Venue Details

14 Star Starred
Theatre on San Pedro Square
Located in the courtyard behind Peggy Sue's Restaurant 29 North San Pedro Street San Jose, CA 95110
408-979-0231
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Alan
The theatre is in the same building as '50s diner Peggy Sue's, which is open late, so I went there after the show. I can't recommend it. Overcooked, flavorless burger; chili cheese fries tasted mostly of the beans.
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Alan
The theatre has a full bar with snacks - cookies, mini-cheesecakes; I had a Brie plate that wasn't abusively priced at six dollars. Not really anything to make a meal of.
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47 events
26 reviews
6 stars
attended May 06 2011

A powerful and involving evening of theater. I was saddened to realize that the church/belief principle has moderated a little in its spitefulness but persists much the same today.

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Harry Red Velvet
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3 reviews
0 stars
attended May 07 2011

This play was a disappointment, since I enjoyed the book on which it was based. The script was poorly written and the acting was mediocre. Some of the scenes were bizarre. I couldn't wait until it was over.

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 24 2011

Creative production with a talented cast and a good interpretation of the letters in the original book. Enjoyed the inclusion of physics in the dialogue.
We really liked theater -- a very intimate space perfect for this play. Looking forward to...continued

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Description

Philosophical questions of no small consequence are addressed in this contemplative and visually stunning play. Is science part of God’s plan? Or does the power of science lie in its ability to explain away God’s existence over time? Scientific inquiry and discovery, on the one hand, and faith and devotion on the other collide in the life and work of Galileo. The setting is Florence and Rome from 1630 to 1635. Galileo has moved near his daughters and strives to support their convent as best he can. Sister Arcangela has developed a mystic relationship to the Holy Scripture, while Sister Celeste avidly follows her father’s scientific discoveries and helps him in any way she can by reading and recopying his manuscripts as his eyesight begins to fail him. More is actually known about Celeste, through the survival of over 120 of her letters to her father, an endearing correspondence cited throughout the play. The audience learns of the family’s early life through a series of flashbacks. Galileo reminds his daughters that it has become too dangerous to “sing the truth” as they did when they were children, joyously viewing the heavens through one of his telescopic inventions.

About the Ticket Supplier: The Tabard Theatre Company

Founded in 2001, The Tabard Theatre Company is the managing and resident theater company of Theatre on San Pedro Square, with offices in South San Jose. Tabard is committed to making a difference in the community through the arts by presenting professional-quality shows that are suitable and appropriate for audiences of all ages. Tabard actors, stage crew, and staff of all ages come from throughout the Bay Area as well as San Jose.