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Culture, Stage Listen Up: Berkeley Rep Sounds Off on Deaf Culture and Family Dysfunction

Listen Up: Berkeley Rep Sounds Off on Deaf Culture and Family Dysfunction

Words are everywhere and nowhere in Berkeley Rep's Tribes. Bound in the books spilling off scenic designer Todd Rosenthal's towering bookshelves, splashing themselves in subtitles across the set, pouring out in a cacophony from the verbose British family around which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Theater Podcast: Berkeley Rep's <i>Ghost Light</i> Confounds Our Critics

Theater Podcast: Berkeley Rep's Ghost Light Confounds Our Critics

Some plays need to be hashed over with a friend. SF Weekly theater reviewers Lily Janiak and Benjamin Wachs recently caught Ghost Light, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's ambitious exploration of the son of assassinated San Francisco mayor John Moscone finding…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Neighborhood in Black and White

A Neighborhood in Black and White

Call it the story of Hayes Valley (or any other “emerging” neighborhood in any major American city). Bruce Norris’ critically lauded comedy Clybourne Park, winner of the London Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, makes its West Coast premiere…
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Culture, Stage Oscar Wilde's view of women in politics not ideal

Oscar Wilde's view of women in politics not ideal

It's an election year, in case you hadn't noticed. From Josh Kornbluth's Citizen Josh to Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, Bay Area theater artists are tripping over themselves to depict this country's so-called democratic process in all its inept and…
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Also Playing

As You Like It. Telling the story of the young noblewoman Rosalind's journey from the confines of her usurping uncle's tyrannical kingdom to love and freedom in the countryside, the fantastical plot of William Shakespeare's comedy is built around…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

As You Like It. Telling the story of the young noblewoman Rosalind's journey from the confines of her usurping uncle's tyrannical kingdom to love and freedom in the countryside, the fantastical plot of William Shakespeare's comedy is built around two…
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Culture, Stage Town and Country

Town and Country

In the most dramatic moment in Jonathan Moscone's production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, cousins Rosalind and Celia step off the cramped, cagelike platform where they've been virtually trapped for the entire first act, walk to the front…
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Capsule Reviews

The Carpetbagger's Children. Three grown sisters in Texas -- Grace Anne, Cornelia, and Sissie -- dwell on the legacy of their father, a Union soldier, who moved South during the Reconstruction to work as a tax collector while plantation owners…
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Capsule Reviews

Dr. Faustus. David Mamet reduces the original Faust legend to its bare elements. There's the philosopher, Faustus, who's finished an abstruse magnum opus and looks forward to glory and fame. There's his Wife (a non-character), his Son (mostly offstage), a…
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Culture, Encore Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Dr. Faustus. David Mamet reduces the original Faust legend to its bare elements. There's the philosopher, Faustus, who's finished an abstruse magnum opus and looks forward to glory and fame. There's his Wife (a non-character), his Son (mostly offstage), a…
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Ghosts

By now you may have heard a rumor that California Shakespeare Theater director Jonathan Moscone's production of Ghosts at Berkeley Rep is a thing of beauty. The rumor happens to be true. Ibsen's tragedy about Helene Alving and her louche…
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Culture, Stage We Petty Men

We Petty Men

Last weekend the writer Mark Hertsgaard came to the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater for a post-show discussion on what Julius Caesar and current American politics might have in common. I didn't go, but putting Caesar on this month certainly raises the…
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Culture, Stage Taking Wing

Taking Wing

Last year Susannah Schulman played Juliet at the California Shakespeare Festival as a glossy-eyed mall girl in the blush of first love -- wisecracking, calculating, and spoiled. That's wrong for Juliet, who needs a touch of naiveté, but for the…
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Culture, Stage Sound  and Fury

Sound and Fury

Ever since Jonathan Moscone took over the California Shakespeare Festival two years ago, it's been a dunning refrain in this column that Cal Shakes can pull off comedy but not tragedy. Moscone lightened the mood around the Orinda amphitheater; he…
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Twelfth Night

Improbable as it may seem for an artistic director of a Shakespeare company, Jonathan Moscone (who came to Cal Shakes a season ago) had never directed the Bard's work before this show. His inexperience at directing Shakespeare proves to be…
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Culture, Stage Brilliant Strangeness

Brilliant Strangeness

Why does anyone bother with Cymbeline? It's a sprawling, florid, unbelievable play that ends with a series of carefully laid coincidences. Yes, it's beautiful, but it's also famously hard to produce, and its rewards just aren't as rich as those…
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Culture, Stage A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed

During the first intermission of a performance in London, maybe 10 years ago, of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, I heard an elderly American tourist turn to his wife and say, "This isn't Shakespeare." It isn't, no. But last weekend…
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Culture, Stage Play Out the Play

Play Out the Play

The Taming of the Shrew is like The Merchant of Venice -- built on the pattern of what we would now call a Minority Character coming around to the worldview of a Christian, male-dominated, and incidentally Italian, town. Shrew is…
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