brepsale.jpgOver the last decade, Berkeley Rep has emerged as the (nearly) undisputed king of the Bay Area theater scene. It seems like nary a month goes by without news that a show premiering on the long-running East Bay company’s stage has, in some way, gone out and conquered the world.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently lauded their seven-hour epic, Afganistan: The Great Game; Mike Daisey’s one-man show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs turned Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak into blubbering, life-reevaluating mess; American Idiot just snagged a couple Tony awards and is looking to be one of those shows that endlessly tours around the country until all the 13-year olds who bought Dookie at Tower Records the day it came out are old enough to tell their grandkids that, yes Virginia, Green Day used to be bratty punk rockers who would get completely naked on stage and engage audiences in drug-addled mud fights before they were bona-fide Broadway stars.

What: Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s clearance sale
Where: Berkeley Rep’s Warehouse, 937 Carleton St., Berkeley
When: Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, 10 AM – 4 PM
Info: (510) 647-2930

There are a lot of possible reasons for Berkeley Rep’s success. It could be the visionary guidance of of Tony Taccone, who is soon to be immortalized as a hunky romantic lead on the show Parenthood, as played by former Wings star Steven Weber. Or maybe it’s that they simply have the coolest stuff–costumes, props, furniture–Berkeley Rep’s got it in spades. But there’s a problem, they have too much of it and are looking to unload.

That can only mean one thing: garage sale!

Yup, they’re cleaning out their storage facility at 937 Carleton Street in Berkeley from 10AM to 4PM this Friday and Saturday for your chance to get all their stuff…and it’s priced to move.

Costume Director Maggi Yule says via press release: “We literally have tons of things to sell. There are loads of comfortable clothes – like jeans and hoodies – as well as vintage suits and dresses, period hats, and plenty of shoes. We’ve got practical stuff like dishes, baskets, curtains, and other household items. We have loads of books and bookcases, along with a broad selection of furniture from offices and hotels.”

Show up before all the Burning Man weirdos get up and take all the best stuff up to the Playa. Once a 35-year old Google project manager has taken acid in a piece of clothing, it’s pretty much worthless, so it’s a good idea to get there early.

Photo: Berkeley Rep’s production of Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead

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