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Jeffrey Lo
Jeffrey Lo
Mark Kitaoka photo
Portrait of director Jeffrey Lo at Hillbarn Theatre in January 2018, as he was working on "Peter and the Starcatcher." He is directing "Cowboy Versus Samurai," which just opened at The Pear.
Jeffrey Lo was recently named casting director at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, but is still completing his work on directing "Cowboy Versus Samurai" at The Pear. The busy, busy man spoke by phone with John Orr. Read the story.

Palo Alto Players
Nick Kenrick
Joyce Goldschmid / Palo Alto Players
Nick Kenrick is terrific as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet" as staged by Palo Alto Players, including in his high-powered piano playing. He's expected to perform at the Players gala benefit on March 24, 2018.
The 2018 Palo Alto Players fundraising gala is called "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" in honor of a play the troupe plans to produce, "The Man Who Came To Dinner." And, to celebrate some surprise performers who will be at the colorful event. Read more about it.

Jessica Rosa Maxey
Jessica Rosa Maxey
Berenice Sullivan / Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre
Jessica Rosa Maxey as Peggy Sawyer in the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre production of "42nd Street," which ran November 4 through November 19, 2017, in the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.
Jessica Rosa Maxey is a knock-out as a dancer, singer and actor in musicals all around the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, she is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering at Stanford. It can be said that both sides of her brain work very well. Read an interview with her.

Allie Townsend
Hurley, Townsend
David Allen photo
Allie Townsend as Doralee Rhodes, right, gives Aaron Hurley as her manager Franklin Hart Jr. a piece of her mind in a pre-production publicity photo for Dolly Parton's "9 to 5 The Musical," presented by Foothill Music Theatre at the Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills, March 1 through March 18, 2018.
Allie Townsend is a successful, modern working person who thinks highly of what Dolly Parton did with "9 to 5: The Musical." Townsend is playing the Parton part in a production of the show at Foothill Music Theatre. She spoke with John Orr. Read the story.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Robert Kelley
CarlaBefera photo
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley describes the company's 2018-19 season during a session Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018-19 season lineup was announced on Monday, and it's a really promising bunch of plays and musicals that are likely to entertain and illuminate. John Orr writes about the season.

San Jose Stage Company
Allison F. Rich
Dave Lepori photo
Buckets of blood! Allison F. Rich as Mrs. Lovett in San Jose Stage Company’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” running February 7 through March 18, 2018, at The Stage.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is getting an excellent production at San Jose Stage Company through March 18, 2018. Get your tickets soonest! Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
"Our Great Tchaikovsky" is the latest of Hershey Felder's brilliant, great composers series to come to TheatreWorks. John Orr reviews.
Hershey Felder
Courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents
Hershey Felder portrays and performs as Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in "Our Great Tchaikovsky." TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is bringing the show for its Bay Area premiere to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, January 10 through February 11, 2018.
Hershey Felder is a proven treasure of music and theater, with his brilliant, inimitable, one-man shows about great composers. He is bringing his "Our Great Tchaikovsky" to TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and took the time to talk with John Orr about it. Read the story.

Hillbarn Theatre
Mark and Tracy Photography
What happens when fish swim through water full of starstuff? They turn into mermaids and perform a Broadway style song-and-dance number, in "Peter and the Starcatcher," at Hillbarn Theatre. The show runs January 18 through February 4, 2018.
"Peter and the Starcatcher" can be a great, hilarious show. The production of it at Hillbarn Theatre has its moments of greatness and hilarity, but also has some bits that just don't work. John Orr reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Max Tachis
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks
Max Tachis as Crumpet, a Christmas elf in Macy's SantaLand, in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's production of "The SantaLand Diaries" by David Sedaris. The one-man show plays December 5-23, 2017, at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. Theater-goers get to pose in Santa's big chair before the show.
"The SantaLand Diaries" by David Sedaris is a holidays treat for adults by the great David Sedaris. Max Tachis is hilarious as Crumpet the elf in the TheatreWorks production at the Lohman Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.


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