Culture Clash (Still) in America

In their fifth appearance at Berkeley Rep, Culture Clash, kings of provocative, politically charged comedy with a Latin flavor, have not lost their mojo. After their 35 years performing together, the three Mission District natives, Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas,  ...

Gloria

“Gloria,” a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, starts off on an average day in the culture department of a dysfunctional New York City magazine, where employees spend more time bitching, gossiping, trading quips, and net surfing than they do working.  ...

Gatz

“Gatz,” the extraordinarily creative and intelligent combination of an oration and recreation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” opened on February 13, 2020, at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theater to well-deserved bravos and huzzahs.  ...

The Children

It was a pleasure to watch some of my favorite Bay Area artists and director doing their best work at the Aurora Theatre’s West Coast premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children.” This three-person drama is about the reunion of  ...

Q&A with John Collins

The extraordinary and applauded theatrical production of “Gatz” has played to sold-out theaters in the United States and Europe since 2005, and it is finally coming to Berkeley Rep (February 13–March 1, 2020). This unusually creative and intelligent work  ...

Wakey, Wakey

Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Hale (Gary on “Veep,” Buster on “Arrested Development”) returned to the stage for the first time in 17 years to star in “Wakey, Wakey,” by Will Eno.  And on opening night, Hale did himself  ...

Copenhagen

Berkeley’s Indra's Net Theater is now staging the first American production of the newly revised version (2018) of playwright Michael Frayn’s illustrious, award-winning drama, “Copenhagen,” well-directed by Indra’s Net Artistic Director Bruce Coughran. The celebrated “Copenhagen” is based on  ...

Becky Nurse of Salem

Sarah Ruhl rules! The MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner’s latest play, a world premiere, and her sixth at Berkeley Rep is a thoroughly captivating, charming, and ultimately satisfying quirky comedy that ponders the Salem witch trials and much more.  ...

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Good news for San Francisco’s Harry Potter fans: the most awarded theatrical entertainment in theater history, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” officially opened at the Curran Theater on December 1, 2019, to thunderous applause by its slavish devotees,  ...

The Tale of Despereaux: a New Musical

Some stories are so satisfying that they seem to live on and on, sometimes in different modes and renditions. Such a treasure is Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning 2003 book, “The Tale of Despereaux,” a charming chapter book geared for  ...