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

For Talai, Berkeley Rep’s ‘An Octoroon’ an opportunity to spark important conversations about race

Speak to Amir Talai for any amount of time, and you will learn quickly that he is a pensive man of great conviction and passion. Talai dabbles in many areas … Continue reading For Talai, Berkeley Rep’s ‘An Octoroon’ an opportunity to spark important conversations about race

Review: Despite flaws, Berkeley Rep’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ a colorful examination of culture, traditions

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s “Monsoon Wedding” is loaded with wonderful moments that capture the quintessential story of two worlds that exist within one culture, as both of those cultures bridge their … Continue reading Review: Despite flaws, Berkeley Rep’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ a colorful examination of culture, traditions

Review: Hilarity and hypocrisy the focus of Berkeley Rep’s brilliant ‘Hand to God’

So after witnessing the sublimely entertaining and wildly maniacal Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of “Hand to God,” I have a few questions: What the hell did I just witness? What … Continue reading Review: Hilarity and hypocrisy the focus of Berkeley Rep’s brilliant ‘Hand to God’

Review: Loh’s likability at the forefront of Berkeley Rep’s ‘Madwoman in the Volvo’

How special is Sandra Tsing Loh? Well, so special that she is able to explain how she was married with two very young daughters when she started an affair with … Continue reading Review: Loh’s likability at the forefront of Berkeley Rep’s ‘Madwoman in the Volvo’

Tsing Loh, sweet menopause: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Madwoman in the Volvo’ brings laughs and pathos to the midlife crisis

Menopause, according to the definition from the Mayo Clinic website – “Menopause is defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period and marks the end of menstrual cycles.” … Continue reading Tsing Loh, sweet menopause: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Madwoman in the Volvo’ brings laughs and pathos to the midlife crisis

Review: Savagery is softened by storytelling in Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti’

There are many powerful moments in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Last Tiger in Haiti,” but few are more riveting than the moment where the eldest caretaker Max comes … Continue reading Review: Savagery is softened by storytelling in Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti’

Review: Frenetic course in ‘Latin History’ at Berkeley Rep is funny, poignant

A very cool story my dad shared with me many years ago was in regards to his time in the Marine Corps serving in Vietnam. One of his best friends … Continue reading Review: Frenetic course in ‘Latin History’ at Berkeley Rep is funny, poignant