Theatre Reviews http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/arts-and-culture/theatre-reviews en Pasadena Theatre Company’s Godspell http://www.bayweekly.com/Godspell-071317 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bringing the Book of Matthew to Life</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> By Jim Reiter </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Godspell</em> was originally a college project by the show&rsquo;s author, John-Michael Tebalak, then a student at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh. Another student, Steven Schwartz, was brought in later to add a score, which of course includes such musical staples as Day By Day and Light of the World. Debuting off-Broadway in 1971, <em>Godspell </em>was a smash. It still is all these years later because of its simple staging, relatively uncomplicated music and the universal and timeless message of the Book of Matthew.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/Godspell-071317" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/PTC%20Godspell%202017%20Publicity%20Photo.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="76" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> photo by Walter League Comedy is at the core of the first act. Betrayal and resurrection deepen the second. All work well because of the talented cast, a tight band and simple staging. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/Godspell-071317" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/Godspell-071317#comments Theatre Reviews Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:20:50 +0000 Bay Weekly calendar 39022 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Playgoer: Twin Beach Players’ Little Women http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/playgoer-twin-beach-players%E2%80%99-little-women <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Be sure to see this lovely &shy;production of an American classic</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> By Pam Shilling </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Love is a flower that grows in any soil,</em></p> <p><em>works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow,</em></p> <p><em>blooming fair and fragrant all the year,</em></p> <p><em>and blessing those who give and those who receive.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &mdash;Louisa May Alcott</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/theatre-reviews/article/playgoer-twin-beach-players%E2%80%99-little-women" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/mc%20LW.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/playgoer-twin-beach-players%E2%80%99-little-women" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/playgoer-twin-beach-players%E2%80%99-little-women#comments Theatre Reviews Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:41:48 +0000 Bay Weekly calendar 38726 at http://www.bayweekly.com 2nd Star Production’s Mary Poppins http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-production%E2%80%99s-mary-poppins <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Practically Perfect in every way</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jane Elkin </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s always dangerous to take on a classic; the chances of disappointment are so great. Who could ever compete with Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews as Bert the Chimney Sweep and Mary Poppins? Popular brother-and-sister team Nathan Bowen and Emily Mudd, that&rsquo;s who.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-production%E2%80%99s-mary-poppins" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Step%20in%20Time5.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="77" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-production%E2%80%99s-mary-poppins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-production%E2%80%99s-mary-poppins#comments Theatre Reviews Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:38:48 +0000 Bay Weekly calendar 38488 at http://www.bayweekly.com 2nd Star Productions’ Peter and the Starcatcher http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-peter-and-starcatcher <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Peter Pan&rsquo;s fantastical origins &mdash; with crackling one-liners, slapstick staging, flatulence and actors in drag</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jim Reiter </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;If you like your Peter Pan with crackling one-liners, slapstick staging, actors in drag and flatulence, then Peter and the Starcatcher is for you. The one-liners are no surprise, since the children&rsquo;s book on which this 2012 Broadway Tony-winner was based was co-written by humor columnist Dave Barry. What is a surprise is that the broad humor of this production works well, even though the story is a prequel to the angst-filled Peter Pan we all know and grew up with.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-peter-and-starcatcher" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/2ndStar-Peter%20and%20the%20Starcatcher-021617.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="71" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-peter-and-starcatcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-peter-and-starcatcher#comments Theatre Reviews Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:08:48 +0000 bayweekly_master 36893 at http://www.bayweekly.com Colonial Players’ The City of Conversation http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-city-conversation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Taking on the rise and fall of your political ideals</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jim Reiter </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s always good to make an audience think. In The City of Conversation, Colonial Players makes us do just that with a story that is well told, emotional and often laugh-out-loud funny &mdash; as well as relevant, with its look at how politics can split families.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/theatre-reviews/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-city-conversation" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/A9R14672170.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="83" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen Ruttum plays Hester Ferris, whose liberalism was once the sun around which political Washington revolved. Politics turn personal when her son Colin (Josh Mooney) brings partisanship to the table. &lt;&lt;photo by Colburn Images&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-city-conversation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-city-conversation#comments Theatre Reviews Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:03:10 +0000 bayweekly_master 36557 at http://www.bayweekly.com Compass Rose Theater’s Camelot http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/compass-rose-theater%E2%80%99s-camelot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Timeless ideals well told and beautifully sung</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jim Reiter </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;Camelot, located nowhere in particular, can be anywhere,&rdquo; wrote a scholar on Arthurian times. Fortunately for us it resides until January 22 in Annapolis at Compass Rose Theater.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Director Lucinda Merry-Browne&rsquo;s rousing revival takes a scaled-down approach to this Broadway blockbuster, proving that less is more. A cast of 10, a seven-foot grand piano grandly played and a spare set bring this passionate and humorous classic to life.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/theatre-reviews/article/compass-rose-theater%E2%80%99s-camelot" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/CompassRose-Camelot-122216.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="76" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lancelot, played by Joe Ventricelli with King Arthur, played by Carl Pariso. &lt;&lt;photo BY Stan Barouh&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/compass-rose-theater%E2%80%99s-camelot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/theatre-reviews/article/compass-rose-theater%E2%80%99s-camelot#comments Theatre Reviews Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:16:10 +0000 bayweekly_master 36228 at http://www.bayweekly.com Twin Beach Player’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/twin-beach-player%E2%80%99s-best-christmas-pageant-ever <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Our best family night at the theater &mdash; ever</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Kathy Knotts </div> </div> </div> <p>Anight at the theater &mdash; or anywhere, for that matter &mdash; is always an adventure when you have children in tow. A few weeks ago, our family of four attended a musical production in Baltimore that left me wondering if I had made a big mistake thinking my sons would enjoy the theater.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Dad slept through the whole thing, the younger said there was too much singing, and the elder commented all the way through, despite my insistent hushing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/performing-arts/article/twin-beach-player%E2%80%99s-best-christmas-pageant-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/TBP-bestxmaspageantever.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/twin-beach-player%E2%80%99s-best-christmas-pageant-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/twin-beach-player%E2%80%99s-best-christmas-pageant-ever#comments Performing Arts Theatre Reviews Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:00:50 +0000 bayweekly_master 35948 at http://www.bayweekly.com USNA Masqueraders’ Much Ado About Nothing http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/usna-masqueraders%E2%80%99-much-ado-about-nothing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Midshipmen take on Shakespeare on youth, war and relations between the sexes</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jim Reiter </div> </div> </div> <p>Megan Geigner, the new director of the U.S. Naval Academy&rsquo;s midshipman theater group The Masqueraders, grabbed the helm with deft touch and a focused vision, staging a delightfully energetic version of Shakespeare&rsquo;s popular comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. She chose the play because it&rsquo;s about young people, more specifically young people coming home from war, and about gender relations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/performing-arts/article/usna-masqueraders%E2%80%99-much-ado-about-nothing" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/USNA-Masqueraders.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Claudio (Nick Hajek, right) ­sacrifices his love for Hero (Clara Navarro) on hearing ­gossip about his betrothed’s unfaithfulness. &lt;&lt;photo by Megan Geigner&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/usna-masqueraders%E2%80%99-much-ado-about-nothing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/usna-masqueraders%E2%80%99-much-ado-about-nothing#comments Performing Arts Theatre Reviews Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:43:03 +0000 bayweekly_master 35747 at http://www.bayweekly.com Colonial Players’ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-who%E2%80%99s-afraid-virginia-woolf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Like a horrific accident, it makes you cringe even as you brake to see it better</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jane C. Elkin </div> </div> </div> <p>When outrage-stage author Edward Albee passed away in September, the theater world mourned with a collective gasp, as if his death from old age were just another violent trick designed to snap us out of complacency. The triple Pulitzer prize-winner aimed to make audiences so uncomfortable they would &ldquo;run out of the theater &mdash; but come back to see the play again.&rdquo; He succeeded most notably with his first full-length production, Who&rsquo;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The Pulitzer committee chose to grant no prize in 1963 rather than award it to Albee.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/performing-arts/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-who%E2%80%99s-afraid-virginia-woolf" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/ColonialPlayers-VirginiaWoolf-111016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> George (Joe Mariano), Honey (Sarah Wade), Martha (Debbie Barber-Eaton) and Nick (Ron Giddings) take the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. &lt;&lt;photo by Colburn Images&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-who%E2%80%99s-afraid-virginia-woolf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/colonial-players%E2%80%99-who%E2%80%99s-afraid-virginia-woolf#comments Performing Arts Theatre Reviews Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:26:59 +0000 bayweekly_master 35652 at http://www.bayweekly.com 2nd Star Productions’ H.M.S. Pinafore http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-hms-pinafore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>This comic opera sparkles like sunshine on the sea with all the charm that made it a hit more than a century ago</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Jim Reiter </div> </div> </div> <p>You may have never heard of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, but you&rsquo;ve certainly heard of Gilbert and Sullivan. The two had a run of comic opera hits in England whose popularity propelled them across the pond to America, where that popularity was magnified. Because Gilbert&rsquo;s father was a naval surgeon, life on the seas and the politics of power were often themes of the librettist. That&rsquo;s certainly the case with H.M.S. Pinafore, the light yet acerbic jab at patrician politics and love that 2nd Star Productions in Bowie has brought to seafaring life.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/performing-arts/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-hms-pinafore" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/2ndStar-HMS-Pinafore-102716.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="54" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Many Years Ago with Maureen Roult, Emily Elizabeth Mudd, Pam Ritter Shilling, Nathan Bowen, Michael Mathes and Steve Mangum. &lt;&lt;photo by Nate Jackson Photography&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-hms-pinafore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/performing-arts/article/2nd-star-productions%E2%80%99-hms-pinafore#comments Performing Arts Theatre Reviews Wed, 02 Nov 2016 15:37:45 +0000 bayweekly_master 35430 at http://www.bayweekly.com