Tag: Charlie Jarrett

“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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Two ‘terrific’ theater options

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week’s review covers two terrific theatrical productions. The first, The Diary of Anne Frank, is conveniently located at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, and the second in San Francisco, The Jungle, playing in the completely re-envisioned Curran theater, which has been gutted and […]

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‘Fuddy Meers’ is a don’t miss

‘Fuddy Meers’ is a don’t miss

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor “Fuddy Meers” is a remarkably well written, very dark comedy, which the B8 Theater company opened in Concord this past week. The story centers around Claire (Jan Lee Marshall) a psychogenic amnesiac, who wakes up every morning with no prior memory of her past. This rare occurrence happens where […]

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‘Noises Off’ on stage at beautiful California Theater

| February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez Gazette Contributor I have a treat for you as this week’s review allows me to introduce a production that I have always enjoyed. Although I have seen it a number of times, and I have always seen it done well, this production of Noises Off is no exception. In addition, this […]

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Thought-provoking production at Campbell Theater

Thought-provoking production at Campbell Theater

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez Gazette Contributor MARTINEZ, Calif. – Over this past year I’ve deliberately been spending more time at the Campbell theater in Martinez for a very good reason; the quality of theatrical productions and the stories that are told there are valuable stories of humanity that resonate with me, bringing me enjoyment and […]

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Martinez students engage at Eugene O’Neill Studio Retreat

Martinez students engage at Eugene O’Neill Studio Retreat

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Martinez Gazette Between March 10 and 17, five gifted and inspired students from Alhambra High and Briones High took up the challenge offered by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, in partnership with the Eugene O’Neill National Park, to express themselves in a free artistic enrichment program for high school students. […]

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