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Roda Theatre at Berkeley Rep
2025 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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2.8 / 5 Rated by 18 members
Review from Naughty Baby Jesus
37 events 14 reviews

It was boring and the acting was horrible. This suprised me because I have generally enjoyed what I have seen at Berkeley Rep. But the acting of the male actors seemed like a high school play. There just spitting out their lines as fast as they...continued

reviewed Mar 02 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Thomas O'Leary
Red Velvet 200 events 81 reviews

Pretty obtuse on one hand and rather simplistic on the other. Fine production values--very clever and interesting set and costumes, flawless acting--but what was the arc of the story? The middle bar scene dragged even though its elaborate set...continued

reviewed Mar 04 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from a noble
Red Velvet 82 events 21 reviews

Weak play. Made no sense- How can an American middle aged lady disappear in Japan in the 19th century with no money. Play tried to be hip with different time periods but didn't really tie together.

reviewed Mar 02 2010 report as inappropriate
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Well before the digital age, the camera selected, filtered and obscured the truth—even as it promised to provide an authentic look at distant lands. Naomi Iizuka explores the intersection of art and authenticity in a haunting play commissioned by Berkeley Rep: Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West.

Taking its title from a treatise on photography translated into Japanese, the play shifts between the present and the 1880s when a weird new technology first seized the world in freeze frame. Cameras capture images of geishas, monks and shrines and send them to the future in a flash—where we continue to seek meaning through lenses of exoticism and xenophobia. The intricate parts of this world premiere nestle together like a delicate puzzle … or erotic glimpses of an enigmatic tattoo. Experience the mystery of Strange Devices.

Naomi Iizuka’s plays have been seen at major theatres in Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Berkeley Rep also presented the world premiere of her 36 Views before it played off Broadway.

Les Waters, associate artistic director, won an Obie Award for Big Love. His shows have ranked among the 10 best plays of 2007 in Time, 2006 in the New York Times and 2005 in TimeOut New York.

<em>Eclipsed</em> <em>Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin</em> Yoshi's Oakland Balé Folclórico da Bahia <em>Betroffenheit</em> <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em>