Thornton, a Wilder and crazy (wonderful) guy

Nov 09

Thornton, a <i>Wilder</i> and crazy (wonderful) guy

Of the four short Thornton Wilder plays that comprise Aurora Theatre Company's Wilder Times, one is grating, one is darkly funny, one is poignant and one is so brilliant, so moving it almost erases the memory of the other three.

To begin with, these four one-acts were not written to be performed together, but director Barbara Oliver and her Aurora crew saw links between the first two, "Infancy" and "Childhood," written in 1962, and "The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden" and "The Long Christmas Dinner," both written in 1931. Together, they form a sort of piquant portrait of human lives, beginning to end, with special attention given to family dynamics. It's interesting that the plays more concerned with death and time were written first, and the plays dealing with our most formative years were written 30 years later.

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Aurora announces 18th season

Apr 01

Aurora Theatre Company artistic director Tom Ross announced today his Berkeley company’s 18th season, which stems from the theme “Family and Fortune.” In addition to classics and newer works, the season includes a world premiere by Joel Drake Johnson (pictured at right). The season opens in August with Clifford Odets’ 1935 Awake and Sing,...

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Review: `The Devil’s Disciple’

Nov 07

Michael Ray Wisely (left) is a British soldier and Gabriel Marin is Dick Dudgeon, a man about to hang even though he’s not the man the Brits think he is in the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw. Photos by David Allen   Aurora’s comic melodrama goes to the `Devil’««« ½   The...

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Gabe Marin exorcises Aurora’s devilish `Disciple’

Oct 30

One of the great things about Bay Area theater is watching local actors grow into greatness. They may or may not strike off to find fortune and fame in New York or Los Angeles, or they may choose to stay here and continue doing as much good work as they can. The Aurora Theatre Company’s next show, George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, is...

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Review: `The Trojan Women’

Apr 11

Opened April 10, 2008 at the Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Carla Spindt (left) is Hecuba, queen of fallen Troy, and Sepideh Makabi is a member of the Greek Chorus in the Aurora Theatre’s production of The Trojan Women. Photos by David Allen Aurora resurrects timely, wrenching Trojan Women 3 ½ stars War in pieces Watching Barbara Oliver’s production of The...

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