“Book of Mormon” Creates Perfect Storm at Broadway San Jose

“Book of Mormon” Creates Perfect Storm at Broadway San Jose

Parker, Lopez, Stone Deliver Missionary Musical Masterpiece by Rosa del Duca “The Book of Mormon” opens with the hit song “Hello,” in which one young man rings a doorbell, enthusiastically introduces himself, and offers a free copy of “the most amazing book.” Before long there is a cacophony of doorbells and the stage is full of beaming young men going door to door, reciting a cheery script, until Elder Cunningham (the fantastically funny Conner Peirson) ruins the groove, taking liberties…

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“Glass Menagerie” Breaks from Past, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Glass Menagerie” Breaks from Past, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Tennessee Williams in Moving, Fragile Moments by Lisa Portes by Rosa del Duca “The Glass Menagerie” opens with Tom Wingfield’s short, poetic monologue, explaining that he is both the narrator and a character in the play. We are entering his memory of a particular time of strife in his family. At Cal Shakes, Tom (the fabulous, convincing Sean San Jose) delivers his monologue as the sun illuminates the East Bay hilltops behind him. His mother and sister sit still as…

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“A Life on the Ocean Wave” Whips Up a Storm, at Exit Theatre, S.F.

“A Life on the Ocean Wave” Whips Up a Storm, at Exit Theatre, S.F.

Stuart Bousel Serenades Ghosts, Sirens, and Sailors by Robert M. Gardner Lovers of the sea and the stories that surround it will enjoy careening across the stage (err…waves) with this rollicking production of “A Life on the Ocean Wave.” Greeted by Shantywoman (boisterous Christina Augell), the audience is soon singing the age-old question “What Do We Do with the Drunken Sailor?” By the way, “A Life” has a rollicking sub-title: “Being a Merrie Evening of Genuine Sea Chanty Sing-Along and…

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Beguiles at Livermore Shakes

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Beguiles at Livermore Shakes

Shakespeare Under the Stars Works Magic by Irene Nelson Let’s make it clear from the get-go:  this is one of the best, possibly the best, production I have seen in the last six months. “Midsummer” shows us three classes: the upper crust, working craftsmen, and magical beings. All of them bump heads in this sly, friendly, and funny version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Under the direction of Gary Armagnac, a superb cast shines at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s…

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