Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News

Karen D'Souza

San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Karen:

Review: ‘Clyde’s’ is a savory treat at Berkeley Rep — if only it dug a little deeper

Lynn Nottage’s clever comedy about a group of ex-cons trying to reset their lives while working at a sandwich shop plays in Berkeley through Feb. 26. → Read More

ACT’s ‘Christmas Carol’ revival is a holiday treat to savor

A grand holiday tradition continues with American Conservatory Theater’s annual production of the Dickens classic. → Read More

Review: 'Beetleuice' musical in SF can't match the movie's magic

‘Beetlejuice,’ an overly long stage musical, lacks the wit, charm and emotional impact of the original film. → Read More

U.S. ranks worst in the developed world for early child care, study shows

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

Review: Powerful ‘Remember This’ in Berkeley will haunt you (and it should)

David Stathairn is masterful in portrayal of Holocaust witness Jon Karski. → Read More

Child poverty rates spike after tax credit ends

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

Review: ‘Dear San Francisco’ is more than a mind-blowing circus act

The cabaret/circus show ‘Dear San Francisco’ is an engaging and eye-popping show that gives you another reason to head to North Beach. → Read More

Review: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is more than just ’90s nostalgia

Playwright Diablo Cody assembles a heartfelt and sometimes funny play out of Alanis Morissette’s angst-filled ’90s songs. → Read More

California streamlines eligibility for early education and care

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

Review: Powerful ‘Passengers’ in SF is so good, you’ll wish the ride never ended

‘Passengers,’ created by Shana Carroll and starring members of the 7 Fingers troupe, is a circus/theater show that will leave you stunned and moved. → Read More

Why Cal Shakes’ noble attempt to reinvent King Lear comes up short

Marcus Gardley’s well-meaning and compelling ‘Lear’ can’t quite sew all its pieces together for a satisfying reinvention of the Shakespeare tragedy. → Read More

Review: ‘Mockingbird’ revival in SF is just about perfect

Even if you know Harper Lee’s original ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by heart, the new adaptation playing in S.F. will surprise you. → Read More

Review: ‘Moulin Rouge’ musical is flash over substance — but what flash

Based on the Baz Luhrmann movie, ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ crams 75 great pop songs and opulent scenery and costumes into a flat love story. → Read More

Child care may get more affordable for low-income families

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

Kindergarten may soon be mandatory in California

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

The youngest readers tackle sounds, words and the science of reading

Here are the stories of four schools and how they are teaching the youngest students how to read. The schools are among the 70 lowest-performing in the state. They are sharing in $50 million in extra funding that settled a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to teach literacy. → Read More

Curbing poverty may lower rates of child abuse, study suggests

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

Review: ‘Dana H.’ at Berkeley Rep is a brutal story that will stay with you

In ‘Dana H.,’ now playing at Berkeley Rep, Lucas Hnath presents a unique recounting of one woman’s real-life harrowing ordeal. → Read More

Can arts education help kids heal from the trauma of the pandemic?

The arts can be a safe haven for California schoolchildren to face big emotions, experts say, to channel fears and frustrations into acts of creativity. → Read More

Review: Cal Shakes’ bold ‘Romeo y Juliet’ takes an ancient story new places

Staging a bilingual production of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a noble if daring idea that is challenging to performers and viewers alike. → Read More