Review: ‘The Effect’ at SF Playhouse (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Connie (Aylet Firstenberg) and Tristan (Joe Estlack) meet cute. They are experimental subjects housed in a clinic for four weeks as test subjects for a new antidepressant.¬† As they are thrown together under these intimate circumstances (they cannot leave and everyone else is staff),¬†¬†Tristan, not surprisingly, makes a romantic move. As is […]

Review: Sarah De Lappe’s ‘The Wolves,’ a West Coast Premiere at Marin Theatre Company (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Any teenager will tell you their lives are richer emotionally, intellectually, creatively, and physically than many adults realize. Any honest adult will admit that, even with our best efforts, we sometimes unfairly treat teenagers as irritating, shallow, foolish and unworthy of our serious and respectful attention. If the teenagers in question are […]

Review: ‘Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies’ at Custommade Theatre Company (***)

by Charles Kruger In “Hooded or Being Black for Dummies,” playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm does not hesitate to directly address stereotypes in ways that might easily offend, provoke uncomfortable laughter, or confused silence. But audiences need not fear, as Chisholm makes it easy to understand how to respond. Before the action of the play begins, […]