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Kathleen Turner as a Red Hot Patriot: Turning Anger Into Wit

Leo Stutzin | Posted 12.03.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Turner as Ivins: exuberance, laughter and crusading journalism Photos by kevinberne.com Molly Ivins lives! Seven years after her death, the fierc...

Kathleen Turner on Molly Ivins, Hollywood and Acting

Greg Archer | Posted 11.23.2014 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

There she is: The incomparable Kathleen Turner in a pair of fiery red cowboy boots and an oversized denim button-down shirt. She sits on the floor,...

10 Things I Learned About the Black Panthers From Viewing Party People

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Party People is playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre now until Nov. 16. It is the story of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords told by Univer...

Meow Meow and Her Audience: A Vibrant Pairing at Berkeley Rep

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.15.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

She's bawdy and brash, tender and vulnerable; she's graceful and klutzy, commanding and helpless. She's a singer who hits every vocal nuance, whether serious or satiric; a high-energy dancer who could probably double as a contortionist; a comic who draws roars from pratfalls, subtle glances, punchlines and sensuality.

Felder as Bernstein in Maestro: Fine Fusion of Biography, Music

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Felder handles the story's many moods with grace and versatility, usually sitting at the piano and blending his words with virtuosic playing of pieces by Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Grieg and others, and naturally by Bernstein.

Kushner's Epic Guide in Berkeley: Edgy Portrait of Family's Turmoil

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.27.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Given the sharp characters, bright dialogue and ambitious conception, I have to hope that Kushner and company can pull all the pieces together into a drama that engages the emotions as well as the mind. It's not there yet.

Seeing Double in Berkeley: Two New Theaters, Two Compelling Shows

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.28.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Episodes of cruelty, humiliation, struggle and resilience punctuate the narrative, delivered most often with the innocence and bewilderment of a child, and generating laugh after laugh, before reflection.

Man in a Case at Berkeley Rep: Chekhov, Baryshnikov and Love

Leo Stutzin | Posted 03.31.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Any tale of love by Anton Chekhov is bound to be a sad tale. Adapt them for the stage and present them with grace, invention and deep humanity, as Mikhail Baryshnikov and a small company of actor-dancers are doing in Man in a Case, and sadness assumes an unusually compelling allure.

A Musical Theater Startup Telling Bay Area Stories

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Developing and producing new musicals in San Francisco, as in many cities outside of New York, does not often happen without the support of the New York City theater scene.

Kneehigh Returns to Berkeley Rep With a Dazzling Tristan and Yseult

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.02.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Ingredients for a love story? Certainly. But one with a multitude of twists and complications, the most crucial being that the King has chosen Yseult to be his bride, not knowing that she and Tristan have already connected, emotionally and physically.

Exquisite Performances Highlight One-Person Shows in SF, Berkeley

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Two plays, two consecutive nights, two explorations of Jewish experience, two virtuoso performances in which one actor fills many roles: Together they offer proof that the art of storytelling is not only alive but very healthy in the age of Apple, Android and Netflix.

A Hilarious Opener for Berkeley Rep: Christopher Durang's Antic Vanya

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.30.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

You don't need to know Anton Chekhov's melancholy classics to giggle and guffaw at Vanya and friends, though some familiarity doesn't hurt. All you really need is the ability to laugh at human excesses, foibles and vanities.

My Bay Area Falls Arts Preview (Next Three Weeks)

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

In San Francisco, tradition has it that the fall arts season begins with the gala opening nights of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera.

Pinter's No Man's Land Receives Stunning Revival With Name Cast

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.15.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Fine Scotch whisky flows freely in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, always consumed straight, or as the British would say, "as it is." Even the sharpest of memories would turn fuzzy under such influence.

Berkeley Rep's Elizabeth Explores Affection Between Esteemed Poets

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.03.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Comparisons with the likes of Dear Liar, the sparkling dramatization of epistolary sparring between George Bernard Shaw and the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, or Love Letters, A. R. Gurney's amusing and tender fiction, are almost inevitable. As theater, Dear Elizabeth isn't in the same league.

Quirky, Flamboyant Stagecraft Propels Pericles at Berkeley Rep

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.22.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Wing-Davey and company -- including a three-piece ensemble that provides all manner of terrific musical and sound support -- have turned this Pericles into a showcase for quirky stagecraft. If that sounds like your dish, have at it.

Berkeley Rep's Fallaci Offers Taut But Thin Sketch of Famed Journalist

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Oriana Fallaci was a larger-than-life personality -- outspoken, idealistic, pugnacious, passionate, contradictory -- whose work often revealed as much about herself as it did about her subjects.

Mary Zimmerman Back in Berkeley With Visually Radiant White Snake

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.19.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Brought together through Mary Zimmerman's unique perspective, White Snake is one more exhibition of a visionary's genius. Zimmerman doesn't simply fashion engrossing plays; she creates theatrical magic.

West Meets East, With Stumbles and Laughs, in Berkeley Rep's Chinglish

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.04.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Ridiculous translations provide the simplest and funniest comic gambits in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, which generated roar after roar of hilarity when it opened Berkeley Rep's season in the Roda Theater a few days ago.

Berkeley Rep's Red: A Vivid Portrait of an Artist as an Anguished Genius

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.28.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Mark Rothko's biography provides the grist for high drama. He struggled with personal and artistic torments throughout his adult life before committing suicide at the age of 66. Red is the powerful exploration of the mind and methods of the artist.

Berkeley Rep's Doctor Dispenses Wild, Wacky Remedy for the Blahs

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.22.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

A Doctor in Spite of Himself at Berkeley Rep employs puppets, pop-culture references, and all manner of music and physical comedy to dispense pure hilarity. It's nonsense, to be sure, but this nonsense is spectacularly inspired.

Aaron Sankin

PHOTOS: East Bay Theater Company Revolutionizes Creation Of Plays

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.26.2011 | San Francisco

The world-famous the Berkeley Repertory Theater was tired of telling people they were sorry. (SCROLL DOWN FOR IMAGES) For years, talented theat...

Rita Moreno Stars in a World Premiere of Her Own Life Story

Erika Milvy | Posted 11.11.2011 | Arts
Erika Milvy

Rita Moreno is having a Betty White year. She is back on TV, back on the stage and although she might not be as ubiquitous as Betty White (she has yet to have a calender made about her) she certainly has better gams.

Today's Pride and Prejudice: Racism All Around Us

George Heymont | Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Gone are the days when old-fashioned epithets like "schwarzer," "spic," and "kike" were enough to get you thrown out of polite company. Now you really...

Meanwhile, Back in Afghanistan...

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

If The Great Game: Afghanistan and 150 years of that country's history proves anything, it is that this miserable area of the world is a black hole that baffles armies, swallows invaders, and eats its young. No one wins.