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.  ...

Happy Days

How you react to “Happy Days” at the Taper may depend on how you feel about revisiting absurdist theater. If you were around in the ‘60’s you probably saw “Happy Days,” along with “Krapp’s Last Tape” and “Waiting for  ...

United Flight 232

MIAMI — In the deeply unsettling, tragic, yet heartwarming, even life-affirming documentary play United Flight 232, plane crash survivor Clif Marshall speaks about the ordeal he endured. There we are – standing on top of an inverted  ...

The Good Book

“The Good Book’s” authors, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, creators of Berkeley Rep’s 2012 “An Iliad,” take on a colossal subject, one that may not be capable of mastery in one evening of theater. The lengthy, chock-filled production creatively  ...

Anastasia

Dramamine is not one of the products for sale in the theater lobbies where the Broadway musical adaptation of Anastasia plays. But if you are prone to motion sickness or equilibrium  ...

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  ...

They Promised Her the Moon

Sixty years ago, the Space Race that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union had all eyes focused on the heavens. At the same time, an equally contentious Earth-bound battle of wills took place  ...

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  ...