Playwright  Leah Halper

  Dena Martinez deals with the stress of a foreclosure gone bad AND her daughter's winter prom in Actual Value; a staged reading of an original short musical at Monday Night PlayGround at the Berkeley Rep, January 2013. Photo: Leah Halper



"Pine and Oak is a historical piece delving into the friendship and competition between Henry Thoreau (Sam Tillis) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (Paul Braverman). Nicely written, the discussions, while sometimes confrontational, help shape each of them and their focus for their later literary works. --"The Pear Shares Nine New Slices" A Good Reed Review by Ande Jacobson, April 2012

"In Through Delhi, Gale (Duarte) has employed technology to create an avatar of Blossom (Marquis), her mother, an aging hippie dying of a progressive fatal illness, to allow a final negotiation to resolve outstanding questions about their lives together. Well-written, a serious discussion between mother and daughter ensues as Duarte tries to come to terms with her mother’s life choices. Nicely timed humor punctuates the discussion clarifying Blossom’s position, to save the children of the world, or at least in India. Marquis clearly has fun swooping about in colorful “hippie” garb, Duarte playing the perfect foil for Marquis’ sometimes manic exposition."-- "Pear Playwrights Guild Serves up Slices of Americana," A Good Reed Review by Ande Jacobson, April 2011

"Leah Halper’s Eye Level Eye, set at the Vietnam Memorial in Portland, Ore., follows a grizzled wheelchair-bound vet (standout Bill C. Jones) as he mixes it up with two women (Giere and Alika Ululani Spencer), one confrontational, the other conciliatory, as they search for the name of one’s dead father on the wall. In a snapshot, Eye creates compelling characters and specificity in tone, setting and mood."--"Local Playwrights Share Fruits of Labor at the Pear," by Colleen Ryan, Los Altos Town Crier, 23 February 2010

Buddhist in Bathroom was the most sophisticated and accomplished” of the eight scripts in Santa Cruz Actors Theatre Eight Tens at Eight 2003.--Santa Cruz Sentinel theatre critic Bob Fenster