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Berkeley City Club
Between Ellsworth and Dana 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 9 members
Review from charles Belenky
121 events 66 reviews

Very well done two man production. Well written play.
Got what I expected.

reviewed Mar 28 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Boogie
74 events 25 reviews

Just felt like a privileged fly on the wall. This play puts a movie to shame in contrast, even if done with the same actors. The venue is superb and the costumes lend to the absorption of the audience without distraction. The sound effects of a...continued

reviewed Feb 22 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from fredtango
109 events 1 review

It is a thrilling experience to see another play written by the Central Works ensemble director, Gary Graves. He gives such depth and weight to the actors performing the roles. No background staging is required other than the words he gives to...continued

reviewed Mar 01 2014 report as inappropriate
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The year is 1503. Cesare Borgia is at the gates of Florence. Only the humble diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli, stands between the onslaught of the “Borgia Bull” and the jewel of Tuscany. But the more Machiavelli learns about the tyrant, Cesare, the more he is impressed. He seems gifted beyond all others; he has limitless wealth; he’s a brilliant military tactician, a magnificent warrior; he’s irresistibly handsome, utterly ruthless—and incredibly lucky. He even has the great Leonardo da Vinci in his service, as the “architect-engineer” of his magnificent war machine, which seems increasingly unstoppable. 

But when Machiavelli learns of a plot against the life of Cesare, he must choose: will he be loyal to the sacred homeland of his birth, the Republic of Florence? Or will he give in to his growing conviction that Cesare Borgia may indeed be “the Son of Fortune,” the one ordained by God Himself to be the “Savior of all Italy”— the ideal Prince? 

Written by company co-director, Gary Graves, and directed by company co-director, Jan Zvaifler.  Featuring Benjamin Stowe as “Machiavelli,” and Lucas Hatton as “Cesare Borgia.”  

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