Registered Critic: Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Paul Myrvold has been writing theatre commentary for over thirty years, first in the Bay Area covering every kind of performance including plays, musicals, ballet, opera, circus and even a Portuguese-style bull fight. He has written about theatrical performances at all levels in all kinds of venues from the premiere theatres, such as A.C.T., Berkeley Rep and TheatreWorks, to smaller, high quality venues such as San Jose Stage Company, City Lights Theatre Company and Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel. He has also covered community theatre productions, college and university productions and, on occasion, high school productions. Now residing in Southern California, Paul has been commenting on shows throughout Los Angeles County and has stretched his beat to Orange County and South Coast Repertory. An Equity actor for over forty years, Paul played Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in San Jose Stage Company’s award winning production of The Three Penny Opera and the dual roles of Sir Walter Elliot and Admiral Croft in the world premiere of Jane Austen’s Persuasion also at San Jose Stage Company. He earned a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Performance” in the supporting roles of J. V. “Major” Bouvier and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in the musical Grey Gardens at TheatreWorks (2008). In the summer of 2018, he appeared in the highly acclaimed Open Fist Theatre production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood as Reverend Jenkins and Narrator. Paul has performed on Broadway (most notably in the hit show Shenandoah with John Cullum), off Broadway, off-off Broadway, in regional theatres, summer stock and as a Guest Artist at colleges and universities from coast to coast. He has performed his signature role Cervantes/Quixote in Man of La Mancha eight times over four decades, the latest of which was an intimate, theatre-in-the round production at Pacific Repertory Theatre. Some other favorite roles include King Lear, Fred Graham/ Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, Trigorin in The Sea Gull, Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown. Paul is never happier than when he is in the theatre, either on stage or in the audience, and he hopes to see you at intermission or after the show.
Mar

Too Much Sun

The cast, under the sure hand of director Bart DeLorenzo, individually and as an ensemble, creates vivid, unique characters of considerable subtlety and intensity, easily standing up to the thousand-watt star power of Ms. Cary.

sweet - ...read full review

Mar

Canyon

Jonathan Caren's terrific, tightly plotted script puts it all on the table, served up and steaming, played with gusto by a first class cast of superb actors. Their performances are subtle and searing, comedic early on and increasingly dark as the existential nightmare tightens.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

Hype Man

Virtually everybody who watches television has seen rap performances at one time or another. But to have it take place in a small theatre in a brilliant drama is thrilling, consciousness expanding, humanizing, and educational.

...The cast, under the keen, fast-paced direction of Deena Selenow, delivers extraordinary performances.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

Life Could Be A Dream

There is plenty of comedy with just enough paper-thin plot to support the singing, which is phenomenal. Whether in tight harmony or solo lines with backup, the loveable cast delivers with extraordinary verve, as they dance in the tightly choreographed movement served up by director/choreographer Jamie Torcellini. It is a kick and a half!

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

The Joy Wheel

With The Joy Wheel, playwright Ian McRae has crafted a terrific, raucous comedy filled with vividly written characters that conjure up memories of the best of Neil Simon, seasoned with whiffs of the head-butting “Honeymooners,” and served up with delicious, outrageous sexual frankness by Jason Alexander's superb direction.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

America Adjacent

Under the sensitive direction of Jon Lawrence Rivera, this ensemble is terrific, playing off each other with seamless, boundless energy, filling the stage with pathos and joy. I loved them.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

Miss America's Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me

Ms. Grant is a sympathetic figure on stage, and opens up with touching honesty as she tells the tales of her life, peppering the stories with self-effacing humor. Her performance, however, is low-key and could use more moments of spontaneous energy that draw in the audience.

sweet-sour - ...read full review

Feb

Two Trains Running at Matrix

Under the flawless direction of Michele Shay, this ensemble of superb actors is sensational, infusing the action with energy and monumental heart, bringing August Wilson's words, with its built-in rhythms and emotions, to extraordinary life.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

"LAUNDRY AND BOURBON" and "LONE STAR"

There is passion, angst, love, fear, worship, secrets hidden and revealed and more. Lone Star is a high-speed, freight train of a play.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

Pick of the Vine

Suffice it say that it consist of five utterly delightful bits of whimsy from Little Fish's favorite short play writer. Is that not enough? Okay…love those fish!

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

THE POW AND THE GIRL

nfortunately, the characters as written lack dimension. They are not helped much by the director, Trace Oakley, who has them doing a lot of heated shouting. And there are staging problems in the small Sherry Theatre space.

sour - ...read full review

Feb

Paradise

Under the keen, sensitive direction by Vicangelo Bulluck, Paradise is impeccably produced with a first class scenic and lighting design by Jeff Rowlings, a superb sound design by Jon Gottlieb, and a costume design by Mylette Nora that supports character and action. And I loved seeing the fine efficiency of the running crew, Sean Fawaz and Zack Roosa, who quickly and surely, cleared and reset props and set pieces.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

Hir

The cast is simply and thoroughly marvelous. Cynthia Kania delivers a nuanced performance of terrific range and power. As Isaac, the appealing Zack Gearing, in all of his character's youthful confusion, meets the script's demands with ease and aplomb. Puppett lends an impish, puckish quality to her performance, leavened with an appealing vulnerability. And Ron Bottitta as the drooling, lurching creator of the family woes is a dominating presence onstage that cannot be ignored.

Taylor Mac, a MacArthur genius, is a titanic talent, and this staging of Hir is nothing short of brilliant.

sweet - ...read full review

Feb

Last Call

There is enough mordant humor in Last Call to label it a dramedy, but as the action swirls to a shocking climax, the show is difficult to watch, and is only saved by the strange, winsome relationship of Ricky, Jade, and, ultimately, Jill. An endearing slide show at the end is not enough of a dénoument to ameliorate the unease of this audience member.

sour - ...read full review

Jan

The Cripple of Inishmaan

This superb cast under the excellent direction of Steven Robman, brings the play to vivid life with great humor and superb dialect work that captures the music of the Irish accent (kudos to dialect coach Lauren Lovett). The comedy is sharp and physical and keeps the audience giggling and guffawing except when affect takes command.

sweet - ...read full review

Jan

Rod Serling's Stories from the Zone

The play is mordantly funny and of course has a kicker at the end.

sweet - ...read full review

Jan

LINDA VISTA

The production benefits from an extraordinary scenic design by Todd Rosenthal set on a cunning revolving stage that rotates to show a variety of locales that appear like magic, which is smartly lit by Marcus Doshi.

sweet - ...read full review

Jan

CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA

The comedy is hilarious evoking raucous laughter, yet retains the critical sting of social justice that can make an audience squirm... This show deserves to be seen all over the nation.

sweet - ...read full review

Jan

A Misunderstanding

His argument is compelling, rational, and thought provoking, and, like evolution, ultimately unprovable.

sweet - ...read full review

Dec

Sisters Three

The action of the play, under the keen direction of Annie McVey, is crisp and choreographed, a necessity in the intimate space of the VS. Theatre. Dana DeRuyck as Emily carries the emotional weight of the play, while Kara Hume serves up some ditzy comedy as Anne, who might just possibly have a touch of attention deficit. When Robyn Cohen shows up as Charlotte, Sisters Three charts stunning new territory in the category of black comedy.

sweet - ...read full review

ADS
  • The Water Way - A New Musical by Brad Mendelson
  • La Vie En Rose with Julia Migenes

Featured LemonAide