Aurora builds a mighty (funny) Monster

Nov 19

Aurora builds a mighty (funny) <i>Monster</i>

When salsa splatters across the unsealed Carrara marble, the horror of the architect played by Danny Scheie resounds through the intimate Aurora Theatre Company. An hors d'oeuvre has fallen on the floor, and after admonishing the clumsiness of his girlfriend, the architect demands a napkin and some vodka to clean it up. The marble is not stained, and the architect, one Gregor Zobrowski, calms down enough to say, "Crisis averted." But is the crisis averted? Not even a little bit, and that's the fun of Amy Freed's The Monster Builder, a very funny riff on Ibsen's The Master Builder (which the Aurora produced in 2006).

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Theater review: `You, Nero’

May 21

Opened May 20, 2009 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre Danny Scheie solidifies his reputation as one of the Bay Area’s best, most original actors as the title character in Amy Freed’s You, Nero on Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Thrust Stage. Photos by kevinberne.com A funny thing happened on the way to `You, Nero’««« ½ Berkeley Repertory...

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Danny Scheie: Leading man at last

May 17

I’ve written before about Bay Area actors whose names, just by appearing on a cast list in a program, excite certain expectations and delights. Danny Scheie (at right, photo by Henry DiRocco) is one of those actors. When I first started covering theater in San Francisco 17 years ago, he was better known as a director, but then I saw him as Hermes, the...

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New Amy Freed play added to Berkeley Rep season

Jul 10

[show's dates have changed since original posting: Previews begin May 15, opening is May 20 and closing is June 28] Local playwright Amy Freed (above) will collaborate once again with director (and former Berkeley Repertory Theatre artistic director) Sharon Ott on a new play that has just been added to the Berkeley Rep season. You, Nero will play on the Thrust Stage...

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Tip-top ten

Dec 23

Happy holidays, Theater Dogs! Thanks for reading the blog in 2006. I’ll try to make it bigger, better, funnier and fresher in 2007. Below you’ll find my Top 10 list of favorite theater experiences in 2006. I’d love for you all to share some of your favorites as well, so use the comment feature liberally. 1.The Clean House,TheatreWorks Sarah...

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