American History Mex

American History Mex

California Shakespeare Theater’s season opener, Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, is completely bonkers. KQED Arts has my review.

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Tales to Astonish

Tales to Astonish

Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus at Magic Theatre is a spellbinding, dizzying play in which it doesn’t matter a whit that it’s made up of three people standing around telling their stories. KQED Arts has my review.

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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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Pick a Card, Any Card

Pick a Card, Any Card

Playwright/storyteller Prince Gomolvilas and singer-songwriter Brandon Patton are back at Impact Theatre with another hilarious round of Jukebox Stories, a show that’s different every night because the playlist’s chosen by the luck of the draw. Read my review over at KQED Arts.

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Everybody’s Helen

Everybody’s Helen

So five Helen of Troys walk into a bedroom… My DIVAfest writeup is up on KQED Arts.

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This Must Be the New World

This Must Be the New World

Only in New York… or maybe Walnut Creek: Center REP is doing Yussef El Guindi’s cross-cultural romantic comedy Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World. My review is up on 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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Fire in the Home

Fire in the Home

How far would you go along to get along? Find out when Mark Jackson directs a new translation of Max Frisch’s 1958 play The Arsonists at Aurora Theatre Company. My review‘s at KQED Arts.

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If You’re Happy and You Know It

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Walter Wells is happy.  Way, way too happy. So happy that you know that playwright Julie Marie Myatt has it in for him in The Happy Ones at Magic Theatre. KQED Arts has my review.

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Talk and Talk and Talk About a Revolution

Talk and Talk and Talk About a Revolution

Shotgun Players is taking on The Coast of Utopia,Tom Stoppard’s mammoth trilogy about the budding Russian intellectual life of the mid-19th century, planting seeds for the revolution that will come much later. Having done chapter one, Voyage, last year, Shotgun now presents part two, Shipwreck, in repertory with a limited revival of Voyage. My review‘s up on KQED Arts for the intrepid explorer.

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