On the Stage: Slapstick Comedy and an International Thriller

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If you’re looking for some classy, but bawdy fun this week, head over to the Berkeley Repertory Theater to see “A Doctor in Spite of Himself.” This play was written by the mid-17th century French playwright Moliere, who is considered to be one of the great masters of comedy.
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But don’t let the play’s historical date deter you. The Berkeley Rep’s production features zany costumes, live music, and strobe lights to jazz things up with a contemporary flavor. The production also promises to deliver plenty of sight gags and physical comedy a la Marx Brothers. For more serious fare, see American Conservatory Theater’s “Scorched,” a thriller play featuring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn from “Good Night and Good Luck.”
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In this family mystery, a pair of twins journey to the Middle East to find their father and brother using clues from two letters. Written by Wajdi Mouawad, the Lebanese-Canadian playwright, this global play will be making its premiere on the West Coast this Thursday, February 16.