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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Review: ‘White Noise’ can’t deliver the jolt it wants to at Berkeley Rep by Karen D'souza

Suzan-Lori Parks' slavery-themed "White Noise" should unsettle its audience, but Berkeley Rep's new production doesn't deliver.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: ‘The Great Wave’ barely makes a ripple at Berkeley Rep by Karen D'souza

Hoping to make a splash, Berkeley Repertory Theatre launched its first season under new artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer with “The Great Wave,” a political nail-biter about Japanese an…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Susie Medak spills the beans on running the show at Berkeley Rep by Karen D'souza

Susie Medak made her stage debut in “The Three Little Pigs” in kindergarten. She’s had a life in the theater ever since. The 65-year-old has been leading Berkeley Repertory Theatre as …

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: Swashbuckling world premiere ‘House of Joy’ hits and misses at Cal Shakes by Karen D'souza

Cal Shakes presents the world premiere of Madhuri Shekar's 'House of Joy,' a lively but even mix of history, myth and contemporary politics.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Robert Kelley taking final bows after 50 years at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley by Karen D'souza

Robert Kelley founded TheatreWorks shortly after graduating from Stanford in 1970, now he's entering the final year of a Tony-winning career.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: Brecht debuts at Cal Shakes with rollicking ‘Good Person of Szechwan’ by Karen D'souza

Cal Shakes in Orinda presents its first Bertolt Brecht play with Eric Ting's imaginative, if bracing, 'The Good Person of Szechwan.'

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: Outrageous ‘Kiss My Aztec!’ premieres at Berkeley Rep by Karen D'souza

John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone have teamed on the hilarious and un-PC 'Kiss My Aztec!' premiering at Berkeley Rep.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Take a wild, hilarious ride with ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Cal Shakes by Karen D'souza

Cal Shakes' "Midsummer Night's Dream" is full of infectious, high-energy humor and pop culture references, while losing none of the play's magic.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: Beautiful rock opera ‘Weightless’ wafts back into SF by Karen D'souza

"Weightless," a rock music adapted from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" by the Bay Area band Kilbanes, plays at The Strand in SF through May 12.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ musical is a candy-coated dud by Karen D'souza

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the touring musical based on Roald Dahl's beloved book, is a let-down on several levels.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey into ‘The Jungle’ at Curran in SF by Karen D'souza

'The Jungle' at S.F.'s The Curran uses a unique sense of immediacy and immersion to bring theatregoers inside an infamous French refugee camp.

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