Forty and Nine – a State of Mind

By Ande Jacobson

City Lights Theater Company has a reputation for presenting edgy and provocative works, and its current production of “Nine” is no exception. Debuting in 1982 and winning five Tony Awards that year, “Nine” is a musical extravaganza, full of life, color, and romantic fantasy based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film, “8 1/2”, with a book by Arthur Kopit and music by Maury Yeston. Continue reading

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“Equus” Spirits Away San Jose Audiences

By Ande Jacobson

“Intensely fascinated” by an alarming crime recounted by a friend, British playwright, Peter Schaffer, poured his creative energy into his 1973 play, aptly entitled Equus, Latin for horse, against which the crime was committed. Knowing only one horrible detail of the event, scaled back for theatricality, Schaffer posits a possible explanation of the tragedy through a psychological study into the depraved mind of Alan Strang, a 17-year-old, working as a part-time stable boy, and Dr. Martin Dysart, the psychiatrist treating him. Continue reading