TheatreStorm’s first review was published by myself, Charles Kruger (the Storming Bohemian), a little over four years ago, in July of 2011. My credentials were graduate studies in professional theatre at UC Irvine and CSU Long Beach (where I received a Masters on completion of a critical thesis, “The Entropic World of David Mamet”), plus many years of participation in the theatre world as audience, actor, stage manager, and fan, as well as a whole bunch of writing experience in other genres.
We are proud of what has been accomplished since then.
o Hundreds of reviews published, covering not only major houses (e.g., SF Opera, A.C.T.), but also paying attention to smaller, more experimental groups (e.g., Do It Live! Productions, Ragged Wing).
o Today, TheatreStorm receives an average of 2,000+ discrete visitors every month.
o The SF Weekly has indentified Charles Kruger (yours truly) as a preeminent critic of small theatre in the Bay area.
o We’ve been noticed beyond the Bay! For example, after reviewing SF Playhouse’s wonderful revival of Tennessee William’s Period of Adjustment, we heard from Rory Marcus of Provincetown’s Tennesee Williams Festival. And when Annie Baker’s collection, The Vermont Plays, was recently published by TCG, we were delighted to discover that a quote from TheatreStorm’s review of The Aliens was a featured blurb (along with quotes from the SF Chronicle, the NY Times, and Time Out New York).
o We have added distinguished arts practitioners to our group of reviewers including Barry Horwitz, retired Professor of English and Theater from St Mary’s, and Hugh Behm-Seinberg, nationally known poet and CCA professor.
As you might imagine, such accomplishments require a lot of resources. We would like to maintain and grow — cover more shows, include more interviews and feature articles, reach more deserving companies — but to do so requires some support.
Rather than attempting to get into the business of selling ads (although we are happy to have you sponsor a logo or commission a feature article), we have decided to make a direct solictiation.
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