Carrie Fisher strikes back, `Spelling Bee’ extends

May 21

We already knew that Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical solo show, Wishful Drinking, was headed to Broadway. What we didn’t know was that Fisher will be Drinking at Berkeley Repertory Theatre before heading for New York. Wishful Drinking, a humorous re-telling of Fisher’s celebrity upbringing as the spawn of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher as well...

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Delighted by `Ruined,’ Nottage nabs Pulitzer

Apr 21

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Photo by the LA Times Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined, inspired by Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play, about a Congolese brothel run by a woman named Mama Nadi, is about a country torn apart by civil war and about a woman who is either protecting women or...

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San Jose Rep announces new artistic director

Aug 21

San Jose Repertory Theatre announced today that Rick Lombardo of Boston’s New Repertory Theatre will be the company’s next artistic director, succeeding the Rep’s long-time director, Timothy Near. According to a press release, the six-month nationwide search landed on Lombardo for “his combination of artistic excellence, programming savvy and leadership...

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Carrie Fisher hits the road

Apr 24

The force is most certainly with her. Carrie Fisher, fresh from her hit Berkeley Repertory Theatre show Wishful Drinking, a one-woman autobiographical play, is taking the show on the road. And no wonder: in 9 1/2 weeks, the show took in $1.3 million. Producer Jonathan Reinis is sending Wishful across the country. The first stop isn’t so far away, just down...

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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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Review: `The Triumph of Love’

Aug 12

Opened Aug. 11, 2007, Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda More love, less triumph in Cal Shakes-San Jose Rep co-production two [1/2] stars Romance trumps comedy In the theater, there’s nothing worse than feeling on the outside of a joke. Members of the audience chortle happily while you sit there stony faced and cranky wondering why the onstage antics delight some but...

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