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.
Feb

Alright Then

This show is a joy to experience with laughter abounding and moments of touching pathos. It is as good as it gets. Don't miss it.

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Feb

The Happiest Song Plays Last

Compared to the previous plays in the trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last lacks focus and seems to wander in their stories to little effect. It doesn't help that at some times in some scenes the dialogue is hard to follow.

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Feb

The Art Couple

The Art Couple is the richest situation comedy that I have ever seen on stage. It keeps the audience in stitches for a two full acts.

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Feb

4Play: Sex in a Series

There is so much I like about this show. I like that when the scene shifts away from a set of actors, they become audience. My ears pricked and I had a glow of joy when I heard the familiar words, “I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?”—Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4, Scene 1. I love the complexity of it and the passion of the players.

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Feb

Two Fisted Love

I think Two Fisted Love should not be facilely pigeonholed. It has elements of tragedy as well as horror, and no small amount of emotional cruelty, along with plain bad, sometimes disgusting, behavior. It also calls to mind the work of Jacobean playwright John Webster (The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil).

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Feb

The Hothouse

The performances, under the inspired direction of Nike Doukas, are marvelous, crisp and tight, finding laughs where they are to be had, and pathos, what little there is, when it can be shown. The play is British and the dialect work, coached by Lauren Lovett-Cohen, is to my ear, flawless.

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Jan

Rotterdam

The cast is extraordinary, playing with the unhesitating, spontaneous speed of life...Director Michael A. Shepperd keeps the pace brisk and the action nuanced. Rotterdam boasts a first class production team....Rotterdam is a polished, brilliant, not to be missed piece of theatre.

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Jan

Pick of the Vine - Season 16

Pick of the Vine, Little Fish Theatre's annual blockbuster slate of short plays, is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. This year's selections, culled from over five hundred entries, range in length from five to fourteen minutes and run the gamut from the hysterically absurd to the wistfully poignant, evoking an audience response of raucous laughter, thoughtful reflection, and plucked heartstrings. The shows boast an excellent cast of appealing players who take on multiple roles and are smartly directed by Little Fish veterans Bill Wolski, James Rice, Marlee Delia and Holly Baker-Kreiswirth.

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Jan

Freud's Last Session

Freud's Last Session is theatre at its finest with great performers, a top notch script, and exquisite production design all the way around. It is easy to see why this terrific company has been around for well over forty years. Readers, it would be sad if you missed this show!

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Jan

The Chosen

With deftness and savvy, director Simon Levy keeps the action brisk and the performances heartfelt. The creative team for The Chosen is first rate with a scenic design and props by DeAnne Millais.

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Jan

Denim Doves

It is a scrumptious, in-your-face satire that might make its ancestors, Beyond the Fringe and Monty Python, green with envy. Denim Doves is spiced with rudeness and a fearless use 0f language, all powered by an extraordinarily dedicated cast of players who, under the demanding direction of Rosie Glen-Lambert, throw caution to the wind, playing with balls-to-the-wall foolhardiness in a damn-the-torpedoes, swing-for-the-fences dedication.

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Jan

Ashes to Ashes

The play shows promise and tries very hard to live up to its press release. The actors did their best, but for a play billing it self as comedy, the laughs were scattered few and far between. The script became formulaic, repeating the same actions again and again. The characters are thinly drawn, allowing no real depth of emotion to develop between the actors.

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Nov

deLEARious

Make no mistake, deLEARious is a singing, dancing, musical extravaganza. The singing is righteous and the dancing fast and furious. Musical Director, Jan Roper at the piano, is the lynch pin of the entire enterprise. Her playing is flawless and her bitter, aggrieved relationship with the Playwright is tart and spicy. Kudos!

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Nov

Mr. Burns- a post electric play

The play is wildly complex, wonderfully imaginative as well as touching, unpredictable, very oddly reverential, and perhaps a touch irritating in a good way, the kind that challenges an audience.

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Nov

Redline and Sinner's Laundry

Crisply directed by Eli Gonda, the language of Christian Durso's play, as rendered by the superbly capable cast of two, is a wonder that flows unmediated from the characters like a mountain cataract. It is thrilling to experience. The play also has moments of suspense when the action threatens violence.

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Nov

Kaidan

This is well and truly immersive, interactive theatre of the highest caliber...The interaction of this seventy-minute magnum opus produces an urgent intimacy between players and audience that sweeps to a stunning climax.

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Nov

The Red Dress

Although the characters as written are thinly drawn, the excellent cast creates believable individuals who struggle with each other and against the times. The pace of the show languishes in the first act, but picks up considerably in the passionate second. The production, directed by Kiff Scholl, supports the playwright's intention with a fine flexible set by Pete Hickock, (lighting by Kelley Finn). The projections by designer Nick Santiago are terrific, showing images and film clips of World War I, as well as those from the period of the play. Sound designer Dave B. Marlin's use of romantic German orchestral music composed by Karen Martin has a subtle irony. And the costumes by Shon LeBlanc are period perfect.

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Oct

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Antaeus Theatre Company's Les Liaisons Dangereuses is powerful theatre with an excellent cast under the sure handed direction of Robin Larsen. The open set and splendid projections by Yee Eun Nam is simple, with elegant touches like the marble floor that looks appropriately rich. The Antaeus Theatre Company's award-winning creative team also includes lighting designer Leigh Allen, costume designer Jocelyn Hublau Parker, sound designer Jeff Polunas, props designer Erin Walley, violence designer Ned Mochel, movement designer Heather Allyn, and hair designer Jessica Mills.

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Oct

Home

This production of Home has an irresistible cast that sweeps the audience along with an enthralling depth of emotion.

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Oct

Br'er Cotton

Remarkable play...as current as this morning. Powerful and passionate. Builds in power throughout the show, surging to a stunning climax.

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