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Culture, The Exhibitionist De-Disneyfied Pirates in Mary Zimmerman's <i>Treasure Island</i>, at Berkeley Rep

De-Disneyfied Pirates in Mary Zimmerman's Treasure Island, at Berkeley Rep

Eric Rohmer suffuses his 1996 film A Summer’s Tale with the sea mist that France’s Atlantic coast is known for. It’s  an ordinary story of a handsome young man whose good fortune with the opposite sex fogs up his…
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Culture, Stage Holiday Theater: Audio-Visual Magic in Berkeley and Marin

Holiday Theater: Audio-Visual Magic in Berkeley and Marin

For theater companies, the holiday season can be less "good will toward men" than "notorious conundrum." This time of year is one of the most difficult parts of a season to plan. Ticket sales have the potential to surge, with…
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Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. The core conceit of Aaron Loeb's ambitious, hilarious, and dramaturgically hairy comedy is that the audience gets to vote on which order to watch three different perspectives on the same events. At the end,…
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Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. The core conceit of Aaron Loeb's ambitious, hilarious, and dramaturgically hairy comedy is that the audience gets to vote on which order to watch three different perspectives on the same events. At the end,…
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The Arabian Nights. Mary Zimmerman's theatrical retelling of narratives from the ancient Middle Eastern story cycle also popularly known as The Thousand and One Nights is all about the power of riveting stories to bring the hidden to light and…
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The American Dream. There's a definite absurdist quality to Boxcar Theatre's production of Edward Albee's The American Dream. Artistic directors Peter Matthews and Nick Olivero originally wanted to perform it in the living-room section of an IKEA store. Instead, they…
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Culture, Stage Hidden Meanings

Hidden Meanings

Mary Zimmerman created The Arabian Nights in 1992 in the shadow of the first Gulf War. Seeing a recurring theme in the cycle of hidden treasure whose unearthing brings great wealth but ultimate disaster, the director — as she has…
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Argonautika. The emasculation of heroes and the lambasting of misplaced heroics are at the heart of writer and director Mary Zimmerman's thought-provoking though ultimately self-defeating stage adaptation of the Jason and the Argonauts legend. Zimmerman gleefully pokes fun at Jason…
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Argonautika. The emasculation of heroes and the lambasting of misplaced heroics are at the heart of writer and director Mary Zimmerman's thought-provoking though ultimately self-defeating stage adaptation of the Jason and the Argonauts legend. Zimmerman gleefully pokes fun at Jason…
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Culture, Stage The Other Shoe

The Other Shoe

Most people think of the story of Jason and the Argonauts as the first word in masculine heroics. Originally set down in writing in the 3rd century B.C. by the Greek poet Apollonius of Rhodes, the legend concerns the Greek…
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Culture, Stage One Step Beyond

One Step Beyond

Here's the point: When the brief, intense, intermissionless, odd, and in some ways very formal Eurydice ended on the night I attended at the Berkeley Rep, half the audience was crying. Everyone knew how it would turn out; reworking a…
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The Secret in the Wings

Mary Zimmerman's alluring surprise Broadway hit Metamorphoses was a collage of Greek myths according to Ovid. Her new show at the Berkeley Rep, The Secret in the Wings, is an alluring, and equally surprising, collage of European fairy tales according…
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Calendar, Performance No Bedtime Story

No Bedtime Story

FRI 9/3 A couple of years ago, Manhattan tongues were wagging about this edgy new Broadway play, Metamorphoses. "I don't know what it's about," the Times Square tourists wondered, "but apparently it's got a swimming pool -- right onstage!" You…
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The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Mary Zimmerman's funny and sometimes enthralling Metamorphoses passed through Berkeley four years ago before its unlikely success on Broadway. It wove together a number of stories from Ovid using an onstage pool of water not just as a connecting theme…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Leonardo da Vinci obsessively educated himself in the study of human existence, but in the university of life he never did pick a major. An artist, scientist, musician, and engineer, da Vinci used paintbrushes, architectural blueprints, dissected cadavers, and structural…
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Culture, Stage Water Sports

Water Sports

Putting the Metamorphoses onstage might sound like trying to mount the Divine Comedy or the Iliad: Fifteen chapters of ancient verse just weren't meant to be a play. Strangely enough, though, Mary Zimmerman has converted a handful of scenes from…
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Heavenly

Journey to the West Directed by Mary Zimmerman; adapted by her from the translation by Anthony C. Yu. Starring Jane C. Cho, Kim Miyori, Christopher Donahue, Nelson Mashita, and Doug Hara. Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theater at the Zellerbach Playhouse…
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