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99 Star Starred
Roda Theater at Berkeley Rep
2025 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
510-647-2949
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We were seated in the last row near a fan, so it became necessary for us to use hearing devices during the 2nd half of the play. We missed some of the dialogue during the first half. If you're seated way in the back, we suggest the hearing devices.
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Lots of inexpensive ethnic restaurants to eat at, most very good.
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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 off, a little slower than I would like, especially during transitions. If you...continued

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190 events
181 reviews
86 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 kids loved in stories, and the way it's portrayed in the film is very...continued

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67 events
15 reviews
5 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 the style of acting. There's a lot of repetition, which will appeal more to...continued

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http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1011/4529.asp

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

Description

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.

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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. *

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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.