Theatrical Reviews

Below is a listing of past theatrical reviews by theater company, music organization, or current venue. In this case, theatrical refers to a live performance of some kind. This can be a straight play, musical theater, or potentially even a concert performance. A list of productions reviewed is also available on A Good Review.

A Theatre Near U, see their website for current location and performance information

Exploring the beautiful glass of life (A Beautiful Glass, June 2016)

Take a farcical romp back to high school (Like, Like, Like?, June/July 2017)

‘Lord of the Flies’ reveals the savageness within us (Lord of the Flies, July/August 2017)

ATNU’s “Children of an Idle Brain” blurs the definition of reality (Children of an Idle Brain, June 2018)

Bay Area Opera Collaborative, see their website for current location and performance information

BayOp shows what can happen when women are pirates and kings (The Pirates of Penzance, September 2018)

Broadway By The Bay, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, CA 94063

And So Goes Momma Rose (Gypsy, September/October 2011)

Buckle up for an emotional ride with BBB’s “West Side Story” (West Side Story, August/September 2015)

BBB mounts a dancing spectacular that glistens in the rain (Singin’ in the Rain, November 2017)

California Theatre Center, 550 E. Remington Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087

CTC’s 80 Days Provides a Fun-Filled Trip Around the Stage (Around the World in 80 Days, June/July 2011)

CTC Serves Up an Entertaining Evening (The Servant of Two Masters, June/July 2011)

Coffee Anyone? (Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, June/July 2011)

Cirque du Soleil, various locations

Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM – an unforgettable journey (TOTEM, November/December 2011; March 2012)

City Lights Theater Company, 529 South Second Street, San Jose, CA 95117

Equus Spirits Away San Jose Audiences (Equus, March/April 2011)

Information Overload, What’s a Mother To Do? (Distracted, May/June 2011)

Forty and Nine – a State of Mind (Nine, July/August 2011)

Power is a Potent Aphrodisiac (Aphrodisiac, January/February 2012)

Mystery, intrigue, and corruption at its finest (Hamlet, March/April 2012)

City Lights examines the “hysterical” 1880s (In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play), May/June 2012)

Following the American Dream by way of Asia (Ching Chong Chinaman, January/February 2013)

“Dear Broadway…my play is named Spacebar” (Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman, June 2013)

The language of love vs. the love of language (The Language Archive, June 2014)

It builds! (Build, January/February 2015)

No lions, no tigers, but bears, oh my! (Exit, Pursued by a Bear, May/June 2015)

Dragon Theatre Company, 2120 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

Dependence on Strangers (A Streetcar Named Desire, July/August 2011)

Testing Family Ties and the Bonds of Sisterhood (Sister Cities, September/October 2011)

Bone Marrow is Thicker Than Water (Marvin’s Room, January/February 2012)

Will family ties survive the truth? (Wonderful World, May/June 2012)

Time marches on for Dragon Productions Theatre Company (March, November/December 2012)

The Dragon roars again with “After Ashley” (After Ashley, January/February 2013)

Dragon finds the right car (Becky’s New Car, July/August 2013)

Exploring the varied results of the Reardons’ rearing (And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, August/September 2013)

Big Pharma and romance can make for a complicated combination (Rx, January/February 2014)

Dragon’s stage is haunted this Halloween (The Woman in Black, October/November 2014)

Foothill Music Theatre and Foothill College Theatre Arts, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos, CA 94022

Ignorance is not bliss (Spring Awakening, February/March 2013)

The Devil is in the details (Damn Yankees, July/August 2013)

Georges captures the many colors of life (Sunday in the Park with George, February/March 2015)

FMT lets its Freak Flag fly! (Shrek The Musical, July/August 2017)

‘The Sound of Music’ is enthralling audiences at FMT this summer (The Sound of Music, July/August 2018)

FMT presents a breathtaking new look at ‘Cinderella’ (Cinderella, July/August 2019)

Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404

Mystery, mayhem, and a Rubik’s Cube (Deathtrap, October/November 2012)

Hillbarn stages a colorful “Joseph” (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, December 2012)

Sister and brother, mother and son, and a journey through time (John & Jen, March/April 2013)

The night smiles three times (A Little Night Music, May/June 2013)

Life’s bruises and beauty have purple in common (The Color Purple, May/June 2014)

Palo Alto Players, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94301

East meets west in “Miss Saigon” (Miss Saigon, April/May 2013)

Flight of fancy land on the Lucie Stern stage (Boeing Boeing, June 2013)

Let PAP dazzle you (Chicago, September 2015)

‘Tarzan’ swings into Palo Alto in style (Tarzan, September 2018)

Pear Theatre (“The Pear”) (formerly The Pear Avenue Theatre), 1110 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043

Death Comes to Life on Pear Avenue (Death of a Salesman, February/March 2011)

Pear Playwrights Guild Serves Up Slices of “Americana” (Pear Slices 2011, April 2011)

Yankee Ingenuity Graces Pear’s Penultimate Production (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, May 2011)

Pear Avenue’s Season Closes from the Inner Circle of American Classics (A Raisin in the Sun, June/July 2011)

Life Goes On (Fifth of July, September/October 2011)

Much to Moon Over (A Moon For the Misbegotten, January/February 2012)

Cultures and generations collide as “Familiar Strangers” makes its world premiere at The Pear (Familiar Strangers, March 2012)

The Pear shares nine new “Slices” to celebrate nine years of innovative theater (Pear Slices, May 2012)

What is real love? (The Real Thing, November 2012)

The Pear explores the intimacy of love, friendship, and yes “Intimate Apparel” (Intimate Apparel, January 2013)

How far does the apple fall? (The Apple Never Falls, February/March 2013)

The Pear presents nine more “Slices” (Pear Slices 2013, April 2013)

“Superior Donuts” serves up more than “dessert cakes” (Superior Donuts, June/July 2013)

The Pear is willing, wanting, and waiting for you to come see “Pygmalion” (Pygmalion, June/July 2014)

Here’s to you, Frankie Payne! (Birds of a Feather, May 2015)

Chaos is timeless (Arcadia, June/July 2015)

The nightly rise and fall of “The Walls of Jericho” (The Walls of Jericho, September/October 2015)

The Pear explores communication complexities in “Tribes” (Tribes, November 2015)

Praise the simplicity of rural Russian life at The Pear (Uncle Vanya, February/March 2016)

Ripples that touch us all (The Guys, August/September 2016)

Freedom goes both ways (Veils, August/September 2016)

The Pear’s “Uncanny Valley” touches the heart of the Silicon Valley (Uncanny Valley, January/February 2017)

It’s time for ‘Pear Slices 2017’ (Pear Slices 2017, May 2017)

Paroxysms, circa 1880s, abound at the Pear (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, September/October 2017)

The prescience of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ – who knew? (An Enemy of the People, October/November 2017)

In finding one’s Mecca, it’s the journey that counts (The Road to Mecca, January/February 2018)

“Cowboy Versus Samurai” takes a love story for the ages and turns it upside down at The Pear (Cowboy Versus Samurai, March/April 2018)

Would you spend the end of the world on Ok Cupid? (Spending the End of the World on Ok Cupid, January/February 2019)

Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA

Pink and awkwardly inserted dance numbers gleefully collide at the Retro Dome (Becoming Britney, February/March 2012)

South Bay Musical Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Silence Isn’t Golden (Mack and Mabel, May/June 2011)

Willingly suspend disbelief and just watch the rainbow (Finian’s Rainbow, January/February 2012)

Mystery, murder, mayhem, and magic abound in SBMT’s “City of Angels” (City of Angels, September/October 2016)

Stanford Repertory Theater, various theaters on the Stanford University Campus (formerly Stanford Summer Theater)

Finding happiness where you can (Happy Days, August 2013)

Stanford Rep sets sail on an imaginative journey (Moby Dick, Rehearsed, July/August 2014)

Stanford Rep continues its Orson Welles festival with a visit from Mars (The War of the Worlds, August 2014)

Stanford Rep celebrates female ingenuity strikingly combining Euripides’ ‘Hecuba’ and ‘Helen’ (Hecuba/Helen, July/August 2018)

Sunnyvale Community Players, 550 E. Remington Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Devilish Decadence Abounds (Cabaret, April/May 2011)

Magic from within (Pippin, September/October 2013)

Tabard Theatre Company/TOPS, 29 North San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Tabard’s 10th Season Finale Takes the Concert Out of Follies Concert Version (Follies Concert Version, March 2011)

Galileo’s Yearning For Truth (Inferno Theatre Company’s Galileo’s Daughters, April/May 2011)

Tabard Adds Life to the Holiday Season (It’s a Wonderful Life, December 2011)

Traversing paths both traditional and modern (Crossing Delancy, January/February 2012)

He served his art and his country (Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, February 2013)

Kander and Ebb make the music go ’round (The World Goes ‘Round, July/August 2013)

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans” (Making God Laugh, September/October 2013)

Look for Christmas miracles at Tabard this holiday season (Miracle on 34th Street – a Live Radio Play, December 2015)

Do you or don’t you? (I Do! I Do! – February 2016)

‘Shylock’ explores crucial questions at Tabard (Shylock – June 2021)

TheatreWorks, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041; Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301; Lohman Theatre, Foothill College Campus, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

A Look at the Sensible 19th Century (Sense and Sensibility, August/September 2011)

The Fury of the Gods Brings a Family Closer Together (Clementine in the Lower 9, October 2011)

The Secret is Out (The Secret Garden, December 2011)

When old becomes new again (Now Circa Then, March/April 2012)

TheatreWorks’ 60th world premiere knocks the wheels off the house (Wheelhouse, June 2012)

“Time Stands Still” comes to TheatreWorks in a gripping Regional Premiere (Time Stands Still, August/September 2012)

Without music, there is no life (33 Variations, October 2012)

Dreams from Manhattan’s West Side dazzle audiences at TheatreWorks’ “Somewhere” (Somewhere, January/February 2013)

Meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man behind the legend (The Mountaintop, March/April 2013)

Happiness is remembering a mother’s love (Wild With Happy, June 2013)

All’s fair in families and politics (Other Desert Cities, August/September 2013)

Two of the best pianists in the ___ (2 Pianos 4 Hands, January/February 2015)

A house collided (The Country House, August/September 2015)

“Proof” examines the infinitesimally short distance between genius and crazy (Proof, October/November 2015)

Hershey Felder brings “The American Mozart” to life at TheatreWorks (Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, January/February 2016)

A pauper, a poet, a swordsman, a nose – it’s “Cyrano”! (Cyrano, April/May 2016)

Yearning for peace and acceptance as time marches on (The Velocity of Autumn, June 2016)

‘Rags’ seeks the virtues of Lady Liberty at TheatreWorks (Rags, April 2017)

Hershey Felder conjures an incredible portrait of ‘Beethoven’ at TheatreWorks (Hershey Felder, Beethoven, June/July 2017)

What if … (Constellations, August/September 2017)

TheatreWorks’ ‘The Prince of Egypt’ brings a big story to life in a spectacular way (The Prince of Egypt, October/November 2017)

TheatreWorks packs 80 days into a fun-filled, 2-hour trip around the world (Around the World in 80 Days, November/December 2017)

TheatreWorks presents the cure for holiday hype – ‘The Santaland Diaries’ (The Santaland Diaries, December 2017)

Tchaikovsky takes the TheatreWorks stage by storm (Our Great Tchaikovsky, January/February 2018)

“Finks” shows how one famous family survived McCarthyism (Finks, June/July 2018)

“Good fences make good friends” in TheatreWorks’ ‘Native Gardens’ (Native Gardens, August/September 2018)

‘Frost/Nixon’ – a wily game of cat and mouse at TheatreWorks (Frost/Nixon, January/February 2019)

West Valley Light Opera, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

WVLO Spells Success Under Challenging Circumstances (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, March/April 2011)


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2 thoughts on “Theatrical Reviews

  1. Hi Ande:

    I’m enjoying reading your reviews. I would like to invite you to Opening Night, Friday, June 3 at 7:30pm at The Sunnyvale Theatre. I hope you can make it! CTC is the professional acting ensemble who shares the theatre with SCP and The Sunnyvale Singers as well as the City’s Cultural Arts program and other renters. I will add you to my Press group.

    Give me a call or e-mail and I can set aside some comps for ya.


    :0) Rick


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