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Re: “Review: An Audience with Meow Meow at Berkeley Rep Is Not Quite Purrfect

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Posted by Editor on 09/25/2014 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Review: An Audience with Meow Meow at Berkeley Rep Is Not Quite Purrfect

The promo that BRT sent out on this show was so completely snoozers that I wasn't even remotely tempted to part with my hard-earned $$. Do we really need another self-absorbed, hyperhetero/drag queen in genetic female clothing - flashback to the 80's anybody? But thanks for the review, which confirmed that I'd dodged a bullet, i.e. total irreversible coma in a theatre seat. You can almost hear the little wheels a churnin' at the BRT board meeting "we've got to get the (YOUNGER) men with high tech pockets in here people?!?"

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Posted by Jeanette Sarmiento on 09/19/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Review: Aurora Theatre's 'A Bright New Boise'

Read this one instead. Anna Pulley is just too smug and cynical to get this play...

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Posted by Henry Coleman on 11/20/2013 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Cal Shake's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' Is Far Too Serious

i agree that Kitchens' performance is "distractingly overwrought". Otherwise, this review is mostly offbase. I enjoyed the show but I thought that Darlington seemed like a Judy Garland fanboy in the first act, and a completely different person in the second. Ross was flawless.

Posted by Denise Shelton on 09/04/2013 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Cal Shake's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' Is Far Too Serious

Maybe you should learn a little more theatrical history. Lady Windermere's Fan was written as a drama. You seem to be the only reviewer to not get that. Perhaps the play is just to erudite for you.

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Posted by Steve Mcgough on 08/24/2013 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Cal Shakes Injects Its 'Romeo and Juliet' With a Rare Passion

Great review. Saw the play July 14 -- agree with everything you say about it. "None of that wilting Romeo Romeo business" -- YES!

Posted by Marianne Villanueva on 07/22/2013 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Return of SF Sketchfest

There is one East Bay show:…

Posted by Mike Spiegelman on 01/23/2013 at 1:22 AM

Re: “No Longer a Ben & Jerry's Flavor, Wavy Gravy Is Still Mr. Softee

One little correction: At Woodstock, Wavy called it the "please force", not peace; as in "please don't do that, do this instead."

Posted by KS on 12/20/2012 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Tom Waits' Junkyard Jazz Juices Up 'Woyzeck'

The album Blood Money is superb..not weird or harsh or clamorous. Just listen to All The World Is Green, and see how he uses a whole new muted instrumentation of stroh violin and clarinet to create a pocket world embued with sadness.

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Posted by Dre Hund on 12/16/2012 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Rep's 'An Iliad' Is An Urgent Descendant of Homer's Epic

"Homer may have been the first to put ink to parchment and write down The Iliad..."

The blind bard?

Posted by Thomas Collins on 10/26/2012 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Miller's Web of Lies

RIP CHRIS CHAPMAN. You are missed.

Posted by Barrelof Monkeys on 05/23/2012 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Beyond the Doll's House

Making a living as an artist is a challenge. I'm a composer, whose had NEA funding. However, that is no guarantee that commissions will keep coming in .
Most recently, I've opened a piano studio in the Oakland/San Leandro area ( I also run Opera Cultura in the South Bay.
Teaching and being an artistic entrepreneur are key to survival. Keep fighting the good fight. My best, Hector Armienta - Opera Cultura

Posted by Hector Armienta on 03/27/2012 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Beyond the Doll's House

Rachel, I love this and plan to throw out some of these undeniable facts to our 3Girls Playwrights Forum next monday March 26th) at the Thick House. Thanks (or maybe you'd like to come and put another two cents in?

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Posted by Lee Brady on 03/22/2012 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Molière in Modern Medicine

Oh no, I think we ran a correction, too. Thanks, Hurwitt.

Posted by Rachel Swan on 03/01/2012 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Molière in Modern Medicine

No, you were right: Shotgun did produce it in 2004, and Berkeley Rep also staged it in 2006. Lisa Drostova reviewed both of those productions in the East Bay Express.

Posted by Sam Johansen Hurwitt on 03/01/2012 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Molière in Modern Medicine

Ah, thank you. My gaffe. Will fix.

Posted by Rachel Swan on 02/24/2012 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Molière in Modern Medicine

Shotgun didn't do The Miser, Berkeley Rep did in the 05/06 season. With Epps.

Posted by chris gilbert on 02/24/2012 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Mesmerizingly Mesmeric Revelation

Mr Henne is quoted in the E Bay Express, "... Imagine that three hundred years ago someone was saying, 'There's this invisible substance called electricity that pulses through all of us' -- it sounds ridiculous today, but at the time it wasn't inconceivable."
It is NOT ridiculous today. Mr Henne, are you aware of the electron transfer that occurs in the electron transport chain in all the mitochondria of all the cells on earth? It's the same phenomenon that is going on in ALL of the doped silicon chips on earth -- electrons are going to ground from their on/off voltage(s). In the mitochondria, with the electronic impulses "going through all of us", the electrons don't really go to "ground" they go to .... Oxygen! Really! Seriously, they do. The oxygen you breathe, the very same oxygen discovered and elucidated by Antoine Lavoisier, is introduced to two electrons per oxygen atom and then attracts two hydrogen nuclei (aka protons) and thus each oxygen atom becomes a molecule of water! Breath becomes piss. That's biology. That's what's "pulsing through all of us."

Go ahead and look up "electron transfer" in Wikipedia, or in a biochemistry textbook or a biology textbook. It will say what I've just said, about how it's a process that occurs in ALL cells -- plants, animals, yeast, you name it -- and then goes on to say that all this electron transfer is so the cells can have a supply of ATP.

If you're interested, I can tell you the rest of the story, about how ol' Mesmer might've been onto something; and you should NEVER underestimate the Kuhnian recalcitrance of the biomedical establishment.

Posted by Richard Katz on 02/19/2012 at 8:48 AM

Re: “A Hot Mikado for Masquers


Posted by Rachel Swan on 12/01/2011 at 11:00 AM

Re: “A Hot Mikado for Masquers

@ Pam: Thanks for letting us know. It's been fixed :-)

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Posted by Ellen Cushing on 12/01/2011 at 10:54 AM

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