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Theater Review: "The Last Tiger In Haiti"

Reggie D. White, Clinton Roane, Andy Lucien, Brittany Bellizeare and Jasmine St. Clair in "The Last Tiger In Haiti."

Time is mushy and truth variable (an understatement) in the world premiere of Jeff Augustin’s “The Last Tiger In Haiti,” where five kids of varying ages serve “Mister” as restaveks (slaves) until they are 18, when they will be freed.

“Last Tiger” is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Theater Review: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"

Noah Zuniga-Williams as Buddy Holly with Randy Coull and Dawn Marie Zuniga-Williams as Norman and Vi Petty

Buddy Holly, who had a short life but a huge influence on early rock and roll music, comes alive again in OnStage Playhouse’s terrific production of “Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story.”

Theater Review: "Maestro"

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein is one of the best known and best loved of American composers, remembered by all for his sparkling score for the classic musical “West Side Story.” But he always wanted to be known as a serious composer – which he also was.

Theater Review: "Sunday In The Park With George"

“Artists are bizarre,” says artist’s model Dot (Melissa Fernandes), bored as she sits once again for boyfriend/pointillist artist Georges Seurat (Jon Lorenz).

Dot, in one of those long, hot dresses, wants a little attention; Georges wants to “finish the hat” (his term for finishing a painting), and is monomaniacally focused with doing just that, whatever the cost.

Theater Review: "Macbeth"

Jonathan Cake as Macbeth and Clifton Duncan as Macduff in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

What can you do to spruce up Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” that old warhorse we read in ninth grade and have been seeing regularly ever since?

Movie Review: "Honeyglue"

Zach Villa and Adriana Mather in Honeyglue

You have to be willing to accept a lot of nonsense if you’re going to make it through “Honeyglue,” beginning with the title.  I’ll explain that later.

Theater Review: "Disgraced"

Hari Dhillon and Emily Swallow in in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning play “Disgraced."

What is it about dinner parties and animosity? To read contemporary playwrights, you’d almost conclude a dinner party is a passport to danger and broken friendships, sometimes even violence. Consider Yasmina Reza’s recent “God of Carnage” and Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” to name just two.

Theater Review: “Golda’s Balcony”

Rosina Reynolds as Golda Meir

Golda Meir, the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics (before that sobriquet was applied to Margaret Thatcher), was a teacher, kibbutznik, wife and mother before she became the fourth prime minister of Israel.

In William Gibson’s solo show “Golda’s Balcony,” Meir reminisces on her life in and out of politics, but most of the show is concerned with her handling of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Theater Review: “Hedda Gabler”

Mhari Sandoval & Bruce Turk (on couch)

Ah, Hedda Gabler, the quintessential control freak. All she wants is all there is and then some. Or at least control over her life. What she gets is Jörgen Tesman, an ambitious but dull academic who promises a good living but an unexciting life.

Theater Review: “tokyo fish story”

(from left) Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou as Takashi, and James Saito as Koji

Tradition and ritual confront change and modernity in Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story,” playing through June 26 at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Koji (James Saito), owner of Sushi Koji somewhere in Tokyo, has spent some 35 years going to the market every day for the fish he will serve. He is old-school, holding to the tradition and the art of sushi making.