Berkeley Rep veteran Julia Cho returns with a school shooting drama that’s both impotent and exploitative. Continue reading Lousy Shot: ‘Office Hour’ at Berkeley Rep
Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.
Still, there were bright spots to be found. Continue reading Pillar of Salt: Looking back at the Best and Worst of 2017
The abundant flaws of Hellman’s script are made all the more apparent in Berkeley Rep’s production. Continue reading Like ‘Watch’-ing Paint Dry: ‘Watch on the Rhine’ 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. Continue reading Far ‘Too Proud’ of Itself: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep
Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script. Continue reading Only a Fraction of an Idea: ‘An Octoroon’ at Berkeley Rep
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. Continue reading Playground Double-Feature: ‘Hedge’ and ‘Kano + Abe’
Some head-scratching directorial choices are the only thing keeping this world premiere musical from being perfect. Continue reading An Almost-Perfect Storm: ‘Monsoon Wedding’ world premiere at Berkeley Rep