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: 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’