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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Creation is easy, comedy is hard in ‘God’ by Joanne Engelhardt

If it weren’t for the impossibly outlandish antics and contorted facial expressions of Emily Scott as God Herself, Palo Alto Players’ take on “An Act of God,” livestreaming from the …

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:41AM
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Felder plays Gershwin for TheatreWorks benefit by Joanne Engelhardt

Perennial TheatreWorks Silicon Valley favorite Hershey Felder is offering a live-streamed performance of “Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone” on Sunday, Sept. 13, to benefit the Pal…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:54AM
Monday, August 31, 2020

Palo Alto Players livestream ‘God’ for 11 performances by Joanne Engelhardt

Palo Alto Players makes its first foray into full-length virtual production when the frothy “An Act of God” opens Sept. 5. First performed on Broadway in 2015 featuring Jim Parsons as Go…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:59AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Peninsula theater festival hosts trans athlete panel discussion by Joanne Engelhardt

Five trans athletes from various sports are set to participate in an Aug. 29 panel discussion that’s part of the Redwood City Festival.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:41PM
Thursday, August 20, 2020

‘Soldier’s Fugue’ a gritty story of third-generation military family by Joanne Engelhardt

Although its subject matter makes it tough to watch at points, Pear Theatre’s online production of “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” is a well-acted drama. Quiara Alegria Hudes’ play, on…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:04AM

Musical celebrates “Perfect 36” that led to 19th amendment by Joanne Engelhardt

The centennial of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, will be celebrated in song Aug. 26 with a virtual production of “Perfect 36.” A joint collaboration of TheatreWo…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:46AM
Thursday, July 23, 2020

TheatreWorks hosts new works online by Joanne Engelhardt

To launch TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “New Works from Home” series, the company will offer a benefit online reading of Suzanne Bradbeer’s comedy “Shakespeare in Vegas” through …

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:16AM
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Local theater companies explore coexistence with online festival by Joanne Engelhardt

Redwood City’s Fuse Theatre and Dragon Theatre this year had intended to expand on the one-act festival they co-produced last summer. “Over the next few years, our plan was to build a fe…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:40AM
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Players’ new season may be live or live-streamed by Joanne Engelhardt

Palo Alto Players Artistic Director Patrick Klein chose an unusual spot for a video message about the theater company’s upcoming “reimagined” season: a bedroom in his home. While he an…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:19AM
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Noteworthy performance, contest honor Beethoven’s 250th birthday by Joanne Engelhardt

Audiences who log on July 12 to a livestream benefit performance of Hershey Felder as Beethoven will also have the chance to vote for their favorite artistic interpretation of the composer…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:00AM
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

‘This Street’ makes sharp turns in tone, subject matter by Joanne Engelhardt

An eccentric, sometimes unsettling, series of digital video productions make up Pear Theatre’s new hodgepodge of vignettes called “This Street and the Next.” Directed by the company’…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:57AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

EnActe series spotlights women performers, playwrights by Joanne Engelhardt

EnActe is turning the spotlight on women performers and playwrights in a new series of virtual events, plays, readings and more. Women EnActe for Themselves, or WEFT, launches June 27 with a…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:03AM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Pear Theatre hosts virtual season announcement party by Joanne Engelhardt

Pear Theatre in Mountain View is moving ahead in today’s virtual world with a season announcement/subscription kick-off party June 12. Pear Artistic Director Sinjin Jones will host the Pea…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 02:37PM
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Kids can get virtual theater experience this summer by Joanne Engelhardt

Any other year, June would be the month when students start looking forward to that last school day and a lazy summer of fun ahead. This year, it’s definitely dicey whether some families w…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:13AM
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Foothill stages Virtual Play Reading Festival by Joanne Engelhardt

Foothill College’s Theatre Arts Department found itself in the same unenviable muddle as most local theater companies these days: What to do now that it can’t stage its spring production…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:53AM
Monday, May 18, 2020

Short-play program offers digital ‘Pear Slices’ by Joanne Engelhardt

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre came up with a creative way of presenting its annual short-play program despite the current pandemic—“Pear Slices 2020: Digital Edition.” The Pear is pre…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 08:04PM
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Digital PlayGround Festival features local talent by Joanne Engelhardt

The annual PlayGround Festival of New Works, which features two Peninsula residents and one San Jose world premiere, has gone digital this year and is streaming most of its events free of ch…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:17PM
Friday, May 8, 2020

TheatreWorks reimagines next season with later start date by Joanne Engelhardt

A “reimagined” 2020-21 season is in store for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, with the next production now not scheduled to open until next October. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced substan…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:53AM
Thursday, April 30, 2020

South Bay theaters ‘keep the lights on’ virtually during SIP by Joanne Engelhardt

South Bay theaters have found some innovative ways to “keep the lights on” virtually even as their physical spaces remain shuttered while the “shelter in place” order is in effect. L…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:59AM
Friday, April 17, 2020

Peninsula theaters create virtual play spaces during SIP by Joanne Engelhardt

Necessity is the mother of virtual classes, which is what many Peninsula theater companies are ramping up right now. Los Alto Stage Company introduced several unusual virtual classes earlier…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:00AM
Friday, April 3, 2020

Bay Area nonprofit theaters weather ‘shelter in place’ order by Joanne Engelhardt

That old expression “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” has never been more apt for theater companies throughout the Bay Area, which are dark until the “shelter in place” ord…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:24AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TheatreWorks costume crew sews remotely while sheltered in place by Joanne Engelhardt

With Bay Area theaters on a hard stop during the coronavirus “shelter-in-place” era, some theaters have devised innovative ways to stay relevant. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley followed the…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:17AM
Friday, March 13, 2020

Peninsula theater companies large and small cancel shows due to COVID-19 by Joanne Engelhardt

To close or not to close. That is the question facing local theater companies in the face of COVID-19. It’s not an easy decision to make because shuttering a theater production—either fo…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 04:36PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Actress stands out as female aviator in TheatreWorks’ ‘Moon’ by Joanne Engelhardt

A tiny wisp of a girl—never more than 100 pounds even as a grown-up—is wrapping TheatreWorks Silicon Valley audiences around her finger at performances of “They Promised Her the Moon…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:24AM

‘Confession,’ ‘Waltz’ make for edgy repertory at Dragon by Joanne Engelhardt

Two plays, “Confession” by Barry Slater and “The Baltimore Waltz” by Paula Vogel, are in rotating repertory through April 5 at Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. Each is relatively shor…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:33AM
Friday, March 6, 2020

‘Drood’ has some good moments and some missteps by Joanne Engelhardt

What do you get when you combine an unfinished Charles Dickens novel, a music hall of the 1890s, a play within a play, broad (very broad) humor, a number of rather bland songs and a “myste…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:27AM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Review: Marie stands out in long, complicated, but relevant ‘Oslo’ by Joanne Engelhardt

There’s a whole lot of testosterone on stage in Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Oslo,” which runs through Feb. 16 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. Despite the fact that thi…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:38AM
Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: Hillbarn’s new twist on ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ won’t connect with everyone by Joanne Engelhardt

After such a standout production of “Newsies” in December, it’s unfortunate that Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City has come up with what is, essentially, a somewhat lackluster version of…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 06:26PM
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: Tachis and Wright deliver comedic antics in ‘Taking Steps’ by Joanne Engelhardt

British playwright Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 70 plays, most of them comedies and quite a number of which could rightly be called farces. “Taking Steps” is one of those, though…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:15AM
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: Get ready for some clever mind play in Haley’s ‘Nether’ by Joanne Engelhardt

In the rather other-worldly place of “The Nether,” a somewhat disturbing play by Jennifer Haley now at Dragon Productions Theatre in Redwood City, the world – at least the world in the…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 02:37AM

Review: Costumes and cast stand out in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ by Joanne Engelhardt

Palo Alto Players is currently offering “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” a bit of a hard sell in this day and age when it’s likely not everyone is familiar with Henrik Ibsen’s original cl…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 02:29AM

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