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Review: A magical mouse is the hero in wonderful ‘Despereaux’ at Berkeley Rep

Early in the wonderfully magical Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of “The Tale of Despereaux,” the narrator, aka the Librarian laments the plight of Despereaux, the little runt of a mouse … Continue reading Review: A magical mouse is the hero in wonderful ‘Despereaux’ at Berkeley Rep

Review: The life of Townsend compels in The Marsh’s ‘Living the Shuffle’

Throughout the 90 consecutive minutes of Hollywood pioneer Robert Townsend’s autobiographical one-man show “Living the Shuffle,” it’s easy to see that in every way possible, he is a complete product … Continue reading Review: The life of Townsend compels in The Marsh’s ‘Living the Shuffle’

Review: Shotgun’s magical ‘Elevada’ lifts its souls off the ground

There are two dueling realities that exist in the delightfully charming and poignant production of “Elevada” from Shotgun Players in Berkeley. First, there is a love story that hits off … Continue reading Review: Shotgun’s magical ‘Elevada’ lifts its souls off the ground

Review: San Jose Stage’s joyful ‘Rocky Horror’ embraces every ounce of cult classic camp

For those who know very little about “The Rocky Horror Show,” and there are certainly some virgins out there who have yet to consummate with the show’s charms, it’s a … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s joyful ‘Rocky Horror’ embraces every ounce of cult classic camp

The game of cricket serves as a metaphor in A.C.T’s ‘Testmatch’

Lipica Shah never considered herself a fan of cricket. But ask her about a game she never really watched or grew up with and she gets positively giddy, even pointing … Continue reading The game of cricket serves as a metaphor in A.C.T’s ‘Testmatch’

Townsend lives the Hollywood dream in ‘Living the Shuffle’ at the Marsh

“You know, let me just say this…” Robert Townsend is a thoughtful gent. Before answering any question, he ponders it deeply in order to give the most accurate answer possible. … Continue reading Townsend lives the Hollywood dream in ‘Living the Shuffle’ at the Marsh

Gundunas connects with all of her lives in ‘Nine’ at San Jose’s 3Below

Susan Gundunas is quite the artist. She’s a professional actor, a vocalist specializing in a wide variety of styles including opera, and a voice teacher who runs a classical singer … Continue reading Gundunas connects with all of her lives in ‘Nine’ at San Jose’s 3Below

Providing a voice drives Suh in Magic Theatre’s ‘The Chinese Lady’

The Bay Area at large and San Francisco in particular boasts an extremely large Chinese population. Stores, restaurants, the iconic lamps on Grant Avenue and the sounds of the erhu … Continue reading Providing a voice drives Suh in Magic Theatre’s ‘The Chinese Lady’

Review: City Lights’ ‘The Wolves’ is a scrumptious slice on the pitch

Orange slices at halftime. While all youth sports have things that make them special, there is no image more iconic than orange slices being shared out of a big, colorful … Continue reading Review: City Lights’ ‘The Wolves’ is a scrumptious slice on the pitch

Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes needs to find more unity

Very early on in the Cal Shakes production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” a large smear of blood stains the window and doesn’t move for the duration of the performance. This … Continue reading Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes needs to find more unity