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The Real Thing

”I believe in mess, tears, pain, self-abasement, loss of self-respect, nakedness. Not caring doesn’t seem much different from not loving.” ― Tom Stoppard, “The Real Thing” Aurora’s outstanding production of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning 1982 play, “The Real Thing,” ...

Available Light (1983)

Cal Performances, at UC Berkeley, just celebrated minimalist composer John Adams’ 70th birthday. It did so with a revival of “Available Light” –-a 1983 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Frank Gehry. Adams was only 37 when Childs selected him to ...

The Mad Woman in the Volvo

Sandra Tsing Loh, performer, writer and comedian, is a bright, gutsy woman whose newest on-stage memoir, “The Madwoman in the Volvo,” reveals much more about a person’s private life than an audience is accustomed to learning. But we ...

Safe House

Keith Josef Adkins has written an admirable play that tells the tale of two free brothers of color in 1843’s Northern Kentucky. I use the word ”admirable” because the plight of the very different brothers — one ...

Letter to a Man

“Letter to a Man” or, the mad man’s diaries, comes out of the scribbled ramblings of Vaslav Nijinsky as he was unraveled by schizophrenia. In varying states of lunacy he exposes his confusion with God and sex, incestuously projecting this ...

The Last Tiger in Haiti

“The Last Tiger in Haiti,” a world premiere co-production between Berkeley Rep and the La Jolla Playhouse, was written by a talented newcomer, Jeff Augustin, who was born in Miami of Haitian parentage. He received his MFA in theater ...

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Fifty-four years after its Broadway debut, the award-winning “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee (1928-2016) hasn’t lost any of its strength and force. The alcohol-fueled psychological mêlée among George, Martha, Nick and Honey ...

Trump, Clinton and Sinclair Lewis

There’s something for everyone in this locally-sourced adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here,” and therein lies its fatal flaw. Berkeley Rep’s artistic director Tony Taccone’s enthusiasm for the Federal Theatre Project, an outgrowth of the Depression-era Works ...