East Bay Theatre Post-Pandemic Preview

East Bay theaters are planning live productions starting late this summer after more than a year of valiantly entertaining and enlightening us through Zoom, podcasts, and film. They worked hard, with surprisingly good results, but it isn’t easy to  ...

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Among the hallmarks of 1980s culture were big hair, shoulder pads, yuppies, MTV and a middle-aged Jewish woman with a heavily accented raspy voice who achieved worldwide fame as a sex therapist.    In “Becoming Dr.  ...

The Mango Tree

A girl and her brother, a volatile river goddess, and a ripe mango tantalizing just out of reach on a branch high above the ground combine to deliver an evening of storytelling magic in the MOXIE Theatre streaming production  ...

Magic Fruit

TheatreFirst’s 2020-21 virtual season is presenting six world premiere plays and visual essays. Initially, the theater company aired online chapters of the offerings. Now TheatreFirst is showing full versions of each production. While the first chapter  ...

The Waves in Quarantine

“The Waves in Quarantine,” Berkeley Rep’s artistic and impressionistic, although somewhat puzzling, series of six linked documentary films, was shot during the pandemic. The project’s foundation is the 1990 musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1931 experimental novel, “The Waves.”  ...

Trying

First-day-on-the-job jitters take on new meaning when your boss was a judge at the Nuremberg trials for Nazi war criminals. How a young woman, at the beginning of her life’s journey, finds common ground with a tormented man at  ...

God of Vengeance

This remarkable English language presentation of the 1906 Yiddish play, "God of Vengeance" ("Got Fun Nekome")was written by Sholem Asch (1880–1957), the prolific and popular Polish-born fiction writer. Returning after a successful short run in  ...

[hieroglyph]

The streaming production of “[hieroglyph]” is the story of a bright, artistic, but traumatized 13-year-old girl, Davis (outstandingly impressive work by Jamella Cross), who had to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. While her mother remained in a FEMA  ...

The Book of Magdalene

“Remind me again.” “About what.” “About it they say it feels like.” “Skin against skin.” In the opening scene of The Book of Magdalene, the exquisite new  ...