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Romance is Dread: ‘Elevada’ at Shotgun Players

A good cast can only do so much of this “satire” of rom-coms that supports their worst tropes.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Watch that Scene: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

The Berkeley Playhouse has a rousing good time staging the audience-favorite ABBA musical.

Monday, 30 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

The High Tide of History: ‘The Great Wave’ US premiere at Berkeley Rep

The Rep hosts the US premiere of this powerful drama about the violent legacy of Japan and North Korea.

Friday, 20 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

School’s Out Forever: ‘Exit Strategy’ Bay Area premiere at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s new season opens with an emotional new piece that only occasionally feels off.

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 · 2 Comments

This ‘Flick’ Needs an Editor: ‘The Flick’ at Shotgun

Incredible technical work can’t quite make up for Annie Baker’s bloated, meandering text.

Friday, 30 August, 2019 · 6 Comments

Salvation at last: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Shotgun

Shotgun delivers one of the year’s best shows with James Ijames’ meditation on Black lives ended too soon.

Saturday, 13 July, 2019 · 5 Comments

Loud & Proud Latinx Double-Feature: ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep AND ‘Oedipus El Rey’ Revival at The Magic

A world premiere swan song and a powerful revival celebrate the wonderful eclecticness of local Latinx talent.

Monday, 10 June, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Shoddy Politic: ‘Kings’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun’s latest production is an ultimately toothless “satire” of politics in the AOC era.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Unanswered Prayer: ‘The Good Book’ West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep

What begins as an intriguing history lesson on The Bible quickly devolves into melodrama in Berkeley Rep’s latest.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Life is a Circus: ‘Pippin’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz’s musical fantasia gets a rousing production at the Playhouse.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · Leave a comment