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Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining spots abound on this block, our favorites: Comal for lively bar, Mexican fare; Imm for Thai food on the cheap; Revival for that (albeit pricey) artisan cocktail and great food.
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We ate at Revival Kitchen on the corner which was a nice meal, close to the theatre.
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54 ratings
4.2 average rating
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13 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 30 2010

The actors were quite good...there were some funny lines..but I simply didn't get the point of the play. Although it was the winner of a playwriting competition, I don't understand what the judges thought was so special about it. A slice of life...continued

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15 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 03 2010

Clever, witty and a great evening of theater, The play is extremely well written and the acting was right on.

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3 reviews
12 stars
attended Jan 30 2010

Great play. Terrific acting.

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Aurora Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of lauded Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s The First Grade. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross directs this new play from Johnson, whom The Chicago Reader declared “balances gallows humor with acute insight and compassion. He creates characters so real you wonder what will happen to them after the final blackout.”

Exploring with great humor and passion the price one pays for being a totally engaged member of society, The First Grade follows the sometimes comic, sometimes frightening journey of a woman whose attempts to save her physical therapist from harm leads her into a chaos that includes a class of first graders, her depressed daughter, and an ex-husband with whom she still shares a home. The First Grade originated as one of last season’s Global Age Project (GAP) finalists and is the first main stage production to develop from the GAP. Playwright Joel Drake Johnson was also recently named a GAP finalist for a second year in a row for his new play A Guide for the Perplexed, which will make its main stage World Premiere next season at Victory Gardens, starring Kevin Anderson.

Aurora Theatre Company continues to offer challenging, literate, intelligent stage works to the Bay Area, each year increasing its reputation for top-notch theatre. Located in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, Aurora Theatre Company has been called “one of the most important regional theaters in the area” by the San Francisco Chronicle_, while the Wall Street Journal_ has “nothing but praise for the Aurora.” The Contra Costa Times stated, “perfection is probably an unattainable ideal in a medium as fluid as live performance, but the Aurora Theatre comes luminously close,” while the San Jose Mercury News affirmed “[Aurora Theatre Company] lives up to its reputation as a theater that feeds the mind,” and the Oakland Tribune declared “it’s all about choices, and if you value good theater, choose the Aurora.”