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September Theater Round-Up and the start of the 2012-2013 Season!

What shows are on your September calendar? That’s right Folks, the 2012-2013 season has just begun, and theater reviewers everywhere have our pencils sharpened and phones set to silent.  There are a lot of exciting shows on the horizon this year!  I will be reviewing three shows this month and am recommending one more which I won’t have a chance to see.

 

Ragtime

Ragtime: The Musical
Hillbarn Theater
August 30 – September 23

Musicals are what Hillbarn does best and with a great show like Ragtime, how can they go wrong?  This is the one I’m sadly going to miss, but I can without hesitation state that you should try to never miss a Hillbarn musical.

Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. Written by an award-winning team, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. Featured are such show stopping songs as Getting Ready Rag, Your Daddy’s Son, Wheels of a Dream, Till We Reach That Day, Back To Before,and Make Them Hear You. This thrilling musical is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

 

The Death of the Novel

The Death of the Novel
San Jose Repertory Theater
August 30 – September 22

You’re not seriously going to miss this one, right?  “Mad Men”’s own Pete Campbell, Vincent Kartheiser, is starring in this season opener. My friends at the Rep have been buzzing with excitement, and all signs point to an amazing show.

Brilliant young novelist Sebastian Justice claims to be the most well-adjusted, depressed agoraphobic in Manhattan. While he rants about anything from global warming to tennis, his publisher-ordered psychologist (a “writer’s block-whisperer”) tries to get to the bottom of his grief. But when a stunning and mysterious Saudi woman intrudes into his self-contained world his emotional descent takes a sudden turn, for the raving beauty may not be the person she says she is. Will this stranger be the one to help him find his way back, and at what cost? Identities blur in this enthralling and evocative story that takes a look at the modern world through the eyes of a brilliant and tragically wounded artist.

 

Pearl Fishers

Bizet’s Pearl Fishers
Opera San Jose
September 8 – September 23

Watch out, Opera San Jose, because for this show the Opera Novice will have as my guest an actual Coloratura Soprano, and she’s going to help me understand the nuances of the performance.  Instead of my usual “Oh gosh, it sounded PERFECT! It looked PERFECT! Everything is PERFECT!” I might actually know what’s going on…  But I’m pretty sure Opera San Jose is not going to disappoint.

A forbidden love. A friendship tested. Georges Bizet’s exotic romance, The Pearl Fishers comes to life for the first time on the California Theatre stage. Set on the tropical island of ancient Ceylon, two fishermen vow eternal friendship, but the desire for a mysterious woman from their past ignites a jealous rivalry. A mesmerizing tale of love and sacrifice, Bizet’s musical gem overflows with lush melodies, haunting arias, and the beloved duet, Au fond du temple saint.”

 

The Little Dog Laughed

The Little Dog Laughed
Dragon Productions Theater Company
September 14 – October 7

I believe this will be my first show by Dragon Productions, but I practically begged for a chance to see it.  It was written by New York playwright Douglas Carter Beane, the screenwriter for “Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar”.  The Little Dog Laughed was nominated for several Tonys, incuding Best Play, and I am really excited to be able to review this for you.

Follow the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit it big if it weren’t for one teensy-weensy problem. His agent, Diane, can’t seem to keep him in the closet. Will there be a happy ending as the final credits roll?

One Man LOTR – Through this Sunday only

"One ring to bind them!" Charles Ross in One-Man Lord of the Rings™

If you’ve ever enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy on film, or watched any of them, or read the books – hopefully all of them – get yourself over to the SJ Repertory ASAP before you miss Charles Ross‘s current show.  Yes, in one hour Ross re-enacts the entire trilogy including opening credits, theme music, and hobbits.

You may remember Ross from last summer when he visited San Jose with his One Man Star Wars show.  I believe I compared it to “when your 8 year old nephew is on a sugar high and decides to act out a film (or 3) for you“.  This summer, once again, the theater was packed with excited audience members of all ages bouncing in their seats and clapping gleefully as they experienced the entire LOTR trilogy in one hour.  My guest is a fan of the films and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.  Any show that leaves you with a huge smile on your face is a good one, I say.

Ross takes a quick water break between each of the 3 film re-enactments, and he questioned the audience regarding how many were actually familiar with the films, and cracked some jokes wondering why anyone would attend the show who had not seen the films.  He makes a valid point because honestly there are two kinds of people in San Jose this weekend: those who have seen the LOTR films and MUST GO SEE THIS SHOW, and those who have not seen the films and should probably not see the show.  There is no in between.

I enjoyed his Star Wars show more, but only because I am more familiar with that trilogy.  I also think that the characters in Star Wars are much easier to differentiate when someone is acting them out: Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Darth Vader are all very distinct characters in voice and movement.  With LOTR it was a little harder to know what was going on… unless you are quite familiar with the films.  Gandalf and the Gollum are easy to pick out in Ross’s frenetic show, but a hobbit is a hobbit, and I really couldn’t figure much else out.  On the other hand, my guest said she loved his depiction of Legolas (a character I never picked out in the show) so I still think it comes down to whether you’re a fan or not.

But like I said, there is no in between.  If you are a fan of the films you simply MUST see the show, and you will have a fantastic time.  If you’ve seen one or two films and/or read any of the books, you should still see the show and you will still love it.  …if you’ve done neither, you’re just going to watch Charles Ross have a schizophrenic attack on stage for an hour.  However if you fall in that category and your kids want you to take them… Do it.  It’s an hour of hysterical fun for which your kids (or spouse) will love you.

One-Man Lord of the Rings ™
July 24 – 29, 2012
San Jose Repertory Theatre
written and performed by Charles Ross

Director Todd Solondz at Camera 3, July 21!

DARK HORSE at Camera 3

Todd Solondz

THIS SATURDAY! Legendary independent filmmaker Todd Solondz, the acclaimed director of dark comedies such as WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE and HAPPINESS will be at Camera 3 for a Q&A session, following a screening of his new movie DARK HORSE.  The movie will be at 3pm, the Q&A is at 4:30. Tickets are matinee price–$7!

DARK HORSE
Cast: Justin Bartha, Christopher Walken, Selma Blair, Zachary Booth, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber and Donna Murphy
Synopsis: Abe is a schlubby 30-something loser who still lives with his parents, half-heartedly working in his father’s office and spending all his time buying Thundercats toys on eBay. Perversely, however, Abe is not without confidence and when he meets heavily-medicated depressive Miranda –- who has also just moved back in with her parents — he thinks he’s found a kindred spirit and proposes on their first date. “Solondz brilliantly — triumphantly — transforms what might have been an exercise in easy satirical cruelty into a tremendously moving argument for the necessity of compassion.”–New York Times

Running Time: 84 Minutes

MPAA Rating: R

“Bill W. and Dr. Bob” present an amazing history lesson

Bill Wilson (Ray Chambers) and Dr. Bob Smith (Robert Sicular) meet and talk for the first time in what is now known as the first A.A. meeting. Photo: Kevin Berne

The San Jose Repertory Theatre made an interesting choice for their closing show of the season, in choosing a show about the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I was not sure this was a well thought out decision, honestly, but to my very happy surprise, opening night played to a packed house.  I hear they’ve sold out a couple shows in their run and may even sell out this weekend, and that makes me even more happy (and more surprised!!).

You have only through this weekend to catch up on a show that seemed to have quite an impact on the audience I shared it with.

“My name is Bill W.” I believe was the opening line.

“Hi, Bill W.” replied the audience, in mass.  I was quite surprised, and realized that much of the packed theater must have some experience with AA.

“My name is Dr. Bob,” said the next spotlighted actor.

“Hi, Dr. Bob,” the audience said, surprising me AGAIN.  I looked at my guest.  She smiled back at me with a sparkle in her eye, having also been surprised twice in two minutes.  It seemed the entire theatre was in on this story, leaving out the few people in attendance that night who had no experience with AA and/or AlAnon.  This is in no way a bad thing, more like a sign that I was completely wrong in worrying that SJ Rep Artistic Director Rick Lombardo had had a lapse in judgement in choosing the final show of the season.

Was it a perfect show, even though it got a resounding standing ovation after opening night?  I’m not sure.  Let’s pick it apart a bit.

The set was the STAR as far as I was concerned.  I heard several audience members remarking about the amazing wall of  alcohol bottles that made up the background for the entire show.  It was absolutely striking, and caught attention immediately upon entering the theater.  My estimate was close to one thousand (around 750) empty bottles on shelves that surrounded the entire set, and were lit up to varying degrees for different scenes.  The set was the most important part of this show, as there was always, ALWAYS, a wall of temptation in the background of every scene.  It was the deepest part of the show, from what I could deconstruct, as whether the characters were in a bar, a hotel, their own homes, a hospital, the street, or an AA meeting, there were always these empty bottles in the background.  There is some genius in such a simple set design.

As far as acting went: superb as always, across the board.  The most remarks from audience members went to Robert Sicular, as Dr. Bob. Portraying the founding medical side of AA, he played the part of an alcoholic who had already lived with the disease for several decades.  Ray Chambers can also not be ignored, as the “civilian” co-founder of AA who recovered first, and was the driving force behind the formation of AA.  And right along with these fine actors were Kandis Chappell (as Anne Smith) and Carrie Paff (as Lois Wilson), the wives who helped found AlAnon.

I have no experience with AA or AlAnon, other than what I’ve seen in TV and movies.  However, there were some early scenes in the play which were a bit uncomfortable to watch in their familiarity.  The entire show was played to perfection from everyone involved.

My only criticism is regarding the story itself.  A great play usually has several layers of meaning.  This show was a pretty strict reenactment of how Alcoholics Anonymous was formed.  It was a very interesting show, and less preachy than I expected (although I thought the second half was a bit more so, and my guest thought it crossed a line), but there was no other layer of meaning beyond the history and story that it told.  I have come to expect more from the shows that I see at the SJ Rep.  So while I greatly appreciated the history lesson I received (enough so that I went home and researched more about these men), I wish the show itself could have had a deeper meaning.

All in all, this criticism may not have any weight, as the show has been selling out, and the opening night audience (well versed in the AA world) appreciated the show more than of which I was capable.  My deficiencies in experience should not discount the value of this show.

If you have any experience with AA, AlAnon, or anyone who might give you reason to become involved in either of these upstanding organizations, I highly recommend you try to see this show before it closes on Sunday.  Having no other criticism than a lack of a deeper meaning, I believe this was quite a history lesson, and I’m more in awe of Rick Lombardo than usual at his knowledge of what his audience would like to see.

Kudos to you, Mr. Lombardo.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob
San Jose Repertory Theatre
June 21 – July 15, 2012
By Samuel Shem & Janet Surrey
directed by Richard Seer

Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser coming to the SJ Rep!!

YouTube Interview with Mad Men\’s Vincent Kartheiser

PRx Digital talks to Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) about his starring role in The Death of the Novel,” a new play by Jonathan Marc Feldman at the San Jose Repertory. As Kartheiser wraps up Mad Men Season 5 on AMC, he turns his attention to his role as Sebastian, a brilliant young novelist coping with great personal loss in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

He goes into seclusion in his Manhattan apartment, refusing to write again. A mysterious and beautiful stranger intrudes, telling incredible stories of her own. Is she yet another fan of his work, or is she something else entirely? This play is about finding the tenacity to thrive in a dangerous, unpredictable world, and to create again.

In this interview Kartheiser talks about the energy and passion he brings to his roles, such as Pete Campbell in Mad Men. The production, directed by Rick Lombardo, runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 23, 2012 at the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

As always, Metblogs is looking forward to next season, and as great fans of Mad Men, this show in particular!  Click the link for the quick 2 minute interview with Vincent!  See you at the Rep in September!  And this month, and July, etc.  There is ALWAYS something great happening at the Rep.

Double Indemnity at the SJ Repertory

Double Indemnity is now playing at the San Jose Repertory, and what better way to enjoy this fun production than with a “Noir Fashion Night”?

Carrie Paff as Phyllis Nirlinger and John Bogar as Walter Huff. Photo by Chris Bennion.

The Rep is hosting the world premiere run of James M. Cain’s famous noir classic, co-produced with Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre.  Five outstanding actors from Seattle and the Bay Area bring loosely set curls, fedoras, and a whole lot of talent to the stage in this intriguing tale of greed, lust and murder.

Carrie Paff plays Phyllis Nirlinger, the femme fatale who collects men (and bodies) the way insurance agent Walter Huff (John Bogar) collects deductibles.  The two come together to hatch a diabolical plan to kill Phyllis’s husband and collect a huge insurance payout – paying on the double indemnity clause by having him fall from a moving train.  The plot takes several twists and turns, the characters surprise you, and it was entertaining enough for much debate and discussion during intermission.  Will they get away with it? Who will end up taking the fall? What role will Lola play in the end?

Walter Huff contemplates what he's done for Phyllis. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Although I don’t think the initial connection the two main characters felt was well established in the opening scenes, after a slightly slow start the plot soon takes off and will captivate you.  The intricately revolving stage design quickly transformed from train yard to insurance office to different residences, and having one particular dead body slowly revolve in a complete circle was quite impactful.  For all the darkness in the plot, there is also quite a lot of comedy in the dialog and situations, and overall this is quite an enjoyable evening.

Noir fashion at its finest. Photo by Chris Bennion.

But why not take it to the next level by dressing in your own noir fashion?  On Saturday, January 21 during the 8pm performance The Rep is hosting Noir Fashion Night, featuring special fashion displays, themed drink specials, and a photographer to capture all the fedora-clad fun before the show.  Dress in your finest 1930s to 1940s fashion, and enjoy all the fun — included in the price of your ticket!  Doors open 1 hour prior to the performance, and you must have a ticket to gain entrance.  This is a guaranteed fun and special event.

Double Indemnity
San Jose Repertory Theatre
Through February 5

January Theater Round-up

Are you all ready for the second half of theater/music/opera season?  Well the season is ready for you, and it’s time to start marking the calendars.  These are the shows Metblogs is hoping to attend and review for you:

Double Indemnity

 

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DOUBLE INDEMNITY
January 12 – February 5, 2012
San Jose Repertory Company

THERE ARE THREE ELEMENTS ESSENTIAL TO A SUCCESSFUL MURDER

From the dark and dingy streets of LA comes a treacherous tale of love and murder. The beautiful and seductive Phyllis Nirlinger unveils a cold-blooded scheme to murder her husband, but not before first taking out an insurance policy on his life—one which pays double if her husband dies in a fall from a moving train. Smart-talking insurance agent Walter Huff falls victim to the persuasive femme fatale. Caught in a web of greed and lust, the adulterous couple commits the almost perfect crime leading to guilt, suspicion and betrayal.

Did we hear murder, greed and lust?  We’re so there.

West Side Story

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WEST SIDE STORY
January 17 – 22
Broadway San Jose
Center for the Performing Arts

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

One of my favorite musicals of all time! Metblogs has not yet received an invitation for review, but you should put this on your calendars regardless.  It’s a sure winner!

 

Social Security

SOCIAL SECURITY
January 26 – February 12
Hillbarn Theater

By Andrew Bergman
Director: Hunt Burdick

It focuses on trendy Manhattan art gallery owners Barbara and David Kahn, whose lives are upended when Barbara’s Mineola housewife sister, Trudy, deposits their eccentric mother, Sophie, on the couple’s doorstep while she and her husband Martin head to Buffalo to rescue their sexually precocious college student daughter from a ménage à trois with two men. Barbara and David introduce Sophie to suave nonagenarian artist Maurice Koenig, who offers to paint her portrait and soon begins to brighten her life in ways she never expected in her twilight years.

Hillbarn always produces winners and I’m really looking forward to getting back to Foster City for this show.

And for those of us looking ahead, Opera San Jose will produce Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA starting February 11.  Don’t worry, we’ll be reminding you at the end of this month!

THE LAST ROMANCE at SJ Rep will sweep you off your feet

The San Jose Reparatory Theatre’s regional premiere of  Tony Award-winning Joe DiPietro’s The Last Romance is brilliant. The story flows perfectly and there is never a dull moment. The actors are phenomenal and the direction by Laird Williamson keeps the characters rich and delightful.

You can tell right off the bat that the characters are humorous and enchanting. Rose (Sharon Lockwood) is great as the bossy, disapproving sister of Ralph (Will Marchetti). Ralph likes to joke around. He is jovial and gets a kick out of life, even if he is lonely.

Rose and Ralph, who are in their golden years, are set in their ways. Rose has dinner on the table for her brother every night at the same time. Ralph takes a walk every day on the same route, until one day he goes a different way and his life is changed forever.

He comes across a dog park where he sees the beautiful Carol (Kitty Winn). He is intrigued by her and goes back the next day to see her again. He gets talking to her, but she is very proper and standoffish and wants nothing to do with his come-ons. Throughout their interactions, you can see the rich characters that Laird Williamson has created; the humor and flirting from Marchetti and the rigidity from Winn.

Carol (Kitty Winn) and Ralph (Will Marchetti) meet for the first time in San Jose Rep’s regional premiere of The Last Romance. Photo by Kevin Berne.

Carol has some fears that keep her from fully living her life. She’s afraid of flying, so she doesn’t get to visit her family. She also has a fear of loss that makes it difficult to experience romance. There is a great moment when Ralph, after much cajoling, gets Carol to discipline her dog in a very strict and authoritative way. She quickly goes from reserved and fearful to confident and strong. This is the arc that helps lead her to giving in to Ralph’s come-ons. And so the romance begins.

There are delightful moments in Ralph and Carol’s romance. They are like teenagers again and Ralph quickly falls in love. Unfortunately there is something standing in the way of their romance.

Throughout the play there is beautiful Opera singing by a young man (Joshua Jeremiah). Ralph loves the Opera. He has always wanted to go to Italy and see an Opera at La Scala. He used to sing himself, in his younger years. Ralph says that in all Italian Operas, life gets in the way of love and that the music makes it better. In this story, even though life gets in the way of love, everyone changes for the better.

Ralph has a strong acceptance of the end of his romance with Carol. He has a newfound appreciation of his sister and his desire to make their relationship stronger is the music that gets him through the loss of his last romance.

Carol makes a tremendous leap into the unknown and faces her fear of flying head on by flying to Italy and going to La Scala by herself, after Ralph realizes he can’t go with her. She absolutely loves Italy and is shining because she is finally living her life to the fullest.

It’s rare to find a play that gives you that much needed catharsis. I definitely felt the emotions in this production. The characters were so real to life, that they touched something inside me that brought up my own thoughts on love and life. When that happens, you know that everyone involved; the writer, the director, and the actors have done their job.

What came up for me is that something amazing can come along and you get lost in the idea of making it reality. Real strength comes when after finding you cannot have what makes your heart sing, you realize your life is just as wonderful without it and you appreciate what you do have and do all you can to make it better.

The last Romance will take you on a compelling ride of love, loss and the strength to change and appreciate life.

The last Romance runs through Nov. 6, 2011 and tickets can be purchased at www.SJRep.com or by calling 408.367.7255.

Spring Awakening: An extraordinary rock music production by the San Jose Rep

Melchior (Jason Hite) struts to the front as the rest of the teens dance in the background. Photo by Kevin Berne.

San Jose Repertory Theatre has opened their 2011-2012 season with a blockbuster of a show, raising the bar in every aspect of theater production.  Spring Awakening, with its provocative content, is the kind of show which should usher in a whole new generation of theater lovers, and its high level of technical and acting talent also proves that there is no need to head north to see a fantastic production when you live in the South Bay.

You might think that a show about oppressed, sexually repressed teenagers in 19th century Germany might be stuffy and boring.  But pair this storyline with some fantastic rock music and you have incredibly moving tales of lust, love, rape, physical abuse, pregnancy, abortion, homosexuality and suicide.  What does rock music have to do with 19th century German teens?  What does rock music NOT have to do with ANY teens?  Rock music was created to express the pain, frustration, angst and experiences of youth.  It is actually a perfect pairing, and works on every level in this show.  And although the story deals with difficult topics and situations, and will bring tears to your eyes, it also ends with a song that celebrates hope, and love, and living.  It brought an immediate and deserved standing ovation with not many dry eyes in the house.

The girls demand to know the truth about the birds and the bees. Photo by Kevin Berne.

Although the SJ Rep has always brought in great acting talent for their shows, I will admit to some worries about whether they could find such a capable large cast which requires dancing, very talented singers, as well as such a high level of acting… but the Rep went way beyond my expectations.  The singing was on par with any Broadway show I’ve ever seen, and the acting from everyone was superb.  Most notable for me was Eryn Murman as Wendla, capturing our sympathy, emotions and attention from the very first scene to the very end notes.  The entire cast was easily as talented as I’ve ever seen on the Repertory stage, and as a whole represents a great history of Broadway and musical experience.  Every single cast member was extraordinary, including the SJSU students who absolutely held up their end of the talent requirement.

Moritz (Miguel Cervantes) sings about leaving it all behind while Ilse (Zarah Mahler) begs him to come back. Photo by Kevin Berne.

Sonya Tayeh, known from “So You think You can Dance”, was brought in as choreographer for the show, and while I am sure she’s going to help fill theater seats (she certainly made ME excited about the show), the choreography was not what I expected.  Known for her quirky modern dances on the television show, she kept the dancing in the background here, using it only to express the thoughts, feelings and frustrations of the characters, while letting the story shine through.  It is what a choreographer should do in a show like this, and I believe she did it perfectly.  As a side note, she was in the audience on Opening Night and was absolutely gorgeous.

The music of course had a starring role in this show.  The band, as put together by the Rep’s own Dolores Duran-Cefalu, was on stage, played to perfection, and benefited from the best sound direction I’ve heard locally with the possible exception of Opera San Jose [opening Saturday!].  Sitting anywhere in this audience was like sitting in front of any Broadway musical production, and did great justice to Duncan Sheik’s music.

Wendla (Eryn Murman) and Melchior (Jason Hite) try to fight their urges. Photo by Kevin Berne.

Once again, I’m not letting this review go without mentioning that in recent years the San Jose Repertory Theater has gone over and above in set, lighting and media design, and they’ve outdone themselves in this show as well.  And once again I see the names of John Iacovelli and David Lee Cuthbert involved.  If it’s possible to fill a set with emotion, these two can do it, and it’s hard to deny that when they are involved, the set will also have a starring role.

This is a show about teenagers who are dealing with adult themes and problems, just as all teenagers do, while also having little to no control over their lives.  This is the core difficulty of being a teenager.  Although there are mature themes explored on stage (masturbation, nudity, sexual situations and suicide), the show was not as explicit as I had been led to expect – but parents should be aware that it IS a provocative show.  Use your best judgment regarding your own teenager, but anyone 18 and up should head over to the Rep immediately and get a ticket.  Book writer and lyricist Steven Sater was also in the audience on opening night and he looked pleased.  I truly hope we did make him proud, as I know that I am certainly proud of Director Rick Lombardo and our local San Jose Repertory Theatre.  I cannot imagine how Mr. Lombardo plans to top this show, but we have six more shows to look forward to this year.  If there was ever a time to buy season tickets, this IS the year.

Spring Awakening
San Jose Repertory Theatre
September 1 – 25

Sonya Tayeh choreographing Spring Awakening at the SJ Rep

Sonya Tayeh

 

Does this tattooed woman with a shaved head look familiar to you? If so, you’re probably a dancer and/or a fan of So You Think You Can Dance, where Sonya Tayeh is a frequent choreographer and occasional guest judge. Well known for her quirky contemporary dances on the television show, she has become one of the more popular choreographers. And she is in San Jose right now, choreographing the San Jose Repertory Theatre’s season opener, Spring Awakening.  As if I weren’t excited enough about this show, now I can barely wait until Opening Night!

COMING OF AGE IN A SOCIETY CLOAKED IN TABOOS

Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, a group of teenagers reveals their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, these students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening. This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.

Haunting and electrifying! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now. -The New York Times

Metblogs will be at the SJ Rep on September 7 (the Official Opening Night) to review the show for you, but previews start tonight and tonight is also Pay What You Will night.  Pay What You Will Night is a San Jose Rep community outreach program that supports the company’s mission of accessibility and affordability for every member of the community.  A suggested ticket price of $10 is requested. However, any amount will be accepted. No handling or facility fee will be assessed on any ticket.  Tickets are available only at the Box Office.

Please Note: Spring Awakening is a powerful coming of age story with mature themes, including sexual situations, partial nudity, and strong language.

Spring Awakening
San Jose Repertory Theatre
September 1 – 25, 2011
book & lyrics by Steven Sater | music by Duncan Sheik
based on the play by Frank Wedekind
directed by Rick Lombardo | choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
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