“The Soul’s Messenger”

For the final concert of the 21st Other Minds Festival, Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble delivered a bare bones retrospective of a handful of Monk’s abundant and mesmerizing repertoire. It’s an oxymoron to say that this life long minimalist presented  ...

Macbeth, Berkeley

“Bubble bubble, toil and trouble” and for what? An evening of “sound and fury,” signifying, if not nothing, precious little. Expectation ran high for Berkeley Rep’s visually stunning, starry production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Helmed by the great American  ...

The Flick

  Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning script for "The Flick," newly opened at Steppenwolf Theatre, gives us a chance to get to know three people, underpaid workers in a movie theater in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Their story of the minimum-wage economy  ...

2666

The Goodman Theatre’s new production of “2666," adapted from the massive novel by the late Roberto Bolaño, takes five stories and threads them loosely together with a couple of mysteries that keep us wondering until the end. And the end  ...

Dirty Dancing

“Nobody puts baby in a corner!” the iconic line from “Dirty Dancing,” may have earned itself a place as the universal cry for women’s rights. That the show’s working class protagonist, Johnny Castle, speaks the line, poses no problem. On  ...

Little Erik

"Little Eyolf," one of Henrik Ibsen’s lesser plays, has been updated and up-ended by writer and director Mark Jackson in the Aurora Theatre’s world premiere production of "Little Erik." In re-writing Ibsen’s 1894 plot into a superficially contemporary story about  ...

Aubergine, Berkeley

Can a bowl of soup really save a life? Probably not, but it makes for some interesting speculation in Julia Cho’s “Aubergine,” a play about love and death, estrangement and reconciliation, immigration and assimilation and, most of all, food, developed  ...

The Metromaniacs

      “The Metromaniacs” could have gone either way. Consider the ingredients: a convoluted story, characters with multiple identities, dialogue written in verse – rhyming couplets for the most part and not a slant rhyme in  ...

Dream Catcher

      “Dream Catcher,” the current offering at the Fountain Theatre, is a two-hander that sounds as though it will be a polemic. Roy (Brian Tichnell) is a solar power engineer with the opportunity of a  ...

Outside Mullingar

      Two Irish farming families, whose generations have lived predictably side by side for more than a century, are in for a rude awakening in the San Diego REP’s satisfying production of “Outside Mullingar.”  ...