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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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