San Jose Rep

End of the San Jose Rep: Part I

San Jose Rep founder James Reber and Alexandra Urbanowski, a former managing director, look over a manuscript.

The San Jose Rep began as an idea in my 27-year-old brain in 1979. For more than three decades, it was a home to top-notch professional theatre. I was then saddened and shocked to find out last month that the Rep board was declaring bankruptcy and ending the company’s existence.

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Farewell to 2 San Jose Legends

Janet Gray Hayes made history when she became the first female mayor of a major US city.

I am going to deviate from my usual writing to pay tribute to two people whose lives had a positive impact on our community: Janet Gray Hayes and Carl Cookson. Their accomplishments are many and great.

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Causes That Go Beyond Crime

Many upcoming candidate forums in San Jose will focus on issues other than crime. On Monday night, the San jose Stage Company will host an event where candidates discuss the city's Green Vision plan.

Public safety has been the number one issue on everyone’s mind during this critical election year. That myopic obsession has effectively forced other important issues off the radar. Luckily, we have a series of opportunities in the week ahead to shift the focus.

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San Jose Rep Rights its Course, Again

The Rep’s One Night with Janis Joplin set a ticket sales record for the San Jose theatre company. (Photo by Kirk Tuck)

Ever since Rick Lombardo took the reigns and imprinted his vision on the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the performance center has had excellent seasons. But until recently, a behind-the-scenes drama was playing out—one that would test Lombardo, Managing Director Nick Nichols and the Rep’s Board.

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Thank You, Miss Irene Dalis

A pioneer in San Jose’s arts scene, this will be Miss Irene Dalis’ final year in charge of Opera San Jose. (Photo courtesy of Opera San Jose)

This week’s column is a tribute to one of San Jose’s most amazing and accomplished people: Miss Irene Dalis, founder of Opera San Jose and a world-class international opera star. I consider myself fortunate to have known Miss Dalis for more than three decades and even more fortunate to have witnessed the growth and development of the company she created.

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The Real Status of San Jose Rep

The San Jose Rep continues to provide entertaining arts programs, but a recent report on its financials has raised concerns yet again.

A recent Mercury News article regarding San Jose Rep noted that the theatre’s financials are in a dire state. Unfortunately, that report drew on a note from a 2009 audit, providing a sensationalized makeover of old news.

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