BareStage play spells its way to laughter

‘Spelling Bee’ performance is uproarious

Here’s how to put on a disturbingly hilarious and outrageously entertaining musical in a confined basement-slash-student-theater: Take six socially awkward and sensationally idiosyncratic elementary school students, give them each a Red Bull or two and have them battle it out in a local spelling bee put on by equally strange
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Ryan Koehn’s Picks of the Week

‘42’ at United Artists in Berkeley This one is for my fellow fans of America’s favorite pastime. The surprisingly modern take on the famous rise to glory of the MLB’s first African American player, Jackie Robinson, looks like it will score a home run with both baseball fanatics and movie-lovers.
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Ben Rimalower self-discovers in ‘Patti Issues’

UC Berkeley alumnus returns with moving monologue

If you know Patti Lupone, you know she’s not someone to be messed with. For more than 30 years, this diva has ruled Broadway with an iron-clad grasp and a voice that says, “Fuck you, I’m amazing,” with every soaring note. Even as a child, Ben Rimalower could sense this
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BareStage founder returns to campus with one-man show

UC Berkeley alum and founding Artistic Director of BareStage Productions Ben Rimalower will be stopping by Berkeley next week for his original show, “Patti Issues” — a deeply personal monologue about the hardship of family, the majesty of musical theater and the power of Broadway extraordinaire Patti Lupone. The Daily
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David Bradford’s Picks of the Week

BareStage Productions performs ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’ Ever wondered what life would be like for Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang as angsty teenagers? Ever imagined Linus as a pothead and Pigpen as a ladies man? UC Berkeley’s very own BareStage Productions
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BareStage presents adult version of Peanuts comic

‘Dog Sees God’ brings Snoopy and Charlie Brown into 2013

When you open your newspaper (if those things even still exist) and turn to Charles M. Schulz’s legendary “Peanuts” comic strip, you know what to expect. There will be some Snoopy hijinks, a “good grief,” maybe some “wah-wahs” and most certainly an effervescent feeling of warmth bubbling somewhere in the
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Morbid student farce funny yet contrived

Well, BareStage Productions’ musical comedy “Death and Other Hobbies” didn’t make me want to off myself, so that’s good. It focuses on Corbin Vickers (Alexander Kownatzki), who throws a party for his eccentric cast of friends and family before committing suicide. This soon unravels into a murder mystery party when
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This Week in Arts

VISUAL ART As a center for innovation, renewable energy solutions, art and communal education, Oakland seems like the perfect home base for nonprofit organization Kinetic Steam Works. Since 2005, it has worked to preserve steam power heritage, presenting art and performance pieces to the public, highlighting the merits of this
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