The Importance of Being Earnest

“We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.’’ — Oscar Wilde A lot of what passes for entertainment  ...

Vanity Fair

“This is Vanity Fair, and it is not a moral place. Nor is it often a merry one."  It’s no easy trick to distill William Makepeace  ...

Queer California: Untold Stories

The distinctive multimedia and interactive exhibit, “Queer California: Untold Stories,” the first in California to focus on LGBTQ+ history and culture, just opened at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). The exhibition contains a variety  ...

The Jungle

The West Coast premiere of the immersive theater experience, “The Jungle” assaulted the April 4th opening night audience at San Francisco’s Curran with harsh lights, loud noise, beating drums, fits of anger, bouts of tears,  ...

Kill the Debbie Downers!

What do Anton Chekhov’s most celebrated play, “The Three Sisters,” written in 1901, and “Saturday Night Live’s” character Debbie Downer have in common? Superficially, not much. But  ...

Home

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Why see a play that has no traditional plot or storyline to speak of, in which the performers are silent, accompanied only by occasional music? If the play is “Home,” the answer  ...

Metamorphoses

With vivid and fond remembrances of Berkeley Rep’s extraordinary 1999 production of acclaimed writer and director Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” (produced at UC’s Zellerbach Playhouse), I wondered whether a re-do could ever live up to  ...

Monet: The Late Years

“Monet: The Late Years,” an exquisite and enlightening exhibition, presents the evolution of the fabulous French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) from 1913 to his death. After a lapse in painting brought on by the deaths  ...