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: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Great Wave’ needs more truth from the treacherous waters

Close your eyes and feel the waves. There is very little more soothing, more life-affirming than hearing a wave crash along a shore line. The delectable beauty of the fiendish, … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Great Wave’ needs more truth from the treacherous waters

A sweeping storm and a sweeping epic inspires Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at Berkeley Rep

When Francis Turnly set out to write a sweeping, epic story of two sisters and their place in two disparate countries, no word was left unturned. Turnly’s first draft of … Continue reading A sweeping storm and a sweeping epic inspires Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at Berkeley Rep

Review: Berkeley Rep’s witty and sharply irreverent ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ conquers the stage

One of the most hilarious moments in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of “Kiss My Aztec!” takes place in the opening number. In a world where the Aztecs were conquered … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s witty and sharply irreverent ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ conquers the stage

For Taccone and Leguizamo, musical farce is the thing in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Kiss My Aztec!’

Outgoing Berkeley Repertory Theatre artistic director Tony Taccone is not shy to share his aversion to the genre of musical theatre. He remembers going with his mother when he was … Continue reading For Taccone and Leguizamo, musical farce is the thing in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Kiss My Aztec!’

O’Toole’s great talent leads her to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Good Book’

It is hard, maybe impossible even, to think of a book that has influenced the world more than the Bible. “The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined … Continue reading O’Toole’s great talent leads her to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Good Book’

A house is not a home, or is it? Sobelle’s ‘Home’ looks at the differences between the two at Berkeley Rep

On the surface, the defined differences between the words house and home are subtle. But as the connotations of each word are more deeply explored, they couldn’t be further apart … Continue reading A house is not a home, or is it? Sobelle’s ‘Home’ looks at the differences between the two at Berkeley Rep

Review: Choreo steals the show in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Paradise Square’

There is a smooth as hell flow and a succulent ease that kicks off the opening moments of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s world premiere musical “Paradise Square.” And while there are … Continue reading Review: Choreo steals the show in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Paradise Square’

Review: Hope and devastation make for the perfect storm in Nilaja Sun’s ‘Pike St.’ at Berkeley Rep

When you watch solo artist extraordinaire Nilaja Sun move through space, her brilliance isn’t always in what you see. The true greatness lies in what she herself is seeing. This … Continue reading Review: Hope and devastation make for the perfect storm in Nilaja Sun’s ‘Pike St.’ at Berkeley Rep