Berkeley Rep veteran Julia Cho returns with a school shooting drama that’s both impotent and exploitative.
If White privilege and MAGA hats were movies, this would be their BIRTH OF A NATION.
Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.
Toxic masculinity is taken to task in this SF Playhouse world premiere dramatizing the #GamerGate controversy.
Fuck this movie.
As a musical, it’s derivative.
As a story about getting past discrimination, it’s actually racist, sexist, and elitist.
Seriously, fuck this movie.
Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.
Still, there were bright spots to be found.
Fine acting and great Berkeley Rep production values can’t save Branden Jabobs-Jenkins’ God-awful script.
A Black woman aims for biting social commentary, but winds up giving herself the “All Lives Matter” treatment in this uneven new satire by Luna Malbroux and Faultine Theater.
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.
Racist direction combines with a confused (and hypocritical) script in pretty-looking production by Shotgun.