A French call to #resist

It’s been less than a year since the U.S. election, and theatergoers are surely already tired of plays that tackle authoritarianism. While Camus’ State of Siege (presented by Cal Performances and performed by the touring French company Théâtre de la Ville) fits into that category, it’s different enough not...
Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit - Review

A very funny rabbi(t) at Berkeley Rep

Have you ever confused a rabbi with a rabbit? Me, neither, but it seems like a plausible mistake in Daniel Handler’s new play Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, at Berkeley Rep. Daniel Handler (best known by his young adult fiction pen name,...

Broadway Backstage: Top Stark Insider videos of all-time on YouTube

Broadway musicals continue to draw massive audiences. Hamilton, no doubt, is the most recent example to demonstrate that we still pine for good song and dance, along with a compelling story. That tickets are so outrageously priced (in many cases) and hard to come by further the notion that perhaps the...
Dear Master - Aurora Theatre Company Review

Literary Lives in Letters at Aurora Theatre

'Dear Master' made me want to pick up another George Sand novel. I think I’ll go do just that.
Echo Brown - Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters

Realer than Real: Echo Brown and ‘Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters’

When she talks about how racist the Bay Area is, compared to NYC or Cleveland, her observation seems perfectly aligned with the Bay Area’s glacial coolness and assumed superiority that goes with occupying this stunning bit of heaven.
Central Works Berkeley - Season line-up

Central Works Berkeley 2016 Season

Central Works New Play Theater in Berkeley has revealed its 2016 line-up. Organizers tell us they will continue to focus on new work "drawing from history, literature and events in our contemporary world that affect life as we live it." The Central Works 2016 Season opens with the Oedipal family...
The Monster Builder - Aurora Theatre Company, Berkele

A monster builder, a master play

A talented cast at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company holds the show together through all its twists and turns.
Date Night at Pet Emergency

Not Just a Morality Tale: Date Night at Pet Emergency

Rothman's considerable strengths, as a writer and performer, make this show worth taking in.