TheatreFirst’s Bold Third Act

TheatreFirst’s Bold Third Act

Longtime East Bay company TheatreFirst reinvents itself with a bold new mission.

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Razing la Raza

Razing la Raza

Ubuntu Theater Project’s Más is a stirring, sobering story of ethnic studies under attack.

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Burying the Glengarry Leads

Burying the Glengarry Leads

TheatreFIRST revives a typically testosterone-fueled Mamet classic (the first of three local theaters to stage Glengarry Glen Ross in a few months).

My review is in the Oakland Tribune and other BANG papers. Read more

Marital Mindbender

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Marital Mindbender

Local playwright Christopher Chen borrows from fabulist Italo Calvino to create a dizzying web of fantastical fragments about marriage.

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The River Rolls Deep

The River Rolls Deep

There’s almost no point to reviewing The River. It’s not that kind of play. A world premiere play by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, The River is a tribute to Luis Saguar, the late cofounder of Intersection for the Arts’ resident theater company Campo Santo, written for and performed by that company. As such, it’s an intensely personal project and ultimately feels very much like an in-joke.  Maybe you had to have been there, you had to have known him, to understand what the heck is going on here.

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Prospero’s Bots

1 September, 2011 Theater No comments
Prospero’s Bots

I wrote up Jon Tracy’s steampunk reinvention of The Tempest for today’s Marin Independent Journal, and you can see what I thought of it over yonder.

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Playing Against the House

Playing Against the House

Everybody in Nobody Move is on the move. More specifically, they’re on the run. Gambler Jimmy Luntz is in hiding because he panicked and shot the thug who came to lean on him for bad debts. Booze-soaked Anita has been framed to take the fall for her recent ex-husband’s embezzlement scheme. The two of them meet on the road, and from then on they wait together for their respective trouble to catch up with them.

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The Drums of War

17 September, 2010 Theater No comments
The Drums of War

 

THEATER REVIEW: BERKELEY

Show #93: The Salt Plays, Part One: In the Wound, Shotgun Players, September 11.

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