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“A Number” Prophesies a Clone Crisis, at Aurora, Berkeley

“A Number” Prophesies a Clone Crisis, at Aurora, Berkeley

Caryl Churchill Spins the Numbers Game by Barry David Horwitz Behind a low, white circular barrier, suggesting a petri dish, an anxious son confronts his worried father. In her shocking play “A Number,” Caryl Churchill uses three cloned sons to make us think about the present threat of identity loss. She also catapults us into the future, to consider how Tech may be muddling our identities. Churchill is up to her poetic trickery as the sons extract different origin stories…

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“Widowers’ Houses” Ridicules Gentrification, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Widowers’ Houses” Ridicules Gentrification, at Aurora, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Bernard Shaw’s Comedy Dissects Dirty Deals by Michael V. Rodriguez But what about the widowers and the widows? Who are they? What about the tenants and their children? Where will the working class live when their derelict apartments are renovated and rented to the gentry? We leave the Aurora Theatre with these unsolved problems as the giant video screen displays photos of the homeless encampments in front of Berkeley City Hall. “Widowers’ Houses” shows us the lavish lives…

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“Berkeley Dance Project 2018” Takes Us Inside, at Playhouse, U.C., Berkeley

“Berkeley Dance Project 2018” Takes Us Inside, at Playhouse, U.C., Berkeley

CAL Choreographers Move Us Closer Together by Svea Vikander The stage has always been a place where gender can flow a bit more freely and in which collective desires take reign. In four individually choreographed pieces, the dancers of the Berkeley Dance Project let us imagine a world of exuberant non-conformity. They ask us to consider new ways of thinking of gender, bodies, caring work, and intimacy. And they make all of this—and back bends, and shoulder lifts, and tenderness—look…

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“What They Said About Love” Evokes Laughter, Introspection, at The Marsh, Berkeley

“What They Said About Love” Evokes Laughter, Introspection, at The Marsh, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Steve Budd Looks Deeply at Love’s Peculiarities by Gilad Barach In his innovative and unconventional show, “What They Said About Love,” Steve Budd expresses the struggles and fantasies we wrap ourselves in when it comes to love. Like Budd, we have asked ourselves in desperate times: Why can’t I love and be loved? With only a folding chair and a cube, the energetic, multi-talented Budd creates an impressive documentary theater, imitating odd couples he has interviewed. In “What…

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