The Tale of Despereaux

The downside to creating a brilliant show comes later, when you create one that’s merely good. When Pigpen Theatre Company came to the Old Globe in 2017 to perform their original story, The Old Man and the Old Moon,  ...

The Good Person of Szechwan

The little lifeboat is swiftly sent down./ Too many men too greedily/ Hold on to it as they drown. — Bertolt Brecht When Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, “Three Penny Opera”) wrote the light and lively fable of  ...

The Play That Goes Wrong

Alas, sometimes a title gives away the plot. Maybe it is foolish to expect more from a play written by a committee, namely Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. It is summer and once again theatrical producers are  ...

As You Like It

On the page, there’s nothing overtly magical about As You Like It. Nobody conjures storms or misappropriates love potions or portends the future. Still, if you accept that falling in love is its own sleight of hand, then the  ...

Q & A w/ Tony Taccone

Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s acclaimed Artistic Director for the last 21 years, is about to launch the last production of his last season, before turning over the reins to incoming artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer. During  ...

Kiss My Aztec!

There’s nothing better than a bright and boisterous musical show to enhance one's mood — and boy, do we need a mood-changer these days. “Kiss My Aztec!,” with its book co-written by John Leguizamo (“Latin History for Morons”) and  ...

Minors

The road to getting a new musical up and running is often a bumpy one,  and composer Robert Kaplowitz and Kittson O’Neil’s new musical MINORS struggles to find a good balance between book and music.  ...

What You Are

There’s a point, around halfway through What You Are, when one character turns to another and asks: “You gonna make me beg?” It’s a stunning moment, both for the emotional content and the way it sums up the play.  ...

Rhinoceros

"Humanism is dead, those who follow it are just old sentimentalists" — Eugène Ionesco In “Rhinoceros,” the celebrated absurdist play by Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994), we witness herd mentality gone amuck in its most literal form.  ...