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: ‘4,000 Miles’ at Novato Theater Co. (****)

  by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) 4,000 miles, that’s a long way to go, for tragedy — that’s how far young Leo Joseph-Connell (Jesse Lumb) has travelled on his bicycle, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, after facing a terrible upheaval. Now, in New York, […]

John Fisher, A Gay Man for All Theatrical Seasons

by Barry David Horwitz John Fisher, Artistic Director of Theatre Rhinoceros, is busy playing himself—as Actor, Director, Producer, playwright, set designer, audio designer, costume maker, and whatever else needs doing, day by day–sometimes all at the same time. He is also grateful and humble about what he has been doing at The Rhino: “It’s always […]

Review: “Mothers & Sons” at NCTC (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) When we first meet Katherine Gerard (Velina Brown), all bundled up in her classic mink coat which she refuses to shed, she is stiff-backed, cautious, and standoffish. She drops in, unannounced, on her dead son’s lover, Cal Porter (Andrew Nance), at […]