‘The Weir’ at San Jose Repertory Theater

A man walks into a pub ... One by one, three men enter a small, dilapidated pub in rural Ireland: they are Jack (Robert Sicular), a contentious old “bollocks” who owns the local garage; Brendan (Alex Moggridge), the affable young barkeep; and...

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Druid Theater presents ‘The Walworth Farce’ at Cal Performances

Tragedy and farce go head on ... Galway’s Druid Theater is taking it on the road. Currently, “it” is The Walworth Farce, the madcap play that makes so much sense by playwright Enda Walsh, brought to the Zellerbach Playhouse Nov. 18–23, as part of Cal Performances’ Theater series. Our first impression of the play is the stage, sets by Sabine Dargent: divided into three shabby rooms, a central living room flanked by a bedroom and a kitchen. The ragged...

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The Globe Theater’s ‘Love’s Labours Lost’ at Cal Performances

Finding Love's Labours This past week brought the consummately skilled young actors of the Globe Theater to Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall stage in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost—not one of Will’s most satisfying plays. Nevertheless, the production brought to it everything that was possible, gilding its edges with superlative acting and a charming traditional theatrical production. Everything was in place, so that the play’s lapses—its...

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‘As You Like It’ at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Recreating Shakespeare One of the best things about being in London, besides the simple fact of being in London, is the opportunity it offers for going to the theater. And chief among its theater delights are productions of Shakespeare. It’s not just a matter of having the right accent; it’s a dedication to the work, which is rightly considered a diamond in England’s tiara and which forms the foundation of many of England’s acting schools. Perhaps ironically, the...

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foolsFURY Factory Festival

Physical theater and performance The room we are milling around in is a small black box. On three walls are projected newsreel footage from World War II. Nazis march in lines, Churchill stands before an assembly, J. Robert...

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Big Love at Marin College

Brides ... Based loosely on Aeschylus’ trilogy on the Danaides, the 50 daughters of Danaus who killed their bridegrooms on their wedding night, the play Big Love, by Charles Mee, examines gender and power-based gender relationships. Full of physicality—both male and...

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