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Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety — directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was artistic director there, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology as well as a personal story of love and loyalty. In today's sociopolitical climate, Kushner's universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.
Note: Tickets to performances of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika are available separately as well as together in "Marathon Day" packages.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
Located in downtown San Francisco, The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show is the United States's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. But beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself a prime suspect.
From Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in distrust and intolerance. Hiding sullenly in the back of the classroom, Dennis has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis's silence and earn his trust — with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection.
Virtuoso performer Nilaja Sun's award-winning hit No Child… captivated Berkeley Rep audiences in 2008. Now she brings them a new, critically acclaimed solo show about Evelyn, a single mother who fights for the survival of her family in the face of a threatening hurricane. In an astonishing 90 minutes, Sun portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family and the vibrant characters of New York's Lower East Side through a story of tribulation, perseverance, and redemption.
Ray's swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. Pressure builds as he confronts the lure of a deal with Speedo, the perils of family, and the unforgiving weight of success.
A sharp and compelling play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the America dream of a level playing field or of leveling the field yourself.
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers must make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita must decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye must decide how and where she'll live, and Dez must figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager, Reggie, is torn between doing right by his work family and by the red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit Project trilogy, which also includes Detroit '67 and Paradise Blue.
A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of the United States's top theater artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the Golden Age of Broadway.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.