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Culture, The Exhibitionist Studying Latino History with John Leguizamo

Studying Latino History with John Leguizamo

When actor, writer, and comedian John Leguizamo started doing research on the history of Latinos in the United States — inspired by wanting to be able to answer questions his then eighth grade son might ask — one surprising thing he…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Playwright McCraney questions faith, place in "Head of Passes"

Playwright McCraney questions faith, place in "Head of Passes"

Since he was 5 years old, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been acting, attending magnet arts programs in middle school and then going to a performing arts high school. For him, theater is about trying to figure out the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Memoir Shows American Conservatory Theater's Perloff Is a Force of Nature

Memoir Shows American Conservatory Theater's Perloff Is a Force of Nature

Stand barefoot on a coastal shore during a storm and you will know what it’s like to encounter Carey Perloff, artistic director for over 20 years at American Conservatory Theater. Pounding surf overriding one’s own heartbeat, gritty sand between…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist X's and O's: Former 49er Dwight Hicks in Play That Tackles Football and Head Injuries

X's and O's: Former 49er Dwight Hicks in Play That Tackles Football and Head Injuries

Playwright KJ Sanchez thinks there’s no better theater than football. “It’s a perfect vehicle for narrative,” she says. “If you look at the way Joseph Campbell broke down the hero’s myth and how every great story follows the same…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures"

Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures"

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner probably remains best known for "Angels in America," his two-part epic play that involves love, loss, Mormonism, Valium addiction, imaginary trips to the Antarctic,…
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Culture, Stage <i>Yellowjackets</i> stings Berkeley High's rep

Yellowjackets stings Berkeley High's rep

High schools in the United States don't often serve as settings for plays. But if any high school in America deserves to have a drama written about it, it's Berkeley High. A sprawling institution boasting a student body of close…
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Calendar, Night&Day Multiple Personalities

Multiple Personalities

Danny Hoch looks like your average white guy in a track suit. But inside those pedestrian racing stripes is something Berkeley Rep director Tony Taccone calls "his agile voice, his expressive body, his sharp mind." (Keep in mind that as…
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Culture, Stage Aeschylus Overwhelmed

Aeschylus Overwhelmed

According to a legend, two years after The Oresteia premiered at the Theater of Dionysus, Aeschylus was killed by a tortoise. An eagle had caught the tortoise and wanted to crack open its shell. Mistaking a bald man's head for…
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Culture, Stage Mediterranean Spring

Mediterranean Spring

When Tony Taccone spoke last week at the ribbon-cutting for his company's new auditorium -- the Berkeley Rep's expensive Roda Theater -- he complained, briefly, about all the journalists who keep asking why he picked the Oresteia for its inaugural…
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Culture, Stage Step Right Up

Step Right Up

The most representative character in Ben Jonson's satire on greed is Sir Epicure Mammon, the lip-smacking, self-deluded fop. Actor Ken Ruta fills every molecule of Epicure with dripping, sensual hunger, and he's the best reason to see this show. In…
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The Man Who Came to Dinner

Some people say that The Theater is dying. Some say it's long past dead. Perhaps nowhere could either of these grim prognoses be more difficult to believe than in the unusual home of Tony Taccone. As artistic director of the…
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Scot Free Macbeth. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Tony Taccone. Starring Carl Lumbly and L. Scott Caldwell. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison in Berkeley, through April 4. Call (510) 845-4700. Nobody needs another review about the magnificence of…
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