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Peet's Theatre at Berkeley Rep
2025 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
510-647-2949
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 38 members
Review from dogmom11
Red Velvet 173 events 119 reviews

Sublime...the best play I've seen all year. Kudos to Berkeley Rep for taking a risk with this one.

reviewed Dec 01 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Steve
Red Velvet 157 events 103 reviews

Quality of performances was uneven.

I think it is racist to cast any Asian actors as stand-ins for Japanese characters -- the assumption seems to be that any Asian person can represent another because, you know, they all look alike. Why not...continued

reviewed Dec 01 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Paul Terrell
18 events 17 reviews

A very interesting and imaginative storyline. Simple by interesting set. A mostly strong cast.

The docent presentation an hour before the show helped explain why the story was so imaginative.

The seating was a little bad, up against the wall...continued

reviewed Nov 29 2007 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Galati skillfully interweaves two evocative short stories and a haunting cello-and-koto score in a visually stunning, slyly comic and subtly affecting, multifaceted 80-minute reflection on fear, love, loneliness and the transformative powers of art.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“an elegant, economic, gently hypnotic piece of theater…all the elements reflect and satisfy a yearning for solace and safety.” —New York Times
“Beautifully introspective… Exquisitely chiseled performances give the play a sense of delicacy that grounds Murakami’s leaps into the fantastical…” —San Jose Mercury News

Description

Director Frank Galati won two Tony Awards for The Grapes of Wrath. Writer Haruki Murakami, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore, earned Japan’s equivalent of the Pulitzer. Now the two talents collide in after the quake, a simple, gentle tale of life in the wake of earth-shaking disaster. A timid man woos an old flame, enchanting her anxious daughter with whimsical bedtime stories of a six foot frog’s fight to save Tokyo. In this poignant new play, we see that a storyteller can’t dispel the world’s woes, but he can teach a child—and himself—how to face fear.

Based on “Honey Pie” and “Superfrog Saves Tokyo” from the novel after the quake by Haruki Murakami

Adapted for the stage and directed by Frank Galati

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production in association with La Jolla Playhouse

Haruki Murakami became Japan’s most celebrated contemporary author after an epiphany at a baseball game convinced him he could write novels. His 13 award-winning books include Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The two stories presented on our stage appeared in The New Yorker and GQ.

Frank Galati is renowned for transforming literary works into transcendent theatre. He won two Tony Awards—as adapter and director—for The Grapes of Wrath. He also directed the Broadway hit _Ragtime, _which turned E.L. Doctorow’s novel into a magical musical, and netted an Oscar nomination for his screenplay to Anne Tyler’s “Accidental Tourist.” This spring, he brings The Pirate Queen to Broadway.

The Naked Magicians <em>Heroes & Villains Fan Fest</em> <em>Pee-Wee's Burlesquehouse</em> <em>Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead</em> Yoshi's Oakland <em>Into the Woods</em>