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: ‘Timon of Athens’ at Cutting Ball (****)

by Charles Kruger Poor “Timon of Athens” — he doesn’t get much love. Rarely produced, this lesser Shakespearean play was most likely, scholars tell us, a collaboration with a lesser playwright, Thomas Middleton. It is counted as one of Shakespeare’s “problem” plays. So, why this production? Cutting Ball director Rob Melrose feels that in spite […]

Review: ‘Don Carlo’ at San Francisco Opera (*****)

by James Lorenzato, Guest Reviewer   Five stars for an operatic masterpiece performed by consummate singers. The SF Opera’s “Don Carlo” gives one a sense of accomplishment.  This is real opera, long, entangled,  and everybody ends up wretched or dead.  One feels one has run the opera version of  Bay to Breakers.  They should have passed […]