“Urinetown” Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Lift, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Urinetown” Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Lift, at Berkeley Playhouse

Danny Cozart’s Musical Satire Shines with Young Stars by Sydney Roberts Imagine a world where water is in short supply, where environmental funding is cut, where the world is run by a tyrannical big-business tycoon, and where corrupt policemen unfairly target citizens. No, I’m not talking about the U.S., today, I’m talking about “Urinetown: The Musical,” a superb show at Berkeley Playhouse, directed by Danny Cozart. “Urinetown” is a smash hit with catchy musical numbers and an enchanting  cast. “Urinetown:…

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“Macbeth” Goes Primal at Theatre Lunatico, in San Rafael

“Macbeth” Goes Primal at Theatre Lunatico, in San Rafael

Shakespeare Remains All Too Timely by Irene Nelson An ensemble of 13 actors plays Shakespeare’s tragedy of ambition and tyranny with a black wall, three wooden crates, and a handful of props. Rather than a conventional stage, the audience is pressed up against the action, with most of it performed on the floor immediately before us. A stage without sets requires the audience to buy into an imagined world, to participate. The immediacy of the actors’ performances and Shakespeare’s words…

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“Breeders” Pits Human vs. Hamster Love, at FaultLine, S.F.

“Breeders” Pits Human vs. Hamster Love, at FaultLine, S.F.

Millennial Notes Dan Giles Creates Comedy Couples Bursting with Babies by Suraj Ramrakhyani Playwright Dan Giles presents “Breeders,” still warm and throbbing, full of love, passion, queerness, and quarrels at the FaultLine Theater, in San Francisco’s PianoFight. The set is rainbow colored, cartoon-like, and astutely designed. The main stage mirrors a hamster cage that sits on the table in the living room. What seems like a piece of modern furniture turns out to be a fully functioning human-scale hamster wheel….

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CAL Theater Alums Inspire at U.C., Berkeley

CAL Theater Alums Inspire at U.C., Berkeley

College Students Take Education by the Reins by Tyler Jeffreys On Thursday, March 16, the U.C. Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies offered its 2017 Alumni Panel to inspire students during a Q. and A. session between current students and theater professionals. When I entered the intimate and homey Durham Studio Theater at CAL, Berkeley, students are talking as they pick out seats in the small theater with a curved proscenium stage. About 40 students and faculty members…

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