Leni

“Leni,” a powerful two-person high wire act, examines the controversial Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003), the 1930s extraordinary filmmaker and vilified Hitler propagandist. “Leni” is part exposition, part cross-examination and part psychoanalysis. This intermissionless 80-minute production explores, but of course, cannot  ...

The Illusion

Misplaced pride leads a man to cast out his only son. Fifteen years later, aching regret leads to a desperate quest to discover what became of the boy. What the father finds – or thinks he finds – are at  ...

Roe

Since its Supreme Court ruling in 1973, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, has been a lightning rod that continues to electrify public opinion. It serves as a seismograph that registers politicians’ and citizens’  ...

Interview with playwright Lisa Loomer

In late February, I had a chance to sit down with playwright Lisa Loomer (“The Waiting Room,” “Girl Interrupted”) to discuss her play “Roe,” now at Berkeley Rep. My own experience with the political and practical history of winning and  ...

Sheldon Harnick, musical theater legend.

Sheldon Harnick’s mind was stuck on a lyric, but his body was on the move. He walks or finds other ways to get moving to free his creative process when he’s suffering a case of writer’s block.A truck was  ...

To Kill a Mockingbird

The program for Florida Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” lists Maycomb, Ala., 1935 as the time and setting. That is partially correct: Director Robert Cacioppo’s smart staging of the classic, based on Harper Lee’s 1960  ...

Hand to God

“Hand to God,” a Tony-nominated, riotously funny romp, shaded with black undertones, uses a foul-mouthed sock puppet to demonstrate the shocking results when one is freed from society’s moral restraints. Playwright Robert Askins accomplishes this lesson using ribald humor overlaying  ...

“Jitney” producer Ron Simons

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Chalk up another success for award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons --putting on Broadway the only August Wilson "Pittsburgh Cycle" play that has yet to appear on the Great White Way. Simons doesn't have a definitive  ...

Blue Door

A man with a serious case of insomnia is forced to take a serious look at his life choices in “Blue Door” at the Moxie Theatre. Lewis (Vimel Sephus) is a professor of  ...

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. That’s the setup; “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is the extended, absurdist punchline. Set in Paris in 1904, Freddy (Donald Faison) is getting the bar ready for business. He is joined by  ...