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99 Star Starred
Roda Theater / Berkeley Rep
2025 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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Member Tips

Some dressed like the puppets
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Bart is 200 feet from your seat, parking is not easy
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High End food prices, but two blocks from Venue you can find any deal
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The show is short for the price. Its a kids project - give them some space
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Dorene Toh
Tons of choices on University 2 blocks away
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Dorene Toh
Easy garage parking right across the street. $5 flat rate after 5 p.m. (on weekdays only?)
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43 ratings
3.7 average rating
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Jingle Belle
11 events
5 reviews
13 stars
attended Dec 04 2010

I thought the multi-media/medium concept was interesting and loved the set design. The puppets are pretty awesome though underutilized. The whole rhythm felt slightly... continued

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187 events
178 reviews
83 stars
attended Nov 30 2010

We liked the show and it would no doubt tickle the fancy of any young Lemony Snicket book fans. Repetition of the list of problems is just the kind of thing that our 3... continued

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66 events
14 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 01 2010

I generally love Berkeley Rep productions and I enjoyed parts of this one but there were also dull periods. I am not a big fan of the clowing genre so I am biased against... continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A hugely enjoyable undertaking for young and old alike…The piece seems destined to become a classic.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Older children will pick up more of the satirical nuances in the tale, but any young listener is sure to enjoy the animated sounds as Stookey’s score playfully evokes the character of each instrument in turn. Parents, meanwhile, will relish the witty quotations from well-known pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky and others.”—Time Out New York
“A grimly humorous detective story…Author Lemony Snicket is an unapologetic champion of classical music, and with Stookey, another San Francisco native, he has created perhaps the best response to the tiresome trope of the death of classical music.”—Washington Post


The show must go on? But the actor is mute, the director is crying, the dancer is lazy — and the composer is dead! This holiday season, Berkeley Rep presents a deliciously silly world premiere from beloved Bay Area artists. Lemony Snicket’s_ The Composer is Dead_ features text by bestselling author Lemony Snicket and a score by (living) composer Nathaniel Stookey. It’s a new theatrical adaptation of this wildly popular piece. Tony Taccone’s raucous production unleashes laughs through classic clowning and plenty of uppity puppets from the pioneering Phantom Limb Company (Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, Co-Artistic Directors). When Geoff Hoyle pops up as an outlandish inspector bent on solving a murderous riddle, the show crescendos into comic absurdity. To the delight of children and adults alike, Lemony Snicket’s_ The Composer is Dead_ comes alive on stage.


Party Night – December 1, 2010: Night/OUT

*The December 1 performance of this show features a special Night/OUT party following the performance. See a show, have a drink, meet someone new. Berkeley Rep’s wildly successful night/OUT series offers extraordinary productions followed by fabulous parties for the LGBT community. (Hint: They’ll bring the hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music from cutting-edge Bay Area DJs; you bring scintillating conversation and your best dance moves.) Ticket prices include access to both the performance and post-show party. *


About the Ticket Supplier: Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Known for its amazing and adventurous audience, the nonprofit has provided a home for emerging and established artists since 1968. With two stages and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep premieres exhilarating new plays and reimagined classics. In the last five years alone, the company has helped send five shows to Broadway: Green Day's American Idiot, Bridge & Tunnel, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Passing Strange and Wishful Drinking. Come see tomorrow's plays today at Berkeley Rep.

Berkeley Rep operates two performance spaces: the Roda Theatre, a state-of-the-art 600-seat proscenium theatre, and the intimate, 400-seat Thrust Stage. The Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Berkeley's arts district, just a half block from the Berkeley BART station, near lots of restaurants, cafe, pubs, and cool retailers.