Lackawanna Blues

“Nanny was like the government if it really worked.” That pretty much sums up the story of Nanny, the heart of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s 2001, autobiographical spoken ballad currently playing at the Taper.  ...

Gabriel

A woman comes upon an unconscious, naked man washed up on a rocky beach. His rescue should be straightforward except it’s a Nazi-occupied island during World War II and  ...

Familiar

A modern bride desires to start married life by honoring an ancient tradition of her African forebearers. But when an elder from Zimbabwe arrives to perform the ceremony it stirs  ...

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  ...

Tiny Beautiful Things

Letters are such a great narrative device. Think of the notes between Abigail and John Adams in 1776 or the chats by the far-flung addicts in Water by the Spoonful or the personal ads from  ...

Creditors

“Creditors,” written by the much-admired and influential Swedish playwright August Strindberg (1849 –1912) known for his forward-thinking and naturalistic dramas, has been produced much less frequently over the years than some of his more  ...

Stan Lai in Conversation

The Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley is hosting “Art & Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA (Berkeley Arts Museum, Pacific Film Archive),” where  ...

Seascape

Edward Albee’s (1928-2016) trenchant view of life, combined with his inventive, creative mind, resulted in plays that are disruptive, adult, intellectual experiences. And his 1975 play “Seascape,” which was awarded  ...

Dancing Through Paradise Square

 A century after the first American Revolution gained independence from the English monarchy, a second revolution erupted: this one to end slavery. The Civil War coincided with the emergence of  ...