Testimonials for Aurora
Praise for Aurora Theatre Company
"I love Aurora, love the intimacy of the theater and the ease of the whole experience. I am in awe of the great acting, staging, and direction. I feel so privileged to share in the experience of such dedicated artists, and grateful to the patrons who underwrite the experience."
- Ruth S., Oakland
"I like the small cozy feeling of the theatre. And the feeling of being almost part of the play. The sound and visual effects are really well made and always moving!"
- Alizee M., Berkeley
"I like the small stage at Aurora Theatre; it lets people sit close to the stage no matter where they are seated. The small scale theatre is much more intimate and intense than large venues."
- Brian F., Alameda
"Easy to get to by BART."
- Rachel K., Oakland
A Bright New Boise
"No Exit meets Twin Peaks with an evangelical twist."
"Excellent play - well written, beautifully acted and funny!"
"Really well acted, great character studies, interesting exploration of faith, family, and life in America."
"...intense and very well constructed..."
"...a very worthwhile performance."
After the Revolution
" Best play I've seen in years."
"...remarkably fine cast...crafty direction."
"Well-written and intellectually engaging."
"I was hooked soon after the play started."
"...Herzog's dialogue was authentic, the actors world class..."
This Is How It Goes
"I was blown away by the show last night. Still playing it over in my head. (And I've never been much of a LaBute fan, to be honest. Don't like a lot of his other work.) The cast was super."
- Nancy C.
"This Is How It Goes will go down in history as one of the best productions of 2013."
- Grace M.
"Maybe because Neil Labute hung with the Mormons, he has incisive sense of how morality, and even reality, are slippery concepts. His rigor is a challenge. Fantastic performers and production at the Aurora."
- GWEN F.
"Attended today's performance. Riveting!!! Writing and acting were superb. First time at this theater and won't be my last."
- LISA L.
"Fantastic! A wonderful show on all fronts - performance, production, story. Thought provoking, smart, wildly creative and beautifully staged. Slick and quirky at the same time."
- Trish M., Berkeley
"A spectacular, haunting performance that is even more relevant now in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. The explosive finality seared horror into my imagination."
- Andre W., Hercules
"The play, itself, was outstanding! The message could not be more timely. The play was very well acted and could not have been better presented. The production got the message across!! It is for the above reasons that I have and will continue to subscribe to Aurora!"
Peter H. Berkeley
"The Arsonists was an outstanding performance and would recommend it to anyone. The acting, the staging and the play were was excellent - in fact, one of the best my husband and I have seen. I cannot say enough good things about Aurora and have encouraged friends to subscribe."
- K.G., Oakland
Our Practical Heaven
"I was impressed. The story itself resonated with me. The cast of 6 women was uniformly good--each actress held her place on stage beautifully. What a joy!"
- Antonia H., North Richmond
"We live in Berkeley and attend all Aurora productions and almost always enjoy them thoroughly. This was no exception. I loved the family drama of the play and the actors were excellent, as usual."
- Barbara L., Berkeley
"It was wonderful. It had me laughing and in tears at the same time at certain parts of the play. I thought the modern theme, along with the depiction of the generations, was something I could entirely relate to. My son was with me, also enjoyed it, and we spoke about our own lives relative to the play afterwards. A wonderful experience."
- C.F., Castro Valley
"PHENOMENAL! An incredible cast, direction, all of the design elements, wrapped around 4 beautiful, heartbreaking, funny & poignant stories. I loved the performances, and the commitment from the actors to their characters and each other on stage, is what truly sold me on Wilder's stories, most of all."
- Leanne R. San Francisco
"Excellent performance of interesting plays . We can always judge the effect by our conversation afterwards and the good performance and direction of wilder times had us talking all the way back to San Jose."
- Richard H., Santa Clara
"WONDERFUL! The little man should be jumping out of his chair, jumping higher than ever before!"
-Carol L., Berkeley