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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Theater

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...

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/everyday-people-revealed-in-aurora-theatres-a-bright-new-boise/Content?oid=2630639

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

Re: “Marcus Gardley's Memories of West Oakland

The play is fantastic. The writing, the acting, the singing will cradle you in this 125 year old theatrical space that has deep roots in Oakland. A talented cast of 18 put out an amazing feast. Go see it!

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Posted by Karen Broder on 07/18/2015 at 11:59 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: “A Hot Mikado for Masquers

Ms. Swan,
Thank you for the review but one clarification. The "grand dame" was not Peek-a-Boo (Kimberly Miller) but "Gorgeous" Pam Drummer-Williams. Kimberly Miller and Kelly Lotz were the fabulous dancers that open the show.

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Posted by Pam Dani Williams on 11/30/2011 at 10:32 PM

Re: “The Writhing on the Wall

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Posted by Editor on 07/02/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “If These Walls Could Mime

Debra is the manikin head :)

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Posted by Michèle Owen on 03/25/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “If These Walls Could Mime

It's Michele Owen and Christina Shonkwiler as the two clown/Beckett characters and Sango Tajima as the bumblebee/sweepstakes host for the Malibu piece.

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Posted by Sabrina Wenske on 03/25/2015 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Funny Escapism Never Goes Out of Style

good article!

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Posted by John Pulley on 01/21/2015 at 10:09 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: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

I stumbled upon AE a few years back. Eager to be involved in theater, I contacted them about volunteer opportunities. Unlike numerous other theatre companies who ignored my queries due to my lack of experience, I actually got a response back. Seasons and numerous plays later, I am still glad that I got involved. Like that first interaction, AE has continued to be supportive and inclusive. Art and theatre are so often seen as being snooty and unapproachable and it often is. With the city’s proposition to lure in a deep-pocket organization, theatre will once again become inaccessible to many people. Even with a devoted supporters, grassroots community theatres do not have the resources to battle the shortsighted vision of the City. Come on Berkeley, show the little guys some much needed (and deserved) love!

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Posted by Shu Ping Guan on 11/10/2011 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

With arts funding practically non-existent these days, little theatre holds on in the Bay Area through the continued efforts of very hard-working mostly unpaid theatre artists making a shoe string stretch beyond the laws of physics. AE is among the longest-standing of these theatre communities and Berkeley should be proud to have partnered with it over the decades. I can't imagine what Berkeley is thinking to abandon its long collaboration just when times are tougher than ever for the city's arts scene. I hope they come to their senses and work with the theatre to maintain city resources.
Michele Delattre

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Posted by Michele Delattre on 11/07/2011 at 7:51 PM

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: “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: “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: “What Just Happened to Nina Wise?

This is one of the best shows I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of shows. Go!!!! Nina is funny and moving and deep and you will leave the theater transformed.

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Posted by NancyS on 05/17/2010 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Consider the Bat Boy

I just saw this production on Sunday and it was excellent! As just an amature show goer I did not find any issues with the vocals or songs. I was completely enthralled in the performances and story. I had not previously known the story of Bat Bay, so it was very new and fresh for me.
I would recommend this show to all I know - Although there was some blood and sex, it was not over done and it was portrayed in a way that was fantastical and amusing.
A definite A+ from me!

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Posted by Sara Kaplan on 10/13/2008 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Let's Hear It for the ... Boy?

Hi. Im Keith Curran, who wrote Walking The Dead (a now nearly un-Google-able play/production due to the success of a TV series I love, The Walking Dead). It is now 2019, and I have just managed to successfully come upon this review by using a convoluted, seventeen word Google search. I just want to say that reviewer Drovstova, aside from writing perhaps the most coherent review this, my second play has yet to receive (I have read reviews of productions in San Fran, LA, Florida, Kansas City, Brooklyn, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, MICHIGAN, Boston, Toronto, London, Paris, MOSCOW, but too sadly missed this one), she has written a review that, because of her fluent, cobsmacking and very wise understanding of what I was trying to do (a play about a trans character first produced nearly twenty years ago, utterly baffled some, some who assumed Id dreamed the entire concept up myself, and those who derided the play, and its writer, for NOT writing exactly the kind of gay play this reviewer, and this writer, had grown weary of. I was so deeply moved. As tears still run down my cheeks, I NEEDED to say thank you for your the erudite, deeply unusual, and legitimate consideration of my work. As a major revival assembles itself for Off-Bway in 2020, the 20 year mark, I think I needed just this kind of, well, affirmation, to face once again the considerably less learned and compassionate applications of the New York Press. I thank you. Keith Curran

Posted by KeithCurran on 05/17/2019 at 1:00 PM

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