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 unstable erstwhile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Lisa Ramirez) moves in  ...

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, in addition to pleasing the audience, they raise awareness of  ...

Nice Girl

Josephine is the nice girl. She’s so nice that she remains living at home with her mother, working in a dead-end job, when she really wants to do what she wants to do. One problem is that she doesn’t know what that is. "Nice Girl" by Melissa Ross  ...

The Insult

This stunning drama from the Middle East called "The Insult," could have been titled 'A Simple Apology,' with the conflict, the story's entire premise resolved quickly and easily with those two ever elusive words, "I'm sorry." Instead it proves there would be nothing simple about an apology as there's  ...

Blind Date

The blind date actually took place on November 19, 1985, in Geneva. Nothing much happened diplomatically; the world order wasn’t changed. But the two leaders of the U.S. and the then-USSR had a couple of long, personal talks and the summit was considered a good sign for the future. Just  ...

Around the World in 80 Days

Are you impatient for the completion of the California high-speed rail line or eager for the return of supersonic air travel? While you're waiting, pack your bags and hold on to your hat as punctilious, persnickety, pedantic Phileas Fogg takes you a laugh-filled gallop around the globe in the North  ...

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

It's not an unfamiliar story about 1950s film studio era diva Gloria Grahame that screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh offers, and it's a sympathetic rendering, but not so cloying as to go dime-store hagiographic. Tinsel town affords a wide girth to a woman of note wanting to embellish romance by thumbing her  ...

Candide

The Candide credits make it look like opera designed by a committee. But what a committee. It didn't start that way. Lillian Hellman, in high dudgeon over the early activities of the McCarthy Committee and its followers, approached Bernstein with a proposal to create a critical theater piece based on  ...

The Last Wife

Marriage is not to be entered into lightly when the groom is England's King Henry VIII. The West Coast Premiere of "The Last Wife" offers a contemporary retelling of Henry's sixth (and final) wife, Katherine Parr, and how she strategically and significantly altered history 500 years ago for  ...

Copenhagen

A new production of Michael Frayn's Tony Award winning play "Copenhagen" is on an extended run at the Lantern Theater. Clocking in at over two and a half hours, this play revels in its intellectual density. Past the heady subject matter, its theatrical poetry is vividly brought forth by director  ...