Theater & Performing Arts

Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup

When: Tuesdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Thursdays, Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m., Sundays, 2-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 12 2011

To say that showbiz diva Rita Moreno is still spry at age 79 would be an egregious understatement. In My Life Without Makeup, she's able not only to trot around in a pair of stilettos, flirt with backup dancers Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo, lead tap-dance numbers, change costumes, flaunt her glittery jewelry, and wax nostalgic about a love affair with Marlon Brando, but also to make just about anyone fall in love with her. And you don't have to know much about the star's biography to enjoy her new one-woman show, conceived by the Rep's artistic director-turned-playwright Tony Taccone, directed by David Galligan, and choreographed by Lee Martino. The ebullient Moreno tells her life story with the naturalness of an actor addressing a small crowd at a bar. She quips and laughs to attenuate the painful parts, regales us with juicy details about Brando (and other liaisons), and performs a couple famous numbers from West Side Story. It's billed as an autobiography without adornments, but the real Rita never needed makeup, anyway. Through Oct. 30 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2025 Addison St., Berkeley). $14.50-$73. 510-647-2949 or BerkeleyRep.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $14.50-$73

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