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20 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
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3.0 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Tony B
Red Velvet 59 events 27 reviews

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.

reviewed May 06 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Harry
Red Velvet 9 events 3 reviews

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.

reviewed May 07 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Rosanne Sbt Meetup
15 events 6 reviews

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

reviewed Apr 24 2011 report as inappropriate
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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.

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