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Culture, The Exhibitionist Singer and Comedienne Meow Meow Brings Glamour, Sequins, and Joy to the Berkeley Rep

Singer and Comedienne Meow Meow Brings Glamour, Sequins, and Joy to the Berkeley Rep

Kamikaze cabaret. Post-post-modern diva. A cross between Liza Minnelli, Lady Gaga and Lucille Ball. Describing the singer and comedienne Meow Meow and what she does seems to leave people a little breathless. She’s performed at venues including Lincoln Center,…
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Culture, Stage Visions of Madness: Unsentimental Magic From Berkeley Rep and Shotgun Players

Visions of Madness: Unsentimental Magic From Berkeley Rep and Shotgun Players

The Bay Area has long been in love with Kneehigh, the theater company imported from Cornwall, England, by ACT for Brief Encounter in 2009 and by Berkeley Rep for The Wild Bride in 2011. Both shows used lavish theatricality —…
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Culture, Stage "The Wild Bride": Berkeley Rep Spins a Dark Fairy Tale

"The Wild Bride": Berkeley Rep Spins a Dark Fairy Tale

If this theatrical season has had any major trend, it's the fairy tale. First, Marin Theatre Company gave us Bellwether, in which a fantastical underworld was used to explore a suburban kidnapping. Then, the Cutting Ball presented Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelleas…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dark Fairy Tale Sheds Light on Reality

Dark Fairy Tale Sheds Light on Reality

Life's anxieties find natural avatars in demons and monsters. Given physical form onstage, they help us cope, making those anxieties feel more manageable. In fairyland, the stakes are clear, the rules are simple, and the people are easy to understand.…
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