The Gigli Concert – Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy’s deconstruction of affirmational therapy and the culture of pseudo-psychoanalytical holism was first performed in 1983. The date is of no particular significance, as the play is devoid of specific social or political references. It is not without  ...

James Joyces’ The Dead – Richard Nelson

James Joyce had a theory of "epiphanies" which posited that seemingly insignificant incidents can be the source of profound insights. The Dead, his short story first published in 1914, is his theory proven. In its brief length, a handful  ...

Cesaria Evora

Sooner or later it had to happen. Cesaria Evora put on shoes. Granted they were old-man slip-on bedroom slippers but shoes all the same. The grandmotherly diva of world music, famed for shuffling onstage in her bare  ...

Chair – Operating Theatre/Roger Doyle

Chair consists of reflections on life and death loosely organized around the fragmented story of a female serial killer awaiting execution by electric chair. She reminisces about her crimes and the nature of human existence. Is the taking of life  ...

Dance of Death – August Strindberg

On a rocky, end-of-the-world island off the coast of Sweden, with angry waves crashing endlessly, maddeningly just outside the off-kilter tower of a former prison, a man and a woman are at home, driving each other absolutely crazy. The  ...

Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen

Ibsen is called the father of modern drama and Hedda Gabler (1890) perfectly exemplifies the ways that he leapt forward from more traditional 19th century theater. Focused on character rather than plot, on contemporary people and society, and  ...

36 Views – Naomi Iizuka

Playwright Naomi Iizuka has fulfilled a prime dictum of true art in her 36 Views, now having its world premiere at Berkeley Rep. According to philosopher/critic George Santayana, a work of art is most successful when the feeling and  ...