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Monday, February 10, 2020

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announces first shows for its new era by Randy McMullen

TheaterWorks' new season -- its first under new director Tim Bond -- includes a Jane Austen musical, a world premiere and "Man of la Mancha."

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Diablo Ballet heads to ‘Balanchine and Beyond’ in new recital by Randy McMullen

Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet performs Balanchine's "Who Cares?" as the centerpiece of a program titled "Balanchine and Beyond" Feb. 7-8.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Isabella Rossellini brings solo show ‘Link Link Circus’ back to SF by Randy McMullen

Isabella Rossellini's solo show 'Link Link Circus,' which explores animals' mental abilities, plays at The Chapel Feb. 3-11.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

GuGu Drum Group brings colorful Chinese percussion show to Bay Area by Randy McMullen

Gugu Drum Group -- which uses percussion, dance and colorful costumes to perform Chinese fables -- comes to San Jose Jan. 31.

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2 iconic musicals getting Bay Area revivals: ‘Fantasticks,’ ‘West Side Story’ by Randy McMullen

"The Fantasticks" is revived at 3Below Theaters and Lounge in San Jose, and "West Side Story" is playing at Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Bollywood ‘Figaro’? Opera San Jose sets stunning new season by Randy McMullen

New general director announces new Opera San Jose season with re-imaginings of 'Figaro' and 'Carmen' and a staging of controversial 'Salome.'

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Bessie Smith’s explosive music, career revived in ‘Devil’s Music’ at Center Rep by Randy McMullen

The powerful music and wild life of 1920s blues legend Bessie Smith recalled in stirring musical "The Devil's Music" at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

TheatreWorks, City Lights open 2020 with emotionally wrought works by Randy McMullen

TheatreWorks presents Holocaust-themed 'Pianist of Willesden Lane'; City Lights opens Sarah Ruhl's 'Stage Kiss.'

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dan Hoyle’s on the edge in ‘Border People’ in SF by Randy McMullen

Bay Area performer Dan Hoyle's solo show timely "Border People" plays through Jan. 18 in S.F.

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‘Big Fat Kiss Off’ comedy show is still on, though Will Durst is ailing by Randy McMullen

The annual “The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show” has been rolling on for 27 years now, so it’s going to take a little more than its headliner being out to derail this train. Bay …

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What to do in the Bay Area during the winter holiday ‘Dead Week’ by Randy McMullen

Bay Area clubs and theaters offer plenty of shows during the "dead week" between Christmas and New Year's.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Epic Chinese pageant ‘Shen Yun’ back in Bay Area by Randy McMullen

'Shen Yun,' an epic pageant devoted to Chinese history and culture, stops in S.F. and San Jose on its annual Bay Area tour.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Oakland Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ dances back to Paramount Theatre by Randy McMullen

Oakland Ballet brings Graham Lustig's acclaimed adaptation to the Paramount Theatre Dec. 21-22.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Charming musical ‘Waitress’ back in Bay Area for brief run by Randy McMullen

'Waitress,' the musical based on the beloved 2007 indie film, and boasting a score by pop/rock star Sara Bareilles, plays in San Jose Dec. 17-22.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

7 amazing Bay Area things to do over Thanksgiving weekend by Randy McMullen

Got your Thanksgiving weekend plans yet? We have some nifty ideas, from holiday fairs and ice rinks with bumper cars to holiday arts shows.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

‘The Humans’ in San Jose captures realistic family dealing with real demons by Randy McMullen

The Tony Award winning drama 'The Humans' plays at San Jose Stage with its story of a family grappling with myriad issues over Thanksgiving dinner.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Holiday arts: Bay Area stages serve up Scrooge, Austen, ‘Golden Girls’ by Randy McMullen

Holiday season finds Bay Area stage companies performing classics by Dickens and Austen, and some surprises, too.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Stunt Dog Experience show ready to blow Bay Area minds by Randy McMullen

Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience brings its eye-popping, heartwarming show to Palo Alto and Livermore.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Surprising look at feminist icon emerges at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre by Randy McMullen

Bryna Turner's "Bull in a China Shop" focuses on feminist Mary Woolley and her longtime love affair -- it plays in Berkeley through Dec. 8.

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New ‘Tale of Despereaux’ musical comes to Berkeley Rep by Randy McMullen

PigPen Theatre Co. presents "The Tale of Despereaux," a new stage musical based on Kate DiCamillo's story about a shunned mouse who becomes a hero.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Smuin’s beloved ‘Christmas Ballet’ is back with a few surprises by Randy McMullen

Smuin Contemporary Ballet is bringing its delightful "Christmas Ballet" to Walnut Creek, Mountain View, S.F. and Carmel.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Following complaints, magician changes Berkeley stage show title to remove Asian slur by Randy McMullen

Following complaints from Japanese-American community, Magician David Hirata changes title of his show at The Marsh Berkeley to remove an Asian slur.

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Sugar plum secrets: What you don’t know about ‘Nutcracker’ by Randy McMullen

From DIY tutus to sunflowers, hip hop and recycled snowflakes, Maria Carey and Barbie, here's what you don't know about the famous holiday ballet.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley by Randy McMullen

Tim Bond, who has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and garnered acclaim for theater direction, succeeds Robert Kelley at TheatreWorks.

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Love romance? ‘The Fantasticks’ plays at Tri-Valley Rep in Pleasanton by Randy McMullen

"The Fantasticks," the world's longest-running musical, brings its catchy songs ("Try to Remember," anyone?) and timeless love story to Pleasanton.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

City Lights serves up new ‘Pride and Prejudice’ sequel in San Jose by Randy McMullen

"The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley" is a new "Pride and Prejudice" sequel playing at City Lights Theater in San Jose.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Nutcracker 2019: Here’s where to see the iconic ballet in the Bay Area by Randy McMullen

From full-length, opulent productions to kid-friendly abbreviated versions, here's where to see "The Nutcracker" in the Bay Area.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Groundbreaker Robert Townsend relives career on Berkeley stage by Randy McMullen

Filmmaker, actor and comedian Robert Townsend, best known for 'The Hollywood Shuffle,' tells his life story in new show at The Marsh Berkeley.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

‘STOMP’ stage extravaganza slams back to SF Nov. 5-10 by Randy McMullen

'STOMP,' the global persussion/theater hit, is back for a short run at S.F.'s Geary Theater -- here's what you need to know.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Native Gardens’ at Center Rep blooms with laughs by Randy McMullen

Karen Zacarias's culture-clash comedy 'Native Gardens' is timely but mostly gentle; it's getting a winning production by Center Rep in Walnut Creek.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review: Can ‘Nine’ measure up to ‘8½’? by Randy McMullen

'Nine,' the stage musical based on Fellini's classic "8½," gets a strong new production from Guggenheim Entertainment in San Jose.

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