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Bore-antine Streamin’: ‘Radioactive’ / ‘Chemical Hearts’ / ‘Let Him Go’ / ‘Come Away’

Pandemic lockdown has forced first-run films online. Here are four I probably would have skipped anyway.

Saturday, 5 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sock-Hopped: ‘Grease’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Electric choreography from the Berkeley Playhouse can’t quite save this revival of the popular musical.

Sunday, 1 July, 2018 · 2 Comments

Missed its Stop: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Ubuntu Theater

Ubuntu’s attempt to deconstruct Tennessee Williams’ classic paradoxically reveals how little they understand of the material.

Monday, 5 February, 2018 · 2 Comments

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Delusion of ‘Grandeur’: Han Ong’s world premiere Gil Scott-Heron play at The Magic

Not even amazing set design and two-out-of-three great performers can save an unforgivably terrible script in this Magic Theatre world premiere.

Thursday, 15 June, 2017 · 3 Comments

‘Chuck’ it Out

A fascinating true story is given the worst made-for-tv treatment in biopic.

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 · 2 Comments

Lost in these ‘Woods’: ‘Into the Woods’ at SHN

One company’s attempt at a bare-bones (but big-budgeted) take on Sondheim’s classic makes one wonder if they know what show they’re staging.

Friday, 10 March, 2017 · 1 Comment

Barely ‘Live’-ing

The failures of Ben Affleck’s latest film put all the Oscar-winner’s past successes into question.

Saturday, 11 February, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Gift of ‘Gab’: ‘Hedda Gabler’ at Cutting Ball

The bewildering choices of slapstick and steampunk are just two-of-many poor decisions in this Cutting Ball production.

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017 · 7 Comments