Berkeley Rep Announces a New Event: Alex Edelman’s “Just for Us”

Matthew Murphy

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces a new show on stage this winter.

After receiving rave reviews on Broadway and in San Francisco, the distinguished OBIE Award recipient, Alex Edelman, is set to grace Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Peet’s Theatre with his acclaimed solo performance titled Just for Us. Under the skillful direction of Adam Brace (known for Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show and Leo Reich’s Literally Who Cares?!), this limited engagement promises a captivating experience. Mark your calendars, as Just for Us is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, January 9, and continue its captivating run until Sunday, January 21, 2024.

“There has never been a better or more important time to be in the presence of Alex Edelman,” said Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer. “His brilliantly clear-eyed, deeply personal examination of contemporary anti-Semitism somehow manages to be both edifying and hilarious.  It takes a rare talent to walk that tightrope, and he does it with panache.”

Expertly crafted by one of comedy’s most distinctive voices, this singular theatrical experience is an exploration of identity and our collective capacity for empathy. In the wake of a string of anti-Semitic threats pointed in his direction online, standup comic Edelman decides to go straight to the source; specifically, Queens, where he covertly attends a meeting of White Nationalists and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. What happens next forms the backbone of the shockingly relevant, utterly hilarious, and only moderately perspirant stories that comprise JUST FOR US.