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Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Silence Is Not Always Golden

George Heymont | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A charming six-minute short film by Chaitanya Gopinath titled Lunch with Yoshi (which was screened during the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival) follows a blind woman around Bangkok as she shops, rides the city's mass transit, and prepares lunch for a visiting friend.

Cartoons, Chaos and Commedia, Oh My!

George Heymont | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The mind works in mysterious ways. During one week I had some bizarre experiences in dreamland that covered sights and sounds quite different from past adventures.

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.

Hindsight Is 20/20

George Heymont | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With choreography by Paloma McGregor, The House that Will Not Stand is the kind of magical theatrical experience that seems wonderfully old-fashioned.

Turkey Lurkey Time

George Heymont | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Marga Gomez is back at The Marsh with a new one-woman show (her 10th). Unlike previous monologues which were primarily autobiographical, Lovebirds is a beautifully written piece of fiction whose protagonist is a photographer named Polaroid Phillie.

Anarchist Brings Loads of Laughs, Moral Indignation to Berkeley Rep

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.17.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

For the current staging of Fo's internationally acclaimed Accidental Death of an Anarchist, director Christopher Bayes tilted heavily toward the goofy side, with spectacularly hilarious results.

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.

Some Like It Raw

George Heymont | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's easy to reach a point where one no longer wishes to attend performances of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Handel's Messiah, or Hansel and Gretel because repetition has dulled the thrill.

To Be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century.

Talking About Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Durang won his first Tony this past summer for this play, and it's easy to see why: It is ambitious and clever and attention sustaining and hilarious!

British Wit and Wisdom: Dry With a Twist

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

In April 2010, the Library of Congress announced plans to archive every single tweet publicly posted on Twitter's social network. With nearly half a billion new tweets being generated each day, the Library of Congress can now access nearly 170 billion tweets. But do 140 characters of text comprise a work of art?

Attention Must Be Paid

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm the kind of person who is frequently more turned on by process than product. I like following the path of artistic creation that begins with an idea.

Pericles, Pericles, Wherefore Art Thou?

George Heymont | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether your name is Odysseus or Belle Poitrine, random encounters with multiple lovers or an errant cyclops can become major distractions. The important part of embracing change is to take that first big step toward finding a new you.

Anna Deavere Smith On Creativity, Communicating And Connecting

Greg Archer | Posted 08.03.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Courtesy: YCBA In a world where 140 characters Tweet by us and Facebook updates seem to deaden the mind rather than expand it--in most cases--I fe...

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.

Here Comes Trouble!

George Heymont | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Much of the problem has to do with language. Bradley and his friends tend to use the word "freakin" about as often as many teenagers use the word "like." As everyone knows, if you say the word "f*ck" once, it can have a strong dramatic impact.

Taking Note

George Heymont | Posted 02.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While Shirley Jones did none of the scooping some performers rely on late in their careers, her hit-and-miss approach to many phrases was the aural equivalent of watching a pilot try to land a plane in strong crosswinds. No skid marks, but many moments of alarm and uncertainty.

A Huge Factory for Theatrical Art Takes Shape in West Berkeley

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.02.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

As a novice reviewer of Bay Area theater in the late '60s, I probably dropped in on Berkeley Rep for the first time in early 1969, possibly to cover its production of Brendan Behan's The Hostage.

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.

Meanwhile, Back at the Cult of the Clitoris

George Heymont | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Few people would deny Eve Ensler credit for the impact she has had on women's lives around the world. It's easy to understand why Newsweek named Ensler as one of its "150 Women Who Changed Our World."

Critically Acclaimed 'Chinglish' Has Its West Coast Premiere

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.29.2012 | Arts

David Henry Hwang’s critically acclaimed play, Chinglish, opens for its West Coast premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre tonight. The cultural come...

Telling Harrowing Tales About Child Abuse

George Heymont | Posted 09.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-07-22-20120628dalevertical.jpg Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men is a deeply disturbing and powerful one-woman show written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith.

The Ghost Walks at Midnight

George Heymont | Posted 03.31.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

This month, the Berkeley Rep presented the regional premiere of Ghost Light, a fascinatingly messy and mesmerizing dramedy that becomes curiously courageous and cathartic as its protagonist bounces back and forth between moments of insight and intransigence.

Rita Moreno: On Her One Woman Show, Life, And J-Lo

Posted 10.24.2011 | Latino Voices

Latina.com Rita Moreno has done it all. She's won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and she's already played the role of her dreams—the par...