Charlie Brown isn’t just a kid’s tale in Berkeley theater production

Berkeley Playhouse’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” tackles the serious business of childhood with a playful sensibility, in a musical revival of the characters of Charles M. Schultz’s popular comic strip, “Peanuts”. Director Christina Lazo captures the spirit of Schultz’s penetrating humor, while maintaining his social commentary
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Winds in the east blow ‘Mary Poppins’ to Berkeley Playhouse

“Mary Poppins” blew in for its Bay Area premiere last week to a fanfare of tooting trumpets and trilling Londoners in beflowered hats and bowlers. The show, which is playing at the Berkeley Playhouse until Dec. 7, is the product of the mind of “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellows, along
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Spelling success in musical ‘Putnam County’

A collared, tie-dye shirt, some kid in suspenders with thick glasses and a bowtie and a multiracial gay couple. These are just a few of the quirks that make up the wacky world of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy playing every weekend at the Julia
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‘The Wiz’ at Berkeley Playhouse proves energetic, soulful yet surprisingly flat

Retelling of family classic 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' fails to excite

It’s hard to think of any story that would lend itself to a theater or film adaptation better than the story told in L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Its stirring adventure, fantastical environments and dynamic characters seem to demand visual representation. Indeed, several successful screen and stage
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‘Guys and Dolls’ charm at Berkeley Playhouse

Since opening in 1951, Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls,” based on the stories of Damon Runyon, has been hailed as one of the greatest musicals of all time. Director Jon Tracy revives the fun romantic comedy for the Berkeley Playhouse, offering impressive musical numbers, lively dancing and plenty of laughs.
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This week in arts

Film This Friday afternoon, at 3 p.m., the Berkeley Art Museum is hosting Film Forward, a colloquium on the state of film education, curation and criticism. Prominent Bay Area film personalities will be on the panel, including independent filmmakers Tiffany Shlain (“Connected”) and Barry Jenkins (“Medicine for Melancholy”), film journalists
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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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