‘Superheroes’ saved by unforgettable script, captivating performances

Superheroes
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In Cutting Ball Theater’s “Superheroes,” director Sean San Jose illuminates the racial injustices within the drug cultures of Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Throughout the play, he and the cast of “Superheroes” carry an impeccable script while delivering an enthrallingly powerful production. “Superheroes” opens with a journalist, Aparecida (Delina Patrice
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‘Cops and Robbers’ tackles issues of race, justice

By 8 p.m. Saturday night, demonstrators protesting the decisions not to indict the police officers allegedly involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were blocking traffic at University Avenue and Acton Street. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jinho “the Piper” Ferreira donned his signature black t-shirt and
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‘The Old Woman’ exudes spontaneity, exhilaration

Let’s not beat around the bush here — director Robert Wilson’s ”The Old Woman” is absurd — absurdly absurd. Based on the 1939 short story by Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms and adapted for the stage by Darryl Pinckney, “The Old Woman” confounded viewers in comedic and tortuous turns at Zellerbach
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Winged wanderlust takes flight in ‘The Dragon Play’

This is a play about dragon sex. And whatever you think that means, you’re wrong. “The Dragon Play,” a 70-minute drama in one act, tells the story of forbidden flames between humans and dragons. The play, directed by Tracy Ward and written by Jenny Connel Davis, is hosted by Impact
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TDPS’s ‘Rhinoceros’ stampedes through campus

“Christ! A rhinoceros!” Similar to the surprise Parisians and tourists experienced when they found themselves face to face with a tiger-like cat near Disneyland Paris earlier this week, the characters in TDPS’s production of “Rhinoceros” are shocked to catch sight of a rhinoceros (a rhinoceros!) stampeding through their quiet French
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BareStage’s latest tempts the imagination

In a basement rehearsal room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, the lights go dark. The audience falls silent. A series of bodiless voices begin to sing, “Sweet dreams are made of this,” in a 1980s-themed homage to open BareStage’s current production: Williams Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” What exactly “The Tempest”
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Local theater production heats up the Cold War

What happens to 007 when he loses his license to kill? “In From the Cold,” a comedic play written by Jonathan Spector, explores the life of a former secret agent who struggles to adapt to civilian life. The play centers on the relationship between Howard (Julian Lopez-Morillas), a former Soviet
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Winds in the east blow ‘Mary Poppins’ to Berkeley Playhouse

“Mary Poppins” blew in for its Bay Area premiere last week to a fanfare of tooting trumpets and trilling Londoners in beflowered hats and bowlers. The show, which is playing at the Berkeley Playhouse until Dec. 7, is the product of the mind of “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellows, along
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