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Now playing only temporarily interrupted; these kinds of happenings could only take place in a Pintello Comedy production. Rehearsals are always fun and of course every actor receives the Gold Star in appreciation of their performance on the Pintello stage, a valued treasure to own! And of course, Kevin and Allan Obata debuted Limelight Actors Theater, creating an actor’s workshop, allowing avant-garde theatrical experiences performed in the likes of San Francisco, L.A., Broadway, et al. Q: What was your favorite role you have performed on stage? All of my acting roles are special to me, but some do stand out. All of my acting roles are special to me, but some do stand out. As Reverend David Lee, in “The Foreigner,” I performed my best interpretation of a Ku Klux Klan leader; an interesting character (also my first role after being away from the stage for over two decades). I made my singing debut as Dr. Mark Bruckner in “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,” and Director Mary Ann Bruegmann yelled out at me during rehearsals, “Relax! It looks like you’re having a coronary!” In “Angry Housewives” I played Larry, appearing on stage wearing a blue satin sheath dress, white high heels, a blonde wig and pearls and singing a chorus of “Eat Your F%&#ing Corn Flakes!” I also played the Old Man in “Bathroom Humor,” which had me constantly competing with guests at a party for the use of the bathroom. . .guests of course always had preference, as I hopped, skipped and jumped in agony waiting my turn. By far my most challenging and interesting of roles was that of Lyman Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities,” which was my first true serious dramatic role. Q: What is it about performing in front of an audience that you enjoy the most? An actor’s anthem and British musical, “The Roar of the Grease Paint, The Smell of the Crowd,” pretty much sums up what I believe most stage performers feel and experience when on stage. No matter the venue, a small intimate club or a massive professional Broadway stage, it is the feel and smell of a live crowd, the murmur the actors hear back stage while prepping just prior to curtain opening, the heat of the stage lights blaring down, the first line spoken by the actor, the anticipation of my entrance, the whole enchilada; there is absolutely nothing I can compare to an opening night at the theater. John Varela will be in Limelight Theater’s upcoming production of “The Country House,” which opens on January 27 th . Matthew Russell Hendrickson has been involved with community theater for over 35 years. He is currently a designer’s assistant for Brotin Design, a founding member of a local film production com- pany, Oscar Dante Motion, and is still heavily involved with local theater. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN The Country House By Donald Margulies January 27, 28 February 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 What’s life without a little drama? A brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists have gathered at their summer home during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise, inciting a series of simmering jealousies, romantic outbursts, and passionate soul-searching. Both witty and com- pelling, THE COUNTRY HOUSE provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives. Playing At Limelight Actor’s Theater 7341 Monterey Street • Gilroy limelightactorstheater.com Footloose the Musical February 24, 25 March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farm- ing town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, includ- ing a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young peo- ple, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Playing At South Valley Community Theater (SVCT) 17090 Monterey Road • Morgan Hill svct.org Farce of Habit World Premiere by Jones Hope Wooten Feb 3, 4, 10, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25 Comic fireworks explode in “Farce of Habit,” an absurdly-funny Southern-fried romp sent at the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. The Wilburn family is juggling pesky guests, a gaggle of nuns, a wronged woman bent on revenge, and caffeine with- drawal, as the storm of the century heads their way. Oh, and did we mention there’s an axe murderer on the loose? Laughing your way through the take-no-prisoners lunacy of a Jones Hope Wooten Comedy is one habit you’ll never want to break! Playing At Pintello Comedy 8191 Swanston Lane • Gilroy pintellocomedy.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 gmhtoday.com 97