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 notoriously 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 […]

Review: ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse (****)

by Charles Kruger Dipika Guna’s “Yoga Play” touches intelligently on important themes such as cultural appropriation, exploitation, consumerism, fat shaming, and workplace abuse. But don’t expect an earnest evening of politically correct theatre.  Sure, “Yoga Play” will encourage you to think, but mostly, it’s about making you laugh. And laugh you will. On opening night, […]

Review: ‘The 2019 Annual Edwardian Ball’

by Jason Whitacre Entering the Edwardian Ball on the ground floor of the Regency Ballroom is comparable to stepping through a wardrobe and meeting a curious Satyr promising to guide you on your way. Which is to say, otherworldly, at the bare minimum.  The Vendor Bazaar is a unique and immersive take on a common […]

Review: West Coast Premiere of ‘The Dos and Donts of Time Travel’ presented by Quantum Dragon Theater (****)

by Jason Whitacre Quantum Dragon presents the west coast premiere of “The Dos and Donts of Time Travel” at the Phoenix Theatre, located on the sixth floor of a small, unassuming, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it office building, nestled up to the derelict husk of the old Ruby Skye nightclub. The lobby is brightly lit with fluorescent bulbs and the […]