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Tag Archives: Berkeley Rep Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Far ‘Too Proud’ of Itself: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep

The sets are amazing and the songs are classics, but Dominique Morisseau’s truncated script shortchanges its subjects in this Berkeley Rep world premiere musical.

Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 · 2 Comments

Only a Fraction of an Idea: ‘An Octoroon’ at Berkeley Rep

Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.

Sunday, 2 July, 2017 · 3 Comments

Playground Double-Feature: ‘Hedge’ and ‘Kano + Abe’

I spotlight two shows in Playground’s “Best Of” festival, both of which focus on Bay Area neighborhoods.

One is a hypocritical gentrification drama, the other is a creative (if flawed) crime story.

Friday, 9 June, 2017 · Leave a comment

An Almost-Perfect Storm: ‘Monsoon Wedding’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep

Some head-scratching directorial choices are the only thing keeping this world premiere musical from being perfect.

Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 · 3 Comments

In For a Penny: Bum-rush the Show!

Originally posted on San Francisco Theater Pub:
“A wise man told me ‘Don’t argue with fools ‘Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who’ ” —Jay Z, “The…

Thursday, 20 October, 2016 · 1 Comment

In For a Penny: (T)BAcon Bits

Originally posted on San Francisco Theater Pub:
Charles Lewis III, involved. So official… “My royal lord, you do not give the cheer: the feast is sold That is not often…

Thursday, 7 April, 2016 · 1 Comment