Theater & Performing Arts

Stereotypo

When: Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 8:30 p.m. Continues through July 11 2015

Bay Area theater celebrity Don Reed takes a break from his autobiographical monologues in his one-man-show Stereotypo: Rants and Rumblings at the DMV, now playing at the Marsh Theater Berkeley (2120 Allston Way). Through a series of monologues, Reed hopes to expel stereotypes associated with marginalized groups that frequently endure discrimination. He tackles nine different characters, including a dirty-joke-telling Pakistani cab driver, a confident transgender woman, and a reformed gangster, all with varying degrees of success. Despite good intentions and a slew of funny one-liners, Reed’s self-penned play occasionally comes across as preachy and fails to rebuff many of the stereotypes he ascribes to his otherwise winsome characters. Ultimately, his latest show serves as a reminder that the comedian’s greatest talent lays in his self-referential work. Still, as far as trips to the DMV go, this one is without a doubt the best you’ll ever have.

Gillian Edevane

Price: $20-$100

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