The (puppet) theory of (puppet) relativity

May 16

Here’s an intriguing subtitle: “A found-object puppetry play inside the mind of Albert Einstein.” That subtitle is attached to One Stone: Einstein, a work-in-progress from two of the Bay Area’s leading theatrical lights: playwright Trevor Allen and puppeteer Liebe Wetzel (along with her Lunatique Fantastique puppeteers). The play, which...

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Play award finalists announced

Mar 06

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has named six finalists in its annual playwriting competition, supported by generous funding from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, which recognizes plays that premiered outside New York City. The top honoree in the Steinberg /ATCA New Play Awards will receive $25,000 — the largest prize for a...

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Danny Hoch takes over

Jan 09

It’s been 10 years since Danny Hoch jolted the Bay Area theater scene with Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, his dynamic solo show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Since then, he has worked diligently to make hip-hop theater more than just a passing phase. He founded the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, now in its eighth year of presenting a new generation of theater...

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Stoppard stops by ACT

Jan 07

American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff didn’t mince words when introducing playwright Tom Stoppard Saturday morning at a Koret Visiting Artist Series event. She called him the “greatest writer in the English-speaking language.” Indeed the 70-year-old Stoppard, outfitted in light-brown slacks and jacket with vibrant red socks, has an...

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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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Campo Santo, Johnson together again

Oct 17

Campo Santo, the small theater company with major literary impact, is not doing a traditional season. Sean San Jose, Campo Santo founder, and Deborah Cullinan, executive director of Intersection for the Arts, describe this offbeat season as a “search for the most exciting and bold new theatrical constructs.” The season includes three world-premiere plays...

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