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Don Reed’s East 14th

The Marsh.


When Don Reed was growing up in Oakland in the 1970s, under the supervision of a mother who was a Jehovah’s Witness and a father who was a pimp, he likely didn’t anticipate that one day he would convert his irregular teen years into a one-man-show. But he’s done just that in East 14th, a performance that will grace the stage of The Marsh (2120 Allston Way, Berkeley) every Saturday at 5 p.m. and every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. through August 21. The performance, which debuted in 2008, has since received critical acclaim as it’s bopped around the U.S., proving that one-man-shows — although a seemingly dated form of performance — are capable of achieving a personal intimacy not present in other contexts. Attend to be delighted and entertained by a view of Oakland with both striking differences and similarities to the Oakland we experience today.