City Lights Theater Company made good use of the 19th century setting of its summer musical, “Lizzie,” for its annual fundraiser on Saturday. The “Axes & Ohhs” dinner took place at one of San Jose’s famous Victorian homes, the Fallon House across the street from San Pedro Square Market.
Docents dressed in period costume led tours of the historic home, which is operated by History San Jose. Of course, the estate of former San Jose Mayor Thomas Fallon doesn’t have quite the bloody history of the Borden home, site of the two parental ax murders Lizzie Borden was accused of in 1892. But a few well-placed plastic axes added to the ominous atmosphere, and diners could enjoy a blood orange IPA from Santa Clara brewery Taplands, appropriately called “40 Whacks.”
From there, most of the crowd journeyed to the South Second Street theater to catch the show, a rock opera retelling of the legendary story that has plum roles for its four female actors: Sharon Lita, Chloe Angst, Amy Soriano-Palagi and Hayley Lovgren. It runs through Aug. 20, so there’s still a couple of weeks to catch it.
“This is a colossal time for this organization,” said Executive Artistic Director Lisa Mallette, who also directed “Lizzie.” “We’re on the verge of becoming a $1 million budget organization, and we’re very excited about what that means.”
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