Browsed by
Author: Tony Urgo

“The Graduate”: Young and Precocious at 50, at Palo Alto Players

“The Graduate”: Young and Precocious at 50, at Palo Alto Players

Terry Johnson Conjures Film’s Charm, Cleverness Onstage   by Tony Urgo “The Graduate” is at once familiar and new, a stage variation of a classic film that’s nostalgic and surprising. Palo Alto Players borrow liberally from both the 1967 movie and the slim novel by Charles Webb where it all began. Keeping to the original time and place (Los Angeles in the late 60s), some scenes are enacted nearly verbatim from the film, while others are smartly transposed to the stage…

Read More Read More

“The Memory Stick” Haunts, Taunts Our Conscience, at The Stage, San Jose

“The Memory Stick” Haunts, Taunts Our Conscience, at The Stage, San Jose

Donal O’Kelly Wages War on War with Soldiers’ Memories  by Tony Urgo Playwright Donal O’Kelly refuses to shy away from political debate. In fact, he barrels toward issues like a historian scorned, and aggressively takes us along for the ride. It’s a bumpy ride, at times. The road he takes us down is more thematic than narrative. Three soldiers, two men, one woman, are stationed at a U.S. Army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. By claiming a small fraction of Native…

Read More Read More

“A View from the Bridge”: Heartfelt, Compelling, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

“A View from the Bridge”: Heartfelt, Compelling, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

Arthur Miller’s Italian Immigrant Drama Still Meaningful Today by Tony Urgo Arthur Miller’s “A View From The Bridge,” first performed in 1956, is now over 60 years old. The cultural tragedy is that its themes of illegal immigration and social intolerance have returned. These themes resonate strongly in Pear Theatre’s production, but the heart and soul of the story belong to the superb ensemble cast, which brings the characters vividly to life. Director Ray Renati has infused the production with…

Read More Read More

“Belleville” Lures Expats Out of Their Depth, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

“Belleville” Lures Expats Out of Their Depth, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

Amy Herzog’s Americans in Paris—with Baggage  by Tony Urgo  “Belleville” will take you from charming to chilling in a performance without intermission. The cast is excellent, embodying their characters fully. The lighting and sound is effective and immersive, and together with the understated set, drops us effortlessly into a busy immigrant neighborhood in Paris. At first, Abigail (Alisha Ehrlich) and Zack (Justin Gillman), recently married, have set themselves up nicely as a young American expatriate couple in pursuit of their…

Read More Read More