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“American Idiot” (the play), we remember when you were just a wee idea, scrounging for funding amidst a world of skeptics and naysayers. Now look at you: an extended run at the Rep, a critical response ranging from mediocre to pretty good, and you’re ready to leave the nest, off to Broadway – the big time. We promised ourselves we wouldn’t cry. read more »

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When we saw “Berkeley” on the front cover of The New York Times’ Weekend Arts section, we thought, “Hey! That’s us,” and then dove into a rut of deep self-consciousness. It’s not often that we have so many upper-right-coast eyes peering in our direction. Leave it to hotshot local yokel Billie Joe Armstrong. His theatrical excursion is out and the reviews are in. Drum roll, please: read more »

Green DayIf you had money riding on Green Day’s theater debut being a flop, bust or overall embarrassment (though there’s still time for that!), what were you thinking? These guys book football stadiums. Sure enough, American Idiot has already crushed the box office at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In light of this unanticipated demand, the Rep has decided to extend the play’s run another three weeks. If you goofed up real nasty and somehow let buying tickets slip your mind, now’s your chance! The spirits of capitalism and pop-punk are smiling wide.

“American Idiot” was originally scheduled to run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 11, with previews starting today. As if. The rock drama will go on through Nov. 1. The story follows some working class kids as they traverse the terrain of American influence (this includes the Middle East.) Now, all that remains to be seen is, you know, whether it’s any good.

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Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ to rock on for three additional weeks [LA TIMES]


Believe it or not, plays don’t seem to fare all that well in dismal economic climates. Fortunately, our good ol’ Berkeley Rep just received two generous donations

The Affair of the Necklace move in support of its upcoming world premiers. Breathe easy kids, with the help of the Phyllis C. Wattis foundation and The Edgerton Foundation, Green Day’s American Idiot Sydney aka Hard Eight trailer

and Naomi Iizuka’s slightly less fourteen-year-old-friendly Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West

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Flight from Ashiya film will go forth as anticipated. read more »