Review: ‘Hamlet’ at A.C.T. (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger It has been said of “Hamlet” that the poetic and philosophical content is so rich, the characters so perfectly realized, the plotting so masterfully intricate, the humor and tragedy so delicately balanced, that it is impossible for any production to completely fail. I get the point, but I’ve seen some Hamlets (emphatically […]

Review: World premiere of two one act plays — ‘Remember the I-Hotel’ and ‘Presenting . . . The Monstress’ (***)

by Charles Kruger Rating: ***** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Based on short stories by Filipino-American San Francisco author Lysley Tenorio, Monstress is an evening of two one act plays (“Remember the I-Hotel” by Philip Kan Gotanda and “Presenting . . . The Monstress” by Sean San José) exploring Filipino-American experience. The plays […]

Wajdi Mouawad’s ‘Scorched’: A.C.T. introduces bay area audiences to an important world playwright

(Charles Kruger) “Scorched” by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau, produced by A.C.T. Director: Carey Perloff. Scenery: Scott Bradley. Costumes: Sandra Woodall. Lighting: Russell H. Champa. Sound: Jake Rodriguez. Projection Design: Alexander V. Nichols. Dramaturg: Beatrice Basso. Assistant Director: Emily Hoffman. Alhonse Lebel/Doctor: David Strathairn. Simon/Guide: Babak Tafti. Janine: Annie Purcell. Ralph/Antoine/Militiaman/Photographer: Manoel Felciano. Nawal […]