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Big-Top Burlesque: ‘The Soiled Dove’ by Vau de Vire

The creators of Teatro ZinZanni pitch a tent in Oakland for their sexy circus show.

Tuesday, 5 November, 2019 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

Time Keeps on Drippin’: ‘Time Sensitive’ by Ragged Wing Ensemble

Ragged Wing’s latest is a haunting lyrical movement piece about unchecked capitalism in a dying world.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · 3 Comments

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

The End can’t come Quick Enough: ‘Everybody’ West Coast Premiere at Cal Shakes

Not even an excellent cast and strong direction can breath life into the DOA script by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Friday, 27 July, 2018 · 3 Comments