Review: Culture Clash explores the messy and magical in brilliant ‘(Still) in America’

The debate over what is and what isn’t American is full of nuance. While certain politicians and nativists tout that the greatness of this country is viewed through a tiny, … Continue reading Review: Culture Clash explores the messy and magical in brilliant ‘(Still) in America’

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

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

Review: Aurora’s ‘Exit Strategy’ finds its heroes, villains

School fight songs will never be found in the great American song book. These mostly banal tributes to the greatness of the alma mater are simplistic in their rhyme scheme … Continue reading Review: Aurora’s ‘Exit Strategy’ finds its heroes, villains

Review: Shotgun’s powerful ‘Kill Move Paradise’ is searing and unsettling

Amadou Diallo. Malcolm Ferguson. Patrick Dorismond. Earl Murray. Ronald Beasley. Prince Jones. Timothy Thomas. Orlando Barlow. Ousmane Zongo. Alberta Spruill. Timothy Stansbury. James Brisette. Ronald Madison. Henry Glover. Sean Bell. … Continue reading Review: Shotgun’s powerful ‘Kill Move Paradise’ is searing and unsettling

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’