“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Beguiles at Livermore Shakes

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Beguiles at Livermore Shakes

Shakespeare Under the Stars Works Magic by Irene Nelson Let’s make it clear from the get-go:  this is one of the best, possibly the best, production I have seen in the last six months. “Midsummer” shows us three classes: the upper crust, working craftsmen, and magical beings. All of them bump heads in this sly, friendly, and funny version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Under the direction of Gary Armagnac, a superb cast shines at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s…

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“An Octoroon”: A Daring Comedy on Slavery, at Berkeley Rep

“An Octoroon”: A Daring Comedy on Slavery, at Berkeley Rep

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Wild Riff on Race and Class by Gabrielle Myers and Barry David Horwitz There’s a masterpiece stalking the streets of Berkeley, and it’s called “An Octoroon” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Jenkins won the Best Off-Broadway Play Award (The Obie) with this play three years ago. Last year he won the MacArthur “Genius” award for playwriting. Mr. Jenkins is a force in contemporary U.S. theater, and Director Eric Ting has staged this powerful satire with flash and dash for Berkeley…

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“Much Ado About Nothing”: A Barn Burner at Marin Shakes, San Rafael

“Much Ado About Nothing”: A Barn Burner at Marin Shakes, San Rafael

Shakespeare’s comedy of errors in which all’s well that ends well by Victor Cordell A moonshine swillin’, cigar smokin’, spittoon hawkin’ bachelorette as a member of a feuding clan in Appalachia?  This is Beatrice?  This is Shakespeare?  While Marin Shakes is among the most conservative of the 10 or so “Shakespeare theater companies” in the Bay Area (yes, you read that correctly—10 or so), they’ve broken the mold with a hilarious hillbilly version of “Much Ado About Nothing,” replete with…

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“Rainbow Fish Musical” Delivers Lessons, Laughs, at BACT, Oakland

“Rainbow Fish Musical” Delivers Lessons, Laughs, at BACT, Oakland

Austin Zumbro Hooks Kids with Singing Fish at Fairyland by Rosa del Duca Rainbow Fish has an ego problem. He cannot imagine anyone more special than him. He snubs ordinary fish who try to get his attention, he doesn’t understand when he’s being rude or insulting, and he abhors the idea of sharing. In short, he’s a spoiled brat. The Bay Area Children’s Theater takes the core of Marcus Pfister’s book and puts its own expert twist on the story….

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