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Satellites 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through March 2 2008
Price: $40-$42

Diana Son's Satellites concerns a bourgeois, multiethnic couple who have just moved to Brooklyn: he an out-of-work software developer, she an architect so busy with her newborn baby that she's hopelessly behind in her work. There's a lot of spunk in Julie Oda's performance even when Nina has become really unpleasant to be around, but there's also a recitative quality to her delivery that never seems natural. Michael Gene Sullivan gives Miles a sympathetic humanity even when he's being a jerk, but he also plays comic moments very broadly. Nina is out of touch with her Korean heritage, and Miles doesn't feel like he knows much about being black, so Son gives each of them a foil to highlight this cultural disconnect: Nina hires a Korean nanny (exaggeratedly subservient Lisa Kang) so that her baby can learn the language, and outgoing African-American neighbor Reggie (commandingly boisterous Michael J. Asberry) keeps walking in uninvited with home-improvement advice. It's a tense household, and only becomes more so until both the characters and the play burn out. Through March 2 at AuroraTheatre(2081 Addison St., Berkeley).AuroraTheatre.org or 510-843-4822.


— Sam Hurwitt

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