Fascism Is in Fashion

Fascism Is in Fashion

Berkeley Rep presents an eerily prescient It Can’t Happen Here. 

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Leguizamo Takes Us to School

Leguizamo Takes Us to School

John Leguizamo teaches Latin History lesson at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Tackling Football Concussions Head On

Tackling Football Concussions Head On

The theater and sports worlds collide in a new football docudrama at Berkeley Rep that puts a spotlight on the damage done to players.

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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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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

It’s a remarkable coincidence: In the last couple of weeks both Berkeley Repertory Theatre and American Conservatory Theater have opened plays about sons grappling with their memories of their fathers, both prominent Bay Area figures of the 1970s. Ghost Light at Berkeley Rep is a fictionalized play based on California Shakespeare Theater artistic director Jonathan Moscone contending with the specter of his father, the assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone. Humor Abuse is Lorenzo Pisoni’s one-man show about growing up as a baby clown in San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus under the unrelenting tutelage of his father, Pickles founder and clown Larry Pisoni (who thankfully is still around and was in the audience opening night).

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It’s All About Rita

30 September, 2011 Theater No comments
It’s All About Rita

Berkeley resident Rita Moreno is a bona-fide show business legend, one of the first people to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony award. She’ll be 80 in December, but boy, you wouldn’t know it from her performance in her autobiographical show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup. The play was postponed from June to give Moreno time to recover from knee-replacement surgery, which has slowed down her dancing somewhat, but her energy and stage presence.

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Stall, Interrogate, Repeat

26 December, 2010 Theater No comments
Stall, Interrogate, Repeat

In one sense, The Composer Is Dead has been around for a while. Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, it debuted at Davies Symphony Hall in 2006 as an orchestral piece with music by local composer Nathaniel Stookey and text and narration by Lemony Snicket, the fiendish children’s author of A Series of Unfortunate Events who lives in San Francisco under the ludicrous alias of Daniel Handler. It has since made the rounds of various symphonies around the country as a humorous Peter and the Wolf-style piece designed to familiarize children with the various instruments in an orchestra, and has also been released as a book and CD.

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