Berkeley Rep’s Good Book is a revelation

May 04

Berkeley Rep’s <i>Good Book</i> is a revelation

Let's just admit it. The Bible is a clusterf**k. How in the world did such a literary hodgepodge, political football, myth collection become one of the most influential – if not the most influential book – ever created? That is the mammoth question asked by playwrights Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare ask in their fascinating play The Good Book now at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Watch on the Rhine at Berkeley Rep

Dec 08

<i>Watch on the Rhine</i> at Berkeley Rep

The thing I can't stand about 24-hour cable news networks is that it's 5% news and 95% talking heads spouting opinions and fighting over those opinions.

The thing I loved about Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine (a co-production from Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre) is that the author stakes a claim for action. After a certain point, opinions matter a whole lot less than what you choose to do about whatever opinion you hold.

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Review: `An Ideal Husband’

Jul 06

Opened July 5, Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Orinda Julie Eccles is Gertrude Chiltern and Stacy Ross is Laura Chevely in California Shakespeare Theater’s production of An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. Photos by Kevin Berne   Ferocity marries wit in Cal Shakes’ lively `Husband’«««« Nothing ages like happiness, or so Oscar Wilde tells us in...

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Elijah Alexander goes Wilde

Jul 02

  Elijah Alexander starred as Jack Tanner in California Shakespeare Theater’s Man and Superman last summer. This year he’s starring in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Photo by Kevin Berne He’s right on time for his interview – early even – and he’s in character. “Oscar Wilde said that punctuality is a thief of time, and...

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2007 theater Top 10

Dec 27

I can always tell whether a theater year has been good or not so good when I sit down to hammer out my Top 10 list. If I can summon five or more shows simply from memory, it’s a good year. This year’s entire list came almost entirely from memory (which is a feat in itself as the old noggin’ ain’t what it used to be), so it was a good year...

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Review: `Man and Superman’

Jul 08

Opened Saturday, July 7, 2007, Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda Cal Shakes’ Man and Superman soars with superheroic cast four stars Shavian perfection A lifetime happiness? No man alive could bear it. So says Jack Tanner the irresistible leading man in George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman, the second show of the California Shakespeare Theater season. A...

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