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: ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ by Stephen Adly Guirgis at ACT (****)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) The hallmarks of ACT’s fast-paced production of “Between Riverside and Crazy” are top-flight acting, lightning quick dialogue, and black humor. Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a messy rent-controlled NYC apartment on Riverside Drive that hosts an ever-changing scene, challenging us […]

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 […]