Review: ‘Whale’s Wake’ at Ragged Wing Ensemble (****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) San Francisco theatre goers are fortunate in having many choices: we can see touring Broadway shows at traditional houses, mainstream productions by distinguished regional theatres, home grown experts in musical comedy, and — PRAISE DIONYSUS!— experimental work by a number of […]

Review: ‘Into The Woods’ at San Francisco Playhouse (***)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***) (“Into The Woods” plays at San Francisco Playhouse June 24 through September 6, 2014) We all know the stories of the Brothers Grimm: Cinderella marries the Prince (and lives happily ever after). The evil witch imprisons Rapunzel (and gets her comeuppance). Jack climbs the beanstalk and kills the giant so he and his […]

Review: ‘Storefront Church’ at SF Playhouse (***1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***1/2) (“Storefront Church” plays at San Francisco Playhouse from 11/30/13 through 01/11/14.) “Storefront Church” is the third play in John Patrick Shanley‘s “Church and State” trilogy. “Doubt“, the first play of the series, won Shanley a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize and went on to be made into a critically-acclaimed film starring Maggie Smith and […]

Marin Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Liar’ is a triumph of comedic style

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Classic French comedy, performed in the pompously overwrought and flamboyant acting style perfected by the Comedie–Francaise, is reputed to be the funniest stuff imaginable on stage. With David Ives‘ adaptation of Pierre Corneille‘s 17th century masterpiece, The Liar, Marin Shakespeare Company delivers exactly that. Dorante, a young law […]