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“Black Odyssey”: A Spiritual & Mythical Triumph, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Black Odyssey”: A Spiritual & Mythical Triumph, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Marcus Gardley’s Epic Tale of Struggle and Perseverance by  Adam Kaddoura At Cal Shakes, Director Eric Ting has spectacularly staged Marcus Gardley’s spiritual story of African American life. “Black Odyssey,” based on Homer’s Odyssey, transforms Ulysses into Ulysses Lincoln, an Afghan War veteran. Gardley turns The Odyssey into an epic journey home for our Black American hero. Local playwright Gardley has given us a triumphant story grounded in Oakland lore. “Black Odyssey” retells Homer’s Odyssey in a nuanced and contemporary…

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“The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Dials-up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Dials-up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Madeleine George Troubleshoots Love Connections by Tyler Jeffreys In “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” the character called Watson embodies a human version of iPhone’s Siri. Watson is the perfect companion in every situation. Set in parallel dimensions, three storylines blend fluently into one love triangle. Director Nancy Carlin smartly maneuvers the actors around the stage like chess pieces, creating smooth transitions. At one moment, Merrick (brilliant Mick Mize) is tying his tie and getting ready for his 2011…

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“The Other Place”: A Roller Coaster of the Mind, at Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley

“The Other Place”: A Roller Coaster of the Mind, at Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley

Millennial Notes  Sharr White Conjures Competing Consciousnesses by Tyler Jeffreys “The Other Place” shows us how to empathize with a dementia patient. We follow a scientist, her family, and caregivers as she begins to enter that other world. Director Taylor Korobow places us inside the demented brain as it declines. The blue lit background periodically changes to magenta, indicating drastic mental shifts in Juliana Smithson (deeply committed Stacy Ross). Playwright Sharr White disturbs the balance between truth and delusion. So,…

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Carol Christ Declares Free Speech Year at U.C., Berkeley

Carol Christ Declares Free Speech Year at U.C., Berkeley

New Chancellor Celebrates Cal’s Theater of Ideas by Tyler Jeffreys and Barry David Horwitz “The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech” –Diogenes Zellerbach Playhouse at U.C., Berkeley hosted an historic event on July 14, 2017, when Berkeley’s first female Chancellor Carol T. Christ revealed her plans for a campus renaissance. Though not a theatrical work in the usual sense, the stage made for a powerful platform for Chancellor Christ. She promised to resurrect the principles of…

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