New Review Zoo

New Review Zoo

I reviewed both ACT and AlterTheater’s new shows for today’s Marin Independent Journal, so you can check out my Round and Round the Garden review here and my Owners review here. Or pick up a copy if you’re in the North Bay, because it looks way better in print.

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Nice Girls Don’t Explode

Nice Girls Don’t Explode

THEATER REVIEW: BERKELEY

Show #50: TERRORiSTKA, Threshold, May 2.

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Slash Friction

Slash Friction

THEATER REVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO

Show #49: Slasher, SF Playhouse, May 1.

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Que Sera, Sarah

Que Sera, Sarah

Show #48: The Wind and Rain, Exit Theatre, April 23.

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Reflection in a Portrait

Reflection in a Portrait

Show #46: Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, The Jewish Theatre San Francisco, April 16.

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Girlfriend Is Better

Girlfriend Is Better

Let’s just get this out of the way at the outset. It’s inevitable that Berkeley Rep’s latest world premiere, Girlfriend, is going to be compared to the one that opened the theater’s season: the Green Day pop-punk opera American Idiot, which opened on Broadway this week to enthusiastic reviews. They’re both new rock musicals based on iconic albums, but while the huge spectacle of American Idiot uses all the songs in order without dialogue and leaves you to glean a vague story between the lyrics and the way the propulsive songs are staged, the much more intimate Girlfriend doesn’t bring some perceived implicit story on Matthew Sweet’s best-known album to life. It’s just the achingly sweet, funny love story of two boys fresh out of high school.

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Cowboy Up

Cowboy Up

Show #44: Macho Bravado, Asian-American Theater Company, April 10.

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Something Stupid

Something Stupid

Show #43: A History of Human Stupidity, Rough and Tumble, April 9.

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Alas, Poor Borkman

Alas, Poor Borkman

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

Karen Grassle, James Carpenter and Karen Lewis in John Gabriel Borkman. Photo by David Allen

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