Posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jan 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm
I am looking forward to seeing this production tomorrow night (Thurs.) I know of several cast members in this show that are very good performers. This type of venue is a needed entertainment for our city & I hope that the community will support theater again as it was at one time.
Posted by Jennifer, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm
I saw Cabaret on opening night. It was excellent. Outstanding cast and musicians. How fantastic to have such a high caliber performance within our city limits. If you don't have tickets for this weekend's performance, I recommend that you try and go. Looking forward to many more events at the Pleasanton Firehouse!
Posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm
I am amazed at the fact that there was no reviews written on this production. So, it ran for two weekends as planned and evidently did well with their ticket sales. To me, that is no reason to not review any show in the area. The papers are constantly filled with reviews about other company's who perform outside the City Of Pleasanton, what goes here? This is a new venue and they need to make themselves known & many people look to the press for their recommendations.
Posted by Tim, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm
I agree with Don. There is a big review in this weeks paper on the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels show in Livermore, zero about Cabaret. We went to Cabaret last night and really enjoyed it. If you can still go, get over there.
Try to avoid the balcony, however. When you sit back in the seats, the railing blocks the entire view of the stage. You have to sit on the edge of your chair and lean forward to see the whole stage. One would think that someone would have checked this out before installing those seats. Even the usher was surprised at "the awful view" from the seats. Front row, back row, side seats- all have blocked views.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm
Tim, This was the first show I saw in this theater, which is a very nice small theater but......we were on the main floor & the picture frame part of the set blocked off the performers feet and only half of their body was in view. What you describe from the second floor view seems to be a common problem even in the SF theaters if you sit in the first row of the mezz. Personally speaking I question their choice of their opening show. I noticed a lot of elderly patrons in the audience, which seems to be evident in a lot of theater. The show captures the bawdiness for the most part but really wouldn't a review type vehicle been a better choice for their first show. I am happy to see theater again in Pleasanton for sure and we want to keep them here, and support their efforts.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2011 at 9:40 am
Dolores, yes I am aware of that & I am a faithful reader of your paper and enjoyed the article & publicity that was given in advance of their opening. We do have the other theater company located in Pleasanton but they chose to move their main stage shows to Livermore and only do their smaller shows here in town. As you might have figured it out, I am a strong supporter of live theater. The space at the new theater is limited to the type shows that will work there and the Amador theater is a nice size for larger productions, many of which I saw over the years. But I am also familiar with its drawbacks.