Review: ‘Bright Star’ at The Curran (****)

by Charles Kruger Carmen Cusack was rightly nominated for a Tony award for her role as Alice Murphy in Steve Martin’s and Edie Brickell’s blue grass musical “Bright Star.” The show, which received otherwise lukewarm reviews and closed quickly, comes to the  Curran in San Francisco from Los Angeles, at the start of a national […]

‘Manon’ at SF Opera (****)

by Charles Kruger To appreciate Jules Massanet’s great Belle Epoch masterpiece, it is helpful to recall that it was in this gilded period that Paris made its reputation as the most romantic city in the world. In those years, the French perfected a bubbly drink called “champagne, ” Escoffier ran the dining room at the […]

Review: ‘ The Liar’ at Center Rep in Walnut Creek (****)

by Charles Kruger There are few plays in the entire theatrical repertoire as funny as classic French comedies-of-manner. For years, though, English translations have been hobbled by the requirement that all the text be written in rhymed couplets. Too often, the results did not flow trippingly upon the tongue. But in recent years, the extraordinary […]

Review: ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ at A.C.T. (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger The program for “Small Mouth Sounds” features an article titled, “The Meditation Market,” which reminds us that, in America at least, mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality are big business. It is an area of modern life that cries out for a theatrical treatment, and playwright Bess Whol has responded to that cry with […]