Review: ‘Othello’ by Ubuntu Theater Project, Berkeley (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Othello Presented in a Palace of Persian Splendor The issues of race and of religion recede in the aura of Eastern grandeur in Ubuntu Theater’s site-specific Othello, played at Emmett Eiland’s spectacular Oriental Rug showroom in North Berkeley.  Once we enter this palace of Persian splendor,  we are inside a realm of  […]

Review: ‘Red Velvet’ at S.F. Playhouse (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Red Velvet” by Lolita Chakrabarti premiered at the Tricycle Theater, London, in 2012, starring her husband, the British actor, Adrian Lester. In 2014, the acclaimed historical play returned to London and also traveled to New York.  “Red Velvet” tells the true […]

Review: “Venus in Fur” at Marin Onstage (*****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) What a shocker! David Ives’s 2010 “Venus in Fur” is a comedy, a drama, a two actor psychological thriller.  The play is S&M, a version of the 19th century novel “Venus in Furs” by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, as in masochism. It’s also […]

Review: ‘4,000 Miles’ at Novato Theater Co. (****)

  by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) 4,000 miles, that’s a long way to go, for tragedy — that’s how far young Leo Joseph-Connell (Jesse Lumb) has travelled on his bicycle, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, after facing a terrible upheaval. Now, in New York, […]