‘Avenue Q’ draws Berkeley crowds with vulgar comedy

The brag list for “Avenue Q” reaches farther than its city limits. Firstly, it beat out fan-favorite and bandwagon magnet “Wicked” for Best Musical at the Tony Awards in 2004. Secondly, it writes a fictionalized Gary Coleman and versatile puppet sex into the same scene. And thirdly, it’s the fast-selling
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Vibrant colors come to life in ‘Amelie’ musical

Amelie Poulain grew up in solitude. Two tragedies mark her childhood: An emotional goodbye to her pet-slash-best-friend fish and her mother’s death after being trampled by a suicidal tourist. Since then, Amelie’s imagination becomes her sanctuary. Alone with her thoughts, she ponders questions such as, “How many couples are having
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‘Eurydice’ performance breathes new life into old myth

At age 20, playwright Sarah Ruhl lost her father to cancer. 10 years later, she wrote “Eurydice,” a reinterpretation of the Greek myth “Orpheus and Eurydice.” At Shotgun Players in Berkeley, a fearless cast brings new life to an ancient tale of loss and, in the process, proves that the
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Searing humor, dark wit captivate in ‘Detroit’

In “Detroit,” suburbia’s underbelly is dark indeed. The play — a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2013 Obie winner by Lisa D’Amour — explores the place in the human psyche where psychology meets circumstance in its Bay Area premiere at Aurora Theatre Company. “Detroit” begins in media res: Mary (Amy
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‘Heart Shaped Nebula’ tugs on heartstrings

Oakland’s Shotgun Players presents the first full production of “Heart Shaped Nebula,” a tragic love story written by Bay Area local Marisela Trevino Orta. The play blends astronomy, myth and the supernatural, delving into questions of love after death through the experience of a man who lost his fiancee on
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