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Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

I have lived in Berkeley for 35 years. I have attended many AE productions. I have performed in a couple. I have read the city's RFP and Jerome Solberg's appeal. The RFP smacks of "let them eat cake". It seems enrichment of citizens' cultural opportunities is very low on the city's priorities. I suggest this is not a recent trend that can be passed off as a result of economic times. Rather than trying to turn Live Oak into a money cow by outsourcing the city should be working with AE to bring theater to students and seniors and others who cannot afford Berkeley Rep (let alone Shotgun Players). Consideration might be given to using the theater for local amateur music groups, or stand-up comics concerts. As a taxpayer I consider support of, and education in, theater, music, etc. a service my city should actively provide...Ket Watters

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Posted by Ket Watters on 11/07/2011 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

It has enriched my soul to participate in and be a spectator at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley productions. The leadership team of Jerome Solberg and Stanley Spenger and all the others who dedicate their time and talent to this long-lived but still scrappy theater company provide great value to the community, which should not be discounted because the city has dollar signs in its eyes. That is a malady that has afflicted us far too long, and it is heartening that so many people are now attempting to find a cure. Et tu, Berkeley?

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Posted by Matthew Surrence on 11/05/2011 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Don't Think of the Children

sounds like a very intriguing play, i searched dana jepsen, wondering if this is one and the same, he was my acting for screen instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson.

Posted by Pia Alicia Pilar Mogollon on 11/05/2011 at 12:47 AM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

Has no one noticed that community theatre groups are struggling hereabouts? And that it is very unlikely that any existing non-profit is waiting in the wings, with a bucket of money, ready to pour it into fixing up a space that belongs to someone else? All to take over a modest venue in a shared community center? On terms to be dictated by the City?

Seems to me that AE and the City need to sit down and talk about their shared interests, and see what they can work out together, so that the building can be improved gradually without uprooting a going concern.

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Posted by Phil Reed on 11/03/2011 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

Actors Ensemble provides a valuable community service, and has been doing so for decades. In addition to its own productions which are open to all to participate in, the hard working, collectively-run group maintains the theater and rents it to organizations at very low cost. Over the decades there have been few if any complaints, injuries, problems and many, many stories of personal growth, friendship and professional development (including my own). This is the type of group Berkeley is all about. Shame on the City of Berkeley for springing an unfair RFP on the this partner in good standing. A terrible move on the part of the City. I hope AE can make it through this.

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Posted by Rose Anne Raphael on 11/03/2011 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

I know from being somewhat on the inside, (Jerome Solberg's Mom), that these actors give 300% of themselves to maintain quality shows, which includes scenery, lighting, sound system, costumes, music when appropriate, special effects. advertising, etc. The plays are very well directed as well as produced by some very talented actors who just do it out of love for creativity, comradery with the community, and those who appreciate the fine literary fare they produce and enjoy. I think the city is out of line to demand all the things mentioned which I think they know will bring this group down...ultimately finding another venue, or just quitting altogether. This would be such a great loss of good entertainment. It sounds to me like a bureauracratic move to make the city look good with the new refurbished playhouse, when in reality they want someone with deep pockets to foot the bill
for them. I wonder if they do this, if they will get the quality actors holding the playhouse together, as well as the already popular reputation and community support this group has now. Mary Solberg

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Posted by Mary Solberg on 11/02/2011 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Panic Attacks at San Francisco Fringe Festival

anxiety! who would ever think a city kid could work through anxiety! i had to but i am not the 'frisco kid' but more like the american playbill trick or treat show! really i cant imagine that no one appreciates threatre and only succumbs to hollywood threatre does lack that glow and drama but you can create your own bill if you think of something to say about the ultimate black little dress and why americanism died and it is still sought after as the reason we still care to watch film or acting real or not to be? why do we bother if we cant talk about it. jacqueline or elizabeth they were too outrageous!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/08/2011 at 12:18 PM

Re: “An Abstract Georgia O'Keefe

who else can imagine a conversation about a princess and one american fashion icon? well okeefe he was just a friend and now i know he was always the 'frisco kid' and i knew that too but the police didnt mind me hanging out and talking about people and places and mayor willie brown was always a favorite to listen about and laugh because no one knew he found fashion the mole to the roasted duck! he had other interests but surely the smil belt and dead bolt looks got him to make me understand he may be gay but he knows willie will always be the biggest!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/08/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Balancing Albee at Aurora Theatre

Tom Ross has not been the artistic director for 19 years - Barbara Oliver didn't resign as Aurora's artistic director until 2005.

Posted by --- on 09/21/2011 at 5:19 PM

Re: “A Headstrong Candida

My acting teacher, who was a Marxist, told me that with Shaw you can just read the prefaces and skip the plays because the prefaces say it all.
I have enjoyed many of his plays while totally disagreeing with his Socialist philosophy but the prefaces are also published in a single huge volume.
I recommend them as still intellectually stimulating.
I liked the old Berkeley Shakespeare at Hinkel Park, did work for them in 1980.
Orinda's too rich for my taste.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/26/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

I've seen the play and it's just a comical, non-ficiton story with a creative title. There's nothing really political about it. I had to stare at the title for 30 minutes trying to make sense of it- and I'm muslim- and then finally gave up. Once I saw it, the title made sense and I guess you could say it gives you a view of some Iranians out there or on just one family. Really depends on how you interpret it. Also, this review was written poorly. Sounds like the author of this article just "expressed" the review without any editing and tried to do two reviews in one. With that being said, go see the play! Oh, but just one more thing: it's Qu'ran, not Koran. It sounds terrible when people say that. It sounds like an American speaking french without at least trying the french accent- no I'm not french- or any other language.

Posted by anonymous on 08/10/2011 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

I've seen the play and it's just a comical, non-ficiton story with a creative title. There's nothing really political about it. I had to stare at the title for 30 minutes trying to make sense of it- and I'm muslim- and then finally gave up. Once I saw it, the title made sense and I guess you could say it gives you a view of some Iranians out there or on just one family. Really depends on how you interpret it. Also, this review was written poorly. Sounds like the author of this article just "expressed" the review without any editing and tried to do two reviews in one. With that being said, go see the play! Oh, but just one more thing: it's Qu'ran, not Koran. It sounds terrible when people say that. It sounds like an American speaking french without at least trying the french accent- no I'm not french- or any other language.

Posted by Sarah Noorbakhsh on 08/10/2011 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Summer Love and Woman's Will

I saw the show twice at Live Oak Park, and it was wonderful... a splendid cast, each contributing to a clever, funny, lovely whole.

Posted by Ross Stapleton-Gray on 08/08/2011 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Summer Love and Woman's Will

This is pretty much the opposite of Noh. I will call it "Hon".

Posted by Lawngun on 08/03/2011 at 11:03 AM

Re: “The SF Mime Trope

RICHMON SPOKES IS DOING FREE BIKE VALET
When: Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 pm (music starts at 1:30)



Where: Nicholl Park, Macdonald Avenue and 33rd Street, Richmond

Posted by Richmond Spokes on 07/24/2011 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The SF Mime Trope

Dear Friends,



Please join me on Sunday, July 24th, as the SF Mime Troupe performs in Richmond for the second year in a row! This is a perfect chance to gather with community on a Sunday afternoon and experience an incredible and engaging theatrical performance at Nicholl Park.



As Robert Brustein says: "Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one."



See you there!



My best,

Gayle





Free admission!



Bring blankets and lawn chairs.





Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe 52nd season

"2012 - The Musical!"



SF MIME troupe pic



A small political theater company, Theater BAM!, finds itself at a crossroads: should they keep telling the stories they feel can change the world (and starve while telling them), or feed at the corporate trough, sell out, and be the mouthpiece for The Man. Tough decision. But before having to make it, they are offered an artistic commission that may save the company; all they have to do is create a new play, "2012 - The Musical!" But is it political? Will it keep with the company's original mission? What's the true purpose of this frivolous production, and who's really bankrolling the thing?



When: Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 pm (music starts at 1:30)



Where: Nicholl Park, Macdonald Avenue and 33rd Street, Richmond


Contact Information
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Mayor's Office

450 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA 94804



phone: 510.620.6503

fax: 510.412.2070

email: mayor@officeofthemayor.net



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Posted by Richmond Spokes on 07/24/2011 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

Obviously the first poster has NOT seen the play.
I just saw the sold-out play. Background themes include religion and generational differences -- and compromise! -- but there's nothing self-loathing or hypocritical about it.
ALL the audience loved the play.

Posted by FrankL on 07/10/2011 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

The person in the previous comment sounds like a racist a$$ that never even saw the play. I saw the play and it rocked! Don't let the title scare you, the play is HILARIOUS!

Posted by Mar1982 on 07/07/2011 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

I thought about going to this, but then remembered I had a root canal appointment. Whew! That was close. Thankfully, the root canal sounded more appealing, even after the dentist mentioned he was out of novocaine.

Seriously, if my only two choices for reading material were the Koran and Judith Butler, I'd rather gouge my eyes out.

The only thing worse than Islam is identity politics, and the only thing worse than identity politics is self-indulgent cultural minstrelsy for self-loathing white intellectual hypocrites. This "play" manages to cram all three into 60 agonizing minutes.

Ahhh, root canals, Just thinking of them makes me feel a little better.

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Posted by plink on 07/06/2011 at 11:18 PM

Re: “A Tree Grows at Ashby Stage

This just in. EBE attacked by rogue Chinese merchant sock puppets. EBE preparing nuclear response in 3-2-1...

Posted by Lawngun on 05/30/2011 at 6:24 AM

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