Gaggles of gays ruffle feathers in La Cage

Sep 19

Gaggles of gays ruffle feathers in <i>La Cage</i>

The irony surrounding Friday's opening-night for La Cage aux Folles at San Mateo's Broadway by the Bay was sweet. Audience members showing up for this glitzy gay musical fairy tale were not able to park in the parking lot of the San Mateo Performing Arts Center (aka San Mateo High School) because there was a football game going on.

That's right: it was the classic collision of quarterbacks and drag queens.

And I think the drag queens won – at least they were more entertaining.

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Broadway by the Bay’s musical man

Apr 01

As someone who has loved musicals since his formative years, Jim Gardia is certainly in the right business. And to think, he could have ended up as a swim coach. In college, Gardia, who was a competitive swimmer, was seriously considering a career as a swim coach. “But theater pulled me harder,” he says. For six years he worked with Los Angeles’...

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Review: `Stephen Schwartz and Friends’

Nov 08

Out of the ruins and rubbleOut of the smokeOut of our night of struggleCan we see a ray of hope?One pale thin ray reaching for the dayWe can build a beautiful cityYes, we can; Yes, we can … Friday night at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz diverged from his set list after opening his show, Stephen Schwartz and Friends, with...

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New seasons: TheatreFIRST, Broadway by the Bay

Oct 22

TheaterFIRST, under the new artistic direction of Dylan Russell, has announced its 15th anniversary season, which will run from January to June 2009 and will include a staged reading series and a Harold Pinter revival. The season opens with a staged reading series from mid-January to mid-February. Plays and location still to be announced, but the readings will be at...

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Theater moments: Reflections on 2007

Jan 02

I’ve already offered up my Top 10 list of 2007′s best Bay Area theater (see it here). That’s all well and good, but there was way too much good stuff in 2007 to contain in a polite numbered list. What follows, in no apparent order, are some of the year’s most distinctive theater moments (mostly good, some not so much). The shows in the Top 10...

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An Ahrens & Flaherty weekend

Nov 12

Broadway may have been pretty quiet last Saturday night (what with the stagehands strike and all), but the Broadway show tunes were ringing sweetly through the Bay Area. More specifically the show tunes of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty were in the air on both sides of the Bay. In Berkeley, the newly formed Berkeley Playhouse opened its inaugural production,...

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