Mother Courage and Her Children

By Contributed | February 13, 2019

Ubuntu Theater Project Lisser Hall – Mills College Feb 8 – Mar 3 by Bertolt Brecht translated by Tony Kushner directed by Emilie Whelan Considered by many to be the greatest play of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht’s music-infused drama, translated by Tony Kushner, explores the mechanisms that perpetuate war through the experiences of one…

Her Portmanteau

By Contributed | February 13, 2019

A.C.T.’s Strand Theater Feb 15 – Mar 31 by Mfoniso Udofia Directed by Victor Malana Maog  From an extraordinary new voice in American theater comes this taut and achingly poignant drama exploring the multigenerational bonds of a Nigerian family living in the United States.  Traveling from Lagos to visit her mother and American-born sister for the first time…

Jeffrey Eugenides: Off the Page reading of “Complainers”

By Contributed | February 7, 2019

Presented by Word for Word Z Below at Z Space Directed by Amy Kossow Monday, February 11 at 7 pm Off the Page staged readings are the first step in developing a Word for Word production—taking a short story from the page to the stage. Come see the very first steps of our process, and,…

The Who & The What

By Contributed | February 7, 2019

Marin Theater Company February 28 – March 24 By Ayad Akhtar Directed by Hana S. Sharif N.Y. Times review from 2014 Bay Area  premiere of this play by the author of “Disgraced”.  If you have seen it elsewhere, please let us know how you liked it by adding your comment below. Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina…

Paradise Square

By Contributed | February 4, 2019

Berkeley Repertory Theater Extended through March 3 It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots…

King of the Yees

By Contributed | January 30, 2019

Written by Lauren Yee S.F. Playhouse Jan 22 – Mar 2 Preview by Vicki Siegel When Jerome Robbins who was directing Fiddler on the Roof repeatedly asked the writers, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, what the musical was about, the writers could only say that it’s about a milkman with five daughters who goes through…

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…