‘Hamlet’: More on The Melancholy Dane

Hamlet became our badge of cultural literacy so long ago, it is well nigh impossible to see a production without stumbling over the baggage of familiarity. To list some of it as a reminder of the trouble, there’s the  ...

Chicago – The Musical

Walter Bobbie's revival of Fred Ebb and John Kander's Chicago (seen by your reviewer in London in January) is, seemingly, unstoppable. Productions are opening the world over to ecstatic reviews and the London mounting, which had its first  ...

Crave

Crave, a one-act drama that premiered in 1998 by the late Sarah Kane, comes out of the experimental and absurdist tradition of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Like the plays of Beckett, Pinter, and Albee, Crave combines wordplay,  ...

Everett Beekin – Richard Greenberg

Everett Beekin is a strange play, not easy to classify, impossible to pin down. At first it seems to be a pleasant enough Jewish family comedy set in the late 1940s on New York's Lower East Side, with  ...

The Birthday Party

By Harold Pinter Aurora Theater, Berkeley January 26-March 4, 2007 James Carpenter in The Birthday Party phoro: David Allen Aurora Theatre Web Site It’s not your ordinary birthday party, the kind with candles  ...

Doubt

Broadway Touring Company Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco John Patrick Shanley had the last laugh on whoever threw him out of the kindergarten at St. Helena’s in the Bronx and later, expelled him from Cardinal Spellman High  ...

And God Created Great Whales – Rinde Eckert

As ticketholders file into the theater, Rinde Eckert is seated at a piano on stage, facing away from the audience. Ethereal electronic music floats through the house. Multicolored light bulbs and many tape recorders are suspended from the  ...

all wear bowlers

(l to r) Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle star in all wear bowlers, a hilarious, vaudeville hit at Berkeley Rep for the holidays. Photographer: Greg Costanzo So, who wears a bowler? Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello – right?  ...