Review: ‘City of Angels’ at SF Playhouse (****)

by Charles Kruger So Larry Gelbart (Emmy-winner for “M*A*S*H” and screenwriter for “Tootsie”) knows from funny, and he’s no slacker on the sentiment, either. The premise is great: the show simultaneously follows the story of a novelist working on a screenplay adaptation of his book, while the screenplay itself is acted out simultaneously on an upstage […]

Review: ‘The Taming’ by Lauren Gunderson at Marin Shakespeare (***)

by Christine Okon First produced in 2013, “The Taming” mashes up our country’s history and modern sensibilities, à la Broadway’s “Hamilton.” If you think our current political cycle is extreme, wacky, and unpredictable, then Marin Shakespeare’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s farce, “The Taming,” is for you. It makes perfect sense that George Washington and James […]

Review: ‘The Rules,’ a world premiere by Dipika Guha presented by San Francisco Playhouse at the Creativity Theater (***)

by Christine Okon If we always adhere to “the rules” of romance, do we risk losing ourselves?  Before Dipika Guha’s play “The Rules” begins, we sit under a rack of light and flowing dresses hanging high overhead like banners of textbook femininity, matched by the shabby chic décor of a quaint love seat and chairs, […]

Review: ‘Jenůfa’ at San Francisco Opera (*****)

by Charles Kruger There is no doubt that Leoš Jánaĉek’s “Jenůfa” is a great and accessible 20th century masterpiece. This accessibility is surprising, given that “Jenůfa” has few of the trappings of the most popular grand operas: there are no tuneful arias, no rousing marches, no easy to remember melodies. The score is irresistibly musical, yet gives […]