Review: “Vanity Fair” at A.C.T. (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Admirers of William Thackeray’s comic Victorian masterpiece, “Vanity Fair” can rejoice! Kate Hamill’s fabulous adaptation has captured all the humor, lightheartedness and satirical wit of the original and shaken off every bit of Victorian dust. The result is pure delight.  This presentation of the adventures of the poor but exceedingly clever social […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Features Source Material Collective presenting “I Should Have A Party for All the Thoughts I Didn’t Say”

by Charles Kruger ISHAP SFIAF 2019 from samantha shay // source material on Vimeo. It is not always easy to find information on the avant garde theatre companies and artists who participate on the theatrical festival circuit of which the San Francisco International Arts Festival is a part. Almost by definition, festival artists are part […]

Review: World Premiere of “Kill The Debbie Downers! Kill Them! Kill Them! Kill Them Off!” by Shotgun Players (****)

by Charles Kruger In this production, the words of Anton Chekhov are spoken, but what we see is certainly not his famous “Three Sisters,” but a creative exploration of that play’s themes and characters, rearranged into something new and strange and entrancing. The original piece is notriously depressing, full of sad melody, disappointment, and loss. […]

Review: ‘The Jungle’ at The Curran (*****) + The World Premiere of ‘Down Here Below’ by Lisa Ramirez at Ubuntu Theater Project (*****)

by Charles Kruger “The Jungle” “The Jungle,” Wikipedia informs us, “is a play written by Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, founders of the Good Chance Theatre Company, and directed by Stephen Daltry and Justin Martin.”  It was first produced by London’s Young Vic theatre company to great success, then traveled to the West End for […]

Review: ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse (****)

by Charles Kruger Dipika Guna’s “Yoga Play” touches intelligently on important themes such as cultural appropriation, exploitation, consumerism, fat shaming, and workplace abuse. But don’t expect an earnest evening of politically correct theatre.  Sure, “Yoga Play” will encourage you to think, but mostly, it’s about making you laugh. And laugh you will. On opening night, […]