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When: Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m., Tue., April 29, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 8 2008
Price: $27-$69

In a style reminiscent of the Minneapolis company's own Don Juan Giovanni, which played Berkeley Rep in 1994, Theatre de la Jeune Lune's Figaro combines the original Beaumarchais play and better-known Mozart opera of The Marriage of Figaro with touches of the other plays in the Figaro cycle (The Barber of Seville, The Guilty Mother) into a stunning theatrical tour de force. Tattered, lost, and sniping at each other in hiding from the French Revolution, the older Count and Figaro are figures right out of Waiting for Godot, performed magnificently by co-adapters Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp, with bits of hilarious slapstick and wry social commentary. The bittersweet comedy of the framing story interacts beautifully with the sprightly operatic antics in flashback sections of Mozart's Marriage. Bradley Greenwald is delightfully roguish as the younger Count, and Jennifer Baldwin Peden is breathtaking as the melancholy Countess Rosina. Through June 8 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison St., Berkeley). or 510-647-2949

— Sam Hurwitt


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