Gatz

“Gatz,” the extraordinarily creative and intelligent combination of an oration and recreation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” opened on February 13, 2020, at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theater to well-deserved bravos and huzzahs. The enactment was skillfully performed by members of New York  ...

A Thousand Thoughts

“A Thousand Thoughts, a thousand questions, mine, yours, ours, theirs, questions that perhaps open up things that definitive answers would only nail shut. Kronos Quartet’s long trajectory offers a series of questions that are solid and answers are elusive. How do you find the path between predictability and instability?  ...

Hurricane Diane

Hurricane Diane is about two-thirds satirical comedy and one-third social activism. The comedy part is fantastic. Set in a (mostly) pristine New Jersey cul-de-sac, the show pits the Greek god Dionysus against four Jersey housewives. Bored with Mt. Olympus, and concerned with mankind’s environmental mayhem, Dionysus  ...

The Children

It was a pleasure to watch some of my favorite Bay Area artists and director doing their best work at the Aurora Theatre’s West Coast premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children.” This three-person drama is about the reunion of nuclear scientists in the aftermath of a nuclear power station  ...

Describe the Night

The Wilma Theater has been redesigned as a multi-tiered amphitheater to frame Rajiv Joseph’s provocative 2017 political play ‘Describe the Night.’ A sterile sunken stage lined with hundreds of file boxes, and looming behind, a distant forest in Poland circa 1920.  In the dark shadows of the forest, Isaac  ...

HEN, Johanny Bert

“If you allow me the time to exist, everything will be all right,” announces a gregarious gender fluid puppet. Inspired by Sweden’s gender-neutral pronoun, HEN is the latest production from French theatre artist Johanny Bert and his Théâtre de Romette. While closer to rock opera than  ...

Q&A with John Collins

The extraordinary and applauded theatrical production of “Gatz” has played to sold-out theaters in the United States and Europe since 2005, and it is finally coming to Berkeley Rep (February 13–March 1, 2020). This unusually creative and intelligent work is a surprise hit because it includes a real-time reading  ...

Eurydice

It’s still the same old story, a search for love and glory. Okay, so I paraphrased it. To hear playwright Sarah Ruhl and composer Matthew Aucoin tell it, Orpheus (Joshua Hopkins) is a god when he is creating music, but uncommunicative while wooing Eurydice (Danielle de Niese). She is  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor was one of the most innovative choreographers in of the 20th century and he was creating dance up to the time of his death in 2018. His indelible legacy lives in the 147 repertory works he made for his company over the course  ...

Wakey, Wakey

Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Hale (Gary on “Veep,” Buster on “Arrested Development”) returned to the stage for the first time in 17 years to star in “Wakey, Wakey,” by Will Eno.  And on opening night, Hale did himself proud. As the character named “Guy,” Hale sat in a  ...