Theater review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Coastal Repertory Theatre

How would you remember your past?In 'The Glass Menagerie', Tennessee Williams' first successful play as a playwright, we are drawn into the very personal memories of Tom Wingfield (Peter K. Owen) as he recalls his earlier life living with his loving, but often overbearing, mother and his shy, crippled...

Theater review: ‘First Day of School’ brings laughs

"Would you like to have sex with me?"David (Bill English) walks the school grounds asking other parents and watches as they react to his direct approach. Meanwhile his wife Susan (Zehra Berkman) is doing the exact thing across the lot, ending up eventually in a bagel shop, before their...

Theater review: ‘The Pillowman’ a horrifically good time

Stephen King, your play is ready. Martin McDonagh, winner of an Olivier Award for best new play, brilliantly mixes black comedy, horror and crime drama into an innovative, and often disturbing, script.Throughout the opening night I kept thinking to myself that it would make a good little horror flick...

Theater review: ‘American Idiot’ an energetic journey

The lead actor John Gallagher, Jr., although looking more Jay Kay than Billie Joe, puts 110% into his role as the despondent teen looking to escape suburbia.

‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’: Wickedly hilarious and provocatively profound

Even before I stepped into the theater, the premise of this piece intrigued me.The entire play is set in purgatory, the place between heaven and hell where, according to the production's playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, a Judge Littlefield (Bill Davidovich) has presided for over 140 years providing the last...

Theater review: ‘Brief Encounter’ a masterful composition of classic cinema and theater

Lights, camera, action! The romance of classic cinema—think Humphrey Bogart—married with the immersion of live theatre whisked me off for a brief rendezvous.It started innocently as any other theatre visit to the ACT on opening night; some murmur of excitement is always expected with the rolling out of the...

Theater review: ‘Awake and Sing!’ pulls no punches

Nothing like a great depression to get you in the mood to deal with love and money. It's like a sucker punch—all while trying to balance the checkbook on $26 a week and keep the family on the rails.'Awake and Sing!', written in 1935 by Clifford Odets, pulls no...

‘As You Like It’: New season, new artistic director and new look at a Shakespeare classic

San Jose Rep's 2009-2010 season, which also marks Rick Lombardo's inaugural year, takes a bold leap with a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, 'As You Like It.'The start of the play heralds this new era with three dramatic screen panels which span the entire height of the...

Theater review: ‘The Memory of Water’ in Palo Alto

Less money, less space somehow juices up the creative forces.

Theater review: ‘Yellow Face’ an entertaining look at race in America

I always admire people who can poke fun at themselves yet deliver a serious message. That's exactly what David Henry Hwang does with his mockumentary 'Yellow Face' and there is a lot to admire here. His narrative, which casts himself at the center of a part-reality, part-fictional account of...