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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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Prepare to be spellbound by ‘Bell, Book and Candle”

Prepare to be spellbound by ‘Bell, Book and Candle”

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor There’s magic on the stage at the Campbell Theater with Plotline Theater Company’s newest play, the enchanting comedic drama “Bell, Book and Candle.” Originally penned in 1950 by John Van Druten, the play was later adapted into the well-known Academy Award nominated film of the same name, featuring […]

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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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One-person play ‘I Am My Own Wife’ a moving experience at the Campbell

One-person play ‘I Am My Own Wife’ a moving experience at the Campbell

| March 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor One-person plays are always a little hectic, and “I Am My Own Wife,” Onstage Theater’s newest play at the Campbell, is no exception. Actor Randall Nott wears a single costume throughout the play, and while the set has a number of distinct locales, they shift fluidly from one […]

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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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‘White Guy On the Bus’ an often uncomfortable take on race

‘White Guy On the Bus’ an often uncomfortable take on race

| February 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor “White Guy On the Bus,” the new play being produced by Women of Words Productions at the Campbell Theater, is probably best described as “complex.” Unabashedly racially and politically charged, the play is in turns thought-provoking, insightful, and infuriating, depending on your point of view and political leaning. […]

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