On the comforts of furry rabbits: Berkeley Rep’s new play

A man leaps into center stage. He’s dressed in a bunny suit, with a large cardboard mask with long droopy ears, whiskers and buckteeth. He postures and threatens an invisible person placed somewhere out in the audience: The rabbit will haunt them, lurking in the shadows, for ever. So begins Berkeley Rep’s new play by Daniel Handler, more often known by his pen name Lemony Snicket, the author of the best selling children’s books, A Series of Unfortunate...

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A.C.T. presents “Hamlet”

Hamlet. You may have seen it. Once or twice. Or read it. Once or twice. For over 400 years, Shakespeare’s Hamlet has reigned supreme over theatrical dramas, and has been in continuous production since it first appeared in London, likely in the year 1602. The list of actors who have played the role of the Prince of Denmark is formidable and long. From Richard Burbage, the...

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Wit and Love at Marin Shakespeare

Love’s Labour’s Lost closes the summer festival  Some of my favorite lines in Shakespeare are from the winter section of “The Cuckoo and Owl,” the closing song from Love’s Labour’s Lost: “Then nightly...

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The clang and flash of swords in Marin

The Three Musketeers at Marin Shakespeare All for one, and one for all! The famous motto echoed through the listening trees surrounding the outdoor theater at Dominican University this past weekend, as the Marin...

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“Castle Happy” at Altarena Playhouse

Finding one’s way to “Happy” An unlikely plot with a frothy delivery powered a new musical opera at the Altarena Playhouse last weekend in Alameda. What was most unlikely about that plot was its likely truth, but I’ll try to avoid spoilers. Bay Area composer Jeff Dunn and librettist John Freed concocted Castle Happy to bring a moment to life when Hollywood legends frolicked in the Hearst Castle. Their setting was 1938, when Bette...

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Shakespearean fun in Marin

Never too much ado ... Summer’s here, hurrah! And with it the delightful Marin Shakespeare Company’s annual festival under the skies. Kicking off the season is Much Ado About Nothing, which opened this past weekend. Other plays in the season...

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