— Karen D’Souza. Innocence and war. Critics have been stampeding to praise “War Horse,” the National Theatre of Great Britain’s World War I epic. Winner of six Tony Awards, including best play, this is the heart-melting tale of a little boy who follows his beloved horse into battle. Young Albert and his horse, Joey, find themselves lost amid the trenches, a no man’s land of smoke and blood. Life-size puppets capture the magic of galloping steeds in this historical spectacle based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which has also been made into a movie by Steven Spielberg. One of the most highly anticipated productions of the year, “War Horse” charges into San Francisco’s Curran Theatre Aug. 1-Sept. 9 as part of SHN’s Best of Broadway series. Tickets are $35-$100 (subject to change) at www.shnsf.com.
No more sawed-off limbs, gruesome murder, headless bodies or infants sitting in puddles of blood, His serial killer Dexter is no more, Now Hall is starring in a Broadway play about two suburban couples, “There’s really no room for so much of what Dexter called on me to do in this — including killing people — thankfully,” says Hall in his freshly painted Broadway dressing room, So the ballet flats kids-shoes body count is “just a squirrel,” Hall continues, He is one of an impressive quartet of actors starring in Will Eno’s play “The Realistic Joneses.” The former Showtime sociopath joins Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts..
“After the sepsis set in, I had the amputation, and they said I’d be dead by morning,” said Atmore. Proving everyone wrong, his prosthetic leg allows him to walk, but music was the only therapy he needed. “They wanted me to seek counseling to go over what I could do and couldn’t, but I was out of the hospital right away with William Hart (lead singer for The Delfonics) and within five months, I was back onstage!” he said. “All because of music.”. “My stylist in L.A. said, ‘You’re my vocal hero!’” he added. “I don’t like people telling me what I’m limited to — music was all the therapy I needed.”.
San Jose Jazz Winter Fest: This jazz festival features Taylor McFerrin, Kris ballet flats kids-shoes Bowers, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Mads Tolling Quartet with Tierney Sutton and Les Yeux Noirs, Feb, 27-March 8, times vary, San Pedro Square Market and Theatre on San Pedro Square, San Jose, $10-$30, 408-288-7557, sanjosejazz.org, Tet Festival: Celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) while learning about Vietnamese culture during this festive event featuring firecrackers, the lion dance and watermelon-eating and Ao Dai contests, Feb, 28-March 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, $3-$100, 408.800.1230..
TheatreWorks. TheatreWorks Honors. 5:30 p.m. June 21. 2014 honorees: Ray Rothrock, Partner Emeritus, Venrock; Andrew Lippa, Broadway composer. Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. For information, call Jodye Friedman at 650-463-7135 or email or email firstname.lastname@example.org. San Mateo County History Museum. Charles Parsons’ “Ships of the World Gallery.” 24 model ships created by Charles Parsons, with murals painted by Fred Sinclair, interactive stations for children, and photos and videos depicting South San Francisco shipbuilding, San Mateo County Coastside shipwrecks and the Port of Redwood City. “Building Pete’s Harbor,” large-format aerial photographs from the Uccelli Collection showing the original construction of Pete’s Harbor, May 27-Sept. 13. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.historysmc.org or 650-299-0104.
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