Die Fledermaus, or The Revenge of the Bat
With an English libretto translated by the company’s founder, Donald Pippin, Pocket Opera presents at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts a wonderfully sung, delightfully performed, and always fun-packed “Die Fledermaus” with a talented cast of thirteen and an accomplished orchestra of eleven under the musical direction of Paul Drab.
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Other recent reviews
Merrily We Roll Along
42nd Street Moon opens a rousing, robust, and oft riveting “Merrily We Roll Along” under the clever and captivating direction of Dennis Lickteig.
Fiddler on the Roof
It is a welcome “miracle of miracles” that this 2018-until-now, touring “Fiddler on the Roof” survived its COVID interruption and continues to thrill audiences five years after its inception.
While I am not a member of the vast fan base who still like to stream Pretty Woman the movie, I must admit that “Pretty Woman, The Musical” has some magnetic charm, fun, and appeal for an evening of mindless and carefree entertainment.
A Statue for Ballybunion
What better way to learn a bit of overlooked history steeped deep in the long-awaited miracle of peace as well as the tragic embarrassment of impeachment than by spending a couple of hours chuckling through what are mostly facts that so often seem like pure fiction. San Jose Playhouse stages a too-short, ten-day run of the U.S. premiere of Tom McEnery’s highly entertaining and enlightening “A Statue for Ballybunion.”
Susi Damilano has pulled out all stops of restraint and left unrevealed no verbal pun or visual stunt to direct San Francisco Playhouse’s rip-roaring whodunit of “Clue.”