A Number

“We’ve got thirty per cent the same [genes] as a lettuce…” The successful birth of Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was a startling event in 1996. Now the news of Barbra Streisand’s cloned puppies has shown  ...

Office Hour

I didn’t sleep well the night I saw “Office Hour,” and to my mind that’s a good thing, because my restlessness meant that I was deeply affected by playwright Julia Cho’s tension-ridden, creative exploration of the complex natures of mass  ...

Vietgone

”Vietgone,” an unusual blend of broad comedy with ending touches of sentiment and insight, focuses on the travails of a South Vietnamese man and woman who separately immigrate to the U.S. during the 1975 fall of Saigon, and meet  ...

Until, Until, Until . . .

"Until, Until, Until . . . is a play accompanied by a multi-media video installation. It's an interrogation of the facts and misinformation surrounding the controversy about the famous 1981 televised performance by Broadway actor and dancer Ben Vereen, that  ...

Water by the Spoonful

Addiction is as hot a topic now as it was in 2012 when Quiara Alegria Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, "Water by the Spoonful." It may not be your number one topic, but do  ...

The Importance of Being Earnest

The trouble with drawing room comedies is that drawing rooms are intrinsically boring. This is part of the problem with the Old Globe's The Importance of Being Earnest - even Oscar Wilde's spirited dialogue can't quite overcome the production's inherent  ...

Passing Strange

The rock musical Passing Strange was co-composed by Stew and Heidi Rodewald a decade ago and in its short run on Broadway was a sensation, garnering six Tony noms and two wins for Stew. It wasn't your typical jukebox musical  ...

Streetcar Named Desire

The vital, welcoming, multicultural Ubuntu Theater Project, founded in Oakland in 2012, is currently performing one of Tennessee William's best written and most iconic plays, "Streetcar Named Desire." It's the drama set in 1947 New Orleans in which the  ...

Widowers’ Houses

It's a pleasure to see a fine production of any play by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), but especially one of his infrequently produced first three "Plays Unpleasant," as Shaw called them. He explained that he called the theatricals unpleasant because,  ...