Life After

A teenager has an argument with her father. Later in the day, he leaves an apologetic voice message. The girl ignores the call and soon thereafter loses her chance to make amends when dad dies  ...

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is one of his rarely done ‘problem plays’ because it is on dual comedy and tragedy scenarios that confounded audiences and directors for centuries. Untangling its complexities  ...

Memphis

CORAL GABLES -- About a year ago, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre mounted a dynamic production of the highly-charged, Tony-winning musical, Memphis. Today, about 32 miles south of Slow Burn’s home, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle  ...

Twilight Bowl

Four young women in a small-town Wisconsin bar, with a bowling alley beyond. It’s a story of their lives, their sorrows, their limited futures. Bowling is a side activity for most of them, but for Sam (Becca  ...

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. The story is  ...

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  ...