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Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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41 reviews
45 stars
Arrive promptly. Late comers are escorted to the business office, given a chair and then view a monitor until entering at intermission. I learned this the hard way!
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If you plan to dine before the play, be sure to reserve. The nearby restaurants, Gecko Gecko, Bella Osteria, Revitalization Bar fill up weeks in advance.
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47 ratings
4.3 average rating
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15 reviews
2 stars
attended Jul 07 2012

So many great moments and a chance to see good actors show their versatility. Very funny, very profound, very sad. Wonderful original play and production.

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13 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 29 2012

Love this theatre! Loved the show. Dialogue was exceptional. Cast was having a good time.

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17 stars
attended Jun 23 2012

Brilliant acting with most playing several roles involving quick costume changes as well as accents and demeanor. Good use of set for scenes varying from war trenches to courtroom to bar. Very interesting story with complex issues pertinent to...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“All this – a sexy dancer in diaphanous gear, combat, inflated right-wing paranoia, Wildean aphorisms – and a “cult of the clitoris.” What’s not to like? It’s a credit to prolific playwright and director [Mark] Jackson that he not only pulls together all these elements but also makes their juxtapositions easily comprehensible.“—”San Francisco Chronicle_":
“[Playwright and director Mark] Jackson (”Metamorphosis," “Faust”) lives up to his reputation for bracing ideas and balletic stage pictures here. He cleverly juxtaposes Allan’s ludicrous trial with the carnage of life on the trenches during World War I.“—”San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group_":
“[Maud] Allan has long deserved a play of her own, and she gets a brilliant one in Mark Jackson’s Salomania.”—San Francisco Examiner
Read more reviews and feature articles on the play at Aurora Theatre’s news page.


Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to Aurora to direct this World Premiere, specially commissioned for our 20th anniversary season. While directing Oscar Wilde’s fascinating and sensual play Salome at Aurora in 2006, Jackson discovered the extraordinary story of dancer Maud Allan, a San Francisco native who took Europe by storm in the early 1900’s with her version of the “Dance of the Seven Veils.” She became notoriously known as “The Salomé Dancer,” and was unexpectedly confronted with a lawsuit that destroyed her career. Whereas Salome was Oscar Wilde’s wild take on the infamous Biblical temptress, Salomania uses Allan’s story as a framework to explore themes of media sensationalism, freedom of expression and wartime hysteria – themes as relevant today as they were a century ago.

_Please note:

This performance is for mature audiences only and includes simulated gun shots._