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Stark Insider TV: A Minister’s Wife (and Cher!)

What is it with our adoration of Victorian-themed love stories such as Downton Abbey? Join us backstage at the new musical ‘A Minister’s Wife’ to find out.

Clinton Stark
06.26.2013 | View Comments

Once again you’ve come to the right place for the awkward, egregious, period hopping cultural mash-up. How on earth we were able to go on location at the San Jose Rep to talk about a Victorian production, and end up with Loni dancing in a Cher wig will be for historians to analyse.

In this episode of Stark Insider TV we sit down with director Michael Halberstam to chat about A Minister’s Wife, the appeal of period dramas and love stories fueled by shows such as Downton Abbey, and the meaning of perspective when it comes to the playwright.

About that romanticism when looking back at yesteryear?

“I wonder sometimes if we get overwrought with a sense of nostalgia for a time that actually never was,” says Halberstam, “Humankind has always been complicated. You can think about times gone by, and in the process of doing so you can erase all the complications of your own life.”

SJ Rep - A Minister's Wife Interview

Of course, we didn’t let Michael off scott free, and drill in deep (hardcore investigative style) to get the real scoop. Like, why is he searching the world over for the perfect macaroon – and what does that have to do with Thomas Keller?

Regarding the love triangle at the core of the musical Halberstam says “Hopefully your loyalties will swirl around in a beautiful chaos so you come to a glorious emotional purge in the finale.”

This segment marks the first time we’ve ventured inside the (expansive) costume shop at the Rep. Shannon Sigman gives us a special tour, and talks about some of the beautiful, multi-layered pieces from the show.

A world premiere, A Minister’s Wife (which is a re-telling of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida) opens tonight a the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

Regarding that Cher wig. I confess. I put Loni in one every now and then so that people don’t confuse Stark Insider with NPR and KQED.

Oh: beware the poet.

Let the show begin…

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Clinton Stark
Clint writes about Silicon Valley (Churchill Club Academy member), film, California wine, theater (ATCA member) and tech including his trusty Canon EOS 70D and, much to his wife's chagrin, his new Pebble smartwatch. A would-be NHLer if it weren't for the clarinet, he tries in vain to direct Loni on Stark Insider TV. He's held executive marketing roles at Cisco, EMC and Salesforce.com, and is active with start-ups across the valley. Clint's story...