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“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…

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“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…

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“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…

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Tony Urgo

Tony Urgo

Tony is a native New Jerseyan transplanted (quite voluntarily) to California. He studied filmmaking and playwriting at NYU but graduated with a graphic design degree from Parsons School of Design. He is a filmmaker, editor and media producer, active in the Bay Area independent film community.