Review: ‘Top Girls’ at A.C.T. (****)

by Charles Kruger Marlene is a successful young executive, moving up in the world, past her male competition, and as happy as a clam. She is charming, smart, charismatic, decent, and considerate. Or is she, really, quite as she seems? Churchill’s play is feminist in tone, but it is unusual in its exploration not only […]

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: “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 […]