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ACT masters nuances in Pinter’s ‘Birthday Party’

The second act of the late British playwright Harold Pinter’s three-act play…

Felder in sensitive tune in ‘Great Tchaikovsky’

We in the Bay Area have had the privilege of seeing only…

Marga Gomez’s lovable ‘Latin Standards’

To put comedian-performer Marga Gomez’s wonderful new autobiographical solo, “Latin Standards,” into…

Solo performers take spotlight in PlayGround fest

Recently PlayGround decided to create a pop-up event. “We looked at the…

Short plays in ‘Participants’ take on today’s politics

You might guess, by the title “Participants,” that audience interaction is involved.…

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’ sadly relevant

As the always politically conscious Berkeley Repertory Theatre expected, American playwright Lillian…

Hilarity ensues in TheatreWorks ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley deserves to have a holiday hit on its hands…

Solo performance illuminates Magic’s ‘Eva Trilogy’

“Eden,” the beautiful, poetic first play in Barbara Hammond’s “The Eva Trilogy,”…

‘Obligation’ a worthy Holocaust remembrance

Roger Grunwald’s one-actor, multi-character “The Obligation” is the latest addition to the…

Daniel Handler’s ‘Dead Rabbit’ an absurdist delight at Berkeley Rep

“I am the ghost of the dead rabbit!” proclaims an earnest actor…

Debórah Eliezer evocatively explores history, identity

Debórah Eliezer’s metatheatrical, autobiographical performance piece “(dis)Place[d]” -- part of a foolsFURY…

Cutting Ball boosts the comedy in ‘Mineola Twins’

Usually, a farce -- that light comic genre with an improbable plot,…

SF Playhouse ‘Barbecue’ a smokin’ satire

The sly playwright Robert O’Hara seems to have multiple intentions in his…

Cal Shakes’ ‘Measure’ measures up

Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” traditionally considered a comedy, is a hard play…

Taylor Mac leads long, lyrical, lascivious pop music history

Early on in the first of four chronological “chapters” of playwright-performer Taylor…

‘Luna Gale’ raises complex questions about parenting

There are no clear heroes or villains in Rebecca Gilman’s “Luna Gale”…

‘Constellations’ melds science and matters of the heart

Everything that can happen does happen and is happening. If you can…

Mesmerizing ‘Zenith’ digs into a shocking family tragedy

“Zenith” begins shockingly, as a woman in a car suddenly takes her…

Ancient myth, modern-day Oakland meld in ‘black odyssey’

In Homer’s ancient epic “The Odyssey,” Ulysses sails slowly back to Greece…

Shotgun takes on computers, love in ‘Watson Intelligence’

“I’m going to make you irresistibly sexy,” the brooding and troubled Eliza…