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Don't miss the last theatrical hit of the summer season — Shotgun Players' free outdoor staging of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. An antiwar plea written on the eve of World War II, Mother Courage tells the story of Anna Fierling, a wily profiteer during the Thirty Years War who loses her children in the bitter conflict which ravaged 17th century Europe. Although Brecht's theatrical artifice highlights his dramatic theories and Marxist politics, Mother Courage is no tedious lecture — it shifts nimbly from coruscating wit to sobbing despair. Known for their gutsy, stripped-down stagings, Berkeley's Shotgun Players' topical production reaps the rewards of Patrick Dooley's smart direction, Trish Mulholland's assured performance in the title role, and John Thomas' aptly macabre cabaret score. (SS)
Note: Sun 9.14 (4pm) is the final performance at the original performance location, John Hinkel Park, Berkeley.

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