Berkeley Playhouse

Freak Flag Alert: Shrek Musical coming to Berkeley

Shrek The Musical comes to Berkeley Playhouse. Go backstage in "Shrek Unmasked" as an actor preps for the lead role.
Wade McCollum as "Narrator," Rachel Spencer Hewitt as "Daphne" the hopeful actress, Kristin Stokes as "Miriam," Daphne's star-gazing sister, and Ian Leonard as "Harold" the hapless sandwich maker prove it sometimes takes a blackout to see the light in the world premiere of 'Fly by Night' opening this weekend at TheatreWorks. Photo credit: Tracy Martin.

San Francisco Bay Area: Weekend Stage

After we polled the office, and collected all the latest information on shows, and announcements, we were a little bit surprised. What summer slow down?!
Suessical - Horton hears a Who

Review: ‘Seussical the Musical’ opens at Berkeley Playhouse

William Hodgson is a superb Cat-in-the-Hat. His lithe nimble moves leave no doubt that he’s the true authority on stage. Substituting the trademark hat for more sophisticated headwear, he’s a very adult Cat who marks new turf in this role.
Disney's Aladdin at Berkeley Playhouse

Theater Review: Magic of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ irrepressible

Loni told me later that if parents don't take their children to see it, then they are: bad parents.
Julia Morgan Center for the Performing Arts

Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley: Sense of space

Its dark wood beams, craftsman style lines and modest scale emanate a charming and nostalgic aura.

Youth Company presents Disney’s Mulan this weekend at JMCA

The Berkeley Playhouse announced their youth company will be performing Disney's Mulan (Jr) this weekend at the Julia Morgan Center. It should be another high quality family outing. They've put on some superb shows, including Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz last year. And the larger theater space...

Holiday Benefit: It’s A Wonderful Life at the Julia Morgan Dec 22

Berkeley Playhouse will present It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on December 22 at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. The play is a staged version of the 1946 classic movie. Complete with live sound effects, microphones and commercial jingles, the half-dozen actors playing dozens of...

Theater review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Berkeley Playhouse, first class family entertainment

Through-and-through, fantastic! Yet again I'm impressed with the quality of family entertainment Berkeley Playhouse offers its lucky theater goers. A packed house of kids and parents on Sunday relished in the magic, singing, dancing of this updated version of the venerable The Wizard of Oz. It is first class family entertainment...

Action-packed weekend for Bay Area Theater and Opera

The good times keep on rolling. Theater in the Bay Area is—and, yes, I know you may grow tired of me repeating myself—a terrific experience, to say the least. There's something about the live energy. The anticipation. And knowing what you're about to see will be absolutely unique for that...

Theater review: ‘Peter Pan’ musical is Berkeley’s sun, moon and stars

'Peter Pan' the musical is the sun, moon and stars of Berkeley.