Citizen Josh

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through July 20 2008

Although ostensibly a rumination on democracy, chronicling his progress from a disillusioned voter to an enhanced level of civic involvement, Josh Kornbluth's latest monologueCitizen Josh is just as much about his senior thesis at Princeton being 26 years late, and the conceit is that this monologue itself is his much-belated thesis. Parts of the monologue are hilarious, especially his account of waiting for his senior thesis to happen somehow without any effort on his part, but although it's always a pleasure to come along with Kornbluth wherever his meandering narrative takes us, the monologue's own thesis felt underdeveloped when last seen at Berkeley Rep last summer. Still, there's some great stuff buried in there about democracy starting right where you are, right now. Each night features post-show talkbacks with local luminaries. June 26 through July 20 at Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley) or 510-841-6500.

Sam Hurwitt

Price: $20-$25

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