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The Marsh Berkeley
Between Shattuck and Oxford 2120 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
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The weather was A little chilly in the theater. I wore formal attire (slacks, sweater, wool coat, patent leather heels), because I was prepared for a traditional theater setting, but I felt way overdressed. This is a community theater with individual plastic chairs on risers and not a formal theatre. I didn't feel uncomfortable, but would have been fine in jeans and a sweater. Also, there was a slight draft or cool fan blowing throughout show, so I needed my coat. .
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"The Kipling Hotel: True Misadventures of the Electric Pink '80s "
191 ratings
4.7 average rating
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29 reviews
32 stars
attended Jun 03 2012

This man works hard for the money! The Kipling Hotel has laughs galore along with great insights and lovely moments of poignancy. The characters that populate Kipling are memorable and Don Reed's portraits' of them are MASTERFUL. Don Reed is a...continued

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168 reviews
24 stars
attended Apr 29 2012

First time seeing Don Reed, he is certainly very talented. Most of the material was funny/touching. The performance was a bit slow towards the end of the first act, but things picked up nicely in the second act. Recommended.

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89 reviews
17 stars
attended Jan 15 2012

Good, and he was funny and did multiple other characters as always, but not as good as East 14th which was stunning!

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Read Goldstar reviews of Reed’s prior solo show,_ East 14th._
Don Reed won Best Onstage Impression in the 2012 SF Weekly Best of Awards


Don Reed is the writer/director/playwright of one of the longest running solo shows in the Bay Area – his highly successful East 14th – which chronicles his hilarious and moving escape from a deeply religious upbringing to join his real father… whom he didn’t know was a pimp in the ‘70s. His new show, The Kipling Hotel, picks up where his ‘70s tome left off. 

Don has performed, written and directed for film, television and theatre. His work on an HBO special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of the right people and led to many recurring and guest starring roles on television. Don has performed all over the country and opened for Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. You may have heard his voice on: Spiderman, The Flintstones, ER, Frasier, Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Law & Order and SNL. He has written promos for The Golden Globes, The Academy Awards and the Olympics. Additionally, he has written and developed screenplays for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule and Maverick Filmworks. Don is also the opening act/warm up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and just closed a deal for a new FOX television comedy.

The show runs 110 minutes, with one intermission, and is recommended for those ages 17 and older. No infants will be admitted.