Aurora Theatre Company

Bay Area Stage: A Bright New Boise, Amaluna (Video), Underneath the Lintel, Little Women, The Snow Queen

This week's roundup features shows by Cirque du Soleil, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, A.C.T., Magic Theatre, Aurora Theater and San Jose Rep.

Theater Review: ‘After the Revolution’ in Berkeley

All these characters are infused with something so true that you open your heart to them. These are all people you know, love, argue about and argue with.

This is How it Goes

Marin indicates he might not be the most reliable narrator, but since he presents multiple takes on an event, you dismiss it. Sometime later, the ah-hah hits, and you realize that the apparent falsity was some of the best acting Marin’s ever done.

21st Century Complicity: ‘The Arsonists’ at Aurora

We’re confronted by the guardians, firemen who are “well disposed to the well disposed.” They act as a comically resolute Greek chorus in turnout gear, intoning “Woe is us. Woe is us.”

Bay Area Stage: Blue Man Group, ‘Happy Ones’ at Magic, ‘Being Earnest’ at TheatreWorks, ‘Arsonists’ at Aurora

Openings: Blue Man Group in San Jose, 'The Happy Ones' at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, 'Being Earnest' at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, and 'The Arsonists' at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

Aurora Theatre Company announces 2013-14 season

Aurora's 22nd season features 'After The Revolution', 'A Bright New Boise', 'Gidion's Knot', 'Wittenberg', 'American Buffalo', and 'The Letters'.

Wrapped in Loss: ‘Our Practical Heaven’ at Aurora

The incompleteness don't so much detract as it engages, presenting riddles that need to be uncoded. Without this incompleteness there would be no drama.

Theater Ticker: Waiting for Godot, Se Llama Cristina, Our Practical Heaven

On the Stark Theater Radar: openings at Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and Aurora Theatre.

Bay Area theater openings

Openings at A.C.T., SHN Orpheum, Dragon Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, and The Ashby Stage in Berkeley.

Four at the Aurora

Wilder can be very funny, but his humor here is kitschy or weird, instead of revealing. His attempts at profundity, such as the repetitious Christmas dinner, left me feeling like a fidgety kid in need of an Adderall fix.