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It's a rap for San Jose Rep

As of this afternoon San Jose Repertory Theatre's website is still hawking tickets despite the announcement earlier today that the venerable theater company is shutting down after 34 years and will file for bankruptcy immediately.

San Jose Rep has been on financial thin ice for several years, despite a $2 million bailout from the city in 2006 that rescued it from insolvency.

It's another black eye for the arts in the Bay Area's largest city and won't help Silicon Valley's reputation for not being very supportive of the theater arts. The larger American Musical Theatre of San Jose folded in 2008.

Here's the Mercury News piece on the closing. And there's this from Chronicle theater critic Robert Hurwitt:

Its closure leaves the South Bay with one major repertory company, the larger and seemingly more thriving TheatreWorks, which stages its season in Mountain View and Palo Alto and would represent a severe loss of year-round employment opportunities for actors, directors and designers trying to cobble together a living in the Bay Area.

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