Kafka’s harrowing tale of alienation-via-accidental-and-inexplicable-insectification gets a remake by British director David Farr and Icelandic actor-director Gísli Örn Gardarsson. Acclaimed local director Mark Jackson heads up this chilling-yet-funny adaptation of the 1915 novella about a family thrown for a loop when one of them wakes up to find he's turned into a really big bug.
The production has been seen in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Australia and now it's killing it in Berkeley, where the Aurora just extended it for another week. Local critics call the show ominous and mesmerizing and Chad Jones says, “Metamorphosis is as unsettling as it is poignant, as beautifully performed as it is fun to watch.” Jackson’s productions are always compelling and the Aurora is one of the best regional theaters around. Kafka fan or not, you should catch it before this one before it skitters off into a crack in the floor.
Through July 24. Aurora Theatre, 2018 Addison Street, Berkeley. Tickets are $10-45 at 510-843-4822 or auroratheatre.org.