Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stop Assembly Bill AB 2540

I don't like to be overtly political on this blog, but this is too big to ignore.

Evidently California Democratic Assembly Member Mike Gatto of Los Angeles decided to sponsor a bill (AB 2540) requiring all live theatre venues (and many other small businesses) to pay state sales tax on ticket sales, etc. 
The amount of revenue this will generate would be de minimus but the effect would be devastating upon most theatre companies throughout the state who are already struggling to survive. 

Please contact your local Assembly member now and ask him/her to oppose AB 2540. It goes before the Committee for Revenue and Taxation on Monday, April 23, 2012. 

If you don't know what to say, here's a sample letter. It asks for an exemption for smaller venues (under 300 seats) and nonprofits. Please make any changes you see fit.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Buffaloe'd : San Jose Stage Company : A Capsule Review

A superior cast cannot save this poorly conceived – but well-intentioned – debut production regarding both the Filipino and African American experience in the Philippines in the wake of the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Despite the obvious attention to detail in all its design elements, the overly ambitious narrative structure, employing virtually every theatrical device imaginable, remains curiously remote and uninvolving despite some effective scenes scattered throughout.

Any emotional resonance is attributable to the truly remarkable ensemble, with strong, polished performances by the inimitable Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Amielynn Abellera, Adrian Roberts, David Arrow, Tim Hart, and Elizabeth Carter – plus superb dancing by Alexandria Diaz de Fato.

Undoubtedly its timely themes of recurring U.S. imperialism and the inherent hypocrisy underlying notions of “cultural superiority” was an intriguing concept, but its realization on stage leaves much to be desired. It’s an unfortunate misfire by the extremely talented and normally reliable folks at San Jose Stage Company.