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‘Hand to God’ channels Satan for fiery humor, vulgarity

Situations escalate quickly in Berkeley Rep’s West Coast premiere of Robert Askins’ “Hand to God.” By the end of the 80-minute play, the cheery church basement where awkward, innocent Texan teenager Jason (Michael Doherty) has been guilt tripped into puppet ministry by his mother Margery (a manic Laura Odeh) gets
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‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ shines through flaws in premiere production

In American Conservatory Theater’s production of “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” co-produced with Theatre Calgary, Khaled Hosseini’s sweeping, 30-year-spanning novel of women and war in Afghanistan is transformed into an intimate story of unlikely friendship between two women. In the hands of playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, “Suns” is stripped down to
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Not enough real heart in revival of ‘The Real Thing’

In Tom Stoppard’s semi-autobiographical play “The Real Thing,” a writer struggles to break the wall of glib wordplay he has erected around his heart and find real connection with the woman he loves. “The Real Thing” opens with a husband (Seann Gallagher) confronting his wife (Carrie Paff) about her adultery.
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Berkeley theater adapts to new generation

Theater companies are struggling to garner funds and attract young audiences. This means that they must form new models of approach.

I f conversations about the state of live theater were plugged into a word cloud generator, right next to “Hamilton” in the biggest font would be phrases like “limited resources” and “aging audiences.” Theater has had a high-profile past year, but not everybody can be a “Hamilton.” For nonprofit theaters
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