Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ stuns and delights at Berkeley Rep

There is no doubt that Nora has engaged in some thrilling relationships in the 15 years since she famously shut that door on her way out. In those years, there … Continue reading Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ stuns and delights at Berkeley Rep

The Drama Guy’s top 10 fall (POC) theatre picks

While the fall is a time for a beautiful change in weather, sweetened coffees, and the return of football, there’s also a ton of great theatre that kicks off the … Continue reading The Drama Guy’s top 10 fall (POC) theatre picks

Review: Effectively disjointed ‘Constitution’ by Heidi Schreck enlightens and entertains at Berkeley Rep

There is no denying the charm and disarming nature of Heidi Schreck. She is whip-smart, delightfully funny, but underneath that billowy, sunny demeanor is a life lived, one that has … Continue reading Review: Effectively disjointed ‘Constitution’ by Heidi Schreck enlightens and entertains at Berkeley Rep

Review: Berkeley Rep’s magical ‘Angels in America’ overwhelms, inspires

It is overwhelming to experience the marathon of Tony Kushner’s two-part masterpiece “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” It almost feels like returning to your corner in … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s magical ‘Angels in America’ overwhelms, inspires

Schreck talks and debates amendments in her show ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ at Berkeley Rep

That pesky 14th Amendment. It’s an amendment that states, in its second section, that only the rights of voting males are protected. Even more problematic, when addressing citizenship, it never … Continue reading Schreck talks and debates amendments in her show ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ at Berkeley Rep

Review: Intellectual ‘Watch on the Rhine’ is heavy on text, timely in its urgency

It takes very little time to see where “Watch on the Rhine” is headed. Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s newest drama, penned by American theatre great Lillian Hellman, is truly a throwback … Continue reading Review: Intellectual ‘Watch on the Rhine’ is heavy on text, timely in its urgency

A Hellman renaissance for Berkeley Rep’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’

Lillian Hellman is one of the fiercest playwrights in history. While she is certainly known for her work writing iconic plays such as “The Little Foxes” and “The Children’s Hour,” … Continue reading A Hellman renaissance for Berkeley Rep’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’

Review: Uneven ‘Imaginary Comforts’ advocates for the story

One of the few Jewish funerals I have attended, it was easy to be intoxicated by the power of the rabbi. From what I gathered, the rabbi’s job is twofold … Continue reading Review: Uneven ‘Imaginary Comforts’ advocates for the story

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ is loaded with ferocity and heart

My paternal grandfather was a legend in the Oakland flea market community. When I was a kid of nine, he and I would take off every Sunday morning to hunt … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ is loaded with ferocity and heart

Review: The power of Berkeley Rep’s ‘An Octoroon’ is its duality of emotion

One of the most compelling moments in a play full of them takes place early between two playwrights in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “An Octoroon.” One is the 19th … Continue reading Review: The power of Berkeley Rep’s ‘An Octoroon’ is its duality of emotion