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Taking Overr 

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 10 2008
Price: $27-$69

After playing eight characters around the Williamsburg neighborhood of his native Brooklyn in his latest one-man performance at Berkeley Rep, Taking Over, Danny Hoch emerges as himself to talk about his own frustration with the gentrification of his neighborhood, which is already crystal clear throughout the show. Hoch so completely inhabits his characters' physicality that you get a good sense of who they are before they open their mouths. It's hard not to adore Marion, a fifty-year-old African-American block mother keeping neighbors' kids out of trouble while feeling invisible to the rich kids at all the new French cafes, and it's impossible not to feel for Kiko, a desperately eager-to-please ex-con trying to ingratiate himself with a film crew. Boorish real estate baron Stuart is a riot, multitasking yoga exercises as he brags about advancing the Darwinian progress of the ungrateful neighborhood. Also very funny are an insulting Dominican taxi dispatcher and self-styled revolutionary socialist rapper Launch Missiles Critical. Through February 10 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison St., Berkeley) or 510-647-2949.

— Sam Hurwitt


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