Review: “Middletown” at CustomMade Theatre (***)

by Charles Kruger Rating: *** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Will Eno is a hot playwright these days, with two recent productions in San Francisco. First, there was the much admired staging of “The Realistic Joneses” at A.C.T., and now CustomMade’s west coast premiere of “Middletown” has been extended through April 30th. As […]

Review: ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ at Custom Made Theatre Company (**1/2)

(Charles Kruger) (**1/2) (“Slaughterhouse Five” plays at the Gough Street Playhouse through October 12, 2014.) Kurt Vonnegut’s post modern masterpiece, “Slaughterhouse Five”, appears on many lists along the lines of “100 Best Books” of the 20th century. In typically post modern fashion, it tells a story while simultaneously undermining the trustworthiness of the narrator, as […]

‘Next To Normal’ at Pinole Players succeeds admirably as a chamber musical

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 3/5 » Recommended) (“Next To Normal” plays at Pinole Community Players from February 1 through February 16.) Brian Yorky and Tom Kitt’s “Next To Normal” is a distinguished work of musical theatre, well crafted and, in the modern manner, addressing a complex emotional subject, a mother’s horrific experience of mental illness and […]

Tony Kushner’s ‘A Bright Room Called Day’: Gripping theatre at CustomMade

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Tony Kushner, most famous for Angels In America, is our most politically engaged major playwright. He is unafraid to paint on a wide historical canvas, showing us characters whose lives are intimately connected with their politics. What other American playwright will get at our emotions with a group […]