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’

Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

His name was Otilio. To her, he was Tio Otilio. Irma Herrera’s aunts and uncles came from a generation where names like Dominga, Socorro and Epifania were commonplace. Those were … Continue reading Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

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

Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’ addresses the ‘fragile and formative’ teen years

With today’s generation of teenagers more connected than ever in the form of social media, the pressures to live up to a fabricated online ideal can be thoroughly treacherous. Specifically, … Continue reading Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’ addresses the ‘fragile and formative’ teen years

Review: Violent poetry fills the stage in Aurora’s phenomenal ‘Royale’

“The search for the white hope not having been successful, prejudices were being piled up against me, and certain unfair persons, piqued because I was champion, decided if they could … Continue reading Review: Violent poetry fills the stage in Aurora’s phenomenal ‘Royale’

Holt shares her passion for a French icon in The Marsh’s ‘Colette Uncensored’

There is not one specific thing that fascinates Lorri Holt about French renaissance woman Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. It’s not just the phenomenal storytelling ability, a woman who penned the French classic … Continue reading Holt shares her passion for a French icon in The Marsh’s ‘Colette Uncensored’

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

Ubuntu’s ‘Othello’ a language of love

Michael Navarra is playing Iago in Ubuntu Theater Project’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” It is a role that is both mesmerizing and intimidating. But for this particular production, there … Continue reading Ubuntu’s ‘Othello’ a language of love