Alas, Poor Borkman

Alas, Poor Borkman

Show #42: John Gabriel Borkman, Aurora Theatre Company, April 8.

I reviewed Ibsen’s lesser-known play John Gabriel Borkman at Aurora for today’s Marin Independent Journal, so hie thee hence to read it.

John Gabriel Borkman runs through May 9 at Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. http://auroratheatre.org

Camp Musical Drags

Camp Musical Drags

Show #41: Scalpel!, Brava! for Women in the Arts, April 2.

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The Lighter Side of Death

The Lighter Side of Death

I’ve been feeling a little like a sucker going to American Conservatory Theater lately, because I haven’t liked anything there this season aside from the season-opening import Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter.  But even with that sense of trepidation, Vigil seemed like a pretty good bet.

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The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

Like anything else it can be done well or it can be done poorly, but one thing I love is when a song created for and inextricably associated with one movie is used in another movie in a completely different context.  It’s cute when it’s done for the in-joke alone, like when the Star Trek fight theme pops up in The Cable Guy, but I’m thinking of a more complete repurposing, like the use of the Goldfinger theme in Little Voice (starts around 4:25). The use of “Singin’ in the Rain” in A Clockwork Orange might be another example, but the less said about that the better.

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Tragedy, a Comedy

Tragedy, a Comedy

For some reason Berkeley’s getting its fill of Anton Chekhov adaptations lately.  Last month Central Works did its own stage version of Chekhov’s novella An Anonymous Story, and Berkeley Rep just announced its next season including the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s new Three Sisters translation next spring. Right now Shotgun Players is doing the West Coast premiere of another adaptation of a different classic Chekhov play: Emily Mann’s update of The Seagull called A Seagull in the Hamptons, which debuted in 2008 at McCarter Theatre Center in New Jersey, where Mann is artistic director and has adapted other Chekhov plays in the past.

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Dead on Arrival

Dead on Arrival

Show #38: Is He Dead?, Cinnabar Theater, March 27.

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Shaggy Bard Story

Shaggy Bard Story

Show #39: Equivocation, Marin Theatre Company, March 30.

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Vision Thing

Vision Thing

Show #36: Truce, Vanguardian Productions, March 24.

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