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Berkeley City Club
Between Ellsworth and Dana 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
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2 reviews
3 stars
The chairs are folding chairs with minimum padding on the seat. If you have back problems, bring a cushion or support.
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If you've never been to the Berkeley City Club, take the tour offered at intermission -- the building is amazing.
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"Mesmeric Revelation"
17 ratings
4.2 average rating
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Mr. Z
498 events
68 reviews
164 stars
attended Mar 03 2012

Superbly done! Theatre worth watching, engrossing characters

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229 events
216 reviews
17 stars
attended Mar 02 2012

Excellent acting by the 2 men, great costumes, good use of the room. The actual play had it's very entertaining and engaging moments, but sometimes it was a bit tough to follow after a long, hard workday when the lights were dimmed and fatigue...continued

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No name Red Velvet
130 events
105 reviews
4 stars
attended Feb 19 2012

Theo Black and Joe Jordan were absolutely superb. The stage direction for this unusual small space was very inventive and effective. I felt that the writing for the first half of the play was stronger and easier to follow than the second half. ...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A must-see.” —
“Not to be missed.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Unusual and engaging.” —Berkeley Daily Planet


Central Works opens this year’s season of world premieres with a new play inspired by a story from that master of the metaphysical, Edgar Allan Poe.  

Paris, on the eve of the Revolution, the most learned men in the world gather at the Royal Academy of Science. Antoine Lavoisier, esteemed director of the Academy, leads an inquiry into the latest craze sweeping through French Society. The scandalous Dr. Anton Mesmer claims he can cure any patient of any illness by "_mesmerizing"_  them – placing them in a mysterious trance-like state. Can such a claim be proven scientifically? Antoine, the “Father of Modern Chemistry,” faces off against Anton, the “Wizard of Vienna,” in a fiery clash of science and mysticism. 

Mesmeric Revelation_ is the second production developed by Central Works with playwright/director Aaron Henne. Last year Henne’s journey into the surreal, A Man’s Home…an ode to Kafka’s Castle_, prompted George Heymont of the Huffington Post to declare, “If you want theatre that pushes the creative envelope to the limits, don’t miss this show.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Central Works

Central Works Theater Ensemble is committed to the collaborative development of original works for the theater. We write, develop, and produce plays. Our focal point is originality: original ideas, original conceptions, original plays. We bring theater artists together as partners in the creation and development of intellectually and emotionally demanding works, while offering the local community daring, intimate productions at affordable prices.