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Aurelia casts a spell over critics!

posted by Chad Jones on Thu, Dec 10, 2009
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The holidays are here, and the critics have given Aurélia's Oratorio some very nice gifts by way of some truly lovely reviews.

Here are some excerpts from Robert Hurwitt's review in the San Francisco Chronicle, where the Little Man is jumping out of his chair! 

  • Arms turn into legs and at times there's no telling which end of a person is up. Reversals of expectations are the order of the day in Aurélia's Oratorio, the delightfully surreal dreamscape of a show that opened Wednesday at Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre. Part nouvelle circus, part vaudeville of illusions, part fantastical free association, Oratorio is a whimsical showcase for the talents of Aurélia Thierrée, a performer who practically defines the word beguiling.
  • At a mere 70 minutes long, Oratorio is packed with enough delights for a show twice as long. It may not have been designed specifically for the holidays, but it's like a Christmas stocking stuffed with one gift after another.

Read the entire review.

Pat Craig from the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group was equally as enthusiastic.

  • Aurélia's Oratorio is top-notch family entertainment.
  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre takes fierce pride in finding and presenting unusual and offbeat holiday entertainment. This year's prize is Aurélia's Oratorio, a part-vaudeville, part-circus, part-dance, part-comedy created by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and starring her daughter Aurélia Thierrée.
  • ...don't let the high-flying French titles hold you back, Aurélia's Oratorio is an effervescent blend of hilarious innovation and old-fashioned knock-your-socks-off entertainment. The show borrows heavily from vaudeville, burlesque, the circus and much of what you might have seen on Sunday nights on TV during the heyday of eclectic variety shows (OK, the Ed Sullivanprogram). Aurélia, a willowy, doe-eyed brunette who seems to move effortlessly and without a bone in her body, shares the stage with Jamie Martinez, a slightly built dancer who moves with the same effortless ease. Together they perform in a series of vignettes ranging from silken trapeze work and pure physical comedy to some delightful takes on a classic puppet show.
  • In short, this is one of the most unusual and uncanny shows to come along in some time. It works well for the holidays simply because it is suitable and entertaining for all ages, and still entertains beautifully on any number of artistic levels.

Read the entire review.

Aurélia's Oratorio continues through January 24 in the Roda Theatre. Visit our online box office for ticket information or call 510 647-2949.

Above photo: Aurélia Thierrée in Aurélia's Oratorio. Photo by Richard Haughton


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