John Orr reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Max Tachis
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks
Max Tachis as Crumpet, a Christmas elf in Macy's SantaLand, in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of "The SantaLand Diaries" by David Sedaris. The one-man show plays December 5-23, 2017, at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. Theater-goers get to pose in Santa's big chair before the show.
"The SantaLand Diaries" by David Sedaris is a holidays treat for adults by the great David Sedaris. Max Tachis is hilarious as Crumpet the elf in the TheatreWorks production at the Lohman Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.


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