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 […]

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 […]

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 […]