2012 flasback: 10 to remember

Dec 21

2012 flasback: 10 to remember

One of the things I love about Bay Area theater is that picking a Top 10 list is usually a breeze. My surefire test of a great show is one I can remember without having to look at anything to remind me about it. The entire list below was composed in about five minutes, then I had to go look through my reviews to make sure they were all really this year. They were, and it was a really good year.

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Berkeley Rep’s White Snake: ‘sssssss wonderful

Nov 15

Berkeley Rep’s <i>White Snake</i>: ‘sssssss wonderful

Even ophidiophobe Indiana Jones would fall in love with the stunning serpents at the heart of Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake, a poignant, colorful tale from ancient China that arrives at Berkeley Repertory Theatre like a giant holiday gift just waiting to be savored by audiences.

This is Zimmerman's seventh show at Berkeley Rep, following in the wake of such stunners as Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and, most recently, The Arabian Nights. Like these previous outings, The White Snake is theatrical storytelling at its very best, a fusion of stunning imagery, captivating music and, best of all, characters whose stories cut straight to the heart.

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Come on I wanna Leia: Fisher lands on Broadway

Apr 30

Another week, another Berkeley Repertory Theatre show going to Broadway. Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical solo show Wishful Drinking, directed by Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone, will open in October at — where else? — Studio 54, where it runs through Jan. 3. The show is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with...

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Review: `The Arabian Nights’

Nov 20

EXTENDED AGAIN! NOW THROUGH JAN. 18! The rambunctious cast of Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights tells the tale of the virtuous merchant, his hideous bride and the beauty who tricked him. Photos by kevinberne.com   Berkeley Rep unveils some enchanted `Nights’««« ½ Thanks to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Bay Area audiences are sort of expert in the...

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Box-office boom

May 28

Some good news from box offices both national and local today. First the local. According to Berkeley Repertory Theatre, coming to the end of its 40th anniversary season, Nilaja Sun’s No Child… broke the box office record for single-day sales last Saturday (May 24). The previous record was set a couple of months ago by Carrie Fisher’s Wishful...

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Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep announce seasons

Mar 07

Time to start thinking about those season tickets — or at least cherry picking which shows you’re going to make a point of seeing next season. Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 2008-09 season was announced this week. Here’s how it shapes up. Yellowjackets by Itamar Moses (left) — Berkeley native writes about Berkeley High School and the...

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