Review: World premiere of ‘Ada and the Memory Engine’ by Lauren Gunderson, at Central Works (***)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: *** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) Ada Byron Lovelace (Katherine Zdan) comes to life gracefully in Lauren Gunderson’s new play about Lord Byron’s daughter, who was an avant-garde mathematical genius, and the Mother of the Algorithm. Gunderson undertakes a difficult task in showing us how a […]

Review: World premiere of Patricia Milton’s ‘Enemies: Foreign and Domestic’ at Central Works (****)

by Charles Kruger (Rating: ****) (“Enemies: Foreign and Domestic” plays at Central Works at the Berkeley City Club through March 29.) Mary Mahoney was not a nice woman. When her daughter Margaret Mary (Jan Zvaifler) learns of her death, she immediately responds, “I thought nothing would kill that woman but a stake through the heart.” […]

Review: World Premiere of ‘Recipe’ by Michael Gene Sullivan at Central Works (***)

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: ***) (“Recipe” plays at Central Works in The Berkeley City Club October 18 through November 23, 2014.) Michael Gene Sullivan is resident playwright for the beloved San Francisco Mime Troupe, whose politically driven, unabashedly goofy agit-prop theatricals have been a Bay Area tradition since 1959 — an astonishing run of more than […]

Review: ‘Red Virgin’ at Central Works (*****)

(Charles Kruger) (*****) (“Red Virgin” plays at the Berkeley City Club from October 19 through November 24, 2013.) The French Revolution and its long aftermath has inspired some of our greatest and best loved literature and theatre from Charles Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities” to Peter Weiss’ “Marat Sade” to Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserable” (and of […]