‘The Bodyguard’ starring Deborah Cox debuts in San Jose

By Khalida Sarwari Twenty-five years ago, singer Whitney Houston made her acting debut in “The Bodyguard,” a romantic thriller that weaved together such memorable songs as “I Will Always Love You” and “I’m Every Woman.” To this day, the film boasts the best-selling soundtrack of all time. Stepping into Houston’s massive shoes, Deborah Cox, a Grammy-nominated R&B and pop artist in her own right, will be giving life to the late singer’s character in a new Read More …

Opera San Jose gives Puccini’s ‘La bohème’ a 20th century treatment

By Khalida Sarwari If you’re an opera aficionado, chances are you have definitely heard of it, but even if you’re not, the name should ring a bell. After all, ‘La bohème,’ an opera about a band of struggling artists learning how to negotiate love and loss, is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. Now, it will be Opera San Jose’s turn to tell the story, April 15-30 at the California Theatre. Based on Read More …

Emmy-winning comedian Louie Anderson brings jokes to Saratoga

By Khalida Sarwari Anyone familiar with Louie Anderson knows that—much like his stand-up shows—his conversations are littered with F-bombs. Just not the kind that make people want to reach for the soap. The veteran comedian eschews profanity—the standard fare of many a modern comic—for material that touches upon other ‘F’ words, such as fat, family and being over 50. Four-letter words just aren’t his thing, he said in an interview on a late afternoon in Read More …

Broadway San Jose’s ‘Matilda’ tackles bullying

By Khalida Sarwari It’s hard to separate the Harry Wormwood character in Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel, ‘Matilda,’ from Danny Devito, the actor who played him on the big screen in 1996, but if anyone is up to the task, it’s Broadway actor Matt Harrington. Theater aficionados can expect to see the thespian whip up a nuanced portrayal of the “book-hating, television-loving father of Matilda” on San Jose’s Center for Performing Arts stage March 7-12. Read More …

Broadway hit ‘Seminar’ lands at Hammer Theatre

By Khalida Sarwari When it opened at the San Francisco Playhouse three years ago, Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar” was described as a “biting comedy about power, sex and art.” The play is running through March 25 at the Hammer Theatre Center. Set in present-day New York City, “Seminar” follows four aspiring novelists—Kate, Martin, Douglas and Izzy—and their domineering professor, Leonard, as they clash over their writing, relations and futures during an intensive 10-week writing Read More …