TFW NO GF

Depending on your political leanings and/or the culture in which you were raised, you might feel many of the world's problems are caused either by (a) Islamic fundamentalists, (b) black/Latinx gang members, and/or (c) toxic white incel (or "involuntarily celibate") alt-right trolls.  But what if the true answer is  ...

Sad by Southwest: Tales from a Cancelled Festival

South-by-Southwest (a.k.a. SXSW) began in Austin, TX as a music festival in 1987, continuously expanding in the years since to feature movies, TV, comedy, games, art, podcasting, and conferences/exhibits on everything from education and sports to politics and cutting edge technology.    Personally, I've  ...

The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019)

At the intersection of Noir mystery thriller and art appreciation is the film, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” by director    Giuseppe Capotondi. When an ambitious, but fallen-from-professional-grace art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang) gets  approached to steal a painting from an acclaimed but reclusive elderly artist, Jerome Debney (Donald  ...

The Outsider

A sex scandal leads to the resignation of an elected official and creates a leadership vacuum. Political fodder for today’s newsfeed? Nope. These actions fuel the engine of the most astonishing election campaign to emerge in what is already an astonishing election year. My fellow  ...

Culture Clash (Still) in America

In their fifth appearance at Berkeley Rep, Culture Clash, kings of provocative, politically charged comedy with a Latin flavor, have not lost their mojo. After their 35 years performing together, the three Mission District natives, Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza, are back at the Rep in their  ...

The Joffrey Ballet

James: You spoke about Joffrey having been cutting edge. Is today’s Joffrey in step with the original company? Toba: It’s an entirely different kind of company, not as self-confident, not the same unsinkable esprit de corps, and the repertoire is more diffuse. I am tempted to  ...

THE DAY

“I remember the day…” On the surface, “THE DAY” is a multilayered performance with iconoclastic cellist Maya Beiser and retired ballerina turned dance experimentalist, Wendy Whelan. This collaborative project, done in two parts, is the inspiration of Beiser, whose riveting, jaw-dropping cello playing is truly masterful  ...

(Still) in America

Culture Clash’s “(Still) in America” is written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza. It features comedic sketches meant to satirize culture in the Americas.  The LA-based trio first appeared at Berkeley Rep in 2002 with “Culture Clash in Americca.”  The following is a post-performance, edited  ...