Review: “The Diary of Anne Frank” presented in Vallejo by On The Fringe Visual and Performing Arts at Artiszen Center(****)

by Charles Kruger Although “The Diary of Anne Frank” received a Broadway revival in the late 20th century, and the film version won multiple Academy awards (including Best Director for George Stevens and best supporting actress for Shelley Winters) and is included by the American Film Institute in its list of the 100 Most Inspiring Movies, […]

Review: Sha-Sha Higby presents “Dance In A Sculptural Costume: Paper Wings III” at the San Francisco International Arts Festival (*****)

by Charles Kruger At the start of Sha Sha Higby’s “Paper Wings III,” undulating lighting effects seem to place us underwater, while the sounds evoke bird song. The effect  of bird song underwater is other worldly, and that sense of an encounter with another world increases, beautifully, throughout the entire performance. It is all like […]

Review: Troupe Vertigo presents the North California premiere of ‘Tableau’ at the San Francisco International Arts Festival (****)

by Charles Kruger On an empty stage sit three black boxes. Minimalist music begins, and from behind the boxes emerge. . . feet! First one, then another, and soon a total of ten bare feet, gracefullyand humorously  communicating, as if puppets on a puppet stage. They bend, they dance, they express emotion and then,magically they […]

Review: “‘We Are All Dragons In Drag” by Bandelion and Friends at the San Francisco International Arts Festival (****)

by Charles Kruger Bandelion is an ensemble within the Dandelion Dancetheater under the direction of Dandelion co-founder Eric Kupers. About 13 years ago, when Eric’s co-founder, Kimiko Guthrie, began to split some of her focus between founding a family and working with Dandelion, Eric doubled-down on his commitment, forming Bandelion as an ensemble group within […]

San Francisco International Arts Festival Features Taiwan’s renowned Tainaner Ensemble’s Pao-Chang Tsai in the U.S. premiere of his play, ‘Solo Date’

by Charles Kruger The Tainaner Ensemble has been one of the leading theatrical companies on the island of Taiwan for more than three decades. Known for their challenging and often experimental work, one of their successful productions, Pao-Chang Tsai’s epic K24 (Chaos), had a running time of six hours. So, one might say, this is a company […]