The Skin of Our Teeth

By Contributed | January 9, 2019

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley at Live Oak Theater January 4th through January 29th Reviewed by Vicki Siegel It is always hard  for a company to come up with a play that is topical and meaningful but also entertaining.  The Skin of Our Teeth, by former Berkeley High alumnus, Thornton Wilder, has many of the features…

August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned

By Contributed | December 20, 2018

Marin Theater Company In partnership with Lorraine Hansberry Theater and Ubuntu Theater Project Jan 10 – Feb 3 The rough but fertile terrain from which August Wilson’s great body of work grew is explored in “How I Learned What I Learned,” a memoir in monologue written and originally performed by the playwright in 2003. The…

People’s History of Next

By Contributed | December 18, 2018

Theatre First Live Oak Theater through December 22 Written by Everybody; Facilitated by Awele, Anthony Clarvoe, and Cleavon Smith Directed and Arranged by Jon Tracy EAC Review by Bob The People’s History of Next presents itself as a postapocalypse survival story. Separately from each other, three young people—Anton, Dee, and Tara—have managed to survive some…

Arcadia

By Contributed | December 17, 2018

Shotgun Players Extended through January 13 Written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Patrick Dooley EAC Review by Vicki Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is like a wonderful fruitcake crammed with goodies.  It’s not always easy to understand.  The play shifts between two time periods – the Romantic era of Lord Byron circa 1809 and the modern era of 1992…

Border People

By Contributed | December 16, 2018

Reviewed in preview at Berkeley Marsh Opens January-February at the San Francisco Marsh EAC review by Mark With Border People Dan Hoyle hits a nerve with humor and heart-rending social truths With all the emphasis in our society on novelty, one might suppose that Dan Hoyle’s “Border People” could evoke a “been there, seen that”…

The Mystery of Things – Mother Lear, We Players, at Berkeley Theater Explorations.

By Philippa | December 15, 2018

We Players Performed throughout the Bay Area at unique venues This tight 50 minutes of fiercely original theatre is created and performed by Courtney Walsh and We Players’ Artistic Director, Ava Roy. A poignant production about an irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia who communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear as the…

Men on Boats

By Contributed | November 30, 2018

A.C.T. Strand Theater October 17-December 16 Lily Janiak review:    

Pike St.

By Contributed | November 27, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre November 17 – December 9, 2018 Lily Janiak review:

Everything Is Illuminated

By Contributed | November 26, 2018

Aurora Theater November 9 – November 30 Lily Janiak Review: