‘The Shakespeare Bug’ infects the Bay

There’s a strange infection in San Francisco, and it’s making all those around the geeky, 20-something Hamlet speak and act as if they’re in a Shakespearean play. And, as we all know, the works of William Shakespeare don’t always have happy endings. Following the success of last year’s “Truffaldino Says
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“Luna Noctiluca” is a biblical play not by the book

The story of Salome is anything but simple. It’s biblical and apocryphal, and great writers like Gustave Flaubert and Oscar Wilde have tried to pin it down into a story of sex or scandal or both. Playwright Brooke Silva takes this New Testament story and makes it into something modern
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Elissa Beth Stebbins, Arisa Bega, Carlye Pollack and Abigail Edber co-star in ‘What Every Girl Should Know,’ a play about girls who dream of sexual freedom in their oppressive world.

Play shows a woman’s dream world beyond Catholic confines

It is 1914. With the Comstock Act in full effect, it is illegal in the United States to create and distribute written materials deemed “obscene” by those in charge — including any information or items pertaining to women’s sexuality and health. In this world where women are given no rights
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Aurora Theatre play stages emotional revolution

It would be difficult to watch such a performance without applying such strong feelings of pride, comfort, loss and guilt to one’s own life and relationships. Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre presents Amy Herzog’s “After the Revolution” as a piece of intimacy and availability, history and relevance — a two-hour investigation of the vulnerability and strength of familial relationships.
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“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” is a musical oasis

A campy family drama, a play about sexuality and violence, a witty trio of drag queens on a road trip in the vast Australian interior, a compulsively singable musical and an extravagant pageant of costumes. The story follows them through love and heartbreak, gay-bashing and the mercurial nature of show
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‘No Man’s Land’ impresses with stunning performances

All-star production opens at Berkeley Repertory Theater before heading to Broadway

“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true or false,” wrote Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter in 1958. “A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.” Last Sunday saw the opening
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Oboes, Judaism combine in confusing yet unique show

As the play opens, Josh Kornbluth’s so-called personal trainer comes onstage to announce his entrance: “Josh has made a living telling stories about things he failed to do.” “Sea of Reeds,” the locally renowned monologuist’s latest work, was commissioned by Shotgun Players. Kornbluth, a Berkeley resident, has written and performed
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