Review: “Passion” at CustomMade (*****)

by Charles Kruger Romantic love may be passionate or not, but in opera, theatre, and novels, we generally prefer passion to mere companionability, although the latter is often what works best in real life couplings, especially over time. But what about a romantic passion that is so overwhelming it is like an illness and seems […]

Review: “Rhinoceros” at A.C.T. (****)

by Charles Kruger Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” a classic example of Theatre of the Absurd, is a thinly veiled allegory for the unexpected and frightening rise of fascism in communities where it seems most unlikely to occur. The seemingly normal citizens of a small town in France begin, on an otherwise typical Sunday morning, to transform […]

Review: San Francisco International Art Festival presents Théâtre de la Feuille in “The Orphan of Zhou” (*****)

by Charles Kruger Before I saw “The Orphan of Zhao” at the San Francisco International Art Festival on May 24th, I spent the afternoon viewing the Monet retrospective at the De Young Museum. I walked away reflecting on Monet’s genius, and, in particular, the excellence of his technique. The more perfect his technique, I was […]