All stories by John Orr on BroadwayStars

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Theater: The show that made James Corden a star by John Orr

Here’s a clue about the knock-down-drag-out comedy of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” which Palo Alto Players is staging: In addition to having a director, it has a “physical comedy” direc…

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:01AM
Friday, May 31, 2019

Theater: Recalling the absurd past to comment on the absurd present by John Orr

When he reviewed the world premiere of  “Archduke” in 2017, Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty praised the first scene of the Rajiv Joseph play, which is about the teenage…

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:01AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Theater: ‘Mamma Mia!’ comes to Hillbarn by John Orr

Well, yes, “Mamma Mia!” has been on pretty much every stage from San Francisco to San Jose. Kindergarten classes have probably staged it. What’s your point? Is it overdone? Hillbarn Th…

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 11:15AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Theater: ‘Flower Drum Song’ brings the true immigrant experience by John Orr

There are at least three versions of the musical “Flower Drum Song” in the world, and the main thing they have in common are the songs of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The mus…

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:01AM
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sign Language brings rich new dimension to Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’ in San Jose by John Orr

City Lights Theater Company presents Sarah Ruhl's evocative "Eurydice" with sign language actors complementing the action.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 08:51PM
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Great cast wanders 'Into the Woods' by John Orr, Daily News Arts and Entertainment Editor

Palo Alto Players staging a wonderful production of the classic musical

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 05:21PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Playwright Kimber Lee illuminates the passing of craft by John Orrdaily News Arts and Entertainment Editor

Her 'tokyo fish story’ opening at TheatreWorks this week

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:41PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016

TheatreWorks: A packed 2016-17 season is announced by John Orrdaily News Arts and Entertainment Editor

Hershey Felder is continuing to break his own TheatreWorks box-office record for his "Iriving Berlin" show, which is at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, and i…

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 09:09PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TheatreWorks sets new box-office record with 'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin' by John Orrdaily News Arts and Entertainment Editor

Just weeks after setting its box-office record with "Jane Austen's 'Emma,'" TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has broken the record again, with "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" -- which still has…

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 04:02AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dragon Theatre gives a look ahead to 2016 by John Orrdaily News Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Dragon Productions Theatre continues to thrive since its move from Palo Alto to Redwood City in 2012.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 08:42PM

All that Chat