Dancing Around the Genocide

18 February, 2015 Theater No comments
Dancing Around the Genocide

Earnest young actors get in over their heads grappling with colonialism in Just Theater’s sharply cutting play within a play.

My review of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 is on KQED Arts. Read more

A Maze Amazes

A Maze Amazes

Just Theater is back with not one but two plays in rep, and the first one, A Maze, is pretty freaking remarkable. You can read my review on KQED Arts.

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Stages of Grief

Stages of Grief

It’s hard enough dealing with grief when you understand what happened, and why and how it happened, but when what’s happening to someone you love is completely incomprehensible, it’s mighty hard to get your mind around it and resign yourself to anything. For whatever reason, plays all over Berkeley depict families dealing with highly unconventional versions of loss.

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Oh That Norman

Oh That Norman

The Norman Conquests isn’t your standard trilogy. The plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s comedic 1973 triptych don’t happen one after another but all at more or less the same time with the same characters in different areas of the same house: Round and Round the Garden in the garden, Table Manners in the dining room, and Living Together in the living room. Ackbourn crafted them in a rotating fashion, writing the first scene of the first play, then the first scene of the second play, then the first scene of the third, before proceeding to the second scene of the first play, and round and round between the three plays until they were all finished.  That’s more or less how the action plays out, too.  Some events in any two plays are clearly happening simultaneously, while other scenes fill in the gaps of time the other plays skip over. The idea is that you can see them in any order, and that’s more or less true.  (I wouldn’t recommend starting off with Living Together, but more on that later.)

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