Four minor earthquakes — or at least 3 ½ — shook up the audience at Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto on Saturday as the foot-tapping, heart-pounding, hand-clapping musical “Million Dollar Quartet” roared onstage under the steady hands of Palo Alto Players and director Jeffrey Bracco. There’s also a hurricane in the form of a blonde bombshell who can belt out a song with the best of them (and knows how to accentuate her curves in a form-fitting red dress). The audience lapped it up.
Playwright Sarah Ruhl has made a name for herself writing odd little plays about strange subjects and infusing them with both comedy and drama — sometimes at the same moment. That’s why it takes a while to decide whether “In the Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play,” which opened last weekend at Pear Theatre in Mountain View, is pulling our legs or is serious. After all, vibrators are seldom mentioned in polite company, right?
It’s not easy to mount an aging play like Arthur Miller’s 1953 “The Crucible,” so considerable credit is due both Los Altos Stage Company Artistic Director Gary Landis and peripatetic director Jeffrey Lo, who seems to thrive on working on such quirky dramas. Note to theatergoers: Sometimes it’s not easy to watch, either. Playing through Oct. 1 at Bus Barn Theatre in Los Altos, “The Crucible” has long been considered a major force in the canon of American drama.
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Selecting a term
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