Company Profile: Theatre Aluminous

by Mark Johnson Whenever one thinks of theatre in America, their immediate thoughts go to New York, and, more specifically, to Broadway. Chicago, too, has built a reputation as a city that produces high quality live theatre. But the San Francisco Bay Area might soon be included in that ever-so-small list of cultural meccas for […]

Review: ‘You Never Can Tell’ at California Shakespeare Theater (**1/2)

by Mark Johnson A large part of California Shakespeare Theater’s production of  George Bernard Shaw’s rarely produced “You Never Can Tell” is boisterous and hugely entertaining, roaring to life with clownish ebullience that will undoubtably delight audiences. It’s a shame that these moments can’t comprise the entire production, as the more serious moments of the evening come […]

Review: ‘Wild Boy’ (**)

by Mark Johnson Oliver Goldstick’s “Wild Boy” cannot be faulted for lack of earnestness. Dealing with autism, and specifically how people around those living with the disorder can have their entire lives thrown out of balance, the play is constantly progressive and compassionate toward its characters. But, perhaps it is too sincere. By refusing to […]

Review: ‘Chicago’ at Santa Clara University

by Mark Johnson It’s a rip-roaring good time. “Chicago” is perhaps one of the best known musicals of all time. The current Broadway production has been playing continuously since 1996, the 2002 movie adaptation won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the score contains such well-known hits as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Almost […]