Great actors at Cal Shakes

Apr 22

Casts and creative teams for the first two Cal Shakes shows have been announced, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be another hot summer in the chilly environs of the Bruns Amphitheater in the bucolic Orinda hills. The 24th season opens May 28 with Shakespeare’s Pericles, directed by Minneapolis-based director Joel Sass in his Cal Shakes debut. The...

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Review: `The Government Inspector’

Mar 27

Opened March 26, 2008 at American Conservatory Theater The town’s mayor (Graham Beckel, seated) succumbs to a sneezing fit while accepting the congratulations of the town council (from left: Delia MacDougall, Andrew Hurteau, Dan Hiatt, and Rod Gnapp) on the engagement of his daughter to Khlestakov. Photos by Kevin Berne Fantastic cast makes Gogol’s...

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Theater moments: Reflections on 2007

Jan 02

I’ve already offered up my Top 10 list of 2007’s best Bay Area theater (see it here). That’s all well and good, but there was way too much good stuff in 2007 to contain in a polite numbered list. What follows, in no apparent order, are some of the year’s most distinctive theater moments (mostly good, some not so much). The shows in the Top 10...

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Thoughts on `Sex’

Nov 10

I can’t really review the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Sex, a 1926 play by the delectable Mae West. One of my best friends is in the cast (he’s brilliant, by the way), so I have what they call in the ethics business a “conflict of interest.” So, knowing my bias, here’s what I enjoyed about the production, directed by Tom...

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MacDougall has `Sex’ appeal

Nov 07

This month, if you’re looking for good Sex, you may need to head for Berkeley. This week, the Aurora Theatre Company opens Mae West’s 1926 show Sex starring Delia MacDougall as Margy LaMont, the role West originated herself. MacDougall, a familiar face to Bay Area audiences (she most recently died onstage in California Shakespeare Theater’s King...

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Review: “American $uicide”

Feb 16

(opened Feb. 12, 2007) Jackson, actors commit American $uicide at Thick House three stars Zesty satire If “American Idol” ended each episode with a bullet instead of wild applause, some of us might stop watching. And some of us might start. We love our reality TV in this country, and, truth be told, we love our violence. So far, the two haven’t...

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