Tag: Charlie Jarrett

Victoria Theater production of ‘Hairspray’ not to be missed

Victoria Theater production of ‘Hairspray’ not to be missed

| July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette How many of us still remember Dick Clark and the American Bandstand show in the mid-50’s? It formulated in Philadelphia until it was moved to the ABC television Center Los Angeles in 1964. At much the same time, there was another similar show hosted by Winston “Buddy” Deane […]

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Bring the kids! Two great shows for the family

| July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez Gazette Contributor The Woodminster Summer Musical series production of Walt Disney’s “Newsies” and the California Shakespeare Theater’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s thought-provoking parable, “The Good Person of Szechwan”, are equally stunning and worthy of a “too good to miss” declaration. In the 1890s and early 1900s, newspapers played a major role […]

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Reviews: ‘The Fitting Room’ and ‘A Chorus Line’

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week I will invite you to experience a delightful evening of changing room silliness, in Kathryn G. McCarty’s delightful comedy, “The Fitting Room”, right here in the Campbell Theater. This is not your typical plot driven story, but rather a character driven story that seems to be […]

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Orinda presenting ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

Orinda presenting ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide opportunities that could take you from Orinda to Lafayette, or all the way to San Jose. First and foremost, for those of you who prefer to not wander too far from home, I have to recommend the Orinda Starlight Village Player’s production of Agatha […]

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“Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” is top-notch

| May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette If you, like me, enjoy bluegrass and country music, then you are bound to be put in hillbilly heaven if you attend. The Center Repertory Company’s new show, “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie”, is once again a terrific, moving, and inspirational evening of some […]

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“A Murder is Announced” robust and delightful

“A Murder is Announced” robust and delightful

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette If you haven’t been to the Martinez Campbell Theater this past weekend, then by all means pay attention, because their current show, A Murder is Announced, is a robust and delightful Agatha Christie murder mystery. The Plot Line theater company, one of the newer theater companies currently presenting […]

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First class entertainment in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Vanity Fair

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide you with two terrific opportunities to see up-beat, fun-filled and fast-paced, first-class entertainment in San Francisco’s Geary Theater and Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center, this coming week. First, I’ll share my unmitigated rave review of “Smokey Joe’s Café” presented by the Tri-Valley Repertory theater company, […]

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Trio of offerings dot East Bay

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s reviews provide three totally different experiences ranging between the traveling Broadway production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in San Francisco, the Mystery of Irma Vep in Danville, and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way in El Cerrito. I will rank these shows as […]

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‘Stellar’ production of Matilda at Lesher

| April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This past week, the Contra Costa Musical Theater Company (CCMT) presented the five-time Tony award winning musical, “Matilda, The Musical”, based on the 1988 children’s novel of the same name, written by world-renowned Welsh born/British author Roald Dahl. This show was first commissioned and produced by the Royal […]

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‘Delightful’ Bye Bye Birdie at AHS

‘Delightful’ Bye Bye Birdie at AHS

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week I will be featuring a theatrical production right in the heart of Martinez, with a delightful Bye-Bye Birdie student musical production at Alhambra High School. First of all, let me congratulate the Alhambra high school drama director, Gerry Wiener, and musical director Julianne George for providing […]

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