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Aurora’s ‘After the Revolution’: insightful, moving, funny

Miguel (l. Adrian Anchondo) tries to convince Emma (r. Jessica Bates) to speak to her father (back, Rolf Saxon) in Aurora Theatre Company’s production of After the Revolution. Photo: David Allen Aurora Theatre Company’s insightful, humorous and moving production of Amy Herzog’s, After The Revolution concerns a subject that will resonate with Berkeleyans: the leftist […]

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‘The Attack’ explores the Israeli/Palestinian divide

The Attack, starring Reymond Amsalem and Ali Suliman, is a complex film that doesn’t shy away from exposing conflicting viewpoints In The Attack, a remarkable, beautifully made film now playing at Landmark Shattuck Theaters, the intractability of the Israeli/Palestinian divide is explored on a heartbreakingly personal level. Amin Jaafari (excellent Ali Suliman of Paradise Now) is a […]

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‘George Gershwin Alone’: A love song to the love song man

Hershey Felder as America’s favorite composer in George Gershwin Alone at Berkeley Rep. Photo: Mark Garvin George Gershwin Alone is a bright and breezy one-man show written and performed by Hershey Felder using the glorious music and lyrics of George Gershwin (1898–1937), and his brother, Ira (1896–1983). Felder, playing George Gershwin, fascinates the audience as […]

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‘Pericles’ at Berkeley Rep: An extravagant theatricality

David Barlow and James Patrick Nelson star in Mark Wing-Davey’s production of ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’ at Berkeley Rep. Photo: mellopix.com David Barlow and James Patrick Nelson star in Mark Wing-Davey’s production of ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’ at Berkeley Rep. Photo: mellopix.com It takes courage to put on a production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. It’s not […]

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The Arsonists: A provocative play has resonance today

Firefighters (l-r, Michael Uy Kelly, Tristan Cunningham, Kevin Clarke) surround Mr. Biedermann (c, Dan Hiatt) in his home, in The Arsonists playing at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. Photo: David Allenplaying at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. Photo: David Allen Aurora Theatre Company’s provocative production of Max Frisch’s classic absurdist play The Arsonists is a cautionary tale in which […]

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Lawrence Wright reinvents the indomitable Oriana Fallaci

Concetta Tomei portrays legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of “Fallaci” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. Photo: kevinberne.com The worldwide premiere of Fallaci, although distinctive and thought provoking, is almost as problematic as was Oriana Fallaci herself. Yet, it’s about time that her life was dramatized. A charismatic, powerful and controversial journalist […]

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‘Troublemaker’ at Berkeley Rep offers flair, humor, pathos

Gabriel King, Chad Goodridge and Jeanna Phillips star in the world premiere of ‘Troublemaker’ at Berkeley Rep. Photo: kevinberne.com Gabriel King, Chad Goodridge and Jeanna Phillips star in the world premiere of ‘Troublemaker’ at Berkeley Rep. Photo: kevinberne.com Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright, written by the young, talented Dan LeFranc (Sixty […]

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Zimmerman reinvents Chinese legend at Berkeley Rep

Tanya Thai McBride as Greenie in the world premiere production of “The White Snake” at Berkeley Rep. Photo: courtesy mellopix.com Tanya Thai McBride as Greenie in the world premiere production of “The White Snake” at Berkeley Rep. Photo: courtesy mellopix.com The worldwide premiere of The White Snake, Mary Zimmerman’s atmospheric retelling of an ancient Chinese legend, is […]