Review: Custom Made Theatre Company presents “Cloud 9” (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger The prolific Caryl Churchill has been delivering plays for five decades, often in association with London’s Royal Court Theatre, known particularly as an incubator for writers. An unabashedly political playwright, Churchill is known for her surreal explorations of themes related to feminism and colonialism. Skilled in comedy,  she delivers jokes that thrust […]

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Review: The Phoenix Arts Association Presents Members of the Actors’Theatre of San Francisco in Brian Friel’s ‘Faith Healer’ (****)

by Charles Kruger Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer,” the story of an itinerant mountebank, Francis Hardy, who might, indeed, be gifted with the power to heal by faith, his wife Gracie, and his producer/manager Teddy is told in a series of dramatic monologues, and is considered to be an exceptional challenge for the actors. Indeed, it […]

Review: SF Opera presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Performed in English (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’ is the perfect operatic example of a one hit wonder. Humperdinck is known for nothing else. So what? ‘Hansel & Gretel’ is a marvel, an opera so popular that it has been in performance, without interruption, and no lag in reputation, for more than a century. The […]