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Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
510-843-4822
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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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41 reviews
45 stars
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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"Trouble in Mind"
70 ratings
4.5 average rating
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228 events
158 reviews
522 stars
attended Aug 22 2010

Excellent story with actors to match. A great evening in the theatre. Hard to believe the play is 50 years old.

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37 events
10 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 31 2010

A remarkable play, of its time and still pertinent, funny and horrifying, very well acted. Margo Hall in the main role gives a virtuoso performance. A violinist who plays Paganini well is by definition a virtuoso, but without heart. Margo Hall's...continued

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Meaganne McCandess
14 events
3 reviews
13 stars
attended Aug 28 2010

I agree with the other high reviews so far. I was very impressed with the script, and found the acting to be strong in support of it. I was touched, and also found it to be humorous. I've seen about 4 other productions at the Aurora, all worth...continued

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Description

Written by Alice Childress

Directed by Robin Stanton

Robin Stanton (Speech & Debate, Betrayed, Permanent Collection) directs this play about race, identity, and opportunity, featuring Bay Area favorite Margo Hall in her Aurora Theatre Company debut, along with Tim Kniffin, Rhonnie Washington, Elizabeth Carter, Michael Ray Wisely, Earll Kingston, Patrick Russell, Jon Gentry, and Melissa Quine.

More than 40 years after it was written, Trouble in Mind, according to The New York Times, “still has the power to make one feel its anger and humor.” Set during the early years of the Civil Rights movement, it offers a disconcerting yet disarmingly funny look at the inequalities of American life in the 1950s, and the half-truths we tell ourselves about race relations and societal progress in America.

Trouble in Mind follows a cast of black and white actors attempting to mount a production of a “progressive” new play. The play-within-the-play, entitled Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching drama set in the South, written by a white writer and directed by a white director, marks the first opportunity for Wiletta Mayer, a gifted African American actress, to play a leading lady on Broadway. But what compromises must she make to succeed?

Alice Childress was the first female writer to win an Obie Award for the off-Broadway Trouble in Mind_. In a twist of irony echoing the play itself, she was offered a chance to take the play to Broadway — with the caveat that she would rewrite the ending and change the title. Childress refused, and the following year Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun_ went on to become the first Broadway play written by an African American woman.