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City Lights Theater Company
Gandolfi, Bogovitch, Brownstone
Steve DiBartolomeo / City Lights Theater Company
Erik Gandolfi as Don, Lillian Bogovitch as Alice, and Kristin Brownstone as Catherine, from left, in City Lights Theater Company's production of "Rapture, Blister, Burn," running May 18 through June 18, 2017. This is an early photo; in the actual play, the book case is well populated with books and family gew-gaws.
"Rapture, Blister, Burn," the witty, wise and perceptive play by Gina Gionfriddo, is getting a very effective production at City Lights in San Jose. A fine cast, an excellent set and a very good time in the theater. John Orr reviews.

Dawn L. Troupe
Dawn Troupe
Tracy Martin / Hillbarn Theatre
Dawn L. Troupe as Deloris Van Cartier, pretending to be Sr. Mary Clarence, right, gets a load of the singing of the nuns as City of Angels Church in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of "Sister Act," May 4 through May 28, 2017.
Dawn L. Troupe has blessed many a Bay Area stage with her talented presence, and now she has answered the call to play the lead in "Sister Act" at Hillbarn Theater. She talked with John Orr. Read the story.

Hillbarn Theatre
Wells Viloria, Troupe
Mark and Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Beth Ann Wells Viloria as Mother Superior, left, talks to Dawn L. Troupe as Deloris Van Cartier about staying in the convent in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of "Sister Act," playing May 4 through May 28, 2017.
"Sister Act," always a popular musical comedy, gets a terrific cast at Hillbarn Theatre. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

Palo Alto Players
Mahle, Monagle, McDaniel, Frampton, Kenrick
Joyce Goldschmid / Palo Alto Players
Chris Mahle as Sir Bedevere, Michael Monagle as King Arthur, Joey McDaniel as Patsy, Josiah Frampton as Sir Robin and Nick Kenrick as Sir Galahad in "Monty Python's Spamalot," at Palo Alto Players, April 28 through May 14, 2017.
"Monty Python's Spamalot" is so hilarious that even with a few production problems, it's a blast at Palo Alto Players, thanks to a great cast and fabulous script. John Orr reviews.

Reber, Kopp, Pinto
Tony Lacy-Thompson / Regarding Arts
James Reber, Lee Kopp and Keith Pinto, from left, as "The Rude Mechanicals" of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," as performed by ShakesBEERience at Café Stritch in San Jose on Monday, April 17, 2017. Lolling about on the floor are Gendell Hing-Hernandez as Pyramus and Skylar Collins as Thisbe.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is usually performed, ya know, with costumes and scenery. At ShakesBEERience in San Jose, they don't bother with that. But they have beer. Lots of beer. And a talented cast. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Sakata, Kuroda
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Jeanne Sakata, left, as Natsuko, and Emily Kuroda as Noriko in "Calligraphy." The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production runs March 8 through April 2, 2017, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
"Calligraphy" has some lovely moments, but the feeling persists that TheatreWorks could have done a better job with it. John Orr saw it almost at the end of its run, and reviews.

Kit Wilder
Kit Wilder
Courtesy of Kit Wilder
Kit Wilder directs a show at City Lights, circa 2015. His adaptation of "Frankenstein" opens March 25, 2017, and runs through April 23, 2017, at City Lights in San Jose.
Kit Wilder, playwright, director, actor — all things theater — talks with John Orr about adapting Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" for the stage. In previews tonight, it opens on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at City Light in San Jose. Read the story.

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil
Laurence Labat / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil
The acrobatics are amazing in the "Luzia" show staged by Cirque du Soleil.
"Luzia" is the latest powerful extravaganza from Cirque du Soleil, a feast of sight and sound under Le Grand Chapiteau, currently parked in San Jose. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

Keith Pinto
WolfKlain, Pinto
Tracy Martin / Diablo Theatre Company
Melissa WolfKlain, left, and Keith Pinto in "Singin' in the Rain," at Diable Theatre Company in 2013.
Keith Pinto is a song-and-dance man who has been excellent in musicals all across the nation and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's just finishing up a stellar performance in "Cabaret," is next to direct "Altar Boyz" and there will be more shows to come. Read John Orr's profile of Keith Pinto.

Hillbarn Theatre
Kit Kat girls
Mark & Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Entertaining at the Kit Kat Club in "Cabaret" are, from left, Catrina Manahan, Noelani Neal, Gabbi Traub, Melissa Wolfklane, Rachelle Abbey, Jessica Maxey, Jessica Whittemore and Christine Baker. The show runs January 19 through February 5, 2017, at Hillbarn Theatre.
"Cabaret," one of the greatest, most important musicals of the 20th century, is getting a fabulous production with an excellent cast at Hillbarn Theatre. John Orr said he wished he had more eyes in his head to see it all. Read his review.


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