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Roe

Since its Supreme Court ruling in 1973, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, has been a lightning rod that continues to electrify public opinion. It serves as a seismograph that registers politicians’ and citizens’ ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Ailey Company has visited UC Berkeley every year for over 20 years. This 2017 series has three programs with works by several choreographers relatively new to Ailey’s original group. Among these are Robert Battle (current artistic director of the ...

Interview with playwright Lisa Loomer

In late February, I had a chance to sit down with playwright Lisa Loomer (“The Waiting Room,” “Girl Interrupted”) to discuss her play “Roe,” now at Berkeley Rep. My own experience with the political and practical history of winning and ...

Betroffenheit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJASICbz3Gg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfs-SEx1nCU There is a room in Jonathon Young's mind created from trauma. It has an electrical box, a harsh fluorescent overhead industrial light, a wall phone, and a corner in which to hide and whimper; ...

Hand to God

“Hand to God,” a Tony-nominated, riotously funny romp, shaded with black undertones, uses a foul-mouthed sock puppet to demonstrate the shocking results when one is freed from society’s moral restraints. Playwright Robert Askins accomplishes this lesson using ribald humor overlaying ...

The Real Thing

”I believe in mess, tears, pain, self-abasement, loss of self-respect, nakedness. Not caring doesn’t seem much different from not loving.” ― Tom Stoppard, “The Real Thing” Aurora’s outstanding production of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning 1982 play, “The Real Thing,” ...

Available Light (1983)

Cal Performances, at UC Berkeley, just celebrated minimalist composer John Adams’ 70th birthday. It did so with a revival of “Available Light” –-a 1983 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Frank Gehry. Adams was only 37 when Childs selected him to ...

The Mad Woman in the Volvo

Sandra Tsing Loh, performer, writer and comedian, is a bright, gutsy woman whose newest on-stage memoir, “The Madwoman in the Volvo,” reveals much more about a person’s private life than an audience is accustomed to learning. But we ...

Safe House

Keith Josef Adkins has written an admirable play that tells the tale of two free brothers of color in 1843’s Northern Kentucky. I use the word ”admirable” because the plight of the very different brothers — one ...