Berkeley Repertory Theatre


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...
The Velocity of Autumn - Review @ TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Bone-chilling Fast: ‘The Velocity of Autumn’

Playwright Eric Coble loves his characters, and lavishes them both with one-liners that ring so true they occasionally raised a gasp of recognition from the audience.
(l to r) Ellen McLaughlin (Wendy) and Kathleen Chalfant (Ann) in Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday at Berkeley Rep.

Not Quite Aloft: ‘For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday’ (Berkeley Rep)

The magic in this play is all in that fantastical morphing, which shimmers in its quiet way, infusing the play with lightness and warmth. The catch is you have to wait until the last third to get there.
The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep

Making Piracy Pay: The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

This take on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic tweaks a more than a few bits, with Frederic confused with Frodo, and pilots with pirate.
Sir Ian McKellen to receive MVFF lifetime achievement award

Sir Ian McKellen to receive MVFF lifetime achievement award

One of the (many) highlights of this year's edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival is the presence of a film legend. That, of course, would be Sir Ian McKellen. According to organizers, the twice Oscar-nominated (Gods and Monsters, LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring), English born great is set...
Smantha Barks as Amélie

Samantha Barks stars in charming Amélie musical (Review)

UPDATE 9.14.2015 11:55am PT - We've been informed 8 new performances of Amélie, A New Musical have been added, and the show now runs through October 11. Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeaunet's 2001 hit film (5 Oscar nominations), has landed on the stage. The new production opened over the weekend at Berkeley Rep, and, if...
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

Policy pivots along ‘School-to-Prison-Pipeline’ with Anna Deavere Smith (Review)

She’s so powerful that she can use words like “impactful,” and you want to believe them.
Frances McDormand - Fargo

Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand to perform at Berkeley Rep

Frances McDormand, Kathleen Chalfant, and Steven Epp scheduled to star next season at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Dan Donohue - One Man, Two Guvnors

Laughs. It Hurts. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at Berkeley Rep

This wasn't supposed to happen. You know that sinking feeling you get? The curtain drops, and all of a sudden there's maybe a dozen actors all talking at each other, over top one another, in rapid-fire succession. Uh-oh, I can't keep up. And that bright, garish set, with a...

Rising Water, Rising Fast: Head of Passes

A different way to wrap your mind around Head of Passes is to think of it as a variant of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking – re-morphed culturally for the bayou and performed by a cast with killer acting chops.