Friday, October 13, 2017

World premiere of Daniel Handler's "Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit," at Berkeley Rep through Nov. 19

With "Imaginary  Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit," author and playwright Daniel Handler takes the audience on a journey through grief and death. It's led by a group of characters who try in earnest as they bumble through mishaps peppered with anger, humor, remorse and love.
-Stephanie Wright Hession

 From left: Danny Scheie as the Ghost and Michael Goorjian as Clovis in "Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit." Photos courtesy of Kevin Berne and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre

From left: Sharon Lockwood as Mrs. Gold, Marilee Talkington as Naomi, Danny Scheie as the  Ghost, Susan Lynskey as Sarah Gold and Cassidy Brown as Michael in "Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit."

 Dr. Marcus Gold, played by Julian L√≥pez-Morillas, shares a laugh with his wife, Mrs. Gold, played by Sharon Lockwood in "Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit."


Marilee Talkington (left) as Naomi and Susan Lynskey as Sarah Gold in "Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit."
Michael Goorjian as Clovis and Susan Lynskey as Sarah Gold in “Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit.”


Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit: Written by Daniel Handler. Directed by Tony Taccone. Through Nov. 19. $30-$97. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkley. (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org

"The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale," at Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette through October 21

Playwright Min Kahng's,"The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale" at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette. Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, it's powerful, beautiful and deeply poignant.

Foreground from left: Lisa Woo as Madame Wu, Pauli Amornkul as the Nightingale and Ted V. Bigornia as Bing Wen joined by the ensemble cast in "The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale."

From left: DC Scarpelli as the Emperor, Pauli Amornkul as the Nightingale and Isabel To as Mei Lin in "The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale."


Foreground from left: DC Scarpelli as the Emperor, Lisa Woo as Madame Wu and Ted V. Bigornia as Bing Wen in "The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale." Photos: Jay Yamada. Courtesy of the Town Hall Theatre Company


The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale: Written and composed by Min Kahng. Directed and choreographed by Michael Mohammed. Through Oct. 21. $20-$30. Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School St., Lafayette. (925) 283-1557, www.townhalltheatre.com