Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre Company has taken to hosting unconventional cabaret shows each December on its second stage, Harry’s Upstage.
For the last couple of years it was Beth Wilmurt’s “Olga — A Farewell Concert,” centering on the eldest sister from Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” This year’s offering is “Tell Tale Hearts: An Evening of Hip Hop Theatre.”
“Tell Tale Hearts” brings actor and rapper Carlos Aguirre, aka Infinite (recently seen in California Shakespeare Theater’s “Quixote Nuevo”) together with Bay Area Theatre Cypher, a new hip-hop theater collective started by fellow actor-rappers Phil Wong and Dan Wolf.
As a playwright Wolf just had a play in TheatreFirst’s collection of ghost stories “From the Ground Up,” and Wong just finished performing in Cutting Ball Theater’s world premiere of “Free for All” alongside Stacy Ross, who’s currently starring as feminist Mary Woolley in “Bull in a China Shop” on Aurora’s main stage.
The centerpiece of the evening is Aguirre’s rap-and-beatbox adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of terror “The Tell-Tale Heart.” It should be a lively way to rap up the year.
Details: Dec. 5-14; Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley; $22-$35; 510-843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment