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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Palo Alto Players’ ‘Christmas Story’ falls short on stage by Joanne Engelhardt

There’s so much squeaky-clean goodness, corny juvenile fun and quite a few excellent performances in the Palo Alto Players’ production of “A Christmas Story, the Musical” that it’s…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Strong acting and singing performances make ‘Into the Woods’ worthwhile by Joanne Engelhardt

Strong vocal and acting performances make the current Broadway by the Bay production of the Stephen Sondheim- James Levine musical of reconstructed fairy tales, “Into the Woods,” pleasur…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Review: Dragon’s ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ is a lot to digest by Joanne Engelhardt

King Henry VIII of England, who had six wives and way more than that many mistresses, apparently only spent 1,000 days with one of them, Anne Boleyn. Then he had her beheaded. British histor…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Demise of factories, strong unions play out in Pear Theatre’s ‘Sweat’ by Joanne Engelhardt

A scrappy little play called “Sweat” – which just happened to win the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama for its playwright, Lynn Nottage, is getting a pretty decent, rough-and-tumble produ…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: ‘It’s Only a Play’ falls flat on many levels by Joanne Engelhardt

The big question is why Hillbarn Theatre would want to squander its hard-earned dollars on such an outdated (despite its updates), unfunny, mostly uninteresting play as “It’s Only a Play…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Review: Palo Alto Players’ ‘Bright Star’ connects on many levels by Joanne Engelhardt

Lyrical, enigmatic, lively, maudlin, affecting and, ultimately heart-tugging. That’s a capsule description of Palo Alto Players’ beautifully conceived production of “Bright Star,” th…

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Review: What makes everyone’s mortal clock tick in ‘Hickorydickory’ by Joanne Engelhardt

It’s all about time – or the lack of it – in Marisa Wegrzyn’s quirky surrealist comedy “Hickorydickory” that runs through September 29 at Dragon Productions Theatre in Redwood Ci…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

On Stage: Acting performances standout in ‘Anything Goes’ by Joanne Engelhardt

Hillbarn Theatre’s current production of “Anything Goes” is rather like a bowl of Rice Krispies: Sometimes it snaps, sometimes it crackles, sometimes it pops. And sometimes it fizzles.…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: So many layers in Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘admissions’ by Joanne Engelhardt

It’s rare to feel you’ve been present at the illustrious beginning of an actor’s theatrical career, but that is indeed what audiences will feel watching young Quincy Shaindlin in the L…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Broadway by the Bay’s ‘Sister Act’ full of nostalgia, terrific acting by Joanne Engelhardt

Broadway by the Bay’s production, which has only six more performances, is a perfect way to spend a summer evening.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Theater review: ‘Cinderella’ gets a make-over worth seeing by Joanne Engelhardt

Douglas Carter Beane’s modernized version of the beloved children’s story “Cinderella” is an eye-opening experience as visualized by director Milissa Carey, now dashing along through…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Theater review: ‘Language Archive’ talks the talk by Joanne Engelhardt

The etymology of language in all its forms and meanings is the crux of “The Language Archive,” running through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. This TheatreWorks Silicon V…

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Theater review: More to “How and Why’ than meets the eye by Joanne Engelhardt

Sarah Treem’s multilayered play, “The How and the Why,” pits two ferocious female biologists, both of whom have studied the field of women’s menstrual cycles and aren’t sure what t…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Theater review: Don’t think twice; go see ‘Two Guvnors’ by Joanne Engelhardt

Say this out loud: “Go see ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at Palo Alto Players now!” Now: Repeat it 10 more times. That tells you not only how good this production is — it makes the point …

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Theater review: ‘Grease’ is the word at the Fox Theatre by Joanne Engelhardt

It was a hot weekend in Redwood City last week, and the jukebox musical “Grease” rolled into town to sputter along weekends at the Fox Theatre under the auspices of Broadway by the Bay. …

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Theater review: Lots of reasons to experience ‘Archduke’ by Joanne Engelhardt

Who knew that the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria — the event that reputedly triggered the start of World War I — could be so ridiculously witty? Apparently playwright Raji…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre by Joanne Engelhardt

Who doesn’t love a heady dose of Noel Coward — especially one of his frothy, sophisticated comedies about the foibles of love in all its guises? There is much to like, as well as much th…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Theater review: ‘Next to Normal’ is abnormally good by Joanne Engelhardt

“Next to Normal,” now playing at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos through June 22, has a distinctive rhythm and cadence. And: it’s a musical about mental illness. Considered a “rock” …

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Theater review: Foothill does a double take on ’12 Angry Men’ by Joanne Engelhardt

Foothill College’s Theatre Arts Department came up with a novel approach to producing a play: An all-male and an all-female version of “12 Angry Men” running in repertoire through June…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Theater review: Whatever it is, ‘Shoggoths’ is must-see theater by Joanne Engelhardt

Leapin’ lizards!! Shazam! Sock – pow – kazam! That’s what you’ll be saying when all of your senses are assaulted by the remarkably excellent production called “Shoggoths on the V…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Theater review: ‘Mamma Mia’ a trip back in time worth taking by Joanne Engelhardt

It’s ABBAsolutely true: The ABBA-inspired musical “Mamma Mia” is ‘pop’-ping up everywhere in the Bay Area these days. Right now it’s Hillbarn Theatre’s turn, and it’s a trip.…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Theater review: ‘Pear Slices 2019’ a solid collection of laughs by Joanne Engelhardt

You probably won’t enter Pear Theatre laughing, but after seeing “Pear Slices 2019,” it’s almost a sure bet you’ll exit that way.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Theater review: ‘Grapes of Wrath’ shines a light onto a dark time by Joanne Engelhardt

The role of Ma Joad in the John Steinbeck-Frank Galati play, “The Grapes of Wrath,” is central — in fact, enormously crucial — to the understanding of this Pulitzer Prize-winning sto…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Theater review: ‘Macbeth’ bloody good at the Dragon Theatre by Joanne Engelhardt

Something wickedly good this way comes, to paraphrase the Bard himself. In this case, it’s the lyrically moving production of “Macbeth,” currently packing them in at Dragon Theatre in …

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Theater review: ‘Sojourn’ is out of this world by Joanne Engelhardt

In creating “Sojourn,” now playing through April 7 at Pear Theatre in Mountain View, budding playwright Evan Kokkila-Schumacher may have been influenced by Star Trek, Sheldon of “Big B…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Theater review: Sparkly ‘Joseph’ at the Fox Theatre by Joanne Engelhardt

If you can ignore the ridiculousness of the storyline and the bland score by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” you might still find a f…

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