Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Louise Lamson is in the versatile ensemble in “Metamorphoses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Ovid’s myths flow in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Metamorphoses’

Myths make magic in Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” Moving, dreamlike and thrillingly theatrical,…

 

Nilaja Sun brings “Pike St.,” her show about New Yorkers preparing for a hurricane, to Berkeley Rep in its West Coast premiere. (Courtesy Teresa Castracane)

Nilaja Sun is dazzling as everyone on ‘Pike St.’

A contorted character, not speaking, with eyes closed and arms crossed over…

 

From left, Nancy E. Carroll as Anne-Marie and Mary Beth Fisher as Nora are excellent in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Self-realized Nora’s back in ‘Doll’s House, Part 2’

The theater world is filled with slamming doors, but there’s never been…

 

Heidi Schreck wrote and appears in “What the Constitution Means to Me,” a funny, touching and educational show. (Courtesy Alessandra Mello/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Heidi Schreck’s ‘Constitution’ entertains, enlightens

“This is not a play,” announces playwright-performer Heidi Schreck at the beginning…

Heidi Schreck wrote and appears in “What the Constitution Means to Me,” a funny, touching and educational show. (Courtesy Alessandra Mello/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Daniel Chung and Jackie Chung appear in Julia Cho’s “Office Hour” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Office Hour’ plays on fear of mass shootings

The first scene of “Office Hour” feels eerily familiar. Three writing teachers…

Daniel Chung and Jackie Chung appear in Julia Cho’s “Office Hour” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Weightless, a world-premiere rock opera by The Kilbanes (Bay Area couple Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses) , opens at Z Space in February. [Courtesy Emily Sevin)

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

The theater season serves up major tours, offbeat experiments, musicals, comedy and…

Weightless, a world-premiere rock opera by The Kilbanes (Bay Area couple Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses) , opens at Z Space in February. [Courtesy Emily Sevin)
From left, Sarah Agnew, Caitlin O’Connell and Elijah Alexander appear in “Watch on the Rhine” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

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

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

From left, Sarah Agnew, Caitlin O’Connell and Elijah Alexander appear in “Watch on the Rhine” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s premiere of “Monsoon Wedding” has a similar joyful feel to the movie on which it’s based. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ precipitates a path to Broadway

More than marigolds rained down on the sari- and sherwani-bedecked cast at…

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s premiere of “Monsoon Wedding” has a similar joyful feel to the movie on which it’s based. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
From left, Sara Bruner plays Norma McCorvey and Sarah Jane Agnew plays Sarah Weddington in “Roe” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Jenny Graham)

‘Roe’ reveals people behind famed abortion ruling

Most Americans have an opinion about Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973…

From left, Sara Bruner plays Norma McCorvey and Sarah Jane Agnew plays Sarah Weddington in “Roe” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Jenny Graham)
Michael Doherty, left, and Carolina Sanchez get wild in the West Coast premiere of “Hand to God.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Funny, foul-mouthed puppet stirs ‘Hand to God’

Whoever would have thought a simple sock puppet could be so vicious,…

Michael Doherty, left, and Carolina Sanchez get wild in the West Coast premiere of “Hand to God.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Katy Owen plays Lily in “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” onstage at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Steve Tanner)

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Adolphus Tips’ is, indeed, amazing

On a farm near a beach in South Devon, Lily, a 12-year-old…

Katy Owen plays Lily in “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” onstage at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Steve Tanner)
David Kelly appears as a political candidate in the premiere of “It Can’t Happen Here.” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

‘It Can’t Happen Here’ oddly irrelevant in today’s troubled political times

When the large, multi-racial cast assembles onstage at the start of Berkeley…

David Kelly appears as a political candidate in the premiere of “It Can’t Happen Here.” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
John Leguizamo offers amusing lessons in Latin American history in his one-man show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

John Leguizamo’s funny, educational ‘Latin History’

For many of us, back to school is still some weeks away.…

John Leguizamo offers amusing lessons in Latin American history in his one-man show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
From left, Charles Shaw Robinson, Keith Reddin, David Chandler, Kathleen Chalfant and Ellen McLaughlin are excellent in “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Endearing family dynamics light up ‘For Peter Pan’ at Berkeley Rep

It’s a familiar scene in contemporary theater: A family gathers around the…

From left, Charles Shaw Robinson, Keith Reddin, David Chandler, Kathleen Chalfant and Ellen McLaughlin are excellent in “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand appear in “Macbeth” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy kevinberne.com)

Star-studded ‘Macbeth’ never fires up

The new Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of “Macbeth” opens on a particularly…

Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand appear in “Macbeth” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy kevinberne.com)
Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, left, and Tim Kang appear in “Aubergine” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Kevinberne.com)

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Aubergine’ tasty and satisfying

“Aubergine,” Julia Cho’s lovely theatrical meditation on food and family, goes down…

Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, left, and Tim Kang appear in “Aubergine” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Kevinberne.com)
Clay Aiken, pictured in, in Los Angeles, made some tough comments on social media about "American Idol." (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Clay Aiken says final ‘Idol’ season begins with a yawn

“American Idol” season 2 runner up Clay Aiken had a few harsh…

Clay Aiken, pictured in, in Los Angeles, made some tough comments on social media about "American Idol." (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
From left, Samantha Barks, Maria-Christina Oliveras and Adam Chanler-Berat appear in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s world premiere, “Amélie, A New Musical,” (Courtesy kevinberne.com)

Glossy ‘Amélie, A Musical’ brings film’s whimsy to stage

Adhering closely, plotwise, to the popular 2001 French film “Amélie,” the almost-entirely-sung-through…

From left, Samantha Barks, Maria-Christina Oliveras and Adam Chanler-Berat appear in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s world premiere, “Amélie, A New Musical,” (Courtesy kevinberne.com)
COURTESY KEVINBERNE.COMCheryl Lynn Bruce and Michael A. Shepperd are excellent in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s powerful “Head of Passes” onstage at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

‘Head of Passes’ a stormy, poignant family drama

The rain comes down hard in “Head of Passes.” So do the…

COURTESY KEVINBERNE.COMCheryl Lynn Bruce and Michael A. Shepperd are excellent in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s powerful “Head of Passes” onstage at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
COURTESY KEVINBERNE.COMSofia Jean Gomez

Steven Epp adds extra resonance to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Tartuffe’

Steven Epp is riveting in the title role of “Tartuffe.” As the…

COURTESY KEVINBERNE.COMSofia Jean Gomez