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Cal Shakes sexes up Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

With ticket in hand, I approached the showing of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Drawing closer to Cal Shake’s amphitheater, the unexpected thud of club music echoed around the courtyard. The front of the press packet read “Reimagining The Classics” in bold lettering. And a reimagining it was.
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Sounds of Silence

The grand fantasy of spending every last dime on a train ticket to get to Hollywood in the hopes of making it big sets the stage for the American Conservatory Theater’s latest production, “Once in a Lifetime.” Written in the early 1930s by the famous duo Kaufman and Hart, “Once
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“Seussical” falls short of expectations

The last time “Seussical the Musical” was performed in the Berkeley Playhouse, Teala Volkamer (Cindy Michoo Who) viewed the performance from a seat next to her parents in the audience. This time, the teenage Volkamer joined a cast that ranged from toddlers to adults and took the stage proving, in
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“Let Me Down Easy” blends the political with pathos

When Anna Deavere Smith walks into a room, you shut up and listen. Not due to any force, but only out of sheer seduction. Physically, she intimidates and enthralls with her command of the stage. Emotionally, she wrests control over both our tears and our laughter. And, intellectually, there is
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Golden Gays and Disco Days

Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” delights San Francisco audiences with a rollicking portrait of their city in 1976

In the heart of San Francisco, American Conservatory Theater gives us “Tales of the City”, a new musical based on Armistead Maupin’s newspaper-column-turned-novel-series of San Francisco’s stories and personalities. Directed by Jason Moore, “Tales of the City” is a musical that is part funny, part touching, part raunchy and part
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Cal Shakes’ “Titus Andronicus” is a bloody good show

For the first time in California Shakespeare Theater’s 38-years of outdoor culture-ification, the company that cool kids call “Cal Shakes” presents us with a production of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”, directed by Joel Sass. It’s a bloody and vengeful affair, entertaining although perhaps not appropriate for children or those adverse to
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‘As You Like It’ reinvents the classic

American Conservatory Theater's Master of Fine Arts class offers a fresh take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.

The title of Shakespeare’s popular comedy “As You Like It,” practically begs you to well, like it. And it’s hard not to appreciate a play that’s as frivolous and fun as Shakespeare’s manic masterpiece. There’s cross-dressing, whimsical songs, puns, poetry and wrestling. It has everything a theater-goer could love, plus
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