Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at S.F. Playhouse (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti premiered at the Tricycle Theater, London, in 2012, starring her husband, the British actor, Adrian Lester. In 2014, the acclaimed historical play returned to London and also traveled to New York.  “Red Velvet” tells the true […]

Review: “Venus in Fur” at Marin Onstage (*****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) What a shocker! David Ives’s 2010 “Venus in Fur” is a comedy, a drama, a two actor psychological thriller.  The play is S&M, a version of the 19th century novel “Venus in Furs” by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, as in masochism. It’s also […]

Review: “Antony and Cleopatra” (**1/2)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) How might the romance of “Romeo and Juliet” play out if, instead of wet-behind-the-ears adolescents, the lovers were powerful middle aged leaders? In “Antony and Cleopatra,” Shakespeare explores this idea, among many other complex themes. The story of the middle aged […]