The Fall of Bay Area Theater

The Fall of Bay Area Theater

The sheer volume of great theater going on around the Bay Area can be daunting. I’ve picked out a

few likely standouts to get you started. Read all about ‘em on KQED Arts.  Read more

Life, the Proletariat, and Everything

Life, the Proletariat, and Everything

Tony Kushner’s latest takes a long time to say, and even longer to watch. My review of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at Berkeley Rep is on KQED Arts. 

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

“Nobody told me it was going to be this noisy going deaf.”

My review of Nina Raine’s Tribes at Berkeley Rep is on KQED ArtsRead more

Mocking the Detectives

Mocking the Detectives

Minneapolis’s Steven Epp returns to Berkeley Rep for the umpteenth time with some Dario Fo hijinks, and my review is on KQED Arts.

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Maids of New Orleans

Maids of New Orleans

Oakland native

Marcus Gardley returns with a potent gumbo of Lorca, New Orleans and powerful women at Berkeley Rep. My review is on KQED Arts. Read more

Russian Through Chekhov

Russian Through Chekhov

Baryshnikov is at Berkeley Rep, and that’s good. He’s in a pretty incomprehensible adaptation of Chekhov stories, and that’s bad.

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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

You know, I go to a lot of theater, and some of it’s pretty darned exciting. But rarely have I seen people get so giddy about going to see a play as with No Man’s Land at Berkeley Rep. Friends of mine who aren’t even theater people went to extraordinary lengths to score tickets to it, because that’s how much the kids love Harold Pinter nowadays.

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Letters Entertain You

Letters Entertain You

Playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters reunite to bring to life the lifelong correspondence between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. My review of Dear Elizabeth at Berkeley Rep is up at KQED Arts.

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The Perils of Pericles

The Perils of Pericles

Acclaimed British director (and original Zaphod Beeblebrox) Mark Wing-Davey is back at Berkeley Rep with Shakespeare (& co.’s) troubled shaggy-dog drama Pericles, Prince of TyreKQED Arts has my review.

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She’ll See You Out

She’ll See You Out

There have been a ton of solo shows about various historical figures in which they hold forth about their long and colorful lives, sometimes under the pretext of giving a lecture, sometimes seemingly for no reason at all. But now there seems to be a rash of two-character plays that pair deceased notables with obvious fictional characters designed only to draw the celebrities out and get them talking about themselves.

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